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  • Ladychipper
    19,675 Posts
    Fri, Feb 7 2020 8:45 AM

    Friday, February 7, 2020

    Use this moment

    Do you want to make something more difficult? Then put it off until later.

    Or would you prefer to have the most options, the greatest leverage, the lowest cost? Then get it done now.

    The longer you put it off, the more it will cost you and inconvenience you. The sooner you start, the more value you’ll be able to create.

    Are you avoiding an unpleasant task right now? It will be three times worse if you put it off until tomorrow.

    Do the difficult things when they are easiest. Use this moment to create value instead of trying in vain to borrow that value from the future.

    Do yourself a favor. Go ahead and get it done.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,675 Posts
    Sat, Feb 8 2020 12:20 PM

    Saturday, February 8, 2020

    Give yourself to kindness

    When you offer kindness to others you also give great kindness to yourself. For kindness engages your most powerful instincts, and propels them into action.

    Your kindness connects you to the best that is within you. It brings out your highest levels of intelligence, effectiveness, creativity, and understanding.

    Undertake an act of kindness, and you compel yourself to care, about others, about yourself, about life. Kindness sharpens your focus on the goodness, the beauty, and the limitless potential of the moment you’re in.

    Give kindness, without concern for whether it is deserved or not. Because no matter what, you deserve and benefit from the extension of your own kindness.

    What is the kindest thing you can do, right now, for someone else? That’s also the kindest thing you can do for yourself.

    In your work, in your play, in your life, find ways to give yourself to kindness. You’ll give great value to everyone involved, especially including you.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,675 Posts
    Mon, Feb 10 2020 12:50 PM

    Monday, February 10, 2020

    Prevent regret

    Tomorrow you’ll wish you had done certain things today, and avoided certain other things. Today is your only chance to make that wish come true.

    Once you allow regret to happen, there’s no way to get rid of it. The only way to avoid regret is to prevent it.

    That’s what you can do right now. You can prevent tomorrow’s regrets, and create tomorrow’s gratefulness.

    Choices you make right now will lead inevitably to specific realities in the future. This is when you determine what those realities will be.

    Regret is painful. Now, while you have the chance, you can avoid adding to its pain.

    Imagine looking back from the future at the choices you’re about to make. Now, choose only those things you know you’ll be thankful for, and prevent the regrets you know would come.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,675 Posts
    Tue, Feb 11 2020 12:20 PM

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    Outside the pretenses

    To live with humility, grace, compassion, understanding, is a good way to live. Not apart from the world, but not immersed in its absurdities either.

    To see what is there, and comprehend, but to not be fearful or arrogant. To find a good and fulfilling way forward, with tranquility as a constant companion.

    So many, so often, strive for fame and riches in an effort to acquire such a satisfying state of being. Yet that state is available at any time, in any situation, simply by untethering from all pretenses.

    Yes, prosperity and the respect of others, those things have real value and goodness. Yet if they are nothing but an end in themselves, with no deeper purpose behind them, they destroy rather than enrich.

    Can you let go of what you’ve been told you need, and discover the true richness you already have? If so, you’ll be loved for who you are, not merely for who you pretend to be.

    Is there any greater peace, any higher fulfillment, than that? Step outside the pretenses, and allow your beauty to be the beauty of life itself.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,675 Posts
    Wed, Feb 12 2020 8:53 AM

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    What are you avoiding?

    What are you running from, doing everything possible to avoid? What if you turned and faced it?

    What are you putting off, making excuses about, pretending is not there? Imagine the clear, crisp freedom of actually dealing with it.

    What work is your deepest purpose nagging you to do, that you just can’t bring yourself to start? What if you made yourself take the first step, and what if it wasn’t so bad?

    What beauty, what value, what fulfillment, are you withholding from yourself, from life? Maybe this is the day to start doing the work that will bring it into being.

    You’ve come a long way, with much to be thankful for. Now, put that thankfulness into action, and do what you are called to do.

