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Wed, Oct 20 2021 9:54 AM (1,286 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    20,310 Posts
    Fri, May 7 2021 8:23 AM

    Friday, May 7, 2021

    Make achievement happen

    The ideal situation would be nice, but it’s probably not going to happen. Yet there’s plenty you can do with the situation as it is.

    As you move forward, problems keep popping up to block you. Even so, there is always some amount of progress you can make.

    The excuses sound good, but they don’t do you any good. Your best choice is to forget about the excuses and focus on the work you can get done.

    Achievement happens not because of the circumstances you’re in. Achievement happens because of what you do to make it happen.

    Achievement happens not because some lucky break has made it easy for you. Achievement happens because you do the difficult work to bring it about.

    Wishing for a more favorable environment is just wasting the good time that’s now available to you. Choose instead to use that time, to learn the lessons, to do the work, and to make achievement happen.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,310 Posts
    Sat, May 8 2021 7:33 AM

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

    Meaningful effort

    There are countless activities you can engage in to convince yourself and others that you’re working when you are not. One of the best things you can do for yourself and for the world is to avoid that trap.

    You are constantly confronted with opportunities to make a meaningful difference. Act on as many of those opportunities as possible.

    That doesn’t mean you must weigh yourself down with excessive work. Rather, avoid weighing yourself down with excessive trivialities.

    The most fulfilling experiences you’ll have are the times when you willingly choose to take responsibility. The more of those experiences you create and follow through on, the better your life becomes.

    So take responsibility for your actions in this moment. Take responsibility for the problems and opportunities you see right now that you can act on right now.

    In the immediate term and even more so in the long term, your best option is meaningful effort, not meaningless activity. Instead of just passing the time, choose to get real value from what you can do with it.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,310 Posts
    Mon, May 10 2021 8:57 AM

    Monday, May 10, 2021

    Frame of mind

    You think to yourself that you’re not in the right frame of mind to get some particular thing done. And if that’s what you’re thinking, it’s most likely true.

    But it’s not like you’re forever stuck in any specific frame of mind. When your frame of mind is not what works best for you, change it.

    Rather than giving yourself an excuse, give yourself an improvement. Exercise the control you have over your own thoughts, and get yourself mentally to where you wish to be.

    It’s your choice where to direct those thoughts, what to notice and what to ignore. It’s your choice how to assign meaning to whatever situation you’re in.

    You know what gives you energy and what drains you, what encourages you and what causes dismay. Use that self awareness to fill your mind with encouraging, energetic, creative, productive thoughts.

    Make you, your mind, your focus, and your actions work for you and for the betterment of your world. Choose and create an optimum frame of mind that puts you at your best.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,310 Posts
    Tue, May 11 2021 9:14 AM

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    Difficult situation

    It’s inconvenient, frustrating, challenging, tedious, even painful at times. And it’s exactly what you need.

    It’s not fair, you didn’t ask for it, don’t deserve it. Yet your very best option is to take full responsibility and act to do something about it.

    As aggravating as it may be, there’s a lesson in it and unique value to be gained from successfully dealing with it. There’s a pathway to new levels of strength, skill, patience, experience, compassion and understanding.

    It is an opportunity to discover how much you care. It is a chance to clearly see what’s most important to you, and why.

    Despite the protests you might hear yourself making, you’re ready for this. You have what it takes to apply effort, goodness, integrity and love to a difficult situation.

    By making a positive difference you fulfill one of the most fundamental and essential roles of your existence. Give of the goodness you have and experience the incomparable satisfaction of bringing new goodness to life.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,310 Posts
    Wed, May 12 2021 8:49 AM

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    Let life be beautiful

    Self-imposed misery does not provide anything of any value to anyone. Let it go, and let life be beautiful.

    Stop any obsession you might have with taking offense, giving offense, cataloging and enumerating all the offenses and potential offenses. Step back, chill out, and let life be beautiful.

    Enjoy experiences that you did not expect or plan. See the beauty in what you cannot control or possess.

    Have faith that what is built on truth will outlast and overpower all that is not. Uphold your values by living them rather than by merely preaching about them.

