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We win half the battle when we make up our minds to take the world as we find it, including the thorns.
-- Orison Sweet Marden


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Underlying good fortune

Be thankful that there are lots of things you can forget to be thankful for. Be thankful that you are able to take so much for granted.

Then, see how many of those things you can bring to mind. Experience how good it is to feel renewed gratitude for them.

The problems and shortcomings, disappointments and obstacles demand your attention. Yet your underlying good fortune mostly continues to hold up, even when you ignore it.

When you think about it, that’s pretty amazing. So remind yourself to think about it a little more.

There’s value in putting your life into better context, in recognizing the goodness that undergirds all you do. When you appreciate all you have, you gain the ability to get more out of it, along with the confidence and courage to do so.

Gratitude provides you with a customized connection to your possibilities and to the power of your underlying good fortune. Make that connection, and keep it strong.

— Ralph Marston

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