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Thu, May 13 2021 7:56 AM (1,135 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    19,792 Posts
    Wed, Mar 10 2021 8:55 AM

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021

    All that will happen

    Think for a while about the days to come and remind yourself of this. You will have the chance to do your best, and you will be able to do well.

    Life’s challenges will continue to test your strength. As a result your strength will grow and your skills will improve.

    You cannot know all that will happen tomorrow, yet you can know this. Everything you experience has the potential to add richness to your life.

    You’ll have opportunities to offer kindness, to practice patience, focus, and discipline. There will always be new mysteries to intrigue you, lessons to teach you, endeavors to enrich you.

    There was a time when you never even knew about or cared about much of what you now value. Imagine how much more you will come to treasure and love as life continues to unfold.

    In whatever may come there is goodness and value to be found. Step forward with confidence and create your own unique richness in each new moment that arrives.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,792 Posts
    Thu, Mar 11 2021 8:00 AM

    Thursday, March 11, 2021

    Profound responsibility

    For your entire life you’ve been an observer. Again and again you have made note of which behaviors lead to desirable outcomes and which ones do not.

    You’ve observed actions and their consequences in your own life and in the experiences of many others. You have watched, read, listened to, and passed along stories of success and failure from throughout history.

    As skillful as you are at observing, you are much, much more. Because every day you put into practice the wisdom you’ve amassed from all the experiences you’ve ever known about.

    Amazingly enough, every day you are in a position to learn from and improve upon everything that has ever happened. Not only is that an opportunity of unimaginable proportion, it is a serious, profound responsibility.

    There’s a good chance your next action will result in success, if you act in accordance with all you know. You are indebted for that good fortune to everyone who has ever lived, and obligated to uphold their legacy.

    Right now, doing exactly what you’re doing, you embody all of life’s priceless value, wisdom, and potential. Rise to the task of performing that role in the most beautiful and beneficial ways imaginable.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,792 Posts
    Fri, Mar 12 2021 8:23 AM

    Friday, March 12, 2021

    Truth and falsehood

    What is the difference between truth and falsehood? Truth can stand up to repeated, robust scrutiny, and falsehood cannot.

    Truth is not a function of who it comes from. That is trust.

    Certainly there are people you trust to speak the truth and people who can be depended on to lie. Yet truth itself is independent of how it gets to you.

    Those who deal in truth are eager to be questioned and challenged about it. Those who deal in lies cannot tolerate any dissenting opinions.

    At the most fundamental level, you depend on truth, from yourself, from others, to survive. Whenever you venture away from what is true, what is real, reality always wins.

    Seek out and live by those truths, within you, outside you, that can stand up to challenge. With truth, every good thing is possible.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,792 Posts
    Sat, Mar 13 2021 10:58 AM

    Saturday, March 13, 2021

    Bring your courage forth

    You must give up some degree of certainty in order to act. You must give up being where you are in order to move forward.

    Every bit of progress you’ve made has been an expression of courage. Today you can extend that progress with more courage.

    In places you least want to go, doing what you least want to do, you gain your most valuable rewards. You have the courage to do great things, if you will let yourself use it.

    You have good reasons to fear the unknown. Yet you also possess the skills to perceive and adapt to all kinds of situations you cannot yet imagine.

    Don’t be reckless, but do be courageous. You owe it to yourself, and to all of life, to transform potential into richness.

    Today you’ll encounter opportunities to bring your courage forth. Notice those opportunities and choose to act on them.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,792 Posts
    Mon, Mar 15 2021 9:17 AM

    Monday, March 15, 2021

    Stop and start

    Stop merely thinking about what you should do and what you need to do. Start doing it.

    Stop wondering if your idea will work. Act on it and find out.

    Stop complaining about what’s wrong. Get to work improving the situation.

    Stop arguing about who cares the most. Put your caring into action.

    Stop being regretful or disappointed in yourself because you’ve waited too long. Start making good, effective use of the time you now have.

