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Know the Difference

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” - Abraham Lincoln

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

What can we effectively affect? What can be impacted by our effort and energy? What we can do to make a difference? a real one – not the busy work of worry, anxiety and distress. True discernment. Clarity.

“The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things – the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.” – Charles Grosvenor Osgood

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  1. Dear Kathie,
    You are right. Recognizing that there are many things in our lives that we can’t change, and knowing which things we can change is an education in itself.

    Celebrate you today!
    Joan Y. Edwards

    November 13, 2012
  2. Reblogged this on Be Beautiful and Dance. and commented:
    Good Words for Sunday and every day.

    January 6, 2013
  3. Reblogged this on Jonathan Hilton.

    January 8, 2013
  4. Great message, and one that I have been contemplating for quite awhile. We all have the choice every day to focus on the positive or the negative. Keep thinking positive thoughts and being an example, you are making a difference.

    January 8, 2013

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