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Tue, Apr 16 2024 12:10 PM (1,954 replies)
  • Ladychipper
    22,673 Posts
    Fri, Feb 17 2023 8:21 AM

    Friday, February 17, 2023

    Not knowing

    What I know, what you know, what anyone knows is only a small fraction of the way the world works. That’s a good thing to keep in mind.

    Anyone who pretends to always have insight into everything that could possibly come up is doing just that, pretending. Someone with a firm grip on reality is someone who willingly admits to not knowing.

    It is a whole lot smarter to admit you don’t know than to pretend you do. Such pretense fools no one and even worse, it sabotages the opportunity to learn, to cooperate, to gain trust.

    When stumbling forward in the dark it’s helpful to have the modest light of a small truth. That small truth is the fact that you don’t know the entire truth.

    Fortunately, you can always learn. You can shine that small, honest light of humility and curiosity in more and more places.

    Begin with the accurate assumption that you don’t know it all. From that point, you can learn much and go far.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,673 Posts
    Sat, Feb 18 2023 8:52 AM

    Saturday, February 18, 2023

    Engage with existence

    Possibilities dance around you, tempting, warning, inviting. Pick the one that best serves your purpose right now, and go with it.

    Don’t settle for merely wondering what might have been. Engage with this magnificent existence you’re part of, and discover what can be.

    Is the weather cloudy, sunny, stormy, hot or cold? Are the people around you disagreeable, helpful, distant, or kind?

    Whatever the situation, there’s something good you can do with it. A few short steps away is a new experience ready to be lived.

    In the next few hours you can transform potential into concrete value. You can pull some particular and meaningful form of richness from your imagination and bring it into reality.

    Give yourself a big, healthy dose of the satisfaction that comes from participating fully in life. See what great things happen when you embrace the good fortune of being here right now.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,673 Posts
    Mon, Feb 20 2023 12:08 PM

    Monday, February 20, 2023

    Intentional input

    The quality of the question shapes the usefulness of the answer. The quality of the goal determines the value of the achievement.

    What you put into this day has much to do with what you get out of it. Though you can’t guarantee success you can always make it a whole lot more likely.

    Your expectations exert influence, and that influence is greatly multiplied when backed up by action. Ask yourself, what do you expect, and what are you doing about it?

    If you expect to have endless rewards heaped upon you just because you desire them, you’ll be disappointed. Expect instead to give your best no matter what the challenge, and you’re sure to find fulfillment along the way.

    Each choice opens up other choices, and every effort creates opportunities for further efforts. That’s why your intentional input matters so much, because it drives your choices and energizes your efforts.

    Consider the intentions you are truly committed to following right now. Whatever you put in has a lot to do with what you get out.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,673 Posts
    Tue, Feb 21 2023 8:35 AM

    Tuesday, February 21, 2023

    Goodness is always there

    You quickly notice what surprises you. You fail to notice much of what you were already expecting.

    Precisely for this reason, almost all the news you learn about is bad news. News outlets are rewarded for getting you to engage with their content, and that means they must surprise you.

    But that news does not accurately portray all that happens in the world. It mostly highlights what is shocking and unusual.

    Every day there are thousands of airplane flights that do not crash. Every day there are billions of people who live routine and relatively untroubled lives.

    Certainly everyone’s life can benefit from some improvement. Still, there’s a massive amount of goodness in life that goes completely unnoticed because it is so commonplace.

    Even though you cannot possibly notice it all, remind yourself how very much of life’s goodness is always there. And be inspired to create even more.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,673 Posts
    Wed, Feb 22 2023 5:38 AM

    Wednesday, February 22, 2023

    Empowering vision

    What helps you to cope with the difficult, oppressive people in your world? One important way is to maintain a vision for your life that far transcends any harm those people could inflict on you.

    That vision is not easy to come by. Yet it is worth whatever you must do to identify, develop and fortify it.

    The challenges you voluntarily take on not only strengthen you, they show you who you are, what you value, what you desire. With each challenge you work through, your overarching vision gains power and becomes more refined.

