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Re: Daily Motivation

Sat, Dec 4 2021 12:45 PM (1,329 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    20,491 Posts
    Wed, Oct 13 2021 12:07 PM

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

    Someone special

    You are something special. You are someone special.

    That doesn’t mean you get to jump to the head of the line. It means you’re obliged to live up to your unique potential.

    It means your perspective matters. It means what you value has value.

    The good things you do contribute to the goodness of all that is. Those things you decline to do or neglect to do impose a cost on everyone.

    No one else can add to life what you are able to add. No one else sings life’s songs in the beautiful voice that is yours to share.

    You are someone special, living in a world where every person is uniquely special. Remind yourself of all the good that can come from such, and play your special role to make it so.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,491 Posts
    Thu, Oct 14 2021 7:32 AM

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

    Look beyond

    Look beyond your immediate concerns, beyond the view you’re accustomed to, beyond your familiar perspective. A whole universe exists out there, and it’s filled with unique people, thoughts, experiences.

    Step away from your assumptions. Refuse to allow your perceptions to be channeled into pre-defined boxes by you or anyone else.

    You are capable of discovering and experiencing what no one has even imagined. That’s a whole lot more interesting, compelling, and inspiring than just repeating what everyone else is repeating.

    Don’t cheat yourself out of the creative power that lives and grows within your every moment. Take each opportunity to have what cannot be bought, to know what cannot be researched, to live what cannot be pre-programmed.

    That restlessness you so often feel is telling you something you need to hear. Your spirit longs to live, not to be assembled, cataloged, and manipulated.

    Challenge yourself to keep your perspective fresh, original, and fulfilling. Continue to find out for yourself how life can always be so much more than it already is.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,491 Posts
    Fri, Oct 15 2021 9:07 AM

    Friday, October 15, 2021

    Great time to live

    Put your past mistakes behind you. Put the past mistakes and transgressions of others behind you.

    Don’t continue suffering for what is no longer happening. Leave the difficulties and disappointments of the past in the past.

    Make room in your awareness for new joy, goodness, energy, and achievement. Make more room in your life for all you love and care about.

    Today is a new day with new opportunities for richness and fulfillment. Focus your attention on how you can make the most of right now.

    Remind yourself of your best possibilities and of all the skills, capabilities and resources available to you. Urge yourself to do something good and meaningful with what you have.

    Your life is a beautiful, wonderful thing. And this is a great time to live it.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,491 Posts
    Sat, Oct 16 2021 9:01 AM

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

    Good times

    The difficult times are times you’ll eventually treasure. Because they’re times when you have no choice but to be your best.

    The enjoyable times are times you can already treasure now, and then continue to treasure as the years pass. Knowing how good life can be provides the courage and the strength to make it good again.

    In times of confidence and stability you discover how much you can achieve. In times of uncertainty you learn the value of being decisive, committed, resourceful.

    Times of loneliness can be painful, yet they can also be insightful, productive and strengthening. Times of camaraderie and fellowship can be hectic and demanding while also uniquely enriching.

    Indeed, all times can end up being good times, each in their own way. Whatever may be going on, you can find value to live and to share.

    The potential for goodness exists in every stretch of time. In each different situation, during all the times you inhabit, choose to live that goodness fully, and to spread it far and wide.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,491 Posts
    Mon, Oct 18 2021 8:44 AM

    Monday, October 18, 2021

    Fill today

    Fill today with more than just wishing, planning, and speculation. Fill today with action.

    It’s difficult to know the best thing to do but it’s very easy to know the worst thing to do. The worst thing to do is nothing.

    If it works, do it again. If it doesn’t work, do something else.

    You are alive, aware, capable, and resourceful. Put all that to good use by putting yourself into action.

    You have dreams, desires, priorities, goals, passions, and values. Connect with them, understand them, and do something about them, today when you have the opportunity.

