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One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.
-- Ann Radcliffe


Thursday, October 20, 2022

Clearer picture

Step back from what you think about it and feel about it. Look carefully and more clearly at the reality of what is.

Your mind is powerful and highly useful, and that’s mostly a good thing. Yet your thoughts have so much influence that they can distort your perceptions.

For example, your thoughts can convince you that the whole world is in a hopeless mess. Yet at the same time the reality of your situation can be just fine, and normal, even pleasant.

It’s not a good idea to ignore your thoughts. It is smart, however, to keep in mind that your thoughts and feelings have an influence on everything you experience.

You can never be completely objective, and would not want to be. What you can do is remind yourself that your perspective is not the only valid perspective.

If it were not for your thoughts about things, how would things be? Balance involvement with detachment, and get a clearer picture.

— Ralph Marston

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