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The willingness to sacrifice is the prelude to freedom.
-- Pesach Seder
 

 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Contrast

To fully appreciate the springtime thaw, you have to endure the frozen winter. To get the most enjoyment on a sunny day, you must live through some rainy ones.

Work is fulfilling because you don’t do it all the time. Play is pleasurable because it’s not the only thing you do.

If everything was the same color and brightness, it would be difficult to see anything. And just as your eyes need contrast to discern objects, your life needs contrast to garner value and meaning.

Activities, ideas, conditions, opinions, products and plans can all benefit from being contrasted to other things. Life is enriched by a diversity of contrasting experiences, circumstances, and thoughts.

Can you hold two opposing concepts in your mind at once, or give your best effort to something and then let it go? Pursuits such as this make life rich, rewarding, fascinating, and fulfilling.

Continue introducing yourself to a rich variety of viewpoints. Give your days, your experiences, your life the benefits of contrast.

— Ralph Marston

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