Thursday, November 17, 2005

A quote from Goethe (via Debbie Ford)

In her newsletter this week, Debbie Ford quotes Goethe. I think it's a wonderful quote and I'll use a bit of it here:

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the deciding element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I posses tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, 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 dehumanized.
If we treat people as they are we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.



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