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Sat, Aug 24 2019 8:41 AM by Ladychipper. 538 replies.
  • Ladychipper United States
    16,676 Posts
    Sat, Jan 19 2019 9:03 AM

    Saturday, January 19, 2019

    Overwhelm the negativity

    It is difficult to care in a world that doesn’t ever seem to care. Yet it is possible, and ultimately it is your best choice.

    You can care deeply, actively, even when no one else steps forward to care. There is much you can give, even when no one else is willing to give.

    You can put yourself on the side of real goodness. You can make a difference, and make the world brighter with your commitment to do so.

    It is a challenge being committed to excellence when it feels like indolence and incompetence are rampant. Yet it is possible, and it is powerful, and of great value.

    Your best response is to do what’s good, what’s right, what’s smart and valuable and effective. In this way you overwhelm the negativity with your own action.

    Instead of being distraught about how bad things can be, imagine all you can do to improve life. Then get to work and make it so.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • HenryKawa Canada
    1,142 Posts
    Sat, Jan 19 2019 10:45 AM

    Hello Marion,

    I read your posts everyday.  Thank you. 

    I had been a public servant for 37 years on the police force.  When I retired, I was removed from helping people.     I've decided to try to help people by applying to be a moderator on WGT.  I've always been interested in the job, but now I will be more serious about it.  I was motivated by your last post.  I pasted the relevant lines below, because it all applies to me, in the situation I am in and how I am feeling...  It feels as if Ralph wrote it for me!

    It is difficult to care in a world that doesn’t ever seem to care. Yet it is possible, and ultimately it is your best choice.

    You can care deeply, actively, even when no one else steps forward to care. There is much you can give, even when no one else is willing to give.

    You can put yourself on the side of real goodness. You can make a difference, and make the world brighter with your commitment to do so.

    It is a challenge being committed to excellence when it feels like indolence and incompetence are rampant. Yet it is possible, and it is powerful, and of great value.

    Your best response is to do what’s good, what’s right, what’s smart and valuable and effective. In this way you overwhelm the negativity with your own action.

    Instead of being distraught about how bad things can be, imagine all you can do to improve life. Then get to work and make it so.

     

     

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,676 Posts
    Sat, Jan 19 2019 4:12 PM

    Good luck to you Henry!  I hope your dreams come true.

    Blessings,

    Marion

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,676 Posts
    Mon, Jan 21 2019 8:30 AM

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    Good work you can do today

    Be clear about where you are going, and why. At the same time, be focused on where you are and on the quality of the efforts you are making right now.

    Be realistic about what lies ahead, but don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by it. Give your energy and attention to the work that’s right in front of you.

    Carry with you a good sense of your past and your intended future. But don’t let the big picture make you fearful, arrogant, or complacent.

    Instead, focus on the details of the progress you can make now. Immerse yourself in giving your best to the moment.

    You’ve done much, and today you can do a good bit more. You have far to go, and today you can take some solid steps in the right direction.

    Glance behind and ahead every now and then, to renew your determination. Then quickly turn your focus to the details of here and now, and give your best to the good work you can do today.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,676 Posts
    Tue, Jan 22 2019 12:18 PM

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    Calm, deliberate response

    Take a deep breath, don’t worry. You’ve got this.

    Panic and drama make you feel energetic, but wild, raw energy won’t get you anywhere good. Calm down, and give yourself the chance to do what you do best.

    You’ve deliberately solved problems every day of your life. You can solve this one too, with a calm, deliberate response.

    Give yourself a moment to think calmly, and you’ll make much better use of your resources, of your abilities. Though the impulse of your ego may be pushing you to panic, to lash out, you can choose to rise above that impulse.

    The situation calls for intelligence and effectiveness, not reckless actions taken in haste. Step back, marshal your resources, consider your abilities, assess your options, and go with the best ones.

    Don’t react with an emotional onslaught that just makes the problem more intense. Respond with a well-considered, calmly executed solution that makes the problem go away.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,676 Posts
    Wed, Jan 23 2019 8:14 AM

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Fear of missing out

    Don’t let the fear of missing out on one thing cause you to miss out on everything. Don’t be so worried about whatever you’re missing that you fail to fully experience what you’re doing.

    Make a choice, and then give yourself to that choice, with confidence, with enthusiasm, with no regrets. Instead of fearing that you’re missing some other activity, be thankful you’re able to invest your time in the way you’ve chosen.

