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Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature.
-- Joseph Addison


Tuesday, March 3, 2020


Let your impulses inform you, maybe even inspire you. But don’t let them control you.

Impulses are honest, transparent, authentic. They show you what you desire, care about, fear, and it’s valuable to know those things.

Yet impulses have their pitfalls too, often serious ones. They have little consideration for anything outside the current moment, and that can certainly be a problem.

Appreciate your impulses for what they are, for what they can show you about yourself and your possibilities. But always remember, you don’t have to automatically do whatever those impulses urge.

When you feel an impulse, give yourself a moment to get beyond the initial heat of desire. Consider the future consequences of acting on your impulse and ask yourself, is it really what you want?

Every now and then an impulse can radically change life for the better, but many are best left unheeded. Use your power to choose which impulses you act upon, and which ones to leave behind.

— Ralph Marston

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