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Fri, Sep 17 2021 8:43 AM (1,254 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Tue, Jun 22 2021 8:26 AM

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021

    Know your priorities

    What, exactly, are your priorities for this day, this year, this experience of life? What is of importance to you, and in what order?

    Want to give yourself a massive advantage in all you do? Be clear, specific, and honest with yourself about your priorities.

    A well-developed sense of your priorities will foster confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline. When you’re clear about your priorities, you’re able to make optimum use of your time, energy, and resources.

    Priorities inform you without restricting you. They give valuable perspective to every choice you make.

    Even when you have strong, clearly defined priorities, you’re not always forced to follow them. You are, however, always able to give your consideration to them.

    Know your priorities, and you can make decisions more quickly, with better quality. Know and pay attention to your priorities, and you’ll have an essential structure to live a life of great fulfillment.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Wed, Jun 23 2021 3:23 PM

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021

    Whatever happens

    It is not your job to get upset by whatever happens. Your role is to craft meaning, fulfillment, joy, and goodness from whatever happens.

    Life is not the least bit impressed with your pain or inconvenience. Life throws solid challenges at you and expects you to grow stronger, not to sigh and complain.

    If you can smile, and you can, do it. If you can get up, get going, and make a difference, do it.

    You have right now the immense privilege of being able to choose your next action. Exercise that privilege with positive purpose, with love, gratitude and kindness.

    Life is difficult, but not as difficult as you often build it up to be. And anyway, that difficulty confers the very opportunities that give life its great richness.

    Accept it all, embrace it all, and go with the best you’ve got, now. Whatever happens is fertile ground for all the good that can be.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Thu, Jun 24 2021 12:31 PM

    Thursday, June 24, 2021

    Your thoughts are your choice

    Reality is more than what you think it is. Your thoughts have limitations that you, your existence, reality, and truth do not.

    Your thoughts play a powerful role in your life. Yet your thoughts do not constitute the entirety of your life.

    You can enable your thoughts to serve you without allowing them to limit you. Indeed, you can specifically direct your thoughts to assist you and not to hinder or distract you.

    Notice those thoughts that waste your energy, hold you back, or lead you astray, and just choose to let them go. Take only what’s helpful from each thought that arises and then move on with your experience of life.

    Every thought you have is yours to do with as you please. Thoughts influence you only when you let them, and it’s up to you when to let them.

    Don’t let your thoughts, or anything else, get in the way of what you know to be true and authentic. Allow the truth of all that is to shine through everything you experience, through all you think and say and do.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Fri, Jun 25 2021 12:10 PM

    Friday, June 25, 2021

    Sufficient time

    Sometimes it’s necessary to rush through a task or an experience. Most of the time it’s not, and your excessive haste can be counterproductive.

    You deserve the experience of savoring whatever you do. Your work benefits when you can focus on it without the constant pressure to get it finished quickly.

    No, that’s not always possible. Yet there are often ways for you to make it possible.

    Do what you can to give the important things in your life sufficient time. Time is highly valuable and confers its value to those endeavors upon which it is generously bestowed.

    Life unfolds at a certain pace. If you race too far ahead of that pace, you miss out on much of life’s richness.

    Give your work, your relationships, your dreams, adventures, and advancements the time they require. Let your life benefit from those treasures that only sufficient time can bring forth.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Mon, Jun 28 2021 8:20 AM

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    Tell yourself

    Tell yourself why you must do it, and why you can do it. Tell yourself you will.

    Tell yourself you are starting now. And then do as you have told yourself.

    In the past, you’ve told yourself about all the excuses you have for not taking action. And indeed those excuses have been effective at preventing your actions.

    Going forward, tell yourself why, tell yourself you must, tell yourself you are doing it. You’ll be just as effective at getting yourself into action.

    You might pay attention to others and you might not. Yet you always pay attention to yourself.

