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Wed, Aug 10 2022 11:04 AM (1,508 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Wed, May 19 2021 9:19 AM

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021

    Live this day

    Life has never before been the way it is now. This is your opportunity to add a new dimension, a new level of meaning, to your experience.

    Even a small, simple thing can be the source of great new wonder. Even a modest action can make you more alive than you’ve ever been.

    Watch with awe and gratitude as the highest branches of trees catch a fresh breeze. What beauty, what value, what insight can you give this moment in return?

    A million possibilities sparkle right in front of you. Each one of them can add new substance to your life, to your world, to all of existence.

    Take full measure of what you have, of what you can do, of how you can be. See the goodness that can come from the choices you make, the words you speak, the actions you take.

    Look up with eyes of amazement, step forward with passion and purpose. And live this day as the magnificent treasure that it is.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Thu, May 20 2021 9:02 AM

    Thursday, May 20, 2021

    The first step

    The first step is difficult and it is also powerful. Take that first step, get yourself going, then keep going.

    Once you take the first step, you’re invested. Once you take the first step, you have momentum working in your favor.

    Make the transition from intention to action. Go from the concept of achievement to the reality of achievement.

    No matter how much or how little prior experience you have, the first step will give you more. It will focus your experience, your skills, your thoughts and actions on a specific objective.

    Going ahead with the first step sends a message to yourself and the world that you are serious. You’ve gone beyond merely wishing, or wondering, or planning, and are taking solid action.

    Take the first step and feel the powerful difference it makes. Then carry on with ever-increasing momentum until the job is done.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Fri, May 21 2021 8:24 AM

    Friday, May 21, 2021

    Forgive, let it go, move forward

    You cannot avoid being hurt sometimes by the carelessness, ignorance, or malice of others. Yet you can very much avoid prolonging that hurt.

    Yes, it’s bad that bad things happen, whether intentionally or otherwise. But continuing resentment over them does not ever make them better.

    What will make your life better is forgiveness. What will free you from the pain is to let it go.

    It’s tempting to imagine that you’re winning some sort of moral victory by continuing to suffer. The real victory, however, comes when you move completely beyond the whole affair.

    Don’t incapacitate yourself with an awareness clouded by resentment and the desire for revenge. You deserve to go in the direction of better, more positive pursuits.

    Choose a hopeful future over a difficult past. Forgive, let it go, move forward with renewed energy and positive purpose.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Sat, May 22 2021 7:58 AM

    Saturday, May 22, 2021

    Purposeful perspective

    Step back for a little while today, tomorrow, and every day. Remember who you are, where you came from, where you seek to go.

    It’s all too common to get caught up in those things that seem important but really do not matter. It’s much too easy to ignore what you truly want to be, to experience, to achieve.

    So make some time in every day for your best visions, your most respected values, your treasured dreams. As you do what you do, continue to align yourself with why you do what you do.

    There’s a vital part of you that yearns for the adventure of living true to who you are. There’s a whole sophisticated set of abilities within you that can deliver that adventure.

    No matter what limitations you may face, you can always live up to your highest ideals. You can connect every action, every thought to a purpose that transcends the limitations of the moment.

    Look at what’s going on, at what you’re doing, with full awareness of what matters most to you. Live with a purposeful perspective, and you’ll always bring your best to life.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Mon, May 24 2021 9:01 AM

    Monday, May 24, 2021

    Open to new experiences

    You don’t have to get caught up deciding the absolute perfect thing to do. Just start where you are and move toward whatever looks the most fulfilling, valuable, intriguing.

    You can’t know in advance how life will play out. What you can do is give your care and attention to the details as they emerge.

    Consider how many great opportunities have been missed by people holding out for the ideal opportunity. Avoid getting caught in that trap.

    A few possible courses of action clearly won’t do, and you can dismiss them out of hand. Then from all the other possibilities, pick one and go right ahead with it.

