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Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
-- Bernice Johnson Reagon
 

 

Thursday, June 29, 2023

The latest thing

The latest thing entices you with its promises before you actually have it or experience it. Yet there’s no guarantee it will improve the quality of your life once you get it.

You’re excited thinking of all the new features and benefits that can be yours. But the reality could very likely fail to match expectations.

What’s new is not necessarily an improvement. What’s old is not necessarily something to be discarded.

Often, gradual and measured improvement can bring more valuable results than radical change. Rather than buying a whole new pasture with greener grass, perhaps you could work to get grass growing in the pasture you already own.

Sure, some possessions, perspectives, relationships, and routines reach a stage where it’s necessary to discard and replace them. Yet for much of what you have, you’ll be better served by maintaining and improving it than by abandoning it for a newer version.

Keep your life experience fresh by being open to new innovations. But don’t let your desire for novelty outweigh your gratitude for all the value and goodness you already have.

— Ralph Marston

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