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All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
-- Epictetus


Monday, February 11, 2019

Intentional energy

What’s the difference between the energy of destruction and the energy of achievement? The difference is in your intention.

Negative energy does not force you to take negative actions. Rather, negative energy is what happens when you focus your energy in a negative direction.

The same physical energy used in warfare can instead be used to grow food, build homes, provide medical care, and countless other good things. Energy, regardless of its original source, can be put to positive use.

The energy generated within you by frustration can be applied toward focused, disciplined achievement. The energy arising from anger can be redirected toward care and nurturing.

You can draw energy from anything that happens and then use that energy precisely as you choose. Rather than being a slave to the circumstances, you can be the master of your own response, of your own intentions.

Be clear with yourself about all you value, all you love, all you’re thankful for and care about. Make use of the energy in your life to advance and support those good things.

— Ralph Marston

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