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Tue, Nov 12 2019 8:36 AM by Ladychipper. 620 replies.
  • Ladychipper United States
    17,059 Posts
    Tue, Feb 26 2019 11:38 AM

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    Great potential

    Right now you face a great challenge. It is also a profound opportunity.

    You must choose, in this moment, from an endless menu of possibilities, what to do. Though it may seem trivial, of little consequence, what you choose will change your life, will change the whole world, forever.

    How do you narrow the possibilities, how can you know you’re making the best choice? Choose with love for your own potential, love for your family and community, love for beauty, for truth, for a positive and beneficial future.

    It is not an easy choice, and once you make it you must make another, and another. Yet with those continuing choices, made with love and with respect for their power, you can reach higher than you could possibly now imagine.

    Life is dangerous, complicated, frustrating, all too often arbitrary and unreasonable. Yet right now, with even the smallest positive, purposeful choice, you can transcend all that, pushing back the darkness, creating new and hopeful light.

    Make the choice now to embrace your great potential, to give your love and effort to the best that can be. Take up the challenge, answer the call of this moment, and live the great life you are capable of living.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Wed, Feb 27 2019 8:16 AM

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    Know you can do better

    Know you can do better, and let it fill you with encouragement. Know you can do better, and let it challenge you to get to work.

    As effective and productive and purposeful as you’ve been, you can do better now. As mistaken and inattentive and complacent as you’ve been, now you can do better.

    Past experience has taught you, frustrated you, inspired you, disappointed you. Now you can gather all that energy, step forward, and do better.

    Now you can make one little improvement, and then another, and another. Now you can be driven by your commitment to a more positive and fulfilling future.

    Do something good for the person you will be tomorrow, and all the days after that. Recognize your opportunity, recognize your obligation to yourself and others, and do better.

    Put this day to great and meaningful use. Put yourself in motion, inspired and encouraged, and do better.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
    17,059 Posts
    Thu, Feb 28 2019 7:27 AM

    Thursday, February 28, 2019

    Beyond your comforts

    Venture out beyond where your comforts dwell. Go to the places where your fears live.

    Climb outside the walls that enclose your certainties. Explore those territories where you’ll encounter realities you’ve never known before.

    Some of your best possibilities are those you don’t even know about yet. Get yourself out where you can discover what they are.

    Go where your skills can be tested to their limits. Go where your assumptions can be toppled, where your strengths can be honed.

    You’ve learned your way so well around this community, this job, this ideology, it’s no longer a challenge. Give yourself the exhilaration of exploring something completely new.

    Introduce yourself to the people, circumstances, and ideas beyond those you know so well. They will benefit greatly from the new connection, and so will you.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Fri, Mar 1 2019 8:30 AM

    Friday, March 1, 2019

    Room for improvement

    When you start something new, you’re not going to do it very well at first. Don’t let that stop you.

    Give yourself permission to do it poorly at first. Give yourself the opportunity to learn through experience how to do it better.

    Don’t be embarrassed about how inexperienced you are. Instead, be enthusiastic about how much progress you can make.

    Gain strength by acknowledging your weakness. Grow in knowledge and experience by admitting what you don’t know.

    When starting anything new, you have the great advantage of being able to look at it from a fresh, uncorrupted perspective. You don’t know all there is to know, and that enables you to see opportunities that more experienced practitioners have overlooked.

    Go ahead, jump in, do your best even if your best is not so great at first. You have lots of room for improvement, and as you continue, improvement is exactly what you’ll get.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Sat, Mar 2 2019 7:08 AM

    Saturday, March 2, 2019

    Make something good

    Sometimes you can’t do much about what happens, but here’s what you can always do. You can make something good out of it.

    You cannot prevent the tragedy, the injustice, the heartache that’s already gone down. Yet you can work to make something good from it.

    You can smile, look forward, hold your head up high. You can choose to be a positive influence in each moment that you have the good fortune to occupy.

    Driven by your intention to do so, you can make something good out of it. With gratitude, responsibility, compassion and love, you can give life a more positive version of itself.

    You don’t have to complain or regret or blame or seethe in anger. You can stand up, step forward, with enthusiasm, with good cheer, and make something good of it.

