On the Failure of Force


Here’s a recent resolution I’ve made—born mostly from the belated, persistent failure of my usual application of brute force and willpower:

In situations of duress, I will only ask myself either (or both) of two things:

1. Will I allow my internal state to be determined by external affairs?

2. What lesson am I intended to learn from this situation?

So far, it’s proven enormously helpful.

(Bolsters her resolve.)

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