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Sat, Sep 14 2019 8:45 AM by Ladychipper. 558 replies.
  • Ladychipper United States
    16,772 Posts
    Mon, Jul 8 2019 8:25 AM

    Monday, July 8, 2019

    Prepared to be patient

    As soon as your day begins, be prepared to be patient. Be prepared to be tolerant, understanding, and forgiving.

    Know from the start that someone in your life will do something foolish, selfish, hurtful. For no one you encounter even comes close to being perfect.

    But that’s okay, because you can prepare yourself to handle it. You can remind yourself that someone else’s foolishness is not, after all, about you.

    You can be so ready in advance for the offenses of others that they don’t offend you at all. You can enable and empower yourself to quickly let them go, and to move positively forward.

    There’s no need for the negative behavior of others to waste your energy or drain your spirit. Simply know that it will happen, and when it does, continue with your own highest intentions.

    Be ready to encounter the negativity of others. You’ll immunize yourself, and won’t have to make that negativity your own.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Tue, Jul 9 2019 8:09 AM

    Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    Relaxed attention

    If you wish to copy a drawing by hand, you’ll improve the accuracy of your copy by first turning the original upside down. Try it, and discover how it focuses your attention on the actual lines and curves, and prevents you from being overly judgmental about how well you’re doing.

    Plenty of other things in your life can benefit from more relaxed attention and less opinionated judgment. You can free up much time and mental energy by letting go of the need to have so many opinions.

    Sure, to function in life you need to have a well-developed perspective. But that doesn’t require you to carry around a truckload of opinions on every little issue.

    Is it really necessary to conduct an extensive internal dialogue about every person you encounter? Perhaps you’d be better served, and much better liked, by attentively listening to what that person is saying.

    Give your opinionating a rest, and give life the opportunity to unfold in front of you. Stop over-analyzing everything you come across, and give yourself the chance to simply enjoy it.

    Improve the accuracy of what you observe. Actually look at, listen to, and experience what you experience rather than placing so many judgments on it all.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • AlaskanDame United States
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    Tue, Jul 9 2019 8:42 AM
    Wow - two in a row that really speak to me. July 8th and 9th. Thank you.
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  • Ladychipper United States
    16,772 Posts
    Tue, Jul 9 2019 9:19 AM

    You are most welcome!  Patience, in particular, is a hard thing to master.  :-)

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Wed, Jul 10 2019 11:10 AM

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Give goodness

    Give goodness, not in the abstract, but in real places, with real people. Give goodness, not as a vague idea, but to a specific moment.

    There’s quite a lot you can do to lift up life, here and now, as you are. And nothing is as satisfying as doing so.

    Rather than accumulating more reasons to boast about yourself, give goodness. If you want people to care about what you achieve, pursue achievements that improve their world.

    Give goodness because you can. Give goodness because it makes a difference that reverberates through lives, through time.

    In ways large, small, and in between, give goodness. In ways that inspire you to give even more, give goodness.

    Put your love for life into loving action. Give goodness.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Thu, Jul 11 2019 7:59 AM

    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    Live it now

    All of existence has arrived for you to experience now. Your entire life has unfolded so you can enjoy it now.

    This is not practice for later. Now is when the experience of living becomes yours.

    There is no waiting for the perfect moment, for the ideal condition. There is no putting it off until this arrives or that departs.

    Life, with its endless variety of richness, is now. Life, with lethal risk and sublime joy wholly intertwined, exists entirely in this moment.

    Celebrate your unbounded good fortune at being, right now, in the same exact realm as everything that is. Put that glorious opportunity to use in the service of all you love and treasure.

    Open yourself to the ups, the downs, the discoveries, difficulties, joys and wonders that extend out as far as you can imagine. Life is here, live it now.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Fri, Jul 12 2019 9:02 AM

    Friday, July 12, 2019

    Difficult things happen

    Every problem is a chance for you to become a better version of yourself. Every challenge charts a path for growth and improvement.

    Every setback carries the potential for powerful motivation. Every disappointment can lift you to a higher level of resolve.

    Every inconvenience has the power to inspire new resourcefulness. Every frustration gives you a way to strengthen your patience.

    From each positive experience, you learn a few things. From each negative experience, you learn much more.

    Of course you would not intentionally seek to be hurt or disappointed. But neither would you want a life where hurt and disappointment never happen.

    Difficult things can happen, do happen, and amazingly, life finds a way to make them beneficial. Difficult things can happen, and that’s what makes the good things so very good.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Sat, Jul 13 2019 12:00 PM

    Saturday, July 13, 2019

    Continue to persevere

    In this moment, persevere. In the next moment, continue to persevere.

    Yes, you can persevere for another minute or two. And yes, you can stretch those minutes of perseverance end to end for as long as necessary.

    Make the commitment to yourself to keep up the effort a little while longer. Then keep renewing that commitment as many times as it takes.

    Perseverance does not tie you down. On the contrary, perseverance enables you to soar as high as you choose to go.

    Perseverance is not a long-term tribulation that you must suffer through. It is your choice to continue investing your best efforts in your highest ideals.

    Your life, and all the great things you can do, are well worth your perseverance. Persevere now, and continue.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • DoctorLarry United States
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    Sun, Jul 14 2019 3:21 PM

    I am trying to persevere.

    But is is difficult without Ladychipper here for motivation.

    I hope all is well with you Marion.

    See you Monday!

    But for now:

    The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. 
    ......Mark Twain 

     

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Sun, Jul 14 2019 4:07 PM

    Hi Dr. Larry,

    I take Sundays off.  Everything is going good for me and I hope for you you as well.

    Like you quote from Mark Twain.  I think there are quite a few more important days in your life to add to this like the day a child is born, wedding day, the day you see what you believe in and more.

    Blessings,

    Marion

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