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Mon, May 10 2021 8:57 AM (1,132 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    19,784 Posts
    Wed, Apr 14 2021 11:33 AM

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    Set sail at sunset

    Do what enables and encourages you to be delighted with the world. It is no less a necessity than breathing, eating, sleeping.

    See that which is beyond what you have a reason to see. Experience what you could not ever expect to experience.

    Make sure all your planning and striving have a purpose beyond merely more planning and striving. If you can make sense of all that calls to you, you’re not listening intently enough.

    In this particular time and place you’re connected to all that has ever been and all that can possibly be. Gaze through those windows of beauty and mystery that permit you to see that reality.

    Many things limit and constrain you, while some things set you free. Pay attention to them all.

    Set sail at sunset, fly to the moon. Remind yourself how beautiful and amazing it is, to be.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
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    Thu, Apr 15 2021 11:34 AM

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

    See what you can find

    Exploration is more than just going where you have never been. It is going where you have never been and carrying with you all your capabilities and your knowledge.

    Consider what a potent combination that can be. Exploration gives you the opportunity to apply existing competence to new situations.

    Explore with your feet, with your mind, or with your heart. Ideally, explore with them all.

    Begin a story even though you are not sure how it will end. Put all you know and all you can do into that story.

    As your story unfolds you’ll find yourself growing more knowledgeable, more capable. You’ll be eager to explore again and again.

    What have you been preparing yourself to explore? Set off in that direction and see what you can find.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,784 Posts
    Fri, Apr 16 2021 10:59 AM

    Positive and passionate purpose

    Airing your grievances can feel good. But then what?

    Finding new ways to complain about the same old things is not doing anyone any good. Don’t let yourself get stuck in that trap.

    You’re passionate about the problems. Now do something positive and useful with that passion.

    Yes, acknowledge those problems, and also choose not to let your life be defined by them. Do the work to create a positive and realistic vision of what you can live for.

    See how much of your time, energy, focus, and awareness you can put into following that vision. See if you can get yourself to a place where your default feeling is one of hope rather than angst, and keep yourself there.

    Your urge to complain about what’s wrong is pushing you to find new ways of doing what’s right. Accept the challenge, and give life the benefit of your positive and passionate purpose.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,784 Posts
    Sat, Apr 17 2021 8:50 AM

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

    Joy of existence

    Enjoy today to the fullest extent possible, but not so much that you compromise tomorrow. Enjoy yourself in every imaginable way, but not in ways that depend on harming anyone else.

    It is not selfish to engage in joyful experiences. What’s selfish is to deny joy to others, or to your future self, merely to serve the expedience of the current moment.

    Neither your situation nor the world’s situation has to be perfect, or even adequate, for you to experience joy. Genuine joy is not something you take from life but is something you’re able to give that improves all of life.

    Don’t fool yourself into thinking that a lack of joy in your life is anyone’s fault, including your own. Realize instead that joy is your potential, obligation, responsibility, and a pointer to your highest level of fulfillment.

    Joy bears little resemblance to mere pleasure. Joy fulfills, engages, and energizes your deepest values, your integrity, your body, mind, spirit, and soul.

    Seek to be a source, a conduit, and a grateful repository for the joy of existence. Know that in every circumstance there is life-affirming joy to be lived and shared.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,784 Posts
    Mon, Apr 19 2021 8:40 AM

    Monday, April 19, 2021

    Beautiful burden

    The potential of this day weighs heavily on you. To ease that burden, you must actualize that potential.

    Opportunity is also obligation. At a distance good fortune seems like a reward, yet up close it is also a great challenge and responsibility.

    That’s because goodness and value are not static things. They must constantly find expression in the dynamics of living, or they cease to exist.

    To the extent you rest upon achievement, or begin to take it for granted, you degrade and devalue that achievement. Instead, show your full gratitude for it by making full use of it.

    The hours ahead are calling you to fill them with meaning. The years to come are insisting that you live them with purpose, in the best interest of you and of life itself.

