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Tue, Feb 27 2024 8:01 AM (1,914 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    22,568 Posts
    Wed, Jan 18 2023 9:17 AM

    Wednesday, January 18, 2023

    Fruitful connections

    Offer your assistance to someone else, and you’re likely to make that person’s day. Accept the help someone offers to you, and you’ll make that person’s day.

    Giving and receiving are two sides of the same beneficial experience. And the value from that experience pours out in both directions.

    Sometimes the most generous thing you can do is to give fully of yourself. Other times the most generous thing you can do is to enable someone else to experience the joy of giving.

    At some level there’s hardly any distinction between giving and receiving. The interaction creates sufficient goodness to go around.

    The connection is what’s important. Through that connection value flows, and grows, giving rise to higher levels of richness and fulfillment.

    You benefit this very moment from thousands of years of those fruitful connections. Make the most of every opportunity to keep them going.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,568 Posts
    Thu, Jan 19 2023 8:43 AM

    Thursday, January 19, 2023

    Desire what is

    Fulfillment is yours when you allow it. To have what you desire is a simple matter of desiring what you have.

    That doesn’t stop you from being ambitious and making new progress. On the contrary, it gives you the confidence and courage to continue moving forward.

    If you fear that what you have tomorrow could be somehow less than what you have today, that fear will hold you back. If, on the other hand, you know you can choose to be truly satisfied with whatever you have, the fear dissolves.

    Today you are whole, and complete, and have everything necessary for happiness and fulfillment. A month from now, or years into your future, that will continue to be true.

    Over time your fulfillment will be expressed in many different ways. Yet as long as you allow it to exist within you, it is a positive force in your life.

    Desire what is. And connect yourself with all the good that is present and possible.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,568 Posts
    Fri, Jan 20 2023 7:52 AM

    Friday, January 20, 2023

    Get curious

    Instead of getting angry, get curious. Rather than becoming frustrated, become curious.

    There’s a reason behind what’s happening, and a deeper understanding behind that reason. Get curious, and you’ll encounter opportunities for positive transformation and improvement.

    Get curious, and develop a powerful appreciation for what you might otherwise take for granted. Get curious, and discover the wealth of talent, wisdom, and creativity hidden in the people around you.

    When you encounter a problem, get curious. If you’re not clear on what to do next, get curious.

    Curiosity can turn a challenging situation into a valuable achievement. Curiosity illuminates valuable connections you never knew were there.

    Who is the person you’re standing next to, what is along that road you’ve never explored? Get curious, and bring new richness to life.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,568 Posts
    Mon, Jan 23 2023 8:55 AM

    Monday, January 23, 2023

    Actual efforts

    Visualize what you intend to do. But don’t let the visualization be a substitute for the doing.

    It’s important to plan before you act. Yet if you have to choose between planning and action, you’re better off choosing action.

    The intentions that have the most valuable impact are not the ones endlessly honed to perfection. They’re the ones you actually carry out.

    Spend a little bit of time thinking about what will work. Then spend a lot more time discovering what actually does work and what doesn’t.

    As perfectly effective as they are in your imagination, conceptual efforts don’t accomplish anything. To get things done you must perform actual efforts in the difficult and imperfect domain of reality.

    Go beyond just thinking about it, talking about it, imagining it and planning it. Now is your time to step forward and get it done.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,568 Posts
    Tue, Jan 24 2023 8:29 AM

    Tuesday, January 24, 2023

    Early decision

    The sooner you decide, the less time you’ll spend on the decision. Decide early and you’ll free up more time to implement your decision.

    Certainly there can be good reasons to hold off on a decision for a while, to take multiple factors into consideration. Yet as soon as you’re able to make a good, well-informed decision, go ahead and decide.

    Most decisions require you to choose one option and forgo all the others, and that can be painful. But delaying the decision won’t make it any easier.

    If you can do so, decide early and give yourself ample time to work out how to live with your decision. Decide early and you have the opportunity to grow more positive and enthusiastic about your choice.

    Deciding quickly doesn’t mean being frivolous with your decision. You can decide early and decide well by being honest, upfront, and realistic about your choices.

    Don’t rush your decision, but don’t needlessly delay it either. Go ahead, decide, and get on with making good on that decision.

     

    — Ralph Marston

     

  • Ladychipper
    22,568 Posts
    Wed, Jan 25 2023 8:21 AM

    Wednesday, January 25, 2023

    Lasting value

    What can you do today? There are plenty of options, yet they’re not all of equal value.

