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There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.
-- Charles Dickens


Monday, March 22, 1999


You can get used to just about anything. The human brain and the human spirit are very adaptable. That is how we have survived. That is how we seize opportunities. That is how we prosper. That is how we can triumph in the face of impossible odds, by adapting.

Adapting successfully does not mean giving in or giving up. It means acknowledging the reality of the situation and then determining what set of actions will cause the circumstances to work in your favor.

Though adapting can work for us, it can also work against us. In the interest of comfort we can learn to adapt to and accept less than we are capable of achieving.

When faced with changing conditions, you can either adapt your dreams or you can adapt your actions. For adaptation to be a positive force, it must be driven by a clear sense of direction. When the purpose is meaningful enough, it compels you to use the incredible power of adaptation in order to follow that purpose.

You’re good at adapting. You do it every day. Connect that ability with a compelling purpose, and you will achieve great things.

— Ralph Marston

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