Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I am the decisive element

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.

I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.

In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are we make them worse.

If we treat them as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 
  German Writer


  1. Thanks for this very inspiring quote and reminder that we make the world we live in!

    Leslie Carlson

  2. Leslie - I love love this quote. It's inspiring and really makes me take a step back and look review my actions.

  3. Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.

  4. very inspiring and so relevant for us single moms.

  5. intuitivemama, i have this printed out and posted right by my computer, as a daily reminder to myself that I have the power.

  6. I really needed to read this tonight. I appreciate & will make further comments on ur blog but I just wanted to commend you on posting this timeless truth.


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