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  • Ladychipper
    20,217 Posts
    Tue, Apr 21 2020 7:26 AM

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Constant adjustments

    No one can accurately predict the future. But anyone can adjust to the present.

    In fact, those adjustments, made by billions of people, are what end up creating the future. Tomorrow’s situation will never equal today’s situation, because so many people are busy making adjustments.

    That’s why pretty much nothing ends up being as bad, or as good, as it was expected to be. As events unfold, people adjust, and the calculus changes.

    When something becomes scarce, people find more of it, or figure out an alternative. When a good idea emerges, people improve on it, quickly, creatively, enthusiastically.

    Billions of innovative minds are motivated right now to make tomorrow better than today. The process is chaotic, not particularly elegant or efficient, and virtually unstoppable.

    No one knows what the future will bring, yet everyone is constantly making adjustments to improve it. And in ways that even the most highly accredited experts could never imagine, life moves forward.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,217 Posts
    Wed, Apr 22 2020 9:28 AM

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    Accept it

    You can find great peace in acceptance. When you’re not consumed with proving one thing or opposing another, you’re free to create real value.

    A few issues are clearly worth fighting for, and some others are necessary to fight against. Most, however, you can simply accept, and quickly enable yourself to move forward.

    There will always be plenty of things you don’t agree with. But that doesn’t mean you have to drain all your energy by being disagreeable or miserable.

    Take a deep breath, and accept it. You don’t have to agree with it, or like it, or even think about it any more.

    Accept it, and then you can devote your full attention to what you really care about. Accept it, and save yourself the pain of resentment, of retribution, of hostility.

    Don’t fight those useless battles that will never produce a winner. Accept what has happened, what has been said, what is, and free yourself to make the very best of it.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,217 Posts
    Thu, Apr 23 2020 6:33 AM

    Thursday, April 23, 2020

    Wish you had done

    In a few hours, in a couple of weeks, what will you wish you had done right now? This is your chance, your only chance, to make that wish come true.

    Later this month, later this year, what will you regret not taking care of today? Now is your opportunity to avoid the pain of that regret.

    You know from past experience that it’s easier to go ahead and get your work done than it is to keep putting it off. Yet that realization is somehow not as compelling for the work you must now do.

    So project your thoughts ahead into the future. Envision a time when the actions you can take now, have become the things you desperately wish you had done sooner.

    Imagine how it will be to know you could have acted but you didn’t, to know you wasted a good opportunity. Feel the power you have, right now, to create a much more positive, desirable outcome.

    Then, with a renewed sense of gratitude and determination, get going. Act today to make your future one you’ll welcome, appreciate, and enjoy.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,217 Posts
    Fri, Apr 24 2020 8:44 AM

    Friday, April 24, 2020

    Envision, imagine, dream, love

    The value of a vision does not depend on how practical it is. The value of a vision is in how meaningful it is.

    The value of a story is not in how factual it is. The value of a story is in how inspiring it is.

    The value of a dream is not in whether you achieve it or not. The value of a dream is in the person you become, the life you live, in pursuit of that dream.

    It’s fine that your dream is impossible, as long as it is compelling. It’s perfectly okay that your story gets the facts wrong, as long as you get the truth right.

    Within you, there are no rules, no constraints on what you can imagine, and feel, and love. No limits exist on the magnificent castles you can build with such freedom.

    The richness you nurture within, also finds its way out into your life, into your world. Envision, imagine, dream, love, without restraint, and be stronger, inspired, and highly motivated in everything you do.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,217 Posts
    Sat, Apr 25 2020 7:56 AM

    Saturday, April 25, 2020

    Long way to go

    You can’t do all that must be done. Yet you can do something.

    So go ahead, and do something, now, and whenever you can. Don’t let the overwhelming nature of the challenge compromise your ability to make real, meaningful progress.

    You’ll never learn every detail you’d like to know. Yet you can always learn something, and then learn more.

    There’s always room for improvement. So go ahead and improve, yourself, your world, the lives of those around you.

    Though you won’t ever have all the answers, you can find more and more each day. When the road ahead is long, steep, and winding, take the next step.

