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Fri, Sep 23 2022 7:55 AM (1,546 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    21,378 Posts
    Thu, Dec 17 2020 11:02 AM

    Thursday, December 17, 2020

    Something better

    When you observe carelessness and incompetence, respond with a renewed commitment to diligence and excellence. When you encounter anger and divisiveness, take fresh steps to connect in positive ways to others.

    Life can be filled with much difficulty and suffering, but that’s no reason for you to make it even worse. Let it prompt you instead to work toward something better.

    Plenty of people are all too willing to complain and assign blame. There’s no need for you to add to those useless pursuits.

    Choose instead to direct your focus toward a positive purpose. Choose the demanding yet rewarding effort of creating something better.

    Whatever has happened, has happened. Now is the time to learn from it and improve upon it.

    In every troubling situation is the potential for excellence. Be strong, see that potential, and do the good things you must do to make it happen.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,378 Posts
    Fri, Dec 18 2020 7:54 AM

    Friday, December 18, 2020

    Truth and purpose

    The more options you have, the more difficult it is to commit to any of them. Embrace your options, but not so much that they prevent you from taking purposeful action.

    It’s great to have plenty of resources and capabilities. Yet those capabilities can go to waste if you have no meaningful purpose toward which to apply them.

    How do you keep yourself connected to purpose? By being honest, with yourself, with others, with all of life.

    Purpose is an expression of truth. Load truth into all you think and speak and do, and you’ll put purpose in your days.

    Do more than just assembling the tools and arranging the conditions for success. Achieve actual success and fulfillment by empowering your efforts with honesty and authenticity.

    Seek the truth, face the truth, humble yourself in its presence. And make the very most of all your best options, resources, and capabilities.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,378 Posts
    Sat, Dec 19 2020 10:55 AM

    Saturday, December 19, 2020

    Look forward

    In order to look forward, you must have something to look forward to. It can be simple and silly or serious and profound, but mainly it must be enticing.

    To get through any obstacle you have to have a good enough reason to do so. Be sure that reason is more powerful than the challenges and distractions that come your way each day.

    What have you always wanted to do, or what particular kind of value have you been wanting to create? Get yourself on the path of getting it done.

    When you’re looking forward, you’re not as troubled by the problems. When you’re looking forward, you’ll find a way to successfully work through each difficulty that arises.

    Look beyond whatever might stop you by keeping your focus on something that inspires and excites you. The more it means to you, the higher your levels of motivation and energy.

    You’re at your best when moving forward. So give yourself a specific, compelling destination and get going.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,378 Posts
    Mon, Dec 21 2020 8:46 AM

    Monday, December 21, 2020

    Power to improve

    It’s easy and often very reasonable and appropriate to blame others for your problems. But it’s almost impossible to get others to solve those problems for you.

    No matter how culpable others may be, there are some aspects of your problems that are due to your own attitude or behavior. Those are the places to direct your focus and your energy.

    If you can get the cooperation of others, that’s great. But when you can’t, there’s still much you can do to improve the situation.

    You’re not going to get a speeding train to stop so you can cross the tracks. But you can wait for it to pass.

    You’re not going to get a corporation or institution or politician to instantly make a change in policy. Yet you can position yourself so that policy doesn’t negatively affect you as much.

    Deploy your attention, energy, and efforts where they will do you the most good. Rather than cursing what you cannot change, capitalize on the many things that are within your power to improve.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,378 Posts
    Tue, Dec 22 2020 7:57 AM

    Tuesday, December 22, 2020

    Still care

    There was a time when you cared. There is an important part of you that still does.

    You’ve given up enough, given up on enough already. Understand right now that you never had to give up, and never have to again.

    The world is an unending source of richness. And you are able, from this day on, to expand upon it all.

    Your weakness in the past is now transformed into strength. Your mistakes have become your greatest teachers.

    What you know now is more important than what you didn’t know then. What you can do now eclipses anything you failed to do before.

    This time, this day, take the opportunity. And live the power and goodness in your choice to still care.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,378 Posts
    Wed, Dec 23 2020 11:19 AM

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020

    Some people

    Some people are too shortsighted to be supportive of you. Let that be their problem.

    Other people are wise enough and caring enough to confront you with difficult truths. Let that redound to your benefit, and pay close attention to what you don’t want to hear.

    Some people will ignore you, and others will smother you with attention. Some will flatter you with no basis and others will criticize you for no good reason.

    Take a deep breath, smile, and carry on with your intentions. Be slow to make judgments and assumptions, and quick to forgive.

    When anyone blocks your path it’s partly because you have put them there with how you react to their actions. Keep reminding yourself you have other choices.

    All the other people in this world can add immensely to your life. See them, think of them, connect with them in ways that enable that to happen.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,378 Posts
    Thu, Dec 24 2020 8:01 AM

    Thursday, December 24, 2020

    Give today

    Give new life to your highest expectations. Give fresh energy to your best thoughts.

    Give extra gratitude to the beauty of the moment. Give special love to all those who share this day with you.

    Give today the opportunity to be filled with meaning, with hope, with goodness. Give today your care, your attention, and your peaceful presence.

    See the unique value of every moment. Make that value your own, add to it, and share it without hesitation.

    Give today your intention to live it well. Recognize what a special time this can be for you, for all those around you, and make it so.

    Give today your best. And today will return the favor many times over.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • HenryKawa
    1,665 Posts
    Thu, Dec 24 2020 8:24 AM

    Its Christmas eve, so I want to wish everyone who celebrates Christmas, a very merry Christmas.  I have a question for you Lady.  Should we also be wishing a Merry Christmas to people who are not Christian or who do not believe in Jesus Christ?  Here is what Webster says about Christmas.  

    Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The name 'Christmas' comes from the Mass of Christ (or Jesus)

  • Ladychipper
    21,378 Posts
    Thu, Dec 24 2020 8:31 AM

    Merry Christmas Henry,

    I wish everyone a Merry Christmas regardless.  It is my firm belief and duty to do so.

    Now you know we should not be discussing religion in here so I will say no more.

     

  • HenryKawa
    1,665 Posts
    Thu, Dec 24 2020 9:03 AM

    Ladychipper:

    Merry Christmas Henry,

    I wish everyone a Merry Christmas regardless.  It is my firm belief and duty to do so.

    Now you know we should not be discussing religion in here so I will say no more.

    You are right.  Thank you.

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