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  • Ladychipper
    22,379 Posts
    Fri, Jun 26 2020 8:50 AM

    Friday, June 26, 2020

    Lessons of experience

    Consider all the things you’ve done in the past day, the past week, the past year. Can you identify anything you wish you had done differently?

    If so, that’s great. Because now is your chance to put that wish into action.

    Now is your opportunity to improve on the shortcomings in your past. Now is when you can apply all the good and valuable lessons of your experience.

    Rather than simmering in your regrets, you can move completely beyond them. Out of past mistakes you’ve made, you can now make progress.

    Those mistakes, as well as your achievements, can now inform you, empower you, and inspire you. Not only can you do better, you can do it from a more enlightened and determined perspective.

    From your past frustrations and disappointments, now you can generate new energy and action. Jump at the opportunity, and transform all that you have been into the best that you can be.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,379 Posts
    Sat, Jun 27 2020 11:26 AM

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

    Familiar harbor

    Are you holding tightly to something that’s not moving forward? Then you’re not moving forward either.

    Is there a habit, assumption, concept, perspective, that you’ve been hesitant to let go of? Could it be keeping you stuck, preventing you from making progress?

    It’s comfortable to stick firmly with what’s familiar, expected, and predictable. Yet at some point that comfort will harden into stagnation.

    A big part of improvement is letting go of whatever may be blocking that improvement. Yes it takes courage, yes it takes strength, and yes it will make a major positive difference.

    What you’re able to accomplish is a function of what you’re willing to relinquish. By letting go of what is, you expand the possibilities of what can be.

    You must leave the familiar harbor if you wish to cross the stormy sea. Yet oh, what a magnificent world awaits your discovery when you do.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,379 Posts
    Mon, Jun 29 2020 10:32 AM

    Monday, June 29, 2020

    Some little something

    How much of your anger could you transform into love? How would that feel inside, if you were to do it?

    What portion of your frustration could you change into patience? How much more peaceful would it make this moment?

    What are the things you might be willing to forgive? What benefits would you experience by being free of those things?

    Can you think of someone, right now, who would be helped by your kindness? Can you imagine how it would feel to do something good, helpful, useful, when no one is watching?

    Do you know how much goodness you’re capable of? Would you like to find out?

    Does life on this day seem too empty, negative, hopeless? Do you think, perhaps, there might be some little something you could do about that?


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,379 Posts
    Tue, Jun 30 2020 10:35 AM

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    Vast goodness

    The time to be thankful for what you have, is while you still have it. If you wait until after it’s gone, what would have been gratitude instead becomes remorse.

    Are there good things in your life right now, that you’ll desperately miss when you no longer have them? Now is the time to appreciate them, make good use of them, protect them from harm.

    It’s natural to focus on what’s wrong, on what doesn’t work, out of a desire to make improvements. Yet the whole reason you’re able to improve whatever doesn’t work, is because of all the other things that do work.

    Yes, problems command your attention, as well they should. But don’t let them blind you to the vast goodness that continues to support your life.

    The most important time to nourish your body, is when you are ill. The most important time to be appreciative of your blessings, is when you’re faced with difficult problems.

    You are living proof that, for the most part, life works very well. You can make it work even better by building on the goodness that’s already there.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,379 Posts
    Wed, Jul 1 2020 11:41 AM

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

    Connect to love

    Life can often leave you weary, disheartened, resentful and frustrated. When you feel that way, remind yourself that there is a better way.

    Connect to all you love. Nourish, support, expand all you love.

    Seek out the people, the values, the experiences, the places, the feelings, ideas, and challenges that you love. Turn your focus toward those things that energize and inspire you.

    It’s easy to feel sorry for yourself when an uncaring world has beaten you down. It’s much better, though, to turn toward the aspects of life that you love.

    There are exceptionally good reasons why you get up and go through each day. Keep yourself firmly connected to those reasons.