    In fact, choose to be thankful that you have a long way to go. And with love, with purpose, with curiosity and enthusiasm, keep going.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,217 Posts
    Mon, Apr 27 2020 7:49 AM

    Monday, April 27

    Sustainable success

    Here’s a question to ask yourself when choosing between different options. Which option will make life better for the most people for the longest period of time?

    How will your choice impact other people? How will your choice play out in the future?

    Does your choice feel good in the moment, but with a price to pay in the future? If so, there’s a better choice.

    Does your choice benefit you, but at the expense of other people? Repeated choices like that will alienate you, and make your life increasingly difficult.

    Sustainable success is possible only when you have respect for the future and for the people living there. Without that respect, any gains you experience will quickly vanish.

    You can’t control the passage of time or the actions of other people. Yet by making well-considered choices, you’ll solidly align them both with your own success.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,217 Posts
    Tue, Apr 28 2020 7:09 AM

    Tuesday, April 28, 2020

    Journey on

    You’ve taken a long journey to get where you are. Give yourself some respect for all that effort.

    Realize how strong your experiences have made you. Think of all you can now do with that strength.

    Feel the confidence of knowing how many challenges you’ve successfully worked through. Point that confidence forward, to transcend current challenges, to reach new meaningful goals.

    After every setback, you find a way to keep going. From every achievement, you carry new value, hope, and energy into the future.

    It certainly has never all been easy, and yet you’ve experienced much goodness, joy, and fulfillment along the way. Now you’ve established more momentum than ever before, to continue your journey through life’s great richness.

    Look back for a moment with appreciation, and feel the full power of that momentum. Then look ahead with fresh enthusiasm, and continue to journey on.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,217 Posts
    Wed, Apr 29 2020 9:30 AM

    Wednesday, April 29, 2020

    Pay attention

    Life offers treasures in every moment. Pay attention, and bring the value of those treasures into your life.

    Listen carefully, respectfully to what people say, especially if you disagree with them. You have the opportunity to benefit from another person’s entire lifetime of experience, so listen, and learn.

    Take in the endless richness of the world around you. See the beauty that’s always there, watch for the dangers, attune yourself to the possibilities.

    Your thoughts, your sensations, your values sit firmly at the center of your awareness. Yet there is infinitely more to life than your own limited concerns.

    Make the smart choice to direct your awareness outward. Don’t get so caught up in your own thoughts and feelings that you ignore the immense value and wisdom outside you.

    Pay attention to what has happened, to what is going on, to what can be. And you’ll greatly expand your opportunities for a rich and fulfilling life.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,217 Posts
    Thu, Apr 30 2020 6:45 AM

    Thursday, April 30, 2020

    Choose courage

    Courage is not some magic power that’s only available to superheroes. Courage is a choice that’s available to anyone, at any time.

    The world is filled with challenges. Those challenges become especially acute whenever you seek to move forward.

    Any kind of progress demands that you work through challenges. Courage is the willingness to do that, to accept the risk so you can achieve the reward.

    Certainly it is foolish to seek unnecessary, unproductive risk. Yet it is just as foolish to think you can thrive without ever encountering any challenge or risk at all.

    Courage is not a matter of being foolish or irresponsible. Courage is taking calculated risks to produce meaningful rewards.

    With love, with awareness, with purpose, with care, choose courage. Step up to the challenges, and do your part to make life better for all who live it.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,217 Posts
    Fri, May 1 2020 8:30 AM

    Friday, May 1, 2020

    Tend to the little things

    A big difficulty is made of hundreds or thousands of small difficulties that were never addressed. A great achievement is built by making one small accomplishment after another, after another.

    What will you be doing a hundred days from now? Imagine the power of doing a little preparation for it today, and a little more every day from now until then.

    Small things matter because they grow and assemble into big things. Small things matter because you are easily able to influence them.

    Look around, right now, and ask yourself. What small problems can you solve, and what small opportunities can you act upon?

    Do the difficult things while they are still easy. Allow the passage of time to amplify the power of your positive actions.

    Tend to the little things now. And when they pile up, as they will, they’ll do so to your great benefit.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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