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The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
-- Alfred North Whitehead


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Positive example

Your degree of honesty affects not only you, not only those with whom you interact, but everyone. Your values, acted upon again and again, underpin the values of society at large.

No person, no group, no predetermined process, decides what is acceptable behavior and what is not. Yet these questions do get decided, every day, by the way every person lives.

Your beneficial behavior goes far beyond you, in distance and in time. Every day you change the world, not by your intention to do so, but by the way you choose to live.

What actions would you take if you knew your whole world was taking its cues from you? In a very real way, that’s exactly what happens.

The way you live comes back to you, in places and times and flavors impossible to imagine. Your behavior contributes to the standard of behavior for everyone.

Everything you do sets an example. It’s in your best interest, and everyone’s best interest, to be the most positive example you can be.

— Ralph Marston

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