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Fri, Sep 17 2021 8:43 AM (1,254 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Fri, Jul 16 2021 8:36 AM

    Friday, July 16, 2021

    Now is the hour

    If you want to get ahead, today is the day to work on it. If you wish to make progress, now is the time to act.

    The past can give you a frame of reference. Yet your past can’t push you forward and you must not let it hold you back.

    Today is your opportunity to do what you’ve been meaning to do. The conditions are not perfect yet they are sufficient.

    Go ahead with what you have and utilize what’s available. Use today or you will lose today and its opportunities.

    The difficulties feel disheartening and the challenges seem overwhelming. Yet the moment you act you begin to put yourself in control and to change all that.

    So exercise your best option and do the good, useful, effective things you can do. This is the day, now is the hour.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Sat, Jul 17 2021 8:30 AM

    Saturday, July 17, 2021

    Forge ahead

    You can think of many things to complain about. But complaining is not going to produce anything of value.

    Put less focus on what is wrong. Turn your attention toward new, creative, innovative ways to support and expand what is good, what is right.

    Leave behind your complaints and forge ahead. Leave behind the blame, anger, and resentment, and make yourself into a shining example of what a good life encompasses.

    There will always be difficulties but they do not have to contaminate your experience of life. There will always be challenges, and you are able to transform those challenges into fulfillment.

    Life is not some warm, soft, ultra comfortable refuge where no problems ever intrude. Life is the magnificent opportunity to deal with whatever comes along.

    Live well by continuously looking forward. Forge ahead and make life good by virtue of the fact that you are living it.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Mon, Jul 19 2021 7:55 AM

    Monday, July 19, 2021

    Truth is all

    Who you know yourself to be is far more important than what anyone else thinks of you. Being true to all you love, value, and care about is far more consequential than your level of popularity.

    Ultimately, all you have is what is true. If you abandon truth, you are left with nothing.

    It can often be comfortable and convenient in the moment to ignore the truth. Yet those comforts will slide away, those conveniences will crumble, and truth will always confront you.

    Your best option is to willingly choose truth each time you can. Keep yourself aligned with truth and let its power exert constant positive influence on your life.

    You cannot rely on finding truth in what someone says, no matter how well qualified they may be. You cannot even be sure of finding truth in what you believe.

    Truth is in what you know, in what you live, and that truth is both difficult and undeniable. Put that truth into all you say, all you do, for there is really no other good choice.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Tue, Jul 20 2021 8:12 AM

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021

    When to let it be

    Always there are things you can change, yet sometimes it is best not to. Among your many choices is the choice to let it be.

    Some realities will benefit from your attention, effort, and manipulation. Others are best left alone.

    A sign of wisdom is knowing which is which. An exercise of strength is to abide by that wisdom.

    You eagerly do your best to exert a positive influence on life. That can sometimes mean giving goodness the necessary time and space to unfold as it will.

    Though it’s tempting to think you can fix everything, time and experience have taught you otherwise. Be willing to act, and also be willing to let it be.

    There are times when your efforts to help could actually lead to more harm. Be realistic about your limits, mindful of the possibilities, and know when to let it be.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Wed, Jul 21 2021 11:25 AM

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021

    Thoughts of others

    Someone turns to look at you. Your mind immediately gives a loud and intrusive voice to whatever you imagine that other person is thinking.

    As soon as you hear that voice, turn down its volume. Pay attention, consider briefly what it could be saying, but don’t let it interrupt or overwhelm you.

    The fact is, you don’t really know what that person is thinking. And there’s nothing you can do about it anyway.

    If you’re so inclined, engage that person in conversation. That gives each of you the opportunity to express your thoughts.

    But don’t allow the imagined voice of someone else to corrupt your purposeful thoughts and actions. Focus instead on the good work you can do.

    Give your respect and attention to those around you without obsessing over what they may or may not think. Choose your thoughts based on purpose, not on fear or insecurity, and let those thoughts continue to push you positively forward.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Thu, Jul 22 2021 10:22 AM

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

    Keep working on it

    You’re not perfect, but you’re getting better. Keep working on it.

