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Fri, Apr 19 2024 8:09 AM (1,957 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    22,680 Posts
    Fri, Feb 3 2023 8:45 AM

    Friday, February 3, 2023

    Opportunity of now

    Today is not perfect yet it’s perfectly usable. What good results do you choose to create with it?

    The temptation is strong to let important work slide another day, or two, or twenty. Imagine the power and positive consequence of saying no to that temptation.

    Sometimes it’s easy to rationalize that the efforts you make won’t make much of a difference. Yet the moment you do act, the moment you do create value, that kind of thinking goes quickly away.

    Life’s shallow, fleeting pleasures can be enjoyable for a moment. But they’re nothing compared to the deep, abiding joys that come from creating real value.

    Right in front of you stretch precious, potent minutes and hours. You can work to mold them into meaningful and enduring achievements.

    Reach inside and reinforce your connection with purpose. Embrace the opportunity of now and let its fulfillment unfold in all you do.

     

    — Ralph Marston

     

  • Ladychipper
    22,680 Posts
    Sat, Feb 4 2023 10:45 AM

    Saturday, February 4, 2023

    Feeling stuck

    Are you feeling stuck where you are? That’s great, because it means you’re ready to get moving in a more rewarding direction.

    Within you is the desire to move away from some specific aspect of your current situation. You can harness that desire and transform it into progress.

    From your feeling of being stuck, you can extract energy, motivation, and effective action. To do that, look beyond where you are and decide on the direction you wish to go.

    There’s passion in the feeling of being stuck, but it’s a negative passion that won’t lead to anything other than resentment and despair. Yet you can choose to reshape it into passion for a positive purpose.

    When you’re feeling stuck, ask yourself why. Develop a clear and detailed picture of what you’re being prevented from doing, being, feeling, or expressing.

    Then you can take whatever actions get you moving toward what you desire. Turn the intense feeling of being stuck on its head and use its energy to push you in a positive, fulfilling direction.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,680 Posts
    Mon, Feb 6 2023 8:23 AM

    Monday, February 6, 2023

    Trust matters

    Who do you trust? Who places their trust in you?

    Where there is trust there is great value, and the potential for much more. Trust removes friction from interactions and enables highly effective collaboration.

    No amount of money or power can buy trust or force it to exist. Your trust in others, and their trust in you, can only be built with time, with diligence, with honesty.

    Over time, the choices you make have a crucial effect on the amount of trust in your life. In each encounter with someone else, you can either be building trust or impeding trust.

    Any deviation from honesty and authenticity, no matter how insignificant in the moment, can shut out trust in the long term. Your genuine commitment to truth, respect, and dependability, on the other hand, gives trust a place to grow.

    Trust matters in pretty much every area of life. Make the choices, day after day, that enable trust to flourish.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,680 Posts
    Wed, Feb 8 2023 11:37 AM

    Wednesday, February 8, 2023

    Structure and possibility

    The structure in your life provides essential support. Yet to do this it must necessarily confine and restrict you.

    You benefit from the order, resilience, and predictability provided by structure. You also benefit by regularly freeing yourself from its confines.

    Within your supporting structure you can work with effectiveness to achieve what you desire and reach toward your dreams. Outside that structure is where you can bring desires to the surface and use them to clarify those dreams.

    Go out now and then into unknown territory. Expose yourself to the chaotic onslaught of raw possibilities and bewildering experiences.

    Then bring some of the possibilities back to the relative safety and security of your home. Go to work on those possibilities, and enrich your world with the best of them.

    Great adventure is to be found in balancing chaos with order, existing structure with novel possibility. With courage, with purpose, with love, keep bringing the adventure to life.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,680 Posts
    Thu, Feb 9 2023 8:32 AM

    Thursday, February 9, 2023

    The good you choose to do

    You have what it takes to make a positive impact on this day, this place, this world. Do what is necessary to give the best you have to give.

    Your whole life has positioned you to bring new value into being in your own unique way. Now is your time to act on that potential, that obligation.

    You don’t know everything but you know enough. You don’t have limitless power but you do have plenty of ability, and opportunity, and genuine care about the quality of life.

    Look at the world around you, at the people living in it, and ask yourself this question. How can you be of service?

    Long years, decades, centuries from now, that’s what will matter. And as soon as this next moment you can feel the power of the good you choose to do.

