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Fri, Jul 19 2019 12:16 PM by Ladychipper. 504 replies.
  • Ladychipper United States
    16,471 Posts
    Thu, Dec 13 2018 8:37 AM

    Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Listen well

    Listen, not just for the purpose of constructing clever comments and comebacks. Listen, truly listen, to understand.

    Listen, even if you disagree with what’s being said, especially if you disagree. Listen with respect, with rapt interest, with your curiosity at full throttle.

    Listen, fully focused, and gain priceless insight. Listen, and benefit from the experiences, the mistakes, the triumphs of others.

    Seek not to prove what you know. Seek instead to improve and increase what you know and understand, by listening well.

    Listen, truly pay attention, and continually inject new richness into your relationships. Listen, and multiply the value of your skills, your experience, your wisdom and resources.

    Listen to learn, to bond, to grow in wisdom and compassion, to genuinely increase the goodness in life. Listen well, to build a life, and a world, in which all can live well.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,471 Posts
    Fri, Dec 14 2018 9:12 AM

    Friday, December 14, 2018

    Progress now

    Your problems can be solved, but they cannot be solved in a few minutes. Take the time, do the work, make some progress here, some more progress there, as you can.

    Your highest goals can be reached, but not in a magical, effortless instant. Be eager to give your achievements the value of your time, work, discipline, and persistence.

    This is a perfectly good moment to create value, no matter if the economy is booming or busted. This is a day you can use to your advantage, regardless of the disadvantages you are saddled with.

    Don’t endlessly analyze what might or might not happen. Just do your best with what you know, with what you have, right now.

    There are a whole lot of factors you cannot control. Put all those things out of your mind, free yourself to focus on what you can indeed do, and do it well.

    Step beyond worry, resentment, blame, anger, and envy. There is real progress you can generate right now, so take the opportunity and make it happen.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,471 Posts
    Sat, Dec 15 2018 10:35 AM

    Saturday, December 15, 2018

    Wonder of existence

    Life is amazing, even in its most ordinary, familiar aspects. Give your cynicism permission to melt away, and be amazed.

    See life today as you saw it for the first time. Open your eyes wide with wonder and curiosity, and be amazed.

    Feel the texture, observe the detail, breathe in the aroma of this unique point in space and time. Listen as the rhythm changes, watch as hues are transformed, taste the fresh flavor as each new moment arrives.

    You are distinct, beautiful, and at the same time part of an even greater whole. Be amazed at all you know, and at the limitless nature of what you’ve yet to experience.

    Glimpse the simple, elegant truth that resonates throughout every complexity. Be amazed at your own awareness of being amazed.

    Witness with all your senses, with all your heart, the wonder of existence. Show yourself how good it feels, and how empowering it is, to be amazed.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • DoctorLarry United States
    1,959 Posts
    Sat, Dec 15 2018 5:39 PM

    Thanks for all the motivation, Lady.

    "The measure of a life, after all, is not the duration, but the donation".

     - Corrie Ten Boom

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,471 Posts
    Sat, Dec 15 2018 6:28 PM

    You are most welcome Dr. Larry!

    I say Amen to your lovely addition here. 

    Blessings,

    Marion

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  • HenryKawa Canada
    1,142 Posts
    Mon, Dec 17 2018 8:31 AM

    WORK FOR A CAUSE - NOT APPLAUSE

    LIVE LIFE TO EXPRESS - NOT TO IMPRESS

     

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,471 Posts
    Mon, Dec 17 2018 8:44 AM

    HenryKawa:

    WORK FOR A CAUSE - NOT APPLAUSE

    LIVE LIFE TO EXPRESS - NOT TO IMPRESS

     

    Amen Henry! 

    Some good advice!

     

     

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,471 Posts
    Mon, Dec 17 2018 8:45 AM

    Monday, December 17, 2018

    What you remember

    Your memory of what happened is not what happened. Your memory is your impression, your interpretation of what happened, and what it means to you.

    Each memory can and does change, each time you remember it. It never was fully objective to begin with, and becomes less so as time goes on.

    Your memory is not an unalterable police car dash cam recording. It is a dynamic tool with which your past guides your future.

    You cannot change the objective reality of what happened to you, or by you, or around you. Yet you can choose precisely how you remember it, what it now means, what you learn from it, what you do with it.

    The story of your life is yours to write, now, to make sense of, to pull together into an inspiring, empowering narrative. Whatever your past has been, you can project it through the lens of now into a positive, fulfilling future.

    Today is the turning point in the story of your life. Today, let everything you remember push you toward the brightest, most meaningful life you can imagine.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,471 Posts
    Tue, Dec 18 2018 8:34 AM

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    Step up

    You’re at the bottom of a deep hole, in a foreign country, where you don’t speak the language. A man comes along and starts shoveling dirt into the hole.

    You yell up to him, asking what he’s doing, but he doesn’t understand you and you don’t understand him. He just keeps on shoveling.

    So what do you do? You step up.

    As each fresh mound of dirt lands at the bottom of the hole, you step up on top of it. Dirt is continually shoveled in, the bottom of the hole rises, and by stepping up you rise along with it, until finally you’re able to step out of the hole.

    It doesn’t really matter whether that dirt was intended to bury you or to save you. What matters is your response, your choice to step up, to take action and successfully deal with the situation at hand.

    What situation in your life is throwing dirt on you at the moment? Step up, take whatever is coming at you, and put it to positive use.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,471 Posts
    Wed, Dec 19 2018 1:11 PM

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    Possibility into reality

    Can you write one sentence, and another, and another? Then you can write a book.

    Can you take one step, and a step after that, and another step? Then you can travel a thousand miles.

    What you can do right now may not seem like much. Yet once you do it, you can do it again, and again, and soon you’re making significant progress.

    What you can accomplish today may not be perfect. Yet tomorrow you’ll have the opportunity to improve upon it and add to it.

    Don’t let yourself discount, disparage, or talk yourself out of what you can do right now. Just go ahead and get it done.

    Every time you have the chance, make the effort, do what you can do. Let your own actions show you, again and again, how to make possibility into reality.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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