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  • Ladychipper
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    Mon, Nov 15 2021 8:58 AM

    Monday, November 15, 2021

    Who you know you are

    You are not who you think you are. You are who you are.

    You are not your job, your address, your opinions, the roles you play. You are the child who looked in wonder and amazement at endless possibilities.

    Circumstances and possessions come and go, but you cannot ever lose the beauty of who you truly are. Yet it’s all too easy for life’s externalities to obscure the real you.

    You can become trapped by seeing yourself in a few oversimplified dimensions, losing sight of your true nature and your best possibilities. But you cannot be fully described in a few words, or even in ten thousand pictures, and neither can anyone else.

    What you have, how you appear, what you think and do, those things do matter. Yet what matters more is the authentic you.

    Acknowledge, accept, and align with the ineffable truth living in the deepest part of you. Rather than being bound by hollow definitions, live as who you most sincerely know you are.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
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    Tue, Nov 16 2021 8:11 AM

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    Cost and benefit

    Every choice has a cost and a benefit. When motivating yourself to make the best choice, it’s helpful to remind yourself about both sides of the choice equation.

    Choosing something desirable right now could have an undesirable consequence later. Shouldering a difficult burden today could bring you great value tomorrow.

    Look at what you’re choosing and ask yourself this as objectively as possible. Does the ultimate cost of your choice outweigh the benefit, or is the benefit well worth the cost?

    It might seem attractive to get what you want and never have to pay for it. But you know that’s not realistic.

    You must focus not just on what you want but on what it will cost. You must focus not just on the discomfort of the effort at hand but on the good things it will bring you.

    In the real world you get what you pay for and you pay for what you get. Your most beneficial choices come from being honest with yourself about the whole equation.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Wed, Nov 17 2021 11:43 AM

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Line up the little things

    Do the little things in your life hurt you or help you? Do the particular little things you engage in serve you or wear you down?

    The little things matter because there are so many of them. And the little things are easy for you to control once you decide to do so.

    Big achievements and big tragedies alike are made up of little things. Exert positive influence over the little things, and many of the much bigger things will go your way.

    One little unhealthy indulgence won’t hurt you, but a thousand of them over the years can make you seriously ill. One little white lie is no big deal, but when those lies become a pattern you end up with no one who can trust you.

    A little extra effort costs you almost nothing, and over time those extra efforts will put you in a position of great advantage. A little kindness is easy to offer, and when you’re sincere and consistent with it you can earn unshakable loyalty.

    Line up the little things in a consistent positive direction. Show yourself what a big favorable difference that will make.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Thu, Nov 18 2021 7:48 AM

    Thursday, November 18, 2021

    Open to the wonder

    The universe is bigger than you can imagine. Yet the beautiful thing is, you can imagine.

    The details are far more numerous than you can comprehend. The amazing thing is, you can comprehend.

    You cannot ever know it all. And what’s great about that is, you can always know more.

    Each morning the sun rises on new vistas to explore. With every question, every thought, every feeling, come countless new things to discover and experience.

    More goodness is possible than just an hour ago. Wherever you’ve come from, however long you’ve taken to get here, some of those possibilities are especially for you.

    Life gets better when you let it, and help it, and embrace it. Open yourself again and again to the wonder, and do your part to live it well.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Fri, Nov 19 2021 8:55 AM

    Friday, November 19, 2021

    What you wish you had done

    Don’t let what you wish you had done stop you from what you can now do. Don’t let what you’ve failed to do become an excuse to give up and do nothing.

    Momentum is powerful but it’s not insurmountable. If some habit or behavior in the past has not served you well, now is a great time to change it.

    Just because you may have regrets is not a good reason to continue creating those regrets. Choose instead to transform past regrets into motivation for positive action in the present.

    What do you wish you had done differently? Now is your opportunity to do it.

    Sure, the world has moved along and you’ve missed some opportunities. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss the new opportunities to live with purpose, richness, and fulfillment.