    You’ve had some setbacks, been disappointed by other people in your life, and sometimes have disappointed yourself. Yet you’ve learned from it all, you’ve become stronger and more determined.

    Success doesn’t happen in a straight, unbroken line. Those efforts along the way that don’t work out actually do work out in the big picture.

    The obstacles, false starts, setbacks and wrong turns add richness to the journey. They let you know how far you’ve come and give value to whatever you achieve.

    You’re a more experienced, more resilient person than you were a couple of years ago. There’s much good you can do with that strength you’ve recently earned.

    Though it hasn’t been easy, your trajectory has persistently worked its way upward. Remember why you’re doing what you do, and keep up the good work.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Fri, Jul 23 2021 9:28 AM

    Friday, July 23, 2021

    Give to yourself

    Give to yourself some goodness. Give to yourself some love.

    Give yourself some time, attention, patience, and care. Give yourself understanding and acceptance.

    Know how good it feels when you are genuinely good to yourself. Then realize how easily and naturally you can expand that good feeling to others.

    Be good to yourself not out of selfishness, but to gain skill and experience. Create within yourself a source and a supply of goodness that you can share with all of life.

    The more generously you give to yourself the more effectively you can give to those around you. Accept and understand yourself, and you’ll further your acceptance and understanding of others.

    What you have to give is what you have first given yourself. Give generously, and let that generosity expand far and wide.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Sat, Jul 24 2021 12:05 PM

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

    Wake up to opportunity

    Just before you go to sleep, remind yourself that when you wake up you’ll wake up to opportunity. You’ll wake up fully aware of all you have, eager to make good use of it.

    Then wake up early to that opportunity. Wake up to energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to fulfill your best possibilities.

    Begin the day focused on the good things you can do with it. Right from the start, before anything has the chance to steal that focus, jump into positive action.

    Don’t get bogged down waiting for inspiration to come to you. Make the inspiration happen as a result of your attitude and actions.

    Establish your forward momentum as soon as the day begins. Feel the potential achievement that awaits and let yourself be drawn in its direction.

    There’s fresh new opportunity in each day that dawns. Wake up with that opportunity at the center of your awareness and transform it into real value.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Mon, Jul 26 2021 8:52 AM

    Monday, July 26, 2021

    See it through

    Before you start any new endeavor, make sure you are committed to seeing it through to completion. Before you stop, make sure you have finished all the work.

    Doing a dozen things halfway accomplishes nothing. With the same effort you could do a half dozen things completely.

    Yes, the experience counts for something even when you don’t finish what you start. But what good is a lot of experience if you never see anything all the way through?

    Many times just a little more effort can prevent the waste of all the effort that you’ve already put forth. The work you do to finish the job enables you to benefit from all the other work you’ve done.

    You’ve already invested yourself in the endeavor. Go ahead and do what is necessary to make that investment pay off.

    Start work that you will finish and finish the work you have started. Achievement is yours when you see it through.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,207 Posts
    Tue, Jul 27 2021 8:09 AM

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021

    Better than rudeness

    There is no situation, no interaction, that is improved by rudeness. When you are frustrated, lashing out at someone else does nothing to ease that frustration.

    Rude, vengeful behavior creates captivating drama on reality television shows. But it is a disastrous way to live real life.

    When you have a problem with someone else’s behavior, don’t make it your goal to merely call out that behavior. Respond with the intent of solving the problem rather than escalating it.

    When there’s a lack of kindness and an abundance of thoughtlessness, adding rudeness will not help. What will improve the situation is when someone steps forward and offers respect and consideration.

    You can be the person to do that. You can advance the whole situation far beyond the useless and destructive exchange of rudeness.

    Choose an approach that solves the problem rather than merely satisfying your ego. There’s always an option that works much better than rudeness.


    — Ralph Marston