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  • Ladychipper
    20,036 Posts
    Sat, Mar 28 2020 10:04 AM

    Saturday, March 28, 2020

    Somewhere in the middle

    Accept the reality of this moment, this situation, for what it is. But don’t be dolefully resigned to it or blithely complacent about it.

    If you don’t like what’s going on, things will change. If you do like what’s going on, things will change.

    Every day, in fact, is a mixture of challenges to be faced and joys to be lived. Every situation includes difficulties, opportunities, satisfactions, frustrations, uncertainties and inspiration.

    You’re not going to encounter a long stretch of time that’s completely perfect in every way. And fortunately, you’re not likely to find yourself in a situation of utterly hopeless despair.

    The vast majority of your time you’ll be somewhere in the middle. In that space, with positive intention and focused effort, you can leave each moment a little better than you found it.

    Today is the way it is, and that’s an opportunity. You can do something with it, you can do something about it, so go ahead and give it your best.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,036 Posts
    Mon, Mar 30 2020 8:51 AM

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    Activate self-discipline

    Six months from now, what actions will you be thankful you took today? Two years from now, what temptations will you be thankful you resisted today?

    In the current moment, self-discipline can feel like a bother, an imposition that cramps your style. Yet over time, it feels like satisfaction, achievement, strength, confidence.

    Your choices today have a major impact on the quality of your future. Now is your opportunity to make the choices that lead to a desirable future.

    This moment will be over soon, but its consequences can continue for your whole life. Make the choices now that lead to consequences you’ll be glad to live with.

    When you’re in the moment, it’s tempting to live only for the moment. Yet you have the power, you have the choice, to do much better than that.

    Exercise that power, activate your self-discipline, and do your future self a big favor. Act now to create the best consequences for your whole life, for today, for tomorrow, and for years to come.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,036 Posts
    Tue, Mar 31 2020 7:10 AM

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    Go the distance

    The enemy of adversity is competence. Get some, get some more, organize it all together, and use it.

    The enemy of loneliness is love. Give some, give some more, be creative about it, and care.

    The enemy of hopelessness is generosity. What you offer to others, you gain many times over.

    The enemy of boredom is curiosity. Life’s wonders do not live exclusively in museums, but are found in every particle of existence.

    The enemy of annoyance is gratitude. Things could be a lot worse, and reminding yourself of that makes things a lot better.

    A surprisingly short distance from what brings you down, is what makes you strong. Go the distance, find that strength, and live it.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,036 Posts
    Wed, Apr 1 2020 11:28 AM

    Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    Nudge yourself forward

    Just because it’s difficult, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Today is when you can figure out a way.

    Even the biggest setback doesn’t mean you have to give up. Take a look at where you now are, and decide what you can now do.

    Think of all the things you wish you had done differently. Now is your chance to grant that wish to yourself.

    Criticism hurts, whether it’s from yourself or others, and that’s why it can be so helpful. Let it inspire you to be smarter, stronger, more persistent and resilient.

    There is one particular action you can take right now to make life better. Take that action without delay, and you’ll empower yourself to take more.

    Whatever has been, whatever is now, you can nudge yourself a little bit forward. Do it, keep it up, and let those little nudges combine to greatly improve your world.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,036 Posts
    Thu, Apr 2 2020 7:37 AM

    Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Timely achievements

    What you can do today, you may not be able to do tomorrow. You must seize opportunity when it arrives, so you’re not chasing it after it departs.

    You can’t know exactly what tomorrow will bring, but you do know it will be different than today. So the time to do what you can do today, is today.

    None of your options are perfect, but at least you have access to them. That won’t always be the case.

    Right now you can choose the best of those options. Right now you can work to transform them into lasting achievement.

    Don’t just sit around manufacturing regret. Get up, get to work, and produce new value.

