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A discriminating irreverence is the creator and protector of human liberty.
-- Mark Twain


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Thoughts of others

Someone turns to look at you. Your mind immediately gives a loud and intrusive voice to whatever you imagine that other person is thinking.

As soon as you hear that voice, turn down its volume. Pay attention, consider briefly what it could be saying, but don’t let it interrupt or overwhelm you.

The fact is, you don’t really know what that person is thinking. And there’s nothing you can do about it anyway.

If you’re so inclined, engage that person in conversation. That gives each of you the opportunity to express your thoughts.

But don’t allow the imagined voice of someone else to corrupt your purposeful thoughts and actions. Focus instead on the good work you can do.

Give your respect and attention to those around you without obsessing over what they may or may not think. Choose your thoughts based on purpose, not on fear or insecurity, and let those thoughts continue to push you positively forward.

— Ralph Marston

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