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Thu, Nov 21 2019 7:22 AM by Ladychipper. 628 replies.
  • Ladychipper United States
    17,084 Posts
    Tue, Aug 27 2019 8:14 AM

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Gift of discipline

    Discipline is good for you. Reward yourself with some.

    Discipline demonstrates to you how much you’re capable of accomplishing. Practice discipline, and it strengthens itself along with all your other skills.

    You cannot choose whether or not to be disciplined. You can only choose whether that discipline will be imposed by you, or by some force outside your control.

    Life improves dramatically when the discipline you are subject to is the discipline you choose. That choice transforms discipline from punishment to empowerment.

    Every action, or neglect of action, has consequences. Discipline guides you to perform the actions that produce the most desirable consequences.

    If you’re disappointed with your results, find a way to add more discipline to your efforts. Give yourself the powerful gift of discipline, and give your world the benefit of all the great things you can achieve.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,084 Posts
    Wed, Aug 28 2019 12:35 PM

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    The path to possible

    Imagine the impossible, and suddenly it moves closer to being possible. Imagine the impossible, and give yourself the chance to fully explore what you imagine.

    Often when something is considered impossible, it’s the method that’s deemed impossible, not the result. And quite often, there’s another, completely workable method that no one has thought of yet.

    That’s why so very many things that were once dismissed as impossible are now commonplace. For each one, someone figured out a way to make it happen.

    Imagine something impossible, and think of exactly what its benefit would be, if it were in fact possible. Then ask yourself, is there another way to produce that same benefit?

    The path to possible begins with the acknowledgment that there’s more than just one path. Imagine the impossible, but don’t let your imagination get stuck on just one version of it.

    Maybe your impossible dream is not as impossible as you think. Immerse your thoughts in the meaningful goodness it can bring, and you’re much more likely to find your way there.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,084 Posts
    Thu, Aug 29 2019 12:55 PM

    Thursday, August 29, 2019

    Opportunity of the unknown

    What can you embrace about each difficulty you encounter? What can you make use of in the challenges that appear in your life?

    Unpleasant, undesirable things will happen, many times beyond your ability to expect, prevent, or avoid. Yet you always have the ability to respond in a positive way.

    Indeed, difficulties will often push you to become stronger, more capable, more highly experienced and effective. Difficulties will force abilities to the surface that you never before realized you had.

    You won’t do yourself much good by fearing circumstances beyond your control. Instead, welcome the opportunity of the unknown, even when it encompasses challenge and difficulty.

    Look for some aspect of each situation that you can put to positive use. Find a path to follow that brings you out of the situation ahead of where you were when you encountered it.

    You can be much stronger, much more capable than you’ve yet discovered. Seek opportunity in the unknown, and give your best qualities a way to emerge.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • TopShelf2010 United States
    8,820 Posts
    Thu, Aug 29 2019 4:11 PM

    Ladychipper:
    Unpleasant, undesirable things will happen, many times beyond your ability to expect, prevent, or avoid. Yet you always have the ability to respond in a positive way.

    Amen

     

    Don

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,084 Posts
    Fri, Aug 30 2019 9:16 AM

    Friday, August 30, 2019

    Working to improve

    Take pride in the good work you’ve done. But rather than repeatedly congratulating yourself, challenge yourself to do even better.

    Consider your latest achievement to be a stepping stone rather than the ultimate destination. Look for new and helpful ways to put it to further use.

    Be thankful for the skills you’ve built and the knowledge you’ve accumulated. Demonstrate that gratitude by constantly seeking to improve your skills and add to your knowledge.

    If you see yourself as the best at anything, that severely limits your ability to get better. Instead, adopt the perspective of a humble student, always learning from others, always working to improve.

    If you consider yourself to already know it all, you shut down the possibility of learning more. Choose instead to find something new you can learn from every person you encounter.

    Life still has much to teach you. So always be ready and willing to learn.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,084 Posts
    Sat, Aug 31 2019 10:26 AM

    Saturday, August 31, 2019

    Dreams cannot die

    Fulfilling your dream is good, and arriving at your goal is important. But a successful result is not necessary for the dream, for the goal, to have value.