    It probably won’t be the best thing you’ve ever done, though it could be. Yet it’s likely to be a whole lot better than doing nothing.

    Be open to new experiences, especially the ones you’re not certain about. Adventure is where you find it, and you can find it just about anywhere.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Tue, May 25 2021 8:50 AM

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021

    Make good use

    What valuable knowledge, skills, resources, or possibilities in your life are underutilized? What good and useful things are you already able to do that you’re not doing as much as you could?

    Eventually the opportunities you now take for granted will no longer exist. Make good use of them while you can, or you’re likely to experience painful regrets later.

    When you make use of the opportunities available to you, you end up creating other opportunities. So as the older opportunities run their course, you have plenty of new ones to take their place.

    But what happens if you ignore and neglect current opportunities? Future opportunities are not nearly so plentiful.

    Perhaps you have more than most other people, or perhaps you have much less. Whatever you have, make use of it, whatever you can do, go ahead and do it.

    Think about what’s possible for you right now. Expand and extend your abilities, your resources, your opportunities, and your possibilities by making good use of them.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Wed, May 26 2021 11:18 AM

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    Go where the challenges are

    In what direction will you meet the most resistance? That’s the direction where you can create the most value.

    What is the easiest option? That’s the option that won’t make much of a difference.

    When a problem arises, an opportunity has been born. Where a challenge exists, there is value to be created.

    The hard stuff is what makes the good stuff. The uncomfortable experiences are the ones that result in strength, fulfillment, richness.

    The good life you enjoy today exists because countless people endured countless challenges. Now it’s your great privilege, and your most unfaltering source of fulfillment, to extend that legacy.

    Go where the challenges are. That’s where you’ll manifest your greatest potential.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Thu, May 27 2021 9:17 AM

    Thursday, May 27, 2021

    Live with balance

    Be flexible enough to absorb the blows. Be rigid enough to hold together.

    Be curious enough to explore new ways for moving forward. Be skeptical enough to avoid being led down dead-end paths.

    Be tolerant enough to initiate and inspire genuine cooperation. Be discerning enough to create reasonable, valuable results.

    Be impulsive enough to know what satisfies and fulfills you. Be disciplined enough to achieve what you seek to achieve.

    Be respectful of the structures that already exist. Be fascinated by the possibilities of what is yet to come.

    Life at its best is not any one thing or another to an extreme. Live with balance, and draw richness from every quality of life without being overwhelmed by any of them.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Fri, May 28 2021 8:42 AM

    Friday, May 28, 2021

    Begin and continue

    The problem is not the problem. The problem is that you let the problem stop you.

    It’s not a lack of preparation that holds you back. It’s not an absence of passion, or resources, or opportunity, that keeps you from achieving.

    The only things that can hold you back are your failure to begin and your failure to continue. Fortunately those factors are completely within your control, right this moment.

    Begin, and you’ve opened up a way forward. Continue, work through each challenge as it arises, and you’ll get where you intend to go.

    Achievement begins when you take responsibility for it with your actions. Achievement happens when you follow through on that responsibility.

    Ultimately achievement boils down to what you do. Begin the work, continue until it’s done, and you can make many good things happen in this world.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Sat, May 29 2021 11:02 AM

    Saturday, May 29, 2021

    Truth above opinion

    Your opinions can be highly useful. They can also be very dangerous.

    Opinions help you to make sense of the world. Yet they can also blind you to important realities.

    A strong opinion could prevent you from seeing what is otherwise perfectly obvious. It could also cause you to think you see what is actually not even there.

    How do you benefit from your opinions without being deprived or deceived by them? Make sure your sense of humility is at least as strong as your strongest opinion.

    The willingness to admit that you could be wrong makes your opinion more valuable, not less. Because it helps to square your opinion with what’s objectively true.

    Find ways for your opinions to serve you without allowing them to dominate you. Seek truth above opinion, and receive benefit from both.


    — Ralph Marston