    Give yourself the extreme satisfaction of knowing you’ve done all you could do. And give the world the benefit of your timely and meaningful achievements.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,036 Posts
    Fri, Apr 3 2020 7:46 AM

    Friday, April 3, 2020

    Days to come

    Envision yourself in the days to come. See how much more rich and purposeful your life will be.

    In the days to come, you’ll be stronger. You’re already feeling that strength as it continues to grow.

    Experience will have given you a far greater appreciation for the good things you have. As a result, your life will encompass more joy, value, meaning, and fulfillment.

    In the days to come, life will not always be easy. Yet in spite of that, and indeed because of that, your experiences will be increasingly worthwhile, and good.

    Look forward, and see how much more you’ll be focused on all you love, on all that truly matters. You’ll live with more kindness, compassion, understanding, and generosity.

    Every victory, every setback, every challenge, every effort, moves you ahead. Everything you’re living through now is adding to the richness of life in the days to come.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,036 Posts
    Sat, Apr 4 2020 8:54 AM

    Saturday, April 4, 2020

    Today you can

    Today is your opportunity to discover how strong and purposeful you can be. Today you can bring new hope to a difficult situation.

    Today you can act with intention, with determination, with resourcefulness. Today you can offer kindness, patience, genuine care and understanding.

    Today your words, your choices, your energy can make the world a more positive place. Today you can focus your attention and your efforts on supporting what truly matters.

    You can sail right on past what might have previously annoyed you, worried you, frustrated you. Today you can spend your time making real progress, building new value.

    Yes, you’re faced with changes, challenges, limitations, and obstacles. And yet today, even with a strong headwind, you have the persistence to move in a positive direction.

    Today you can make a difference for others, for yourself, if you’ll just step forward and do it. Take that opportunity, today.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,036 Posts
    Mon, Apr 6 2020 8:20 AM

    Monday, April 6, 2020

    Your one chance

    This day offers time to be put to use, and treasured. Live it well, with purpose, with goodness, with strength.

    Don’t let today become a refuge for empty excuses and complaints. Fill its moments with meaning, with energy, with courage and love.

    You have much to do, important progress to make, objectives to focus on, actions to take. Step forward, eyes on the goal, and nurture the best possibilities into being.

    Expect to get valuable results. Back up those expectations with commitment, sustained effort, and faith in the worthiness of what you are doing.

    Discover the opportunities that are hidden within the problems. Adapt to realities as they continue to change, and be inspired to higher levels of innovation.

    Your one chance to make good use of today has now arrived. Live it and give it the best you have.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,036 Posts
    Tue, Apr 7 2020 7:45 AM

    Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    New levels of richness

    Make the moment enough, as it is. Allow yourself to be enough, as you are.

    Maybe you don’t need all those shiny shallow things you clamor for. Maybe you could be living your dream, if you would just realize you already are.

    Feel the peaceful relief when you let go of the conditions you’ve placed on joy. Know the freedom of being thankful for whatever may come.

    See the great value of what you have, of who you are, of what you can do with it all. Understand the nature of the fortune that is already yours.

    Treasure this time that is now, whatever it may hold. For it is a time when you can add entire new levels of richness to life.

    Life is worth all you do to support it, to strengthen it, to live and to love it. And it is yours, now, in all its wonder and fullness.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,036 Posts
    Wed, Apr 8 2020 11:06 AM

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    A good experience

    Do something today you can feel good about. Make it something you’ll continue to feel good about tomorrow, next year.

    Plenty of things happen that you have no control over. Yet there’s always something good you can do, for yourself, for others, or just because you want to.

    Bring to mind a particularly pleasant memory, and feel the warmth as it coats your awareness. Now, think what you can do today to create a similar memory that will endure for years to come.

    There’s no need for it to be expensive or spectacular, in order for it to be good. You have more than enough goodness inside you, and you can simply let it express itself.

    Make this a day you can always feel good about. Start with a genuine smile, and then follow the energy of that smile wherever it leads.

    Give your life a good experience today. And give your world a more positive, cheerful version of yourself.


    — Ralph Marston