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Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Elevated perspective

Keep the little things little. Pay attention to the details, but don’t let those small matters grab your emotions and run away with them.

It’s easy to expand a small disappointment into a dark cloud that lingers over your awareness. Fortunately, it’s just as easy to elevate your perspective.

When a disruption or disappointment pops up, quickly create some distance from it. Envision yourself suddenly flying up to a thousand feet, or fifteen thousand, and consider the view from there.

From an elevated perspective, you can see much more than whatever is frustrating you. You can see the full extent of your resources, positive possibilities, hopes, dreams, and best expectations.

Rather than obsessing over a momentary thorn in your side, remind yourself of your most treasured values. Find fresh energy and enthusiasm to help you keep the small disappointments in their place.

Refuse to be deterred from all the good you can do. From an elevated perspective, focus your efforts on supporting and advancing what truly means the most.

— Ralph Marston

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