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August 31

   
There are probably times in our relationship where I agonize over how to handle a particular situation. Maybe I suspect my SO isn’t being truthful about something important to me, and wonder if and how I should bring the subject up. Or I think about doing something, and worry about how they might react.
  Why is it necessary for me to do things "right"? Why can’t I make choices that are imperfect? No one makes perfect choices all of the time, or even most of the time.
  The only thing I really have any control over is my reactions to my own choices. If I spend the time I need to see how a particular choice feels inside, and look honestly at my motives, I give myself the best chance for making as good a choice as I can. If I discover later that it wasn’t as good as I wanted, I can make amends, and learn from the experience. Learning from our experiences is really how life works anyway, isn’t it?

Just for Today
  Today, I’ll make the best choices I can, and accept that many of those choices - maybe even all - won’t be as good as I’d like. But that’s human, and natural. If I learn from my experiences, each choice will be like a piece of coal that turns into a diamond. After all, you can’t get a diamond unless you start with a piece of coal first.

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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