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He who angers you conquers you.
-- Elizabeth Kenny


Saturday, November 4, 1995

Every Day

Every day is a special gift. Whether it is sunny or cloudy or raining, hot or cold, each day is an opportunity. Think of what a miracle it is just for you to be alive. Think of the power and freedom you have.

Today is Saturday, a “day off” for most people who work regular hours. A chance to “unwind” from the “stresses” of life. How do you spend your “day off"? Will you spend it watching a ball game on TV, or sleeping late, or shopping for a lot of useless stuff that you really don’t need? Will you settle for just being comfortable today?

Or will you take this opportunity to get something accomplished? You have a whole day. A day that belongs to you. A day in which you can move yourself on down the road toward your goals. Think for a moment about where you want to be in a year, in five years, in ten years. And think of what a great opportunity you have today. An opportunity to make great progress in that direction.

Success in life is made up of actions. You can have the finest goals, the best education, the highest skills, the most extraordinary intelligence, and yet, unless you take action these will do you no good. Action will translate your goals into reality. Action is the only thing that will move you closer to the things in life that you truly want.

Is it uncomfortable to take action? Sure it is. In order to accomplish anything, you must step outside your comfort zone. You must challenge yourself to greatness. It is one of the most loving things you can do for yourself or anyone else. Get out from in front of the TV and get something done. Then, later tonight, when you’re ready to call it a day, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are in control of your life, of your destiny.

Each day is a special gift. We get far too few of them. Remember to treat each one as the precious time that it is.

— Ralph Marston

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