“Alter”

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The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.

-William James

American
Philosopher
January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910

 wj-quote

Response:

Let’s look at the word “alter”
al·ter
ˈôltər/
verb
verb: alter; 3rd person present: alters; past tense: altered; past participle: altered; gerund or present participle: altering
1.
change or cause to change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way.
Some of the smallest changes in life have the greatest impact. Thoughts play a major role in how we make our decisions, which determines the outcome of our outlook. We become better through challenges, persistence, and the desire to overcome adversity. Small details are a part of the greater work that is established. Let’s look at the word “principle” (the word is not used in the quote but the definition will help illustrate my response further).
prin·ci·ple
ˈprinsəpəl/
noun
noun: principle; plural noun: principles
1.
a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.
When we understand the principle of something, we understand the purpose of it and it’s function. Basic principles allow us to move into the direction we wish to go. Discovery is based on observation of our-self inside our current circumstance, and the easiest way to change any circumstance is to start from the inside-out. How we take the journey in life is just as important as how we see the destination. They both work together, hand-in-hand. We become a reflection of what we desire, and if it is positive… altering our attitude is the starting point in which we position ourselves to do great things. The accomplishment may be great, but remember it’s the small details along the way that makes the purpose behind it even greater.
-Shemaiah

CEO at Shemaiah Production Studio, LLC Founder at Refocused Magazine

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