    Choose the activities that add richness to your life and to the lives around you. Spend your time not merely passing the time but filling it with life.

    The world offers you endless ways to feel good in the moment, for just a moment. But you, and your unique life, are meant for much more than that.

    Seek those activities and experiences you can feel good about long after you’re done with them. Don’t settle for vanishing pleasures when you can create lasting value and fulfillment.

    When faced with a choice between enticing and enriching, go with enriching. Consider what you’re thankful for doing five years ago, and do more of those kinds of things.

    Today you have a couple handfuls of irreplaceable hours in front of you. Give them the respect, consideration and substance that they, and you, deserve.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,568 Posts
    Mon, Jan 30 2023 8:43 AM

    Monday, January 30, 2023

    You can do this

    You can do this. As a result of what you undertake, you can produce a positive impact on this day.

    You can experience the satisfaction of knowing you’re making meaningful progress. You can feel less overwhelmed, more focused and purposeful.

    You can do this even with the inevitable interruptions, distractions, obstacles and frustrations. You can do this by making a choice and sticking with it.

    It won’t be particularly easy yet it is well within your reach. You can do this because you’ve done it before and you have good reason to do it now.

    Take a deep breath, relax your body, quiet your thoughts. In peaceful contemplation, feel the power of your own intention.

    Then calmly release your objections and set that intention to work. Notice how highly effective you become when you remind yourself of the simple truth that you can do this.

     

    — Ralph Marston

     

  • Ladychipper
    22,568 Posts
    Tue, Jan 31 2023 8:26 AM

    Tuesday, January 31, 2023

    Something difficult

    You need something difficult to do. You need something meaningful to do.

    Find it, start it, complete it and then move on to another challenge. No one, no matter how well positioned, has the luxury of merely basking in pleasure and luxury all the time.

    Strength, capability, and competence do not appear just because you want them. They are forged when you push yourself through difficult tasks.

    At some point you’ll find it necessary to call upon and depend upon your abilities. Make sure you’re well prepared, with those abilities tested and honed, before you reach that point.

    Choose to subject yourself to meaningful challenges, and give your best efforts to meet those challenges. That helps you deal with the inevitable arrival of challenges you haven’t chosen.

    Do all you can to make life good, but don’t encumber yourself with the illusion that life should be easy. Instead, seek to grow in strength by continually finding worthwhile ways to put that strength to the test.

     

    — Ralph Marston

     

  • Ladychipper
    22,568 Posts
    Wed, Feb 1 2023 12:54 PM

    Wednesday, February 1, 2023

    Living action

    Live richly for the sake of doing it. Experience for yourself the highs and lows, the pains and pleasures, the wonders, joys, disappointments and satisfactions.

    Embrace every opportunity to go, to learn, to see and hear and know and connect. Give courage and action to your curiosity and let it push you to new levels of participation.

    Refuse to enslave yourself to what other people think. Set forth to fulfill the robust potential that lives within you, not to impress but to magnify life’s richness.

    Respect your fears, listen to what they have to say, but don’t let them prevent you from living fully. Treasure all you already know and always be eager to experience more.

    Consider, evaluate, plan, and prepare, but don’t stop there. Put your ideas, your intentions, your dreams into living action.

    Your life is a real and beautiful miracle, not just a concept. Feel the immense, unique value of you, and take an active role in fully bringing the richness to life.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,568 Posts
    Thu, Feb 2 2023 8:43 AM

    Thursday, February 2, 2023

    Value where you are

    See the value in where you are. Consider the benefits of what you have, who you’re surrounded by, the knowledge and skills you possess.

    It’s easy to envision better scenarios than the one you’re currently in. Yet the reality is, you are where you are, and there are certain good things about that.

    If it’s possible to complain about your situation, it’s also just as possible to find what you can appreciate about it. By focusing on the good aspects and by making use of them, you can multiply and expand on them.

    Imagine looking back on this day five years from now. What will you be thankful you had today?

    More importantly, what will you be thankful you were able to do? Now is your opportunity to follow that path, to seize upon those positive possibilities.

    Fix your attention on what is good, what you can use, what you can do, and resolve to do your best with it all. See the value, see the potential, see the way forward, and put your time and effort into making it happen.

     

    — Ralph Marston

     

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