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Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts.
-- Jules Ellinger


Thursday, February 20, 2020


You come from a long line of survivors. Every one of your ancestors survived long enough to raise at least one child.

For vast stretches of time, that kind of survival was rare and hard won. It required strength, vision, intelligence, flexibility, care, compassion, and a massive measure of persistence.

You have all that embedded deep within, passed from generation to generation. You are, literally and undeniably, the product of thousands of the most successful people who ever lived.

And here’s something even better to consider. Right now, today, you live among billions of other people with a similarly successful heritage.

In such a situation, the possibilities for progress are staggering. Though the problems of the moment can seem overwhelming, they pale in comparison to the potential for goodness and value.

Real people successfully traversed countless centuries of brutal challenges in order for you to enjoy this moment. When deciding what you can do, when choosing what you will do, be sure to keep that in mind.

— Ralph Marston

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