    Learn from the mistakes you’ve made and work to transform those lessons into real value. Stop wishing for a better past and get busy creating a great future.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Sat, Nov 20 2021 11:37 AM

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Maybe today

    Maybe today you could be a little less fearful of the problems. Maybe today you could be a little more eager to meet the challenges.

    Maybe today you could spend a bit more time in focused effort. Maybe today you could find new ways to be purposeful in your actions.

    Maybe today you’ll be willing to endure some discomfort in order to achieve something meaningful. Maybe today you can spend more time creating value and less time on empty pleasures.

    Maybe today you can benefit yourself and others by offering your forgiveness. Maybe today you’ll take the opportunity to give kindness, patience, and understanding, just because you can.

    Maybe today you’ll pause to be thankful. Maybe today you’ll feel like being extra helpful.

    A day is coming when you’ll give yourself to living life at its best. Maybe today is the day.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Mon, Nov 22 2021 10:23 AM

    Monday, November 22, 2021

    The good that can be

    This is a day when you can think about what you choose to think about. This is a day when you can feel the way you wish to feel.

    This is a day when you can be your authentic self. This is a day when you can live the highest values you hold.

    You are alive, aware, and able to achieve whatever you take it upon yourself to achieve. You have time, resources, wisdom, experience, and the ability to make use of them.

    You can take positive and purposeful action, well informed by your own life and the lives of countless others who have gone before you. You can care deeply and put forth effort in the service of all you care about.

    You’re capable of courage, discipline, commitment, persistence, focus, and more. You’re able to acknowledge, honor, and support those things that matter most with the way you choose to live.

    This day and this world are filled with possibilities and you are an integral part of it all. Live it well, for all the good that it is, and all the good that can be.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Tue, Nov 23 2021 7:37 AM

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    Good memories

    Make good memories. Then be inspired by those memories to make more.

    A positive experience is nice while it is happening. And that experience can continue to add value to life by giving you the confidence and encouragement to build on it.

    When you recall a good memory, that doesn’t have to mean all the good days are behind you. There is some way you can transform the energy of that past positive experience into present-day goodness.

    Certainly over time the nature of your enjoyable experiences will evolve. Yet you always have plenty of ways to create unique enjoyment and fulfillment in life.

    Circumstances change, people come and go, some periods are filled with difficulty and others are bursting with joy. Through it all, good memories continue to be made.

    Good memories never have to be confined to the past. Go ahead and discover how many more of them you can make right now.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Wed, Nov 24 2021 11:28 AM

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    All your options

    This is a new day. Explore some new options.

    It would be easy and comforting to make today into a copy of yesterday. But you can experience a whole lot more fulfillment by adding some freshness to your life today, and every day.

    What are you able to do that you’ve never done? Where would you like to go that you’ve never been?

    Who would you enjoy talking to that you haven’t heard from in a long time? What could you learn, what could you experience, how could you feel that would make today stand out?

    Think about all the options available to you. Think about opportunities to bring new richness to your life and to the lives of those you love.

    Today is your opportunity to bring new value to life. Consider what that could mean, and then do something wonderful with it.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,844 Posts
    Thu, Nov 25 2021 7:05 AM

    Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Thankful for you (Happy Thanksgiving)

    Because you appreciate the value of what you have, it grows in value. Because you are thankful for all there is, you continue discovering new ways to make good use of it.

    Because you care, you find yourself making a positive contribution to life. Because you give, abundance multiplies in your world.

    Because you listen and understand, hope arises where it never had been. Because you take action, stubborn challenges are transformed into lasting value.

    When you forgive, healing begins. When you open yourself to truth and authentic living, suffering diminishes.

    Certainly life is not all about you. Yet there is so much you do that makes the world a more beautiful place.

    In ways you do not even realize, life is thankful for you. And as you continue to return that gratitude, goodness expands in every direction.


    — Ralph Marston