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  • Ladychipper
    19,805 Posts
    Thu, Feb 27 2020 7:36 AM

    Thursday, February 27, 2020

    Pace yourself

    Live with purpose and ambition. But don’t burn yourself out attempting to do everything all the time.

    When your efforts have established some good momentum, keep adding to those efforts. But don’t work so hard and fast that you lose sight of who you are.

    An email, or text message, or other seemingly urgent interruption, on rare occasion requires your immediate response. Yet the vast majority of them can wait for you to handle at your own pace.

    Make good use of your opportunities to get good work done. Then set aside your work for a while, and give yourself plenty of time to just be.

    Sure, you can make a little progress very quickly by wearing yourself out. However, you can enjoy much more progress over the long haul when you pace yourself.

    Make your work sustainable by caring for the person who does it. Go fast enough to get it done, and slow enough to make it endure.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,805 Posts
    Fri, Feb 28 2020 7:45 AM

    Friday, February 28, 2020

    Align with reality

    Align yourself with reality. And you’ll empower yourself to successfully deal with that reality.

    In this time, in this moment, clearly see the world as it is. Calmly, soberly accept that there are many things you can do nothing to change.

    Acknowledge the reality of now, letting go of the need to worry, fret, complain or deny. Then, filled with honest energy, you can set about to create the most positive outcomes.

    Your fervent wishes will not change what has already happened. Yet your realistic, committed efforts can absolutely improve how the future unfolds.

    Face the truth, face the challenge, face the fear. Feel the great power and effectiveness of a confidence that is based in reality.

    Even in the worst of times, opportunities abound, new richness can be created, overwhelming problems addressed. Acknowledge reality, and invest your time and energy in making great improvements to it.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,805 Posts
    Sat, Feb 29 2020 9:10 AM

    Saturday, February 29, 2020

    Tough times

    Every setback is also an opportunity to recover. Every challenge is also a chance to become stronger.

    You’ve been successfully dealing with difficult, unexpected developments your whole life. It’s a skill you’ll continue to improve upon, and one that always serves you well.

    The path forward is never perfectly straight and unhindered. Its twists and turns give life richness, novelty, and unique character.

    Your life has value precisely because it comes at a cost. Each day, each new situation, enables you to bear the cost and add to the value.

    You’ve encountered doubts, fears, and challenges before, and successfully worked your way through them. When you come upon them again, remember how effectively you can do what you do.

    In the tough times of life are the seeds of its great beauty, joy and fulfillment. Nourish those seeds well, and reap the rewards that surely will come.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,805 Posts
    Mon, Mar 2 2020 6:28 AM

    Monday, March 2, 2020

    Meaningful progress

    You have the opportunity to exchange this day for some real progress. Yet if you wish to do it, you must begin right away.

    The day’s obligations weigh on you, and you’re reminded of many other things you’d rather be doing. But you know resentment, avoidance, and procrastination are not the answer.

    What will help you most is to get some good work done. What will make this day one you’ll be thankful for, is to make productive use of its time.

    Start with the task that challenges you most, the one you’d prefer to avoid. Push yourself through until you have it done, and see how much better you feel.

    With that positive feeling as inspiration, keep going, keep making a difference. Soon, you’ll have your work done, having put your time and energy to good use.

    And you’ll remind yourself that the obligations are really not such a burden. For they enable you to enjoy the satisfaction of making meaningful progress.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,805 Posts
    Tue, Mar 3 2020 9:13 AM

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020


    Let your impulses inform you, maybe even inspire you. But don’t let them control you.

    Impulses are honest, transparent, authentic. They show you what you desire, care about, fear, and it’s valuable to know those things.

    Yet impulses have their pitfalls too, often serious ones. They have little consideration for anything outside the current moment, and that can certainly be a problem.

    Appreciate your impulses for what they are, for what they can show you about yourself and your possibilities. But always remember, you don’t have to automatically do whatever those impulses urge.

    When you feel an impulse, give yourself a moment to get beyond the initial heat of desire. Consider the future consequences of acting on your impulse and ask yourself, is it really what you want?