    Recognize the beauty that exists in your own uniqueness, and in the uniqueness of each person you encounter. At the same time, see the beauty of your connection to all that is.

    Life is endlessly difficult yet you have the power to transcend that difficulty. Despite it all, and because of it all, you can let life be beautiful.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,310 Posts
    Thu, May 13 2021 7:56 AM

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

    Not too easy

    Easy is not particularly desirable. Easy rarely gives you anything of value.

    Easy crowds out the best things in your life and replaces them with cheap, meaningless imitations. Easy robs you of your own sense of worth.

    Sure, ease can be helpful, and certainly it can be enjoyable. But it’s never worthy of promotion to the prime consideration.

    Easy is not worth the price when you have to give up meaning, integrity, value or dependability in order to get it. A life of ease is a life of little consequence, and no one really wants that.

    Easy is enticing, and easy answers are the stock in trade of advertisers, politicians, and others who seek to exert influence. But easy never quite delivers on all the promises made on its behalf, and often makes matters worse.

    Be careful not to fall into the tempting trap of expecting things to be too easy. You and those you care about deserve better.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,310 Posts
    Fri, May 14 2021 8:50 AM

    Friday, May 14, 2021

    The power of kindness

    Do you want to make the situation better for everyone involved? Add kindness to it.

    Do you want to make beneficial use of your strength rather than merely showing it off? Invest your strength in kindness.

    Those who attack you expect you to attack in response. Genuine kindness confounds those expectations and gives you the opportunity to move the encounter in a positive direction.

    Cruelty and pettiness come from a place of weakness. Kindness is an undeniable demonstration of strength.

    Kindness does not mean you’re letting anyone else take advantage of you. It means you’re setting the agenda, one that’s positive and productive.

    Whenever you can, which is almost always, activate the power of kindness. The biggest victory is when everyone wins.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,310 Posts
    Sat, May 15 2021 8:48 AM

    Saturday, May 15, 2021

    Choose well

    You can have what you want for right now or you can have what you want for later. You cannot have both.

    Now will be over in an instant. Later will last a whole lot longer.

    If you sacrifice now to gain value later, you’re paying a small price and getting a big, long-lasting reward. If you sacrifice the quality of your life later to get what you want right now, you’re paying a huge price to obtain a tiny reward that soon disappears.

    It’s easy to see what is the better choice. It’s not so easy to implement that choice.

    Yet you have the power to make that better choice and to stick with it. You can make the relatively small immediate sacrifices to lead to a vastly improved future.

    The choice is always here and the choice is always yours. Remind yourself what’s at stake, and choose well.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,310 Posts
    Mon, May 17 2021 9:18 AM

    Monday, May 17, 2021

    To have courage

    Where does courage come from? It comes from purpose.

    You cannot avoid the risks of life. What you can do is give yourself powerful enough reasons to endure and to mitigate those risks.

    Do you seek to have courage? Then make sure you know why.

    Go beyond merely speaking about what’s important to you. Live it, feel it, act it out every day.

    Courage does not come from wanting to have courage for the sake of courage, or for the sake of appearances. Courage comes from the desire to create the best life you can envision for yourself and all those you care about.

    Courage is what you have when you live beyond yourself, beyond the expediency of the moment. Fill your life with purpose, and you’ll imbue your actions with courage.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,310 Posts
    Tue, May 18 2021 11:49 AM

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    Richness in quality

    You cannot do everything at once. Yet you can do one thing at a time, and that is always a priceless opportunity.

    Your commitment to one particular path is not what causes you to miss out on everything else. For even without that choice you would not have been able to do all those other things.

    What you can do is travel down one road at a time. What you can do is experience life as it comes to you with no regrets or second thoughts about what could have been.

    Don’t let your fear of missing out prevent you from choosing and committing to the good things you can experience. You cannot taste all the flavors of ice cream today but you can get great enjoyment by choosing one.

    If it were indeed possible to have it all, then nothing at all would be special. Joy comes not from experiencing everything but rather from giving yourself fully to whatever you are experiencing.

    You’ll find much more richness in quality than you will in quantity. Your best choice is the one you make, and the one you treasure with the way you live it.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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