    So give yourself some positive direction and give yourself the confidence, along with a little push, to move in that direction. Tell yourself you’re doing it, and you’ll realize that you are.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Tue, Jun 29 2021 6:59 AM

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021

    What you look for

    What you look for determines what you find. What you look for has a major influence on what comes into your life.

    Look for reasons to connect and cooperate rather than for reasons to argue and accuse. Look for possibilities instead of excuses.

    Look for ways to solve the problems. Look for what you can do to improve the situation.

    Look for ideas, activities and resources that can be of benefit to yourself and others. Look for opportunities to create new value.

    Look for what works, and give your support to those who facilitate it. Look for people who are competent, resourceful, generous and insightful, and emulate what they do.

    Look for joy, look for goodness, look for truth and kindness and fulfillment. Look for the best you can imagine, and bring it abundantly to life.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Wed, Jun 30 2021 12:03 PM

    Wednesday, June 30, 2021

    Raising your expectations

    What you get comes from what you expect. If you’re not getting what you desire, raise your expectations.

    Raising your expectations does not mean merely increasing their size and scope. It means more accurately aligning them with what’s true, what’s real and what’s possible.

    For example, expecting to get something for nothing is a low level expectation. Expecting an opportunity to earn what you desire is a more realistic, higher level expectation.

    Though their influence does extend beyond you, your expectations are primarily centered on what you expect from yourself. When you raise your expectations you challenge yourself to live more purposefully, more richly.

    You embrace responsibility for your own outcomes. You position yourself in accordance with your expectations and then act to fulfill them.

    Much more than just a wish list, your expectations embed themselves deeply in all you do, in all you are. Raise those expectations, and then rise to the challenges those new expectations set forth.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Thu, Jul 1 2021 8:59 AM

    Thursday, July 1, 2021

    Be with it

    You could endlessly analyze what’s going on, or resist it, or find someone to blame for it, or fantasize that it’s something else entirely. Or you could simply be with it.

    You could deny the uncomfortable, inconvenient aspects of who you are, of what you desire and care about, of how you feel. Or you could allow your authentic self to be.

    You could resent, avoid, and complain about what you have to do. Or you could just go ahead and get it done, and apply yourself toward progress rather than toward resistance.

    Your time, your energy, your awareness, your care and your passion are powerful and precious. Point them all toward peaceful, purposeful living and not toward wasteful, destructive fighting.

    Every place, every person, every situation, every challenge, every moment has some kind of unique value to add to your life. Accept it, embrace it, give your best to it as it plays out, and be with it.

    Life brings problems, opportunities, frustrations, joys, pleasure, discomfort, struggle and beauty. As each new adventure arrives, be with it.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Fri, Jul 2 2021 12:06 PM

    Friday, July 2, 2021

    All the answers

    You don’t have all the answers. No one does.

    You don’t want to ever have all the answers, because then no more questions would be possible. There would be no more joy of discovery.

    What you know has value. What you don’t know has great value too.

    In what you know, there is much possibility. In what you don’t know, there is infinite possibility.

    Each mystery you solve opens the door to more mysteries. You can find great satisfaction by discovering the answers and also by encountering even more questions.

    Have the humility to remind yourself you don’t have all the answers. That will keep you always open to endless and continuing discovery.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Sat, Jul 3 2021 10:21 AM

    Saturday, July 3, 2021

    Kindness is being your best

    You don’t have to look far to find a place where your kindness will make a difference. Kindness improves any situation and every situation where it is given.

    It can be all too easy to get caught up in blame, drama, resentment, retribution, and other harmful thought patterns. A little kindness will bring a more positive perspective back into play.

    Kindness reconnects you with what matters. Kindness reminds you about the best you can be.

    When you’re not sure what to do, let kindness guide you in making a choice. If you’re filled with despair or discouragement, an act of kindness points your awareness in a more positive direction.

    Kindness is you being your best. That’s a very powerful and productive way to be.

    Right now there’s an opportunity for you to bring new kindness to life. Take that opportunity, and everyone will benefit when you do.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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