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  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Fri, Jun 5 2020 8:14 AM

    Friday, June 5, 2020

    Into the future

    You are on a journey into the future. Although you bring your past experiences and values along, you cannot bring the past itself.

    You are alive in an ever-changing world. The changes make it impossible to stay where you are, or to go back where you were.

    Ahead is unknown territory, and that can be a frightening prospect. Yet everything you’re now comfortable with was once unknown to you, and you’ve handled it well so far.

    Tomorrow will call you to awaken in a world that’s different than today. In that world you can grow stronger, expand your skills and understanding, and discover new possibilities.

    What you think, what you feel, what you do, can all be better than they were. Yes, it’s inconvenient, challenging, arduous, and yet you’ll thank yourself for rising to the opportunity.

    Life moves relentlessly forward into the future. Willingly go with it, and make that future a bright and fulfilling place.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Sat, Jun 6 2020 12:02 PM

    Saturday, June 6, 2020

    Imagine beyond

    Imagine being able to celebrate the things you now criticize. Imagine being able to praise the things you now complain about.

    Imagine letting go of your anger, and then opening your eyes to what the anger has prevented you from seeing. Imagine listening to someone you disagree with, and finding common ground.

    What if your negative perceptions could transform into valuable, practical, positive insights? What if you could move past assumptions that too often have held you back?

    Much, much more is possible than you now realize. Help yourself to explore and fulfill the best of those possibilities.

    Expand your concept of who you are, of what you can do, of what is good and beautiful. Deepen your understanding of truth and your connection to all that is.

    Imagine beyond all you’ve dared to imagine. And live in a place that exceeds your highest expectations.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Mon, Jun 8 2020 8:24 AM

    Monday, June 8, 2020

    Simply be thankful

    It doesn’t take any special training, or equipment, or skill. You can simply be thankful.

    You can look at the world from a more empowered, enlightened perspective. Simply be thankful.

    By yourself, with others, in a brief moment, for an entire lifetime, simply be thankful. And quickly add new richness to where you are, to what you’re doing, to those you’re with.

    When you’re not sure what to do, simply be thankful. You’ll soon uncover a positive path forward.

    It’s not complicated, it won’t get you into any trouble. It raises your awareness, it fills you with fresh energy.

    You can turn your life around, and shine a bright light on the immense abundance in which you’re always immersed. Make the simple choice, make the powerful choice, make the smart and liberating choice, to simply be thankful.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Tue, Jun 9 2020 10:53 AM

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    Grow in understanding

    Understanding will never be perfect. Yet you can always move it in that direction.

    Just because someone doesn’t understand you, is no reason to reject that person’s perspective. Take it upon yourself to work toward genuine improvement of understanding on both sides.

    Seek to meet people where they are rather than insisting that they be where you want them to be. You have much more to gain from understanding than from alienation.

    What prevents understanding is not history or status or identity or experience. What prevents understanding is the failure to communicate in a sincere and respectful way.

    True, enduring, beneficial understanding can never be forced. You earn the understanding of others by working to give your understanding to them.

    At a deep enough level, all people are more alike than different. Move past the differences that you’ll eventually realize are minor, and enable a rich understanding that continues to grow.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Thu, Jun 11 2020 6:12 AM

    Thursday, June 11, 2020

    Give goodness

    If you focus on anger and retribution, you create more reasons for anger and retribution. Focus instead on giving goodness, and you make even more goodness possible.

    If your aim is to cause harm, that will harm you too. Seek instead to give goodness, because the world you improve is the same world you live in.

    You have the strength to choose what is good, what is right, what is helpful. You have the commitment, the fortitude, to follow through on those positive choices.

    Give goodness, in ways that are unique, insightful, based on your experience, driven by your love. Give goodness because you know you can, because you’re able to envision life at its best.

    Give goodness for the sake of goodness. Even when it’s inconvenient, especially when it’s inconvenient, give goodness.

    Remind yourself often of the best of who you are. From deep within, for those with whom you share the miracle of life, give goodness.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Fri, Jun 12 2020 9:26 AM

    Friday, June 12, 2020

    Choose serenity

    Let go of the tension. Allow serenity to fill your experience.

