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Wed, Aug 10 2022 11:04 AM (1,508 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Mon, May 31 2021 8:05 AM

    Monday, May 31, 2021

    Every choice matters

    None of the choices you make are trivial. Because each one of them interacts with your life, and is profound to a degree impossible to comprehend.

    None of the moments you spend are meaningless. Every moment moves your life in one particular direction or another.

    It’s easy to mentally write off the small things. Yet those small things all stay with you in some way, and add up, and make your life what it is.

    Diligence, discipline, respect, and gratitude can sometimes seem like distant, empty platitudes. Yet they are immensely practical and serve as a bulwark against a life of despair.

    The way to make your life mean something is to make each choice mean something. Fulfillment is as immediately accessible as the time and place and situation you are in.

    Life is a series of choices, and every choice matters. Choose now to make more of them matter in a good way.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Tue, Jun 1 2021 9:04 AM

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021

    You’re better

    You’re better than frustration. You’re better than procrastination.

    You’re better than making excuses. You’re better than taking shortcuts.

    You’re better than you were yesterday. You’re better than all the situations and choices that used to pull you down and hold you back.

    You’re better because of every moment you’ve lived. You’re better because of the mistakes you’ve made and all you’ve learned from those mistakes.

    Today your choices can be better than before. Today your results can be better than ever.

    Whatever you’ve been through, now you’re better. See what an amazing opportunity that is, and put it to good use.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Thu, Jun 3 2021 8:13 AM

    Thursday, June 3, 2021

    Treasure today

    Life is filled with potential treasure. What can you treasure today?

    Treasure is not an objective reality. The treasure in your life is what you consider it to be, what you make it to be.

    Treasure is both a noun and a verb, the object of your love and the giving of that love. It requires no precondition, and can be applied to anything.

    Consider all you can improve by choosing to treasure it. Think of the unique treasure that you can add to life.

    What you treasure becomes your treasure. And many others are able to treasure it as well.

    One of your greatest treasures is your ability to treasure. With it you can spread life’s treasures far and wide.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Fri, Jun 4 2021 12:22 PM

    Friday, June 4, 2021

    Authentic good

    Refuse to let the pain and fear corrupt you or discourage you. You have the power to make a difference and the kindness to use that power for authentic good.

    You no longer have to be resentful about what must be done. You can choose to be empowered by it.

    Claim the courage that is already yours and put it to use. Feel the strength that has always been there, connect it with good and beautiful purpose.

    In the sincerity of the love you give is an endless source of confidence. In what you have to offer is a continuing stream of value.

    Discover all the ways you can love what is. Apply that love to what can be.

    Put one foot in front of the other and go, go, go. Do life, do it honestly, do it with authenticity, and do it exceptionally well.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Sat, Jun 5 2021 7:17 AM

    Saturday, June 5, 2021

    Offer encouragement

    Give encouragement and it expands. When you encourage someone else the person who ends up with the most profound encouragement is very often you.

    Every life is filled with unused potential. Encouragement breaks that potential loose, activates it, transforms it into all kinds of good things.

    Even just a little bit of encouragement can create a shift to a whole new perspective. Knowing that someone cares, feeling the reality of that caring, changes the world.

    Encouragement is contagious. One person who is encouraged will encourage many others who will themselves pass encouragement along.

    All around you are people who can benefit from your encouragement, including you. If you seek to make a difference, that’s a potent opportunity for doing so.

    Offer encouragement. Be a positive, encouraging force in the lives of those around you, and in your own life as well.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Mon, Jun 7 2021 7:49 AM

    Monday, June 7, 2021

    Why you do it

    There’s a fine line between what works and what doesn’t. Qualities similar in outward appearance can be radically different in inner motivation, and in their results.

    Persistence expands your options. Stubbornness limits them.

    Confidence attracts people and transforms opportunity into achievement. Arrogance squanders opportunity and pushes people away.

    Generosity earns you great admiration and loyalty. Extravagance makes you look foolish and insecure.

    Challenging others to be their best can lead to widespread achievement. Scolding others about their worst behaviors is sure to create massive resentment.

    Don’t become so obsessed with a good thing that it turns into a bad thing. Remember, it’s not just what you do, it’s why you do it.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Tue, Jun 8 2021 7:30 AM

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

    Strength to move forward

    Every fault you admit can challenge you to improve yourself. Every weakness you embrace you can proceed to transform into a strength.

    The failures you acknowledge illuminate opportunities for success. Your mistakes and their consequences teach you how to make better choices.

    Any regret you have, as painful as it may be, serves a positive purpose. It’s an effective reminder not to create more regrets.

    Certainly you don’t want to wallow in the negative aspects of your past or present. But you don’t want to completely ignore them either.

    Whatever you’ve done or failed to do that has held you back can now point you in a more positive direction going forward. The costly price you’ve paid for your experience can now be transformed into useful value.

    Never does your past have to be an excuse for a dismal future. For right now you can choose, you can act, you can improve, transforming whatever has held you back into new strength to move forward.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Wed, Jun 9 2021 9:26 AM

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    The way you look at life

    It is not possible for you to experience everything in every way, so your experience is necessarily limited. And your limited experience can easily lead to limiting assumptions.

    Just because some tool or idea or technique didn’t work for you one time, doesn’t mean it won’t ever work for anyone. Indeed, with different circumstances it might even work well for you.

    Are there things you are certain about that you really have no business being certain about? That’s extremely likely.

    Your assumptions can blind you to perfectly good possibilities. Though you wouldn’t want to abandon all your assumptions, it’s an empowering exercise to question them and look beyond them.

    There exists a vast landscape of experience and knowledge that you currently know nothing about. Don’t let your current beliefs and assumptions prevent you from exploring that territory.

    Allow those beliefs and assumptions to guide you, but not to imprison you. Be willing to update and improve the way you look at life, and you’ll find plenty of new ways to improve life itself.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Thu, Jun 10 2021 12:50 PM

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

    Invest your thoughts

    It might seem like you’re stuck with your current thoughts, but that’s not the case. A more effective frame of mind is just a thought or two away.

    Yes, the outer world has an influence on what you’re thinking. However, you have the final say.

    If you feel trapped in a certain frame of mind, much of what’s keeping you there is your own choice. When it would serve you better, you can make a different choice.

    Whether you’ve been surprised, insulted, praised, intimidated, satisfied, or ignored, you can move quickly past any kind of negative or unproductive mindset. Choose now where you want your thoughts to go and they will go there.

    Compare the likely end results of continuing in your current frame of mind or switching to a different one. Choose your thinking based on the outcome you prefer.

    What’s the optimum way for you to live your life during the next thirty minutes, or three hours? Invest your thoughts there, and the rest of you will follow.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,232 Posts
    Fri, Jun 11 2021 11:46 AM

    Friday, June 11, 2021

    The value time brings

    Time provides you the opportunity to fully experience life. Give all good things in your life the time they need, the time they deserve, the time you deserve.

    If everything came to you instantly, all at once, it would overwhelm you and be of little positive value. Take the time to let life unfold in a way that connects you thoroughly to its richness.

    Imagine receiving everything you desire, plus everything you will ever desire, right now. Imagine having to enjoy it all, to experience it all, before the end of the day.

    In such a scenario, all your hopes, dreams, and desires would be reduced to confusion, frustration, and despair. Fortunately, time spaces out the goodness in your life so you have the chance to savor it.

    Young children embarking on a treasure hunt don’t care about the treasure, they are captivated by the hunt. There is great wisdom in that preference.

    Time gives the good things in your life their goodness. Don’t let impatience cheat you out of the value that only time can bring.


    — Ralph Marston