    You’re in charge of your next move so make it the best one. Stop wasting your opportunities and start transforming them into real, lasting value.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,792 Posts
    Tue, Mar 16 2021 9:02 AM

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021

    Open to change

    To triumph over challenge you must be willing to change. The bigger the challenge, the more profoundly you must transform your actions, your attitude, your habits, your thinking.

    Life exists in a state of change. That’s how you know something is a living being, by observing that it changes.

    To get what you desire, what you seek, what you need, you must give. That giving involves making changes in the world around you and changes in yourself.

    Ask yourself this and be honest in your answer. What elements among your thoughts, perceptions, assumptions, and activities no longer provide positive value?

    What things could you replace them with that would be of greater service to you and your world? Often, one small but committed change can ignite your enthusiasm for making even more changes.

    Open yourself to change and you’ll connect yourself to a much greater set of positive possibilities. Embrace change, again and again, and you enable yourself to do great things.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,792 Posts
    Wed, Mar 17 2021 10:09 AM

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021

    What you want

    Right now you’re on your way to somewhere. Are you clear about where and what it is?

    A vague idea about your intended destination is a starting point, but not enough. Unless you are precise about where you wish to go, there’s no telling where you’ll end up.

    It’s not easy to reject whole swaths of possibilities and to narrow your focus on just a few. Yet to achieve you must achieve specific things.

    You can have, or experience, or be anything, but you can’t be everything or have everything. And you wouldn’t want it anyway.

    That’s because much of the value and meaning of anything is in what you must forgo in order to have it. To have everything would be no different, or worse actually, than having nothing.

    So choose, mindfully, authentically, where you wish to go, what you wish to do, what you want your life to become. You’ll enable yourself to find enormous fulfillment in making it happen.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,792 Posts
    Thu, Mar 18 2021 8:00 AM

    Thursday, March 18, 2021

    Empower you

    Think about this question, and notice how it instantly makes you feel good about yourself. What new positive action could you commit yourself to taking every day without fail?

    The mere consideration of that question touches something powerful and positive within you. It reminds you about all the good things of which you are capable.

    Now, take it a step further. Provide yourself with a real, meaningful answer to that question.

    Next, imagine yourself making the commitment to do whatever you have chosen, and following through on it, day after day. Envision a new level of discipline and purpose being added to your life.

    Again, notice how good it feels just going through the mental exercise. Then, motivated and empowered by that positive feeling within, make that commitment to yourself and take the necessary actions in its service.

    Transform that good feeling into actual progress. Prove to yourself what you can do, experience it, and it will empower you to move forward even more.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,792 Posts
    Fri, Mar 19 2021 8:59 AM

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    Small positive step

    Your direction and momentum are at least as consequential as your location. That’s why taking a small positive step can make such a big positive difference.

    There’s some little something you can do today that will improve your life tomorrow. When tomorrow comes, not only will you experience the reward for your initiative, you’ll be inspired to add to it.

    As soon as you stack one improvement on top of another you have momentum. That momentum can change your whole frame of reference for the better, giving it power to perpetuate itself.

    Suddenly, the old doubts and excuses lose their negative influence. You become oriented toward action and improvement rather than procrastination and mediocrity.

    When you experience yourself moving forward you’re able to notice a radically expanded set of possibilities. Action, momentum, and enthusiasm begin to feed off each other.

    It all begins with a small positive step. Are you willing to take that step right now?

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,792 Posts
    Sat, Mar 20 2021 7:36 AM

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

    All the work necessary

    Pay attention to today’s new possibilities. But don’t be so consumed with them that you abandon the work you’re doing to fulfill yesterday’s possibilities.

    Start new things. And finish what you start.

    Once you’ve embraced a possibility, see it all the way through. Do all the work necessary to transform it from possible value into existing value.

    It feels great to get excited about new possibilities. Yet to fully justify that excitement, you must go beyond it.

    You must do the difficult and not so glamorous work of bringing what’s possible into reality. Otherwise there’s no reason to get excited about the possibility in the first place.

    Choose those possibilities to which you can give your full commitment. Then maintain that commitment until each exciting possibility has been forged into magnificent reality.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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