Practice kindness, and you start to become kind. Practice discipline, and you start to become disciplined. Practice forgiveness, and you start to become forgiving. Practice charity, and you start to become charitable. Practice
gentleness, and you start to become gentle.
It doesn't matter whether you're in the mood to be gracious to the bank teller today; do it anyway -- and watch how it begins to affect your mood. Just push the button of the self you wish
to be, and the synapses that make up that personality begin to form. Your best self already exists in the ethers, just waiting to be downloaded. We become gracious when we decide to be gracious. We have the power to generate as well
as react to feelings; to hone our personalities as we travel through life. In the words of George Eliot, "It is never too late to be what you might have been." It is never too late to become who we really are.
from "A Year of Miracles" by Marianne Williamson