    Embrace the beautiful burden of your own potential. Treat everything you can be as the valuable and precious thing it is.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,784 Posts
    Tue, Apr 20 2021 11:32 AM

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    Truth is worth the cost

    The truth can be terribly painful. Yet avoiding the truth is worse.

    As difficult as it may be, acknowledging the truth and carefully examining it adds to your understanding. The more clarity you achieve about why your life is the way it is, the better you will do going forward.

    What painful truths about yourself, about others, about the world, have you been hiding from? Think of all the good things those truths could now teach you.

    Like anything of value, wisdom is not free. You earn wisdom by asking why, and by being truthful with your answers.

    There are endless ways to continue distracting yourself from the difficult truths, past and present, in your life. But by giving in to those distractions you deny yourself the strength, growth, understanding, and sense of purpose that truth can bring.

    Seek truth, see truth, accept truth, however painful, unpopular and inconvenient it might be. Truth is at the root of every good thing you have, and truth is worth the cost.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,784 Posts
    Wed, Apr 21 2021 9:15 AM

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    Slippery slope

    Doing one small thing against your better judgment is not likely to have a major negative impact on your life. The problem is, that one thing can lead to another, and another, and soon you can be a long way from where you intended.

    Avoiding a slippery slope in the first place is a whole lot less demanding than climbing back up. The small things matter much more than they might seem.

    Self discipline has the unfortunate reputation of being difficult and oppressive. But it’s a lack of self discipline that actually ends up causing more trouble and misery.

    When you continually discipline yourself about the small things, the big things rarely become an issue. You can either discipline yourself in ways you choose, or life will do it for you in ways you certainly will not like.

    Every choice, big and small, has consequences. Every choice is an opportunity to re-affirm your commitment to a positive and meaningful future.

    Make the best of all those opportunities. Your life is too valuable to choose even one small step in a negative direction.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,784 Posts
    Thu, Apr 22 2021 11:37 AM

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

    Know your limits

    How do you transcend your limits? You start by acknowledging them, examining them, understanding them.

    Limits have much less power over you when you’re precisely clear about what they are. The more you know about your limits, the more you can compensate for them.

    When you’re able to fully compensate for a particular limit, it is effectively no longer a limit. Though it still may exist, from your perspective you have rendered it irrelevant.

    Know your limits, and know them in detail. Then focus your time, energy, thought, and passion on your purpose.

    Combine your desire to move forward with your thorough understanding of what’s hindering you. Unleash the power of your intention and identify ways to break through those limiting factors.

    Rather than mindlessly cursing the limits, get to know them. That’s what will get you beyond them.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,784 Posts
    Fri, Apr 23 2021 8:33 AM

    Friday, April 23, 2021

    Do it again

    It’s very quick and easy to pull one weed out of your garden. It’s so easy in fact that you can do it again, and again, until all the weeds are gone.

    You have no problem staying focused and on task for a brief moment. By simply stringing those moments together you can get hours of highly effective work done.

    You know you can do it once and that means you can do it again. Repeat a positive pattern enough times, and whatever success you desire can be yours.

    Remind yourself it’s not a massive task that you face. It’s a small, easily approachable task that’s repeated again and again.

    Persistence is not a long and drawn out effort. Persistence happens in a series of instants, by simply starting the next step when you’ve finished the current step.

    You don’t need some superhuman effort to get good and valuable things done. You just have to take the next step, and then continue to do it again.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,784 Posts
    Sat, Apr 24 2021 9:04 AM

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

    Good things you can do

    You can take on responsibility and you can handle it. You can make a commitment and you can follow through on it.

    You can encounter challenge and then rise up to transcend it. You can envision value and then work to make your vision real.

    You don’t have to beg for people to make things easy on you. You’re able to meet life where it is and make it the best it can be.

    You can hold yourself together through the difficulties that arise. You can grow stronger and even more capable as the result of each experience.

    You have integrity, potential, value, creativity, kindness and generosity within you. You are curious, adaptable, energetic, aware, intelligent, and passionate.

    Life is not perfect and you are not perfect, yet there are certainly plenty of good things you can do. And right now, today is eager for all you’re able to give it.


    — Ralph Marston