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We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
-- Harold Nicolson


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Opportunity for steady progress

Persist, but don’t make your persistence into a burden. Persist because it is what you choose, because it is how you are.

If you conjure up a strong resentment for the necessity of your efforts, you lose twice. Your efforts won’t be very effective, and you’ll be tormented with the misery of your resentment.

Instead, remind yourself that the opportunity to make steady progress is a great thing to have. Fill your spirit with gratitude for that opportunity and for your ability to make the most of it.

With each effort, you are able to give support and value to something meaningful. In doing so, you are living life at its highest level.

You can easily let go of any temptation to judge a particular task as beneath you, or too tedious, or too complicated. You can find a sense of joy and satisfaction in your persistence, no matter what that persistence requires.

Make every effort count by making your attitude toward those efforts a positive and empowering one. Persist willingly, gracefully, enthusiastically, and find great fulfillment in all you’re able to do.

— Ralph Marston

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