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Tue, Nov 12 2019 8:36 AM by Ladychipper. 620 replies.
  • Ladychipper United States
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    Thu, Feb 7 2019 6:58 AM

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Try a little patience

    Some matters are genuinely urgent. Most other things are not, but there’s often a strong underlying pressure, from yourself and others, to treat them as urgent.

    The trouble is, making everything urgent wears you down. Addressing every little issue like it’s a dramatic, life and death matter drains your life of real meaning and joy.

    By all means, tend to the really urgent situations with your full speed and attention. With everything else, try a little patience, with a generous amount of understanding thrown in.

    Take a moment to take a deep breath. Remind yourself of the distinction between what really matters and what merely stokes everyone’s ego, including yours.

    Do you really need to raise your anxiety level just because a delivery takes three days instead of two? Think of all the good, enjoyable, fulfilling activities with which you could replace the worrying and fretting.

    Soothe your own life, and the lives of others, with a little patience. Give things some time, and enjoy the time you give.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Fri, Feb 8 2019 8:49 AM

    Friday, February 8, 2019

    Pick your possibilities

    The possibilities are endless, and that’s great. Just don’t let yourself get overwhelmed or sidetracked by all those possibilities.

    Pick certain meaningful possibilities and go with them, focus on them, commit to them. Persist with them until you see them through.

    Yes, it’s tempting and useful to explore new possibilities. But even the best possibility is useless if you don’t make a firm commitment to sticking with it.

    Channel your excitement about what’s possible into actually bringing specific possibilities to life. Be as eager to get the work completed as you are to get the project started.

    Follow through on the enticing promises by keeping those promises with disciplined effort. Translate what’s possible into specific goals and then do the work to achieve those goals.

    Position yourself to do great things by acknowledging you can’t do everything. Pick your possibilities, stick with them, and bring their value to life.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Sat, Feb 9 2019 11:44 AM

    Saturday, February 9, 2019

    Fresh start

    Today is a fresh start. Make something good with it.

    You’ve learned a lot about how life unfolds, what works, what doesn’t, what holds you back, what moves you forward. Now is your chance to put all that knowledge to good use.

    You’ve seen the mistakes that others have made, and your own mistakes as well. Today you can benefit from those observations, avoiding the pitfalls as you work to make good progress.

    You’ve felt the sting of regret and the joy of purposeful achievement. Beginning right now, you can choose to create much more joy and much less regret.

    Here is where your future begins. Be honest with yourself about what you really want to do, to experience, to become, for every choice leads you in a specific direction.

    Go ahead, feel the miracle of life as it glows within you, and fill your world with purpose, with meaning. Take the fresh start that begins right now, and live, and love, and give, and grow.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Mon, Feb 11 2019 8:22 AM

    Monday, February 11, 2019

    Intentional energy

    What’s the difference between the energy of destruction and the energy of achievement? The difference is in your intention.

    Negative energy does not force you to take negative actions. Rather, negative energy is what happens when you focus your energy in a negative direction.

    The same physical energy used in warfare can instead be used to grow food, build homes, provide medical care, and countless other good things. Energy, regardless of its original source, can be put to positive use.

    The energy generated within you by frustration can be applied toward focused, disciplined achievement. The energy arising from anger can be redirected toward care and nurturing.

    You can draw energy from anything that happens and then use that energy precisely as you choose. Rather than being a slave to the circumstances, you can be the master of your own response, of your own intentions.

    Be clear with yourself about all you value, all you love, all you’re thankful for and care about. Make use of the energy in your life to advance and support those good things.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Tue, Feb 12 2019 8:24 AM

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    Eaten alive

    Are you being eaten alive by a monster that does not even exist? Have your highest thoughts and best moments been sucked away by a demon with no actual form or substance?

    You are wise to be concerned, and to do something about those concerns. But it is foolish to contaminate your awareness and paralyze your life with useless worry.

    What perfectly good thing have you started and then stopped, worried what others would think? What goal, what dream have you declined to achieve, worried about problems you could easily have solved?