    You’ve been skillful and persistent at avoiding. Just think what will happen now, when you put all that skill and persistence into achieving.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,675 Posts
    Thu, Feb 13 2020 12:11 PM

    Thursday, February 13, 2020

    Plenty of great work

    The more you talk about what you’re going to do, the less you do. Stop talking, start doing.

    You have to have a plan, but the plan is not the achievement. Once you have a workable plan, stop adorning it, start working it.

    You can find plenty of activities to fill your time. Yet your purpose is not to merely fill time, but to make good use of it.

    You know expectations drive results, so how do you create the most powerful expectations? You pounce on the opportunity, you jump into action.

    Obtain raw energy from the challenge, from the moment, from your intention. Feel the power and effectiveness as you push that energy into motion.

    Don’t let yourself get stuck waiting, wishing, planning, talking, or making excuses. You have plenty of great work to do.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,675 Posts
    Fri, Feb 14 2020 8:12 AM

    Friday, February 14, 2020

    Get yourself through it

    It’s not easy, what you must do. It’s frustrating, inconvenient, complicated, and sometimes doesn’t even make sense.

    But here’s the thing. Get yourself through it and you make yourself stronger.

    Get yourself through it and watch your confidence skyrocket. Get yourself through it, and all sorts of new possibilities will open up to you.

    You’re not meant to sit around and have all the goodies in life handed to you for free. You know you’re a whole lot better than that.

    So don’t you dare even think about feeling sorry for yourself when things get a little difficult. There’s nothing to feel sorry about, because you have a chance to make a real, meaningful difference.

    Get yourself through it, and make things better for everybody. Get yourself through it, and get yourself to a whole new level of purposeful living.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,675 Posts
    Sat, Feb 15 2020 8:49 AM

    Saturday, February 15, 2020

    Unbounded mind

    Allow your thoughts to escape the confined space they’ve been bouncing around in. Realize how far the possibilities stretch beyond the horizon.

    What you see, what you know, what you’ve considered, pales in comparison to all of existence. And all of existence comprises only a tiny fraction of what can be.

    You stand right now surrounded by a limitless expanse of possibilities. Send your thoughts out to explore its far reaches.

    Accept that you do not know the extent of what you do not know. With humility and eager curiosity, let your thoughts go beyond where they’ve gone before.

    Some new and powerful insight at this moment awaits your discovery. Venture all the way out to meet it, and earn its benefits for your life, for your world.

    Give your thoughts a taste of freedom, and then let them have their fill. Partake of the endless treasure that your unbounded mind can imagine.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,675 Posts
    Tue, Feb 18 2020 8:18 AM

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    Positive example

    Your degree of honesty affects not only you, not only those with whom you interact, but everyone. Your values, acted upon again and again, underpin the values of society at large.

    No person, no group, no predetermined process, decides what is acceptable behavior and what is not. Yet these questions do get decided, every day, by the way every person lives.

    Your beneficial behavior goes far beyond you, in distance and in time. Every day you change the world, not by your intention to do so, but by the way you choose to live.

    What actions would you take if you knew your whole world was taking its cues from you? In a very real way, that’s exactly what happens.

    The way you live comes back to you, in places and times and flavors impossible to imagine. Your behavior contributes to the standard of behavior for everyone.

    Everything you do sets an example. It’s in your best interest, and everyone’s best interest, to be the most positive example you can be.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,675 Posts
    Wed, Feb 19 2020 11:25 AM

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    Will you?

    You’ve told yourself for so long that you can’t. And now it’s really true.

    But you could. If you would.

    You’ve assembled so many excuses, put it off so many times. Even after all that though, you can do it, if you will.

    The world, it seems, is against you. And no one is willing to give you a break.

    No one, that is, except you. And despite all the other factors, your choice, your commitment to make it happen, that’s what really matters.

    So today, finally, after all this time, will you? Your future is in your hands.


    — Ralph Marston