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Fri, Sep 17 2021 8:43 AM (1,254 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Mon, Jul 5 2021 8:36 AM

    Monday, July 5, 2021

    Give it a go

    It might work out and it might not. The only way you’ll find out is to give it a go.

    It’s comfortable and convenient to sit and do nothing. Yet it’s a whole lot more interesting and fulfilling to get up and explore some unknown territory.

    Don’t just talk about what you might do, or wonder what it would be like. Take the steps, make the efforts, find a way, and make it happen.

    Life is here right now to be lived. And right now is when you must live to the fullest, not someday, not when things are perfect, but right now as it is.

    Though you’re certain to run into some problems, go ahead and give it a go. Though you’re often not sure what to expect, with each passing day you grow more capable at dealing with whatever arises.

    There’s no end to the possibilities for achievement and discovery. Step forward today and give it a go.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Tue, Jul 6 2021 10:48 AM

    Tuesday, July 6, 2021

    Living well

    You are highly skilled at noticing what has value and then resonating with that value. You’re able to see what could be blocking good, meaningful experiences and devise ways to get beyond that barrier.

    You can live well no matter what the outer situation may be. You can live well because you can choose your perspective and your actions.

    Sometimes it might feel that living well is not possible or appropriate. Yet you’re able to honor those feelings, and you know that as soon as you do you begin to transcend them.

    You’ve discovered again and again that living well is not a matter of what you have or what you do. Living well has everything to do with why you take the actions you take and value the things you value.

    Today is another unique opportunity for living well. Amid all the challenges, complexities, frustrations and obligations, you’re able to find ample space for doing so.

    Step forward now and fulfill that promise. Connect to the goodness that’s always a part of you and let it find full expression in living well.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Wed, Jul 7 2021 9:16 AM

    Wednesday, July 7, 2021

    Give love

    If your experience of love depends solely on being loved, you are sure to be disappointed. The power of love is in giving it.

    Waves crashing on a sandy beach are wholly incapable of loving you. Yet you can have great love for them, and that love can bring much beauty and fulfillment into your life.

    By letting go of your expectations about receiving love, you open yourself up to give more love. From that perspective you can fill your life and your world with the power of love.

    Love inspires you to do what you would otherwise be reluctant to do. Love brings you courage, confidence, competence, as well as the energy and focus to apply them well.

    You are always able to experience love because there is always some way for you to give it. It is in giving love that you find the wherewithal to live with meaning and fulfillment.

    Give love and expand its beneficial power into every corner of your existence, of your world. Give love, and live at your most purposeful, authentic, and effective level.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Thu, Jul 8 2021 9:58 AM

    Thursday, July 8, 2021

    Your influence

    Does your fulfillment depend on getting other people to change? Good luck with that, because you’ll need it.

    What’s your most direct path to making the changes that will solve problems and create value in your world? The most direct path, and the one most likely to succeed, is to identify and implement changes within yourself.

    Your influence in the wider world is limited. Yet you do have ample influence over your own actions, your own experience, and your own perceptions of that experience.

    Do you really need the people close to you to change in order for you to feel better? Do you really need millions of people you don’t even know to change how they think, act, vote, or speak in order for your life to improve?

    Sure, certain positive changes in the way others behave could be beneficial to you and to all of life. Yet by an overwhelming margin, the most consequential influence you have is over your own behavior.

    Before you seek power and influence over others, do all you can do to bring about goodness using your own influence over yourself. That’s the most reliable, most direct way to improve not only your life, but the lives around you as well.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Fri, Jul 9 2021 8:57 AM

    Friday, July 9, 2021

    Receiving abundance

    The way to receive life’s abundance is to express it. The way to receive life’s abundance is to do something creative and useful with it.

    There is always something valuable that you can create with your time, your thoughts and actions. In every moment, in every situation, there is something you can do to express life’s abundance.

    Whatever you’re able to create may not be something you particularly desire or require, but that’s ok. Because there are other people who wish to have it, and who will happily pay you for it with something else of value to you.

    In ways that are familiar and in ways that haven’t yet been imagined, you can create value. With gratitude in your heart, and a desire to give meaning to life, you can create value.

    You are surrounded by a sea of abundance. You are alive and aware and highly effective, in a universe that’s overflowing with possibilities.