    What will happen, will happen. Do not let your uncertainty about the future drain value from the present.

    What you have is now, and you can live it well. What you have is now, and now you have the opportunity to make a difference.

    Your frustration is a creature of your own making. You can decide that it does not have to trouble you any longer.

    There is much that doesn’t make sense, that seems foolish, that feels wrong. Yet there is a whole lot more that you can love, and find peace and wholeness in experiencing.

    Choose serenity, and think, feel, act from a place of peaceful confidence, a place of positive power. Choose serenity now, and give life the highest and best you have.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Sat, Jun 13 2020 8:38 AM

    Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Once you are certain

    Once you are certain, you stop thinking, stop questioning, stop wondering, stop exploring, stop listening. Is that a good thing?

    Once you are locked into certainty, you are no longer able to engage in rich, meaningful exchange. All you’re left with is to express your certainty, which can quickly become tedious and predictable.

    Once you are certain, imagination dries up, crumbles, falls away, is prevented from coming back. Is the smug satisfaction you gain from your certainty, worth all that you lose?

    It’s good to be certain that there are no cars coming before you cross the highway. Yet once you’re across, it’s best to let go of that certainty, because the situation you’re so certain about, will change.

    If your certainty is accurate, truthful, it can be quite helpful. But if it is mistaken, it can lead you headlong into awful places.

    Question your certainties, question your assumptions, especially when they’re handed to you by someone else. Make sure that your certainty does not wall you off from the truth.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Mon, Jun 15 2020 8:33 AM

    Monday, June 15, 2020

    Good to now and later

    This moment is important, and so is the rest of your life. Be good to now, and be good to later.

    Don’t let your obsession with the particulars of this moment diminish your future possibilities. And don’t let your focus on the future take away from the treasures of this moment.

    Instead, make those choices that are positive for now and also positive for later. It’s a valuable kind of balance that’s well worth your effort to maintain.

    Yes, often you must prioritize your time, resources, thoughts, and activities. Yet you can find ways to do so without compromising your current or future possibilities.

    If you live only for the moment, there’s nothing to sustain you when the moment is over. If you live only for the future, you miss out on all the beautiful moments along the way.

    You’re fortunate enough to realize that now is where you are and the future is where you’ll be. And you’re skillful enough to give value and fulfillment to both.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Tue, Jun 16 2020 7:53 AM

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020


    The truth you will benefit most from knowing, is inconvenient. The work you will benefit most from doing, is difficult.

    The easy stuff is largely meaningless. It’s the hard stuff that brings real value to life.

    Choosing the easy way out, again and again, stunts growth, physically, intellectually, financially, socially. Your strength is built and maintained through repeated challenge, doing hard work and recognizing uncomfortable truths.

    Avoiding life’s difficulties, time after time, ends up making life more and more difficult. Exercising the muscles of your competence, your intelligence, your creativity and compassion, makes those muscles ever stronger.

    The good life you seek is not a life of pure leisure, not a life free of effort or challenge. Rather, it is a life of making real, ongoing contributions toward meaningful purposes.

    Be thankful for what’s difficult, for what makes you uncomfortable. Those things will powerfully prepare you, equip you, and inspire you to make life good.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    21,615 Posts
    Wed, Jun 17 2020 10:34 AM

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

    Good moment

    Give yourself a good moment. Give yourself a whole day filled with them.

    Enjoy your surroundings, the people you’re with, what you can do, who you are. Allow life to inspire you just because you’re able to experience it.

    You’re not being selfish when you’re being good to yourself. You’re adding strength, richness, and meaning to what you can offer everyone else.

    Give yourself a good moment, and let it sink in. Then look with a refreshed perspective at all the possibilities.

    Feel what you feel, think what you think, with no expectation, no agenda, no misgivings. Let your most beautiful, authentic self come peacefully into the daylight.

    Give yourself a good moment. And give yourself new strength, new desire, to do all that you do best.


    — Ralph Marston