"I have come to the sobering 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 drama is escalated or de-escalated."
Perfect Wave, by Carrie Tasman of Corvallis, Oregon.