    Through your own unique perspective, you can transform that raw, formless abundance into specific, tangible value. That is how wealth is created, and there is no limit to how much of it you can create.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Sat, Jul 10 2021 12:11 PM

    Saturday, July 10, 2021

    Choose a positive future

    How do you envision the future? Whatever you expect plays a key role in the way your future unfolds.

    Of course nothing is going to work out exactly as you anticipated merely because of your expectations. Yet the best chance to end up in a positive place is to move in a positive direction.

    Your future is fast approaching, and the way you live right now makes a difference in how that future will be. Your future is as bright and fulfilling as you choose in the present to make it.

    Sure, there are plenty of understandable reasons to be discouraged about the future. Yet because the future isn’t here, and because you play a key role in it, being positive about the future is just as realistic.

    At this point, the future you envision is completely up to you. So your best strategy is to envision the most positive future you can imagine.

    Go ahead, choose to be positive about the future, and arrange your actions accordingly. By so doing you’ll lift your world higher starting right now and extending into all the future days to come.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Mon, Jul 12 2021 12:09 PM

    Monday, July 12, 2021

    Do you really need it?

    It’s easy to develop the feeling that you depend on certain things to be certain ways. It’s liberating to realize you don’t need nearly as much as you thought.

    Do you really need all the things you think you need? Do you really need, for example, all conditions to be perfect in order to get your work done?

    Many of those things that feel like needs are not really necessary. Some might just be convenient excuses rather than hard and fast necessities.

    Sure, there are plenty of things and conditions that would be nice and convenient to have. Yet just because something is desirable does not mean it’s absolutely necessary.

    Almost always, you can identify multiple ways to get from where you are to where you want to be. And if you don’t have all you need for one route, there will be other routes you can choose.

    When your progress is blocked by something you need but don’t have, step back and take a closer look. You’re likely to find another way that frees you from whatever need might be holding you back.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Tue, Jul 13 2021 7:49 AM

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021

    Richness that endures

    Plenty of choices can bring you pleasure in the moment. Yet when the moment is over the pleasure is gone and you’re left with nothing to show for it.

    You can do better. You can choose other ways to spend your time, to invest your effort, attention, and resources.

    You don’t have to settle for cheap, meaningless, instant gratification. You always have the option to devote your time and energy to activities that bring lasting fulfillment.

    What can you do today that you’ll still be thankful for doing a week from now? What can you do with your time to create value that grows more meaningful as the months and years go by?

    The instant thrills and sensations will fade before the next instant. You deserve to experience richness that endures a whole lot longer than that.

    Live in the moment, but don’t live merely for the moment. Use today to enrich your world in ways that continue long after the day is over.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Wed, Jul 14 2021 11:50 AM

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021

    Day by day

    Your health, your wealth, your relationships, your self esteem are occasionally influenced by the big, dramatic things you do. Yet these areas of your life, and many more, are mostly determined by the little things you do, again and again, day by day.

    You can’t brush your teeth just once a month and expect to have a healthy mouth, even if you brush really, really well. You can’t make a big push to earn lots of money every six months, and do nothing the rest of the time, and expect to be financially secure.

    Ongoing, disciplined attention supports and advances the good things you care about. There is no substitute.

    Those good things that benefit you are inseparable from the diligence with which you enable them and attend to them. Day by day is the way.

    Make the best choices today, then make them again tomorrow, the next day, and the next. That’s what progress looks like, that is how success feels.

    Get in the habit of getting in the habit. You can do anything day by day, and it will take you wherever you decide to go.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Thu, Jul 15 2021 11:43 AM

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

    Respect toward others

    Speaking or acting with disrespect toward someone does not bring any meaningful value your way. In fact it can put you at a significant disadvantage.

    By contrast, being respectful costs you nothing, even when it involves those you disagree with. Your respectful attitude can be of great benefit to you, especially with those who oppose you.

    Respect toward someone else enables you to see that person more clearly, more realistically. Respect fosters understanding, and that always works to your advantage.

    Respect facilitates communication. In every interaction the more effectively you communicate the more positive your outcome is likely to be.

    Respect is the smart choice. Respect comes from a position of power and solidifies that position of power.

    Challenge yourself to act with respect, especially when you don’t want to. You’ll quickly realize what a powerful and enduring advantage it gives you.


    — Ralph Marston