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The real secret to success is enthusiasm.
-- Walter Chrysler


Monday, May 9, 2022

Daily surprises

Life is full of surprises. And you are particularly skilled at noticing those surprising new developments in your environment.

Treasure and appreciate your fascination with novelty, for there are times when it can keep you alive and out of danger. But don’t let yourself become so consumed with the daily surprises that it interferes with the good work you can do.

Just because something is new or newsworthy doesn’t necessarily make it worthy of your sustained attention. That attention is a valuable resource, something it’s best not to squander.

You’re going to notice most of the surprises. Yet that doesn’t mean they have to distract you from what you’re doing or thinking or saying.

Make note of what’s new, of what’s changed, of what’s different than it was. Then recommit yourself to following through on all you had already intended to do.

Let life continue to deliver its many surprises. But don’t let those surprises prevent you from living the life you have chosen to live.

— Ralph Marston

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