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It takes guts to get out of the ruts.
-- Robert Schuller


Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Appearing foolish

Don’t seek to appear foolish. But don’t be afraid of it either.

Do whatever, in your best judgment, the moment calls for. Have the courage to speak the truth, to be enthusiastic, to ask what might seem like stupid questions.

If you appear foolish because of the misguided judgments of others, let that be their problem, not yours. You’re perfectly able to prevent yourself from acting foolishly, yet you have little control over what others think of you.

Don’t let someone else’s possible impression stop you from doing what is good, what is right, what is necessary. Give reasonable thought and consideration to your words and actions, then confidently go ahead with them.

What’s truly foolish is to pass up the opportunity of living your best in every moment. No matter what others think, that’s a useful reality to keep in mind.

If you happen to appear foolish, so be it. Let it go, even laugh about it, and move on ahead with living a great life.

— Ralph Marston

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