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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #811 - #ResponsiblySpeaking

19 Feb, 2018


"Between stimulus and response, there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Viktor E. Frankl

"When you complain you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness."

Eckhart Tolle

"If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month."

Theodore Roosevelt

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

Anais Nin

I'm feeling victimized by others' actions
and inaction
and lack thereof,
feeling victimized by their anxiety.
I must make it stop.
I can't.
They can't.
They will not stop.
I must stop it--
for myself, if not for them--
say no more
or leave
or just somehow do it differently.

I cannot change anyone else, I know.
All I can change is how I respond.
All I can change is what I take
what I do
where I am.

There is always some way to do it differently,
big or small,
at any point in the continuum,
something anything to shift the dynamic,
alter the moves,
change the dance.

Today I somehow in some way
change the dance.

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