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Prisoners of Our Thoughts, 2nd Edition by Stephen Covey, Alex Pattakos

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1Life Doesn’t Just Happen to Us

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.1

Every day Vita delivers my mail — cheerfully. It’s her trademark attitude. One day, in lousy weather, I heard her whistling as she went about making her deliveries. Instinctively I shouted out to her, “Thank you for doing such a great job.” She stopped dead in her tracks with surprise. “Thank you,” she said. “Wow, I’m not accustomed to hearing such words. I really appreciate it.”

I wanted to know more. “How do you stay so positive and upbeat ...

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