    That vision empowers you to live beyond the present. You’re able to see to the other side of setbacks and difficulties, and work your way there.

    If your course has no clear purpose, even the smallest negative comment or incident will knock you off that course. Yet with a strong and well-integrated vision, nothing can stop you from moving in the direction you intend to go.

    Focus intently on what matters and why. And you’ll have the wherewithal to successfully deal with all the other stuff that doesn’t.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,673 Posts
    Thu, Feb 23 2023 8:43 AM

    Thursday, February 23, 2023

    Good living to do

    Your problems will not all be solved by tomorrow. Yet by tomorrow, you can make consequential progress toward getting many of them solved.

    You won’t arrive at the life of your dreams by the end of next week. Yet you do have plenty of meaningful options you can act upon to bring those dreams closer each day.

    Life is not perfect, and will not be perfect anytime soon. Even so, you have much good living to do today, tomorrow, and all the days that follow.

    Many of the good things in life take time. The sooner you start to move toward them, the longer you’ll be able to benefit from them.

    Plus, the value of any improvement begins long before the improvement is complete. Just knowing that you’re working in a positive direction can add a very real sense of fulfillment to each moment.

    The future favors those who take the time and trouble to invest themselves in it. Right now is when you can do precisely that.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,673 Posts
    Fri, Feb 24 2023 7:50 AM

    Friday, February 24, 2023

    Your choice now

    You’ve had numerous successes in your life and you’re destined for more. In matters large and small, when you make the choice you make the effort.

    So the question to repeatedly ask yourself is this. What will you now choose?

    How will you make the most meaningful and fulfilling use of the time and resources available to you? Which of the many pathways will you now decide to follow?

    Over and over again, when you truly commit yourself to a goal you’ve been able to reach it. If something is important enough, if it is an authentic priority, you know how to make it happen.

    So what priorities will you choose right now? Upon what will you focus your proven powers of achievement?

    Whatever you make into a priority has a decent chance of becoming real. Choose your priorities right now with care, because you are indeed choosing how your life will soon be.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,673 Posts
    Sat, Feb 25 2023 12:00 PM

    Saturday, February 25, 2023

    Yours today

    Whatever you are, however you are, own it. Whatever you do, engage in it fully.

    Live every moment with authentic intensity born of gratitude, wonder, kindness, love. Marvel at all that’s available to you, at all you can do with it, and transform that feeling into action.

    When you don’t know, admit that, and then you can learn. When you do know, make good use of that knowledge, apply it toward positive and meaningful purposes.

    Begin each day early, ready and willing to make a positive impact. Persist in your effort, long after you’ve worked on through the initial impulse to give up.

    Recognize the unique position you occupy. Understand the richness of time and opportunity with which you’re endowed, right now.

    Do, think, dream, feel, with everything you are. Life is yours today, and well worth all you can give.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,673 Posts
    Mon, Feb 27 2023 9:13 AM

    Monday, February 27, 2023

    Your thoughts show

    What if the people around you could see your every thought? Would you be proud of those thoughts, or would you be embarrassed and ashamed?

    In fact, the world can see your thoughts. Because your thoughts do eventually make themselves known in the way your life plays out.

    If you carry around hateful, angry, cynical and destructive thoughts, those thoughts will infect your life with misfortune, disappointment and emptiness. When most of your thoughts are thankful, loving, creative and joyful, those thoughts will be expressed through your life as success, achievement, and good fortune.

    In each moment, you are able to choose your thoughts. As the moments build on each other, those thoughts you have chosen become clearly apparent in the details of your life.

    Your thoughts are yours to create, control and direct, to hold on to, to let go of. By increasing the positive value of your thoughts, you bring real, positive substance into your world.

    Choose thoughts that you’d be pleased for all the world to see. And those thoughts will lead to a life that is impressive indeed.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • AlvaroGil1
    37 Posts
    Mon, Feb 27 2023 12:08 PM

    You never run out of wisdom.

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