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Things do not change; we change.
-- Henry David Thoreau


Monday, November 8, 1999

Your choice

The things that happen to you are not nearly so important as the things that happen from you. Today you have a long list of choices. In fact, every moment is a choice.

Will you choose to be healthy or will you choose to pursue illness? Will you choose to make a difference or will you choose to be indifferent? Will you choose to create value or will you choose to create excuses?

Whatever happens beyond your control is, for the most part, no more than a background for your own will and actions. Your circumstances are not what make you or break you -- it’s what you choose to do about them.

Think of each moment as a choice. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re just automatically reacting to the world around you. Each thing you do is the result of a choice you have made at some point. To get where you would like to go, make the choices that will take you there.

— Ralph Marston

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