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The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
-- William Cowper


Thursday, March 23, 2023

Where value can be added

In a troubling situation, ask yourself the following question. What can I do that would enable me to be thankful for this?

Ask yourself that question, then listen to the thoughts that start popping into your mind. You’ll be moving toward a positive, effective response rather than a panicked and harmful one.

The trouble itself is bad enough. Don’t make it worse with fear, panic, and overreaction.

When troubling situations arise, there’s a natural tendency to want to do something. That’s all well and good, as long as you’re careful not to do something that exacerbates the problem.

Poor conditions do not have to lead to poor judgment. Choose to focus on the potential value, on genuine good that can be done, and improve the quality of your response.

You can do much better than a hasty reaction in panic mode. Have the presence of mind to look for where value can be added, and do what you can to make that happen.

— Ralph Marston

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