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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
 

 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Live with optimism

You can offer hope when others trade in nothing but despair. You can live with optimism when others are mired in pessimism.

Lots of people gain short-term profit by constantly spreading doom and gloom. But that doesn’t mean they’re particularly insightful.

If you expect life to get better you’ll be seen as naive. Yet if history is any indication, you’ll also be right.

Yes, very awful things happen from time to time. But on each and every occasion, the vast majority of people find their way beyond the difficulties, and end up even better off than before.

Life constantly produces great challenges. Yet life also offers great meaning and fulfillment in overcoming those challenges, and most people are happy to embrace that offer.

At this moment, billions of unique, creative, resourceful people are working, each in their own way, to make life better. There’s an exceedingly good chance they’ll succeed.

— Ralph Marston

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