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It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?
-- Henry David Thoreau


Monday, December 21, 2020

Power to improve

It’s easy and often very reasonable and appropriate to blame others for your problems. But it’s almost impossible to get others to solve those problems for you.

No matter how culpable others may be, there are some aspects of your problems that are due to your own attitude or behavior. Those are the places to direct your focus and your energy.

If you can get the cooperation of others, that’s great. But when you can’t, there’s still much you can do to improve the situation.

You’re not going to get a speeding train to stop so you can cross the tracks. But you can wait for it to pass.

You’re not going to get a corporation or institution or politician to instantly make a change in policy. Yet you can position yourself so that policy doesn’t negatively affect you as much.

Deploy your attention, energy, and efforts where they will do you the most good. Rather than cursing what you cannot change, capitalize on the many things that are within your power to improve.

— Ralph Marston

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