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Re: Daily Motivation

Fri, Jul 12 2024 9:19 AM (2,014 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Fri, Jun 7 2024 8:18 AM

    Friday, June 7, 2024

    Go to work

    Some occurrences you pretty much expect, or even intentionally work to make happen. Others take you completely by surprise.

    Yet whether today’s turn of events was intentional or not, there’s something good and useful you can do in response. Rather than smugly celebrating what’s happened or retreating in fear from it, go to work.

    What’s happened has happened, reality is what it is. And the situation has changed from what it was just a little while ago.

    Possibilities have popped freshly into existence. What you wisely assumed yesterday to be true, may not be the case at all today.

    Open your eyes, open your mind, observe, consider. Look at what has changed, what has not, and why.

    See the very real potential for value that’s just been exposed to the light of day. Envision specific, beneficial, meaningful progress you can create with it, and go to work.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Mon, Jun 10 2024 11:22 AM

    Monday, June 10, 2024

    Say what

    Say what must be said, what adds value to the situation or discussion. But know also when you’ve said enough.

    Say what is for you to say, what comes from your experience and knowledge. But stop short of putting words in someone else’s mouth, and let others say for themselves what is theirs to say.

    Say what is appropriate for the time and place and circumstance. Leave the other things you have to say for other times.

    Say with precision what is accurate. But don’t get so obsessed and verbose with the facts that you fail to communicate the truth.

    Say what you’re honestly able to say. And when you don’t know what to say, be honest about that, and say so.

    Say what matters, and be quiet about what doesn’t. Speak with truth, with purpose, with respect, and with consideration for all that could happen because of what you say.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Tue, Jun 11 2024 12:07 PM

    Tuesday, June 11, 2024

    Put gratitude into action

    Go beyond just thinking and speaking your gratitude. Act on your gratitude.

    It’s great to say you’re thankful. Now do something about it.

    Tap into the power of your thankfulness. Let it push you to increase your ambition, your competence, and your courage.

    Harness the energy of gratitude to create, improve, support and maintain life’s goodness in a multitude of ways. Serve as a conduit through which abundance can flow.

    With gratitude, see and appreciate the many forms of value in your world. With gratitude, make beneficial use of that value.

    There’s great work to be done with your gratitude. Be eager to put it into action.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Wed, Jun 12 2024 11:35 AM

    Wednesday, June 12, 2024

    Optimize reality

    Difficult situations give birth to valuable opportunities. There’s something good you can do.

    Disappointment shines a bright light on what truly matters. You have ways to make a difference.

    Conflicts and misunderstandings create a hunger for truth. You can act with genuine compassion and honesty.

    The world often seems like a frightening and confusing place. Your love and presence bring healing and comfort.

    Your attitude and efforts can cause life to be a more positive experience, for you and those around you. Meet each moment with the commitment to give it positive value.

    All the things that happen to you, around you and through you are real. With how you are and what you do, optimize that reality.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Thu, Jun 13 2024 9:02 AM

    Thursday, June 13, 2024

    What life brings

    When you notice particular weakness in another person, let that prompt you to correct any similar weakness in yourself. When you perceive certain strength in someone else, be inspired to increase that same strength in your own life.

    Learn from the triumphs and mistakes you observe in the people around you. Attune yourself to what causes life to be good, fulfilling, and impactful in a positive way.

    Your will can wake up valuable abilities and bring them to the surface. Feed that will with experience, purpose and intention.

    Allow your spirit to be nurtured and encouraged by all you know, whatever the source, whatever the flavor. Choose to find within every occurrence inducements to grow in strength.

    Take in the entirety of what life brings. Gather and direct the diverse energy, then point it in a meaningful and consistent direction.

    In quiet times and loud, in struggle and comfort, embrace the moment you’ve been accorded. Then proceed to give new value to life in your own unique way.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Fri, Jun 14 2024 11:49 AM

    Friday, June 14, 2024

    In the doing

    Gather information and resources, plan your strategy, develop your capabilities. Then make good and meaningful use of what you have.

    By all means prepare well for all you intend to accomplish. But don’t let the preparation be a substitute for the accomplishment.

    Your purpose is not to merely amass unused potential. Your purpose is to fulfill the potential to which you have access.

    When you actually execute your plan you open yourself up to the risk of failure. Yet without the risk, without the action, without putting yourself on the line, there can be no achievement.

    Do what you have prepared to do. Accept that it’s not going to unfold perfectly, and go ahead with it anyway.

    Certainly there’s value and necessity in the preparation. Nonetheless, the fulfillment you seek is in the doing.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Mon, Jun 17 2024 8:15 AM

    Monday, June 17, 2024

    Don’t and do

    Don’t demand to be entertained. Do offer to be useful.

    Don’t wish for something good to come your way. Do create value out of what’s already available to you.

    Don’t fret that there’s not enough time. Do make use of each moment as it comes.

    Don’t assume everyone sees the situation the same way as you. Do seek to understand and appreciate the rich variety of perspectives.

    Don’t expect anything to be free and effortless. Do experience the genuine fulfillment of making a positive difference for yourself and others.

    Don’t ever give in to cynicism and hopelessness. Do all you can do to live life at its best.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Tue, Jun 18 2024 8:47 AM

    Tuesday, June 18, 2024

    Trendy or dependable?

    What’s trendy is valuable and exciting in the moment. But its value quickly fades.

    What’s dependable continues to be attractive and useful over long stretches of time. It offers value that endures, that you’re able to rely upon.

    Trendy can be fun and entertaining, and it is also a luxury. When you invest your time, your attention, or your resources in what’s trendy, the value returned is likely to be fleeting.

    Trendy can make you look smart and exciting to be around. Dependable is not nearly so sensational in the moment, yet it can make you rich in the long run.

    Trendy and dependable both have their place. It’s good to keep that in mind, and to keep them in balance.

    Enjoy indulging in some trends of the moment. But commit yourself also to the not-so-trendy pursuits that can yield enjoyment, richness, and fulfillment for years to come.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Wed, Jun 19 2024 9:05 AM

    Wednesday, June 19, 2024

    Create excellence

    Excellence is a highly desirable result. Yet the importance of excellence goes deeper than that.

    Even more valuable than the result of excellence is the quest involved in getting there. In surmounting the challenges that exist along the path to excellence, you strengthen and expand your abilities.

    To create an excellent result you must first develop competence. That competence endures long after you’ve achieved the result.

    In this way, excellence feeds upon itself in an upward spiral of achievement. Over time, across varied situations and disciplines, excellence enables more excellence.

    Why go above and beyond to create excellence, when a more mediocre outcome is good enough? Because excellence does not end with the outcome.

    As long as you’re putting forth effort, you might as well do so in a way that produces enduring value. Do the work to create excellence, and the world continues to benefit long after your work is done.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Thu, Jun 20 2024 8:38 AM

    Thursday, June 20, 2024

    Be curious

    Carry yourself to wonderful places you never would have otherwise known you could go. Express a genuine appreciation for life and everything in it, by being curious.

    Keep yourself well informed about the universe around you while bringing new richness and unique experience into your life. Explore your curiosity.

    To unleash your curiosity, let go of any intellectual arrogance you might harbor. For in order to be truly curious, you must first admit what you do not know.

    After all, intelligence is more than a measure of what you already know. Intelligence involves being always open to learning new things, some of which will contradict what you already thought you knew.

    Though curiosity will often compel you to undertake great effort, curiosity itself requires no effort. Simply drop your pretenses, allow yourself to be curious, and you are.

    There is no end to the wonder that you can discover, wherever you are, whatever you do. Be curious, and be fully alive.


    — Ralph Marston