    Worry waters down your enthusiasm, cancels your best plans, and hands you nothing but regret in return. Let this be the day you walk away from all that.

    Let this be the moment you face your fears, challenges, limitations, and act to do something about them. Rather than being hobbled with worry, choose now to put the power of your imagination to purposeful use, spurring you into action.

    Be smart, be realistic, be wary, but don’t be worried. Feel your strength, express that strength with action, and rise above every useless worry.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Wed, Feb 13 2019 12:37 PM

    Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    Lingering complications

    Maybe the question or problem you’re faced with doesn’t have a good answer, or at least not one you can find right away. And maybe you can be okay with that.

    Perhaps, despite all your best efforts, not everything gets resolved before the end of the day or end of the week. And maybe you can get a great night’s sleep, and have a delightful weekend, nonetheless.

    Sure, it’s fine to get all the issues resolved, tied up in a nice, neat conclusion. But it’s not essential, and it rarely happens like that anyway.

    You can live a great life for a long time, even with lingering complications and unanswered questions. Don’t put your life on hold waiting for all the problems to be solved.

    Living a rich and joyous life does not prevent you from resolving the difficult issues. On the contrary, it helps you prioritize things and discover effective ways to deal with them.

    Work diligently to solve the problems, to get the answers. While you do, live well, gently refusing to let anything keep you down.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Thu, Feb 14 2019 8:47 AM

    Thursday, February 14, 2019

    Worth the effort

    Your whole life has led to this day, today. Remind yourself to spend today in a way that’s worthy of the investment.

    Every moment you’ve been through has brought you to this moment. Every effort you’ve ever made has laid the groundwork for what you’re about to do now.

    And now, you can live in a way that makes it all worth the effort. You can seize this opportunity you’ve built for yourself, and experience its richness in full.

    You are here, witness to the dawning of this day, and that’s an amazing accomplishment. Feel the vast extent of that accomplishment, and be inspired to add much more on top of it.

    Take a deep, slow breath, filled with the energy of possibility. You can thrive in the face of whatever may come, for you’ve already done so again and again.

    You’re here, now, when you can live, where you can act, ready to gain new ground. Let your love for the best that you’ve known, continue to pull you toward the best that can be.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Fri, Feb 15 2019 7:33 AM

    Hope you enjoy this lesson.  Turn up the little speaker once you click on the arrow.

     

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Fri, Feb 15 2019 7:35 AM

    Friday, February 15, 2019

    Take the first action

    When you attempt something ambitious and make a mistake, you can fix that mistake. But if you never make the attempt, you can’t go back and reclaim the wasted opportunity.

    Act, create, speak, build, write, sing, dance, explore, even if you do it badly at first. You’ll get better and better as you go along.

    Be willing to be a fool and you’ll be able to be a genius. The greatest achievements are those that have never been done before.

    What have you never done before? What purpose have you avoided fulfilling because you didn’t know how or where to start?

    The place to start is precisely where you are. The way to start is to do whatever you’re able to do, without any further delay.

    Write the first draft, and then you’ll have something to edit. Take the first action, and suddenly you’ll be on the path to achievement.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Sat, Feb 16 2019 9:09 AM

    Saturday, February 16, 2019

    Dive into the richness

    What will awaken your sense of adventure? What will energize your desire to make a difference?

    What will re-ignite in you the feeling of wonder regarding all that is possible? Whatever it is, wherever you must go, whomever you must talk with, whatever challenge you must tackle, do it.

    If you’re not thrilled with life’s possibilities, you’re not paying enough attention. If you’re not acting on the best of those possibilities, you’re letting opportunity and value and fulfillment slip through your fingers.

    Wake up to what you already know is there. Make plenty of room in your life for the wonder that is your life.

    You have much more power and ability than you’ve been using lately. Set your sights on a purpose that will entice your best efforts out of you, consistently and persistently.

    Life is your immense treasure and the challenge to live it well is your great ally. Now, dive into the richness.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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