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The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
-- Thomas Jefferson


Friday, April 16, 2021

Positive and passionate purpose

Airing your grievances can feel good. But then what?

Finding new ways to complain about the same old things is not doing anyone any good. Don’t let yourself get stuck in that trap.

You’re passionate about the problems. Now do something positive and useful with that passion.

Yes, acknowledge those problems, and also choose not to let your life be defined by them. Do the work to create a positive and realistic vision of what you can live for.

See how much of your time, energy, focus, and awareness you can put into following that vision. See if you can get yourself to a place where your default feeling is one of hope rather than angst, and keep yourself there.

Your urge to complain about what’s wrong is pushing you to find new ways of doing what’s right. Accept the challenge, and give life the benefit of your positive and passionate purpose.

— Ralph Marston

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