    Every now and then an impulse can radically change life for the better, but many are best left unheeded. Use your power to choose which impulses you act upon, and which ones to leave behind.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,805 Posts
    Wed, Mar 4 2020 7:23 AM

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    Deep beauty

    Every life, at any time, in whatever situation, carries within it a deep beauty. Far removed from the outer turmoil and drama, lives pure, miraculous beauty.

    Even when ignored for years, it waits, watches, learns, grows more beautiful. Any moment you surrender what doesn’t really matter, that beauty draws closer to the surface.

    Intertwined with deep beauty is your truth, your ideal vision of life. Every sadness, disappointment, pain, you feel because of its distance from that ideal.

    As you bridge that distance, you experience peace, sublime joy, gratitude for all you have and all that is. Your capacity to love grows stronger, more generous and confident.

    Your deep beauty makes no logical sense, and you’ll never fully understand it. Yet you cannot ever deny it.

    And if you allow it, your deep beauty can increasingly fill life with its value. Moment by moment, know it, appreciate it, and allow it.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,805 Posts
    Thu, Mar 5 2020 7:06 AM

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

    Extraordinary influence

    You have extraordinary influence over your experience of life. Because you decide what to notice, what to care about, what to do.

    You can find great inspiration in the smallest of things. You can discover new levels of joy and enrichment in even the most ordinary task.

    You can see possibilities that a million people might have passed by and never noticed. You can apply your thoughts, time, and efforts to bring those possibilities to life.

    Life is not something that happens to you. Life is something that happens through you.

    Your attitude, your preferences, your willingness, your fortitude, all contribute to the life you experience. And if your choices ever fail to serve you well, you can replace them with even better ones.

    The days ahead, the years to come, will depend largely on the way your choices make them. Challenge yourself enough, love yourself enough, to make them the best you can imagine.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,805 Posts
    Fri, Mar 6 2020 11:28 AM

    Friday, March 6, 2020

    Willing to change

    You won’t solve a problem by continuing the same behavior that caused it. That seems like an obvious truth, yet it is ignored every day.

    It’s tempting to think that some magic factor can create the results you want without any disruption in your routine. Yet reality is not so convenient.

    If you seek a different destination, you must follow a different path. Hope is a powerful motivator, but hope alone is a poor strategy.

    The first step in successfully solving a problem is to take full responsibility for it. The next step is to immediately stop doing whatever caused the problem in the first place.

    Then, once you’re no longer sliding backwards, figure out a workable way forward. Transformation is available to you when you choose to invest yourself in it, when you’re willing to change.

    Rather than cursing your fate, instead of empty wishes, act to make a difference. Be willing to change, and go in a direction that leaves the problem far behind.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,805 Posts
    Sat, Mar 7 2020 8:22 AM

    Saturday, March 7, 2020

    Image of yourself

    How do you imagine yourself to be? Imagination alone won’t make it happen, yet it does guide your expectations and actions.

    See yourself as struggling, and you’ll continue to struggle. See yourself as achieving, and you’ll continue to achieve.

    Decide to have respect for yourself, and you’ll find yourself doing what is respectable. Choose to feel confident, and your efforts all benefit from that confidence.

    Talk positively to yourself, and discover how encouraging and empowering it can be. Step forward with faith in your abilities, and you’ll find yourself working to earn that faith.

    Your image of yourself plays a major role in your goals, your plans, your levels of determination and success. Make that image the best you can imagine.

    Think highly of yourself. With how you live, with how you act, continually give yourself plenty of good reasons to think that way.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    19,805 Posts
    Mon, Mar 9 2020 8:08 AM

    Monday, March 9, 2020

    Advance new goodness

    Make up your mind to make life better. Dedicate yourself to advance new goodness in the world.

    Recognize the challenges, and plot your course beyond them. Let distractions, disruptions, and deceptions deepen your sense of determination.

    Although life is not easy, you can continue to make it good. Even in a fog of confusion and turmoil, you can forge ahead to create new levels of meaning and fulfillment.

    Draw strength from your connection to all you love and care about. Engage that strength to serve and promote those facets of life you value most.

    Choose to grow more capable as you work through each situation. Increase your understanding, compassion, love and generosity with every encounter.

    Now, on this day, with the world exactly as it is, decide to make life better. Then fulfill your highest potential by working to succeed at the task.


    — Ralph Marston