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Friday, April 09, 2021

William James was an American philosopher, historian and psychologist, and according to Wikipedia, was the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. He died more than 110 year ago, yet his words live on.

Two of his quotes came to my attention this morning and as often happens, are so appropriate and seem so directed toward me, that I feel a need to share.

"Action may not bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action." - From my perpetual desk flip calendar.

Meaning, I really should get off my behind - literally -- and do something good. But what? And why? Who would get anything from whatever I'd do? (I'm trying to talk myself OUT of something here when I should be trying to talk myself INTO something.)

Thus the second quote which I found when looking up William James.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

What we do does make a difference. I might not see that difference today or next week or ever. But I guess it doesn't really matter. When I understand I can make a difference, that's enough for me.
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  • LEANJEAN6
    so yu heard the piano??--- Ever good!---- LOL----= It made me feel better too-Lynda
    29 days ago
  • REDSHOEBLUE
    I love his second quote there "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." So often we journey through life thinking that we never made an impact on anybody or anything. We don't know why we journey where we do...but there is a reason. We are making a difference, an impact if you will. I have reacquainted with people, who quite honestly I don't remember every meeting, but they mention things that they remember that I said or did. Things that made a difference to them at that moment. It strikes me then, that even though I feel lost, and don't seem to have the right words most of the time, at some point, to some person, I too made a difference.

    Thanks for sharing these wise words!

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    35 days ago
  • JACKIEWALKS4FUN
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    38 days ago
  • JEWELRYLOVER
    Thanks for sharing the inspiration!💖
    38 days ago
  • COUNTRYGALINNY
    Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the inspiration today
    38 days ago
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