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No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well.
-- Margaret Thatcher


Monday, September 19, 2022

Transcend feelings

If you do nothing other than seek happiness you are certain to create much misery, for yourself and for others. Pay attention to the way you feel, but do not let it become your driving force.

Self absorption is a terrible burden to impose upon yourself. It impedes not only outward connection but inner growth as well.

Of course your feelings absolutely matter. Yet when they matter above all else they’re going to steadily, reliably lead into a chasm of despair.

Want to feel better? Then stop being so concerned about the way you feel.

Engage with objective reality, not merely with your thoughts and feelings about it. Navigating through that challenging and inconvenient reality you grow in strength, resilience, and capability.

Stay away from the vicious cycle in which the way you feel is based solely on the way you already feel. Transcend your feelings, participate in the world outside of them, and you can transform them in a positive direction.

— Ralph Marston

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