Happiness: We Are Each 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 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 de-humanized. 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.
– Goethe

Happiness and spiritual growth from Goethe.  Ann Strong and Tama Kieves celebrating.
Decisively adding joy and happiness to the 50th birthday celebration of my dear friend, Tama Kieves.

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