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It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to.
-- Walter Linn


Monday, September 6, 2021

The good you can do

It’s often said that misery loves company. But what misery seeks even more than sympathy is change for the better.

If you’re miserable, spreading misery to others won’t improve the way you feel. It will just make things worse for everyone, including you.

What will improve the situation is to break the pattern. Consider all you can do to make that happen.

Instead of looking for people to feel sorry for you, look for people you can help. Instead of focusing on your own troubles, focus on what you can do to lift up life.

Turn your attention and direct your energy toward what will make a positive difference. Challenge yourself to take beneficial actions, even if they’re just small ones.

Get through the difficulties not by dwelling on those difficulties but by setting your sights higher. Remind yourself of the good you can do and work to make everyone’s misery a thing of the past.

— Ralph Marston

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