    The beauty of purpose arises in the living of that purpose. And the achievement that occurs along the way is icing on the cake.

    That’s not to say achievement is a trivial thing, for achievement is essential if life is to continue. Yet even more essential is the hope for achievement, the desire to achieve.

    Dreams cannot die after they’ve already been lived, no matter what the final result may be. You exist at your highest level when you live in the service of a worthy objective.

    Even when you end up falling short of the goal, the goal has added value to your life. That value begins to be realized the instant you commit your actions to the goal.

    Do all you can to achieve the results you desire. Feel the richness as it accrues in your life, every step of the way.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,084 Posts
    Mon, Sep 2 2019 8:25 AM

    Monday, September 2, 2019

    Love without hate

    Hatred gives power, attention, influence to whatever you hate. Is that really what you want?

    If your love for one thing is conditioned by your hatred for something else, is it really love? Or is it just a path to continuous misery and destruction?

    Life will always involve conflict and adversity, yet you have the power to rise above it all. You have the power to love without condition.

    You can refuse to let your energy be consumed by fear and rage. You can choose to invest all you are, all you have, in the positive possibilities.

    That does not mean you must live in a state of ignorance or denial. You can see and acknowledge the difficulties, the imperfections, the injustice and absurdity, without compromising your love for life and for all who live it.

    The way to move beyond the conflict is not to give more fuel to it. Summon your courage and strength to love without hate, and forge a positive path forward.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,084 Posts
    Tue, Sep 3 2019 8:10 AM

    Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    One thing

    Narrowing your focus down to one thing, is difficult. Because to do so, you must turn your focus away from all other things.

    Yet it is also powerful to focus on one thing. What you discover, understand, achieve, can be nothing short of amazing.

    It’s great to be ambitious, but if you spread your ambition too thin, you destroy its effectiveness. If you seek to have it all, to do it all, to experience it all, you make it impossible for anything to have any meaning.

    No particular possession or experience, nor all of them for that matter, will provide the fulfillment you desire. It is your pursuit, your effort, your struggle, your investment of yourself in a specific purpose, that brings fulfillment.

    You can pose for the selfie, buy the t-shirt, say you did it, and move quickly to the next item on your long, meaningless list. Or you can slow down, give time, thought, meaning and long focus to what you’re doing, and come away with real richness.

    Give immense value to each possibility you pursue by letting go of the other possibilities for a while. Really focus, and make it truly special.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,084 Posts
    Wed, Sep 4 2019 12:15 PM

    Wednesday, September 4, 2019

    Your time for action

    In the face of opportunity, take action. In the face of trouble, take action.

    The day will get off to a great start, or it will get off to a difficult, challenging start. In either case, you can do something about it, you can do something positive with it.

    Don’t wait for someone else to handle it. Throw out the excuses, jump past your hesitation, and take action.

    The problem is not going to solve itself. The opportunity is not going to unfold on its own.

    Look around, see the world as it is, acknowledge what’s going on, and make yourself useful. Whatever there is to work with, get to work with it.

    This is no time for empty wishes, self pity, complaints or endless procrastination. This is your time for action, so seize the moment and do good work with it.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper United States
    17,084 Posts
    Thu, Sep 5 2019 8:28 AM

    Thursday, September 5, 2019

    Opportunity of today

    There are things you meant to do, wanted to do, thought about doing, but never did. And it’s likely your biggest regrets are for those opportunities never pursued.

    Yet in a strange and wonderful way, now you can also be thankful for what you never did. Because you freed up time, space, and energy to become who you are.

    Even with the missed opportunities, even with the regrets, you have arrived at today. And today, you can take every past achievement, disappointment, good moment, and difficult stretch, and put it all to positive use.

    The energy, the drive, the inspiration you now have, is yours to use as you see fit. Whatever you are now feeling, you can apply it toward moving forward.

    Sadness, regret, gratitude, nostalgia, satisfaction, disappointment, all can be stirred into the mix. Combine their energy with a new sense of purpose and commitment, and do precisely what you choose to do.

    Though the past opportunities are gone, their absence has presented you with the opportunity of today. Now you know better, and today is an opportunity you surely do not want to miss.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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