    Your time and resources are finite, and nothing you can do will change that. What you can do is richly experience and enjoy the moment you’re in, the activities you’ve chosen, the good things you have.

    Feel the freedom of not having to second guess yourself. Feel the joy of immersing yourself fully in what you’re doing.

    Focus on the amazing time and place you’re in, on the great possibilities that are yours, here and now. Other people are doing other things in other places, and you’re getting the very most from all you’re doing.

    Relax, and let a complete sense of satisfaction rise up within you. Life is rich, interesting, and fulfilling, for you have chosen to make it so.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,676 Posts
    Thu, Jan 24 2019 8:16 AM

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    Challenge to do better

    You have ideas, and then you have doubts about those ideas. Let your doubts help you to improve your ideas rather than discard those ideas.

    See each doubt as a challenge to do better, not as an excuse to do nothing. Figure out what it would take to erase the doubt, and proceed to get it done.

    Let your doubts push you to do the work that will refine your ideas and extract value from them. Use your doubts to ensure that there’s real wisdom and depth in your ideas.

    See your doubts as a way to proofread what you intend to do before you actually do it. Make your actions stronger, more relevant and effective by first challenging them with your own healthy skepticism.

    Life can be filled with pitfalls and danger, and you’re smart to be wary. Yet the best way to deal with the danger is not to retreat from it, but to find a way to act in the face of it.

    Push boldly forward, welcoming the doubts that are sure to come. Employ those doubts to improve your performance, and as each doubt dissolves a new achievement will take its place.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,676 Posts
    Fri, Jan 25 2019 9:21 AM

    Friday, January 25, 2019

    Look for the good

    You will find what you look for, so look for the good. Even on a bad day, especially on a bad day, look for the good.

    Look for the good in the people you encounter. Look for the good in the circumstances where you find yourself, in the problems, in the disappointments, in the frustrations and delays.

    Often, the most rational response is to be cynical, sad, bereft of hope for improvement. Yet the better course is always to look for the good.

    Great progress is made by those who look for the good, particularly when that good is not anywhere evident. It is always there, somewhere, under the difficulty, behind the pain, hidden within the challenges.

    You can curse the darkness, but the darkness will remain, and your breath will have been wasted. Or, you can look for the good, and in so doing, begin to push the darkness away.

    Wherever you are, whatever you are engaged in, there is good to be found. Look for the good, and find it, and continue to change each moment for the better.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,676 Posts
    Sat, Jan 26 2019 8:41 AM

    Saturday, January 26, 2019

    Rich on the inside

    It’s nice to gaze out over grand, exotic vistas. Yet it’s just as nice to spend a quiet afternoon reading a good book in a simple sunlit room.

    You don’t need to have an impressive experience to have a good and fulfilling experience. You don’t need to have the ultimate adventure to enjoy an interesting and satisfying day.

    You can live very well without a lot of money or fame. You can enjoy a rich and fulfilling life without frantically rushing to get in front of the latest trend.

    Gently and joyfully do what you love instead of struggling and clamoring to do whatever happens to be in vogue. Give yourself the time live to well rather than striving to accumulate possessions and experiences that mean very little to you.

    Spend more of your life fully enjoying all you have, and less of your energy yearning to get more. Have the confidence to be truly happy without the need to keep up false appearances.

    Let a genuine love for the beauty of life guide your choices and priorities each day. Be rich on the inside, for that’s where it really matters.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,676 Posts
    Mon, Jan 28 2019 8:37 AM

    Monday, January 28, 2019

    Get yourself going

    Stand up tall and do something meaningful with the opportunity of this day. Shake off the hesitation, the excuses, the distractions, and get yourself going.

    Wasting today is not a good option. This day is here now, and only now, and its unique value is available to you only if you make use of it.

    A world full of factors you can’t even imagine have combined to provide you with the chance to live this day. It’s up to you, it is in fact your obligation, to make the most of every moment.

    Soon, and for a long time after, you’ll look back on this day. Now, and only now, you can ensure you’ll look back not with shame or regret, but with gratitude and satisfaction.

    Living this day well is difficult, demanding work that’s likely to be frustrating, inconvenient, even exhausting. And yet when it’s done, as taxing as it may be, you’ll know for certain it was your very best choice.

    Get yourself going, now, and make yourself more useful and productive today than you’ve ever been. Rise to the challenge of your greatest opportunity, which is now.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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