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Thu, Aug 11 2022 8:42 AM (1,509 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    21,236 Posts
    Thu, Jun 16 2022 10:42 AM

    Thursday, June 16, 2022

    Avoiding conflict

    Do your interests run counter to the interests of someone else? To resolve those differences, you don’t necessarily have to go into conflict with that person.

    Conflict is sometimes necessary. More often, though, you can find better alternatives.

    Don’t assume that the other person has to lose in order for you to win. With sufficient creativity and innovation, it’s entirely possible that you could both come out ahead.

    Examine your own motivations and consider the possible underlying motivations of the other person. Look at the situation from an objective perspective with genuine respect and understanding.

    Conflict is costly, even if you win. By avoiding conflict you preserve time, energy, resources and relationships to be useful in more productive pursuits.

    There are plenty of good ways to move forward that don’t involve conflict. Challenge yourself to use your brain rather than your belligerence.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,236 Posts
    Fri, Jun 17 2022 8:44 AM

    Friday, June 17, 2022

    Truth is worth the effort

    Information has gained widespread use as a form of currency. Beware of those who set out to counterfeit it.

    The information that can provide you with value is the information that has truth behind it. Anything else will waste your time or lead you astray.

    How do you gain trust in a source of information? You repeatedly question it, challenge it, corroborate it.

    Truth has great value, and just like anything of value it requires time and effort to attain. Something is not true just because someone says so, or just because you want it to be true.

    Those who seek to deceive rely on the laziness and carelessness of the people they deceive. Those who deliver truth are eager to be questioned and challenged.

    Put in the necessary work to distinguish real facts from empty pronouncements. Truth is well worth the effort.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,236 Posts
    Sat, Jun 18 2022 10:36 AM

    Saturday, June 18, 2022

    Treasures of experience

    Someday you’ll more fully appreciate what you’re going through today. Whether joy or disappointment, fulfillment or frustration, pain or pleasure, you’re adding value in your life.

    Look back a little ways, or a long way, and you’ll see. You continually leave the past behind, yet you carry forward the rich treasures of experience.

    Today is one such experience that will end up serving you well. Do what you can, do what you must, to work your way through.

    Expect good things, but don’t beat yourself up if you fail to get it perfect. Give your best, and know that time will amplify the value of your efforts.

    The most difficult moments can also be the most productive. The most uncomfortable situations can instill in you the greatest strengths.

    Through the ups and downs, ins and outs of this day, take it all in stride, live it all with integrity and excellence. And know all the while that you’re creating your own unique treasures of experience.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,236 Posts
    Mon, Jun 20 2022 8:38 AM

    Monday, June 20, 2022

    Start now and keep going

    The work will take some time. But the time will pass whether you do the work or not.

    The question you have to ask yourself is this. When the time has passed, would it be better to have the work done?

    Of course it would, and sure, it will take a while. That’s a very good reason to get started right away.

    You won’t be able to get all the work done immediately. Yet you can get some done today, some more tomorrow and the next day and the next.

    And before long, what once seemed overwhelming will be done. Instead of wondering how you can possibly get it all finished, you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labor.

    Start now and keep going. Make the passing of time your ally and make achievement your thing.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,236 Posts
    Tue, Jun 21 2022 11:20 AM

    Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    Meaningful impact

    Let yourself be amazed at the reality that presents itself to you moment after moment. Allow yourself to be filled with awe at the countless possibilities that continually interact to give birth to even more.

    Be humbled and endlessly grateful that you’ll always have something new to discover. Open yourself to the learning, the discovery, the experience, and to the good work you can do with it all.

    Realize how pointless it is to get bogged down in the noisy trivialities that swirl around you. Understand the opportunity that’s always yours to make a meaningful and positive impact on reality.

    Draw encouragement from considering how far you’ve come. Find inspiration in contemplating all the good things that have ever been done.

    Mix in a good measure of confidence and hope, along with some skill, energy, effort, and wisdom. Then apply it all to the ever-expanding universe of possibilities in which you’re immersed.

