The Power to Choose

Quotes and Notes #99, February 9

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”–William James

This is a wonderful concept. It’s like choosing one flavor of ice cream over another. If I choose chocolate, I then also have the power to tell myself, “I think I would enjoy ice cream more than an anchovy sandwich.” The same goes with taking care of problems. I can choose to figure out ways to deal with the problem instead of spending my time worrying about it. I can choose what I will think about. I have that power. Remember, practice makes you a better optimist. Smiling creates happiness.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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