    Open your eyes as the sun comes up and a priceless new day of life emerges into being. Greet it and live it with the resolve to make it the most useful and generous one yet.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,680 Posts
    Fri, Feb 10 2023 8:52 AM

    Friday, February 10, 2023

    All you can achieve

    Identify a modestly ambitious objective you wish to achieve. Divide it into twenty five roughly equal parts.

    Each day, set aside some time to work on completing just one part. Each week, give yourself a one-day break from the effort.

    After a month of such measured, persistent effort you’ll have the thing done. Not only that, you’ll also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you did it.

    When you expect to accomplish a task all at once, you’re in danger of feeling overwhelmed or of quickly burning out. But spread it out over a reasonable period of time, and you can make it into work you actually look forward to doing.

    Imagine what you could achieve in a couple of hours if you broke the task into five-minute parts. Think of what you’d be able to create over the course of a year by working on it for three hours a week.

    Give yourself something specific and meaningful to do, and you turn what likely would have been wasted, unfulfilling moments into lasting value. Set a goal you can reach step by step by step, and be amazed at all you can achieve.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,680 Posts
    Sat, Feb 11 2023 9:43 AM

    Saturday, February 11, 2023

    Solid focus and effort

    You have a little bit of time and a lot to do. That’s not a good reason to be in a frantic rush.

    Do your best to focus all your attention on one task and get it done before moving on. Worrying about what you need to do next won’t help what you’re doing now or what you’re doing next.

    Few people ever have as much time as they would like. Even so, many people are able to accomplish all sorts of amazing things with the time they do have.

    You can too, right here, right now. Just give good, quality attention to the work at hand.

    Conditions are not ideal, perhaps you’ve been put in an unfair position, the task is difficult and complicated. Yet you have the ability to set aside all those factors you can’t control.

    When you do that, the results can be almost magical. Without the frantic rush, with no agonizing over the difficulties, with solid focus and effort, there’s much you can achieve.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,680 Posts
    Mon, Feb 13 2023 8:10 AM

    Monday, February 13, 2023

    Ask yourself

    You can either find an excuse or you can find a way. Which will it be?

    Possibilities emerge from every direction, all the time. Which ones will you focus on and invest yourself in?

    From your attitude, your intentions, your choices, and your actions come the results you get. To what specific results are you committed right now?

    The world throws obstacles, burdens and disappointments at you on a regular basis. What inner positive purpose do you carry that will compel you to push through all those difficulties.

    Ask yourself challenging questions such as this and give yourself truthful answers. With those questions and answers, remind yourself why you do what you do.

    Great opportunities await you today, as do menacing pitfalls. Prepare yourself to be your best by asking questions that bring all your strengths to the surface.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,680 Posts
    Tue, Feb 14 2023 8:24 AM

    Tuesday, February 14, 2023

    Unresolved matters

    There will always be unresolved matters in your world. Live your life anyway.

    Perhaps it would be nice if you could find an acceptable answer to every question. Of course it would be great to have a detailed plan for every dilemma.

    But that’s not going to happen. So don’t put your life on hold just because a few aspects of it are uncertain.

    Do your best work to resolve the uncertainty, to find the answers, to formulate a plan. And while you do, go on ahead with all the other parts of your life.

    Every day is filled with opportunities for rich experience and satisfying fulfillment. Don’t let those opportunities pass you by just because a few issues are pending.

    Your life’s journey will always have some uncertainty. Even so, you have plenty of joy, meaning and fulfillment waiting to be found at every step along the way.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,680 Posts
    Thu, Feb 16 2023 9:01 AM

    Thursday, February 16, 2023

    Small opportunities

    The small pleasures are enjoyable, and easy to come by. The small victories are helpful, and close at hand.

    A small kindness requires very little time or effort. Yet it may well be remembered and appreciated for years.

    A small improvement is simple to make and can provide benefits that continue day after day. The small accomplishments, as inconsequential as each may seem, can add up to major achievements.

    Sometimes the things you do will have a big impact, and that’s wonderful. But don’t overlook all the opportunities to have a small impact.

    Many of those small opportunities are here in front of you today. Within a matter of moments you can be well on your way to making life a little better.

    Feel the gentle breeze as it signals a fresh new moment. In a small yet significant way, there’s goodness to be lived.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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