    Right now you find yourself within an amazing reality. Here is your chance to offer your own meaningful impact, to make it more amazing than ever before.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,236 Posts
    Wed, Jun 22 2022 10:07 AM

    Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Move on into action

    Intention is necessary but not sufficient. Do the good things you intend to do, preferably sooner rather than later.

    Planning is helpful but it’s just the beginning. For the planning to pay off you must execute the plan.

    Don’t fall into the idea that preparation can be a substitute for action. Yes, do the preparation, and then do the rest of the work.

    Is thinking about it getting in the way of doing it? Then the time has come for you to go beyond mere thinking and move on into action.

    It’s great that your intention is purposeful and well thought out. Now cash in on the value of what you intend to do by acting on it.

    You can’t demonstrate your commitment just by thinking or talking about it. Move on into action, and reap the many benefits that come from following your purpose.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,236 Posts
    Thu, Jun 23 2022 11:29 AM

    Thursday, June 23, 2022

    Push on through

    Again and again you’ve learned when the going gets tough that’s the time to keep going. This time is no different.

    You’ve seen when the work is no longer easy there’s more opportunity for work that returns great value. Do that work, create that value.

    Whenever you’ve chosen to push yourself on through you’ve been thankful for that choice. Act now in a way you’ll look back upon with satisfaction and gratitude.

    You know there’s meaningful treasure locked within your current challenges. Push on through and make those rewards available for yourself and your world.

    Effort and inconvenience now will lead to significant achievement soon. Push on through and get all the way there.

    As the work becomes more difficult the goal gets closer and more desirable to reach. Now, push on through and make it happen.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,236 Posts
    Fri, Jun 24 2022 9:00 AM

    Friday, June 24, 2022

    Here and now

    You have right now. Do everything you can to treasure it, make full use of it, and live it with all you are.

    What has happened has happened. Anger, frustration, and complaints about it will only contaminate the present with echoes of a past that cannot be changed.

    Focus your thoughts on the reality of the good you can do here and now. Identify a worthy, desirable possibility and go cheerfully to work.

    See if you can let go of the doubts and worries about what might or might not happen. Unlock energy for making the most of all that is here and now.

    Enjoy the feeling of being effective in real time, in the real world. Watch with satisfaction as you exercise purposeful control over your thoughts and actions.

    Understand and appreciate the great treasures that can be forged from life in the present moment. Know the distinct joy of making that happen, right here, right now.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,236 Posts
    Sat, Jun 25 2022 8:02 AM

    Saturday, June 25, 2022

    The boss

    You have significant control over your actions, your thoughts, your feelings, your words, your opinions. It’s not total control all the time but it’s a whole lot more than anyone else has.

    The positive and purposeful exercise of that control is called discipline. It is something you can improve upon every day.

    The more you experience yourself exercising discipline and the more you experience the rewards of that discipline, the stronger it grows. Certainly there are times when discipline does not come easy, and those are the times when it has the greatest positive impact.

    What small part of your life today can you exercise more beneficial control over? Do that consistently, repeatedly, and the benefits will spread throughout your whole world.

    Reality is always there to impose its discipline on you whether you want it or not. Answer that by getting out in front of reality with your own discipline.

    You are the boss of you. Be an exceptional one.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,236 Posts
    Mon, Jun 27 2022 8:51 AM

    Monday, June 27, 2022

    All the good you can do

    Not everything will go your way today. Nonetheless, you can experience some significant wins.

    This day is not going to be perfect. Yet through your choices you can make it much better than it would have otherwise been.

    The quality and success of your experience today is largely up to you. It depends on where you direct your focus, on where you apply your time, energy, and resources.

    Though the world is filled with problems, it is also overflowing with positive potential. Some meaningful aspects of that potential exist right now within you, your abilities, your situation.

    There are parts of your world where you can begin immediately to make real progress. Give your attention, commitment, effort and tenacity to them.

    Don’t let the difficulties that are out of your control dissuade you from doing all the good you can do. Be ever mindful of your positive potential, and always eager to live up to it.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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