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Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.
-- Harriet Beecher Stowe


Thursday, August 18, 2022

Reality as it unfolds

Has any experience ever ended up being not as bad as you thought it would be? Have you ever done something that turned out to be more difficult than you had previously assumed?

Don’t let fear stop you from moving into the future. But do prepare yourself as well as you can.

You cannot know exactly how anything is going to play out. You can, however, equip yourself to handle many different contingencies.

Probably nothing you do is going to be perfect, but neither is the whole world likely to fall to pieces. The reality, when you actually arrive there, falls somewhere in the middle.

Within that middle ground is opportunity to improve the experience, to create more value from it. Muster the courage to step forward tempered with the discipline to be reasonable and prepared.

In between your best expectations and your worst fears, you’ll find plenty of ground upon which to move into the future. Acknowledge and embrace reality as it unfolds, knowing there’s always good you can make of it.

— Ralph Marston

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