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The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.
-- Ernest Hemingway


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Make sure it matters

What if many of your problems are problems solely because you think they are? Could you perhaps bring yourself to think differently about them?

Might there be things you get upset about just because you’ve decided they upset you? Imagine how your quality of life could improve by simply deciding differently.

Certainly there are problems you must solve, issues you must address, as you make your way through life. Yet there are also situations that mostly waste your time and energy, that are best just left alone.

Before investing yourself in anything, step back a little bit and take a clear, dispassionate look. Ask yourself if it really matters, if it’s worth precious time and attention, if it’s an opportunity to make a difference.

Get away from the habit of reacting and responding merely because it’s the way you always have. Take positive control of your intentions, of the things you spend your life attending to.

Before you hurry, before you worry, before you create new stress, make sure it matters. Give the most to life, get the most from life, by staying focused on what’s important.

— Ralph Marston

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