    Stand up, shake off the doubts, let go of the excuses, and rise above the distractions. Give your best action to this day and get the best of life in return.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,491 Posts
    Tue, Oct 19 2021 12:19 PM

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    Gratitude and ambition

    Be thankful for what you have, for all you’ve experienced. But don’t let your gratitude become an excuse for complacency.

    Be ambitious about the possibilities and all you can do with them. But don’t be so blinded by ambition that you fail to appreciate the goodness already present in your life.

    Gratitude and ambition serve you best when they exist in a healthy balance. Rather than forcing them to compete, allow them to cooperate with each other.

    Regard your ambition as an extension and expression of your gratitude. Expand your gratitude to encompass not only what is, but also the possibilities for what can be.

    At the deepest level of purpose there never has to be a conflict between gratitude and ambition. Nourished and energized by that purpose, you can move thankfully and enthusiastically forward.

    When you feel gratitude let it push you to do more, and when you feel ambition let it remind you to be thankful. Keep gratitude and ambition working together and get maximum benefit from both.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,491 Posts
    Wed, Oct 20 2021 9:54 AM

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    Bigger opportunity

    Effort that is not followed by more effort is largely wasted. Put forth the effort, then put forth more.

    No, that doesn’t mean you must push yourself beyond exhaustion. Take a regular break and rest when you are weary, but be sure to put in plenty of productive time between the breaks.

    Build something valuable. Then realize its full value by building on what you have built.

    It’s great to be satisfied with what you’ve done. Just don’t become so consumed with satisfaction that you fail to do any more.

    Success is more than just an occasional, isolated incident. Success is an attitude, a perspective, a way of being and doing over the long term.

    When you’ve made some progress, that’s great. Now seize the bigger opportunity to make even more.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,491 Posts
    Thu, Oct 21 2021 8:59 AM

    Thursday, October 21, 2021

    Live, love, and enjoy

    Live, love, and enjoy. Walk, run, breathe, and relax.

    Don’t make every activity into an occasion for proving your point. Don’t make every moment into a reason to worry and fret.

    Just be you, and just be fine with that. Let go of any concerns about how you will look or what they will think of you.

    Let other people’s foolishness be their problem. Stop complaining that someone else’s crazy behavior is ruining your life.

    It’s not your job to save the world and it’s not the world’s job to save you. It’s not your place to set everyone straight and it’s not your obligation to cater to the insecurities of others.

    Take a deep breath, smile, and have fun. Let yourself and everyone else enjoy the beautiful day, the beautiful life that is here right now.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,491 Posts
    Fri, Oct 22 2021 12:01 PM

    Friday, October 22, 2021

    What you put in

    Garbage going in results in garbage coming out. To get a high quality outcome you must provide high quality time, effort, and resources.

    What can you do when you’re not getting the results you desire? Take a good, objective look at what you’re supplying to create those results.

    Yes, there are unfavorable factors beyond your control, things you cannot improve upon or eliminate. That’s all the more reason why you must maximize the quality of what you can control.

    Your results are heavily influenced by your priorities, your standards, and your diligence. When you’re disappointed by anything in your life, look carefully at what you’re putting into it.

    You have distinct power over the quality of your career, your health, your relationships, and your overall fulfillment in life. What you put in plays a major role in what you get out.

    Life is certainly not fair but it is most definitely responsive. You can’t ever make it perfect yet you can always make it better by improving the quality of what you give.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,491 Posts
    Sat, Oct 23 2021 8:42 AM

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

    Question your needs

    Question your needs. Stop being burdened with needs that exist only because of your assumptions or self deceptions.

    Some of your needs are authentic. Others are merely choices you’ve allowed yourself to characterize as needs.

    Seek to be more honest with yourself. Is every need real, or are some of them fabrications?

    There are plenty of desirable things you can have, and use, and enjoy, and benefit from, without needing them. Indeed, you can improve the quality of those things in your life by making them choices instead of needs.

    Look for opportunities to live more by intention and less by compulsion. Examine the differences between what you assume you need and what you actually need.

    Refuse to operate at the mercy of needs that are not really needs. Take responsibility for your choices and you will greatly improve where those choices lead.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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