    Connect to love, in whatever way you choose to feel it. You are made to love, you deserve to love, so let love be, again and again, no matter what.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,379 Posts
    Thu, Jul 2 2020 8:57 AM

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Make your best even better

    It doesn’t matter how well or how poorly you are received. What matters is that you give your best.

    Your ego may not like it when you are criticized, or worse, when no one even notices you. Yet there is a part of you that can find great value in every kind of feedback.

    Rather than being upset or giddy about any response you get, raise your focus to a higher level. Be curious.

    The surest way to learn is to do. That’s especially true when it comes to learning how others will respond to you.

    Life at its highest level is about giving of your most authentic, original self. And that’s an exercise where continual practice leads to rapid improvement.

    Give your best, and see what happens. Based on that, you’ll figure out how to continue making your best even better.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,379 Posts
    Fri, Jul 3 2020 10:12 AM

    Friday, July 3, 2020

    Too much of anything

    If something works well, use it, expand on it, apply it in other situations and disciplines. But don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s the answer to everything.

    Too much of anything, is not a good thing. Unthinking adherence to what has proven successful, will not necessarily be successful.

    A highly effective strategy for getting things done, may not work well when figuring out what to do. Techniques for creating beautiful art may have limited application when designing a production facility.

    It’s easy to categorize various ideas as either good or bad. But such a simplistic approach doesn’t align with the complexities of real life.

    Some ideas, some approaches, some processes are good for certain situations. Other tactics are more appropriate for other situations.

    Success is a great thing to emulate and replicate. Just be careful not to blindly push it so far that it turns into failure.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,379 Posts
    Sat, Jul 4 2020 8:58 AM

    Saturday, July 4, 2020

    Goodness in your wake

    Everything you do is significant. Every thought you think has consequences.

    Whether or not you have the intention to make a difference, you are making a difference. Whether or not you’re aware of your impact, you have an impact.

    You can’t possibly manage every result that comes out of the way you live your life. Yet you can manage your attitude, your perspective, what you respect, what you value.

    Do what you do, think what you think, with a commitment to truth, authenticity, and goodness. Keep your awareness in a positive, kindhearted place and leave each situation better than you found it.

    The energy you broadcast to life affects your life and the world in which you live. For the sake of others, for your own sake, let it come from a good and sincere place.

    Carry with you a persistent commitment to the best of life for everyone who lives it. In ways large and small, leave goodness in your wake.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,379 Posts
    Mon, Jul 6 2020 9:10 AM

    Monday, July 6, 2020

    Higher level

    One disappointment does not mean your life is forever ruined. One thoughtless remark pointed in your direction doesn’t mean you are under attack.

    Things go wrong and people make mistakes. Get used to it, get over it, and be kind to yourself by getting on with your life.

    If you can, correct what has gone wrong and work to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But don’t let a momentary injury or affront disrupt your life for the next five hours, five months, or five years.

    Amplify and expand upon your possibilities, not your grievances. Let your life be driven not by what might have gone wrong, but by your own best intentions.

    You have the power to choose the direction of your focus. You have the ability to find the good in each moment, in every occurrence, and move forward with it.

    See the opportunities for gratitude, forgiveness, determination, and positive action. Experience the depth of your strength while using that strength to lift your life to a higher level.


    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    22,379 Posts
    Tue, Jul 7 2020 11:56 AM

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Get the job done

    What if doing what’s hard is really not so hard? What if the main thing making it so difficult is your own resistance?

    Imagine for a moment that you could just take the first step. And imagine your pleasant surprise at getting that first thing done.

    Then picture yourself with some positive momentum. Think of the joy and sense of accomplishment you can be experiencing.

    Suddenly you realize that all your excuses are just that, excuses. And you understand that you’re well-positioned to take action, to be effective, to get good things done.

    And so that’s precisely what you do. Letting go of any judgment about what’s difficult and what’s not, you go ahead and get the job done.

    You’ll wonder why you ever hesitated in the first place. And you’ll jump with great enthusiasm into whatever is next.


    — Ralph Marston