    From the good, the bad, the ugly, the sad, the joyous, the uncertain, choose to respond in a positive, life-affirming way. See what’s possible, do what you can do, and make something good.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Mon, Mar 4 2019 1:01 PM

    Monday, March 4, 2019

    Transform trouble into triumph

    Maybe you can quickly improve a difficult situation, but it’s more likely to take some time. What you can always do immediately, though, is improve your own perspective.

    Yes, you’re facing a difficult challenge. Remind yourself that the best way to do so is within the overall context of a positive and empowered outlook.

    It’s all too easy to wildly extrapolate your troubles, to assume everything is wrong with the very fabric of existence. Although that attitude is appealing because it relieves you of responsibility, it also makes problems much worse than they have to be.

    There’s a better way, and you already know it. You know it because you’ve experienced your own effectiveness, your own ability to persevere, and even to grow stronger, in the face of challenge.

    Take a step back from the urge to feel dismayed and sorry for yourself. Decide instead to be inspired, to see opportunity in the challenge, to act with courage in the direction of that opportunity.

    Accept the difficulty for what it is, letting it inspire and energize your own most positive perspective in response. Hold on to that perspective, act on it, and enable yourself to transform trouble into triumph.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Tue, Mar 5 2019 8:36 AM

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    Welcome the consequences

    Ask yourself, what can you do today that will improve the consequences you experience tomorrow? How can you make the inevitable consequences turn out in your favor?

    For all you do, for all you think, for all you choose, there are consequences. The consequences may come soon, or much later, you might recognize them, or you might not, yet they will always come.

    For every action there is a reaction, for every cause a result. Live as though there will be consequences, because there will be.

    You cannot avoid consequences. What you can do, however, is to bring about the most desirable consequences as a result of the choices you make.

    Gratefully embrace the fact that there are consequences. Consequences enable you to change reality, and you can choose to make those changes valuable, beneficial ones.

    When you act in this moment, you act on behalf of all the days and years to come. Act so that when the consequences do arrive, you’ll be delighted to welcome them with open arms.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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  • AlaskanDame United States
    9,468 Posts
    Tue, Mar 5 2019 10:25 AM
    Ladychipper:

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    Welcome the consequences

    Ask yourself, what can you do today that will improve the consequences you experience tomorrow? How can you make the inevitable consequences turn out in your favor?

    For all you do, for all you think, for all you choose, there are consequences You cannot avoid consequences.

    When you act in this moment, you act on behalf of all the days and years to come. Act so that when the consequences do arrive, you’ll be delighted to welcome them with open arms.

     

    — Ralph Marston

    So true. And so timely for me, as I head out to New Mexico and have planned a stop in the town of (no lie) Truth or Consequences. I think lies are one of the biggest things to come back and bite you (and make you feel immediately bad if you have any moral compass at all, even if the tangled web of the future hasn't bitten yet). And the lies to yourself have an insidious aspect, too, not just lies to others, including the lie, "I'm not good enough."

    Thank you for your posts, Marion.
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  • Ladychipper United States
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    Tue, Mar 5 2019 12:09 PM

    Hi AKD,

    Yes, lies always come back to bite you in the butt sooner or later.  We are all good enough in our Father's eyes.

    I want to wish you a safe journey to New Mexico.  I did not know there is such a town called Truth or Consequences.  Wow, you must tell us about it when you get back. 

    Blessings,

    Marion :-)

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  • Ladychipper United States
    17,059 Posts
    Wed, Mar 6 2019 5:37 AM

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    Let it be enough

    Let it be enough to love this day and its possibilities. Let it be enough to do with it all the best you can do.

    Let it be enough to be in awe of the wonders of existence, without having to understand or control every detail. Let it be enough to be who you truly are, to be here, to be thankful for the experience of now.

    Make good plans for days to come, and put those plans into action. Treasure the richness of your past, and carry the joy of that richness ever forward with you.

    But don’t let the longing for other times and circumstances detract from the good life you can live right now. Let it be enough to be in this unique situation, and let yourself give it the good energy you have.

    Let it be enough to taste what’s on your plate, without craving more. Let it be enough to enjoy those you’re with, free of the need to impress, free of any wish to be somewhere else.

    Life is beautiful and rich with potential in every grain of being. Feel the depth and breadth of that richness, and let it be enough.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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