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  • Ladychipper
    20,715 Posts
    Thu, Aug 6 2020 8:14 AM

    Thursday, August 6, 2020

    Be for what you are for

    Don’t get angry at those who oppose you. Get smart, get creative, get energetic, get busy.

    When you fight against a person, an idea, an institution, you’re not fighting on your own terms. You’re fighting on their terms, putting yourself at a severe disadvantage.

    Instead, dig deeper and connect with the positive vision behind what you support. Craft an authentic, compelling story that inspires you and attracts others to join you.

    Be for what you are for, in full and passionate support of what you love and care about. Rather than getting drawn into fighting, put your time and effort into building, maintaining, strengthening.

    Raise yourself to a higher level than those who would go against you. Create so much enrichment and affirmation that their negativity is rendered irrelevant.

    If all you can think to do is complain and oppose, think some more. Zero in on what makes you care so much, on what you seek to lift up, and aim yourself solidly in that direction.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,715 Posts
    Fri, Aug 7 2020 9:08 AM

    Friday, August 7, 2020

    Miracle of meaning

    In a universe with infinite potential for chaos, there is order, there is beauty, there is love. It cannot be anything less than a miracle, and that miracle lives deeply within who you are.

    The miracle has become so thoroughly ingrained, so widely expressed, that you rarely even think about it. But you wouldn’t want to be and you couldn’t stand to be without it.

    In a realm that seems random there is meaning. You can see its light shine through the deepest darkness.

    When you stray too far from the miracle of meaning, life quickly falls apart. What once worked flawlessly no longer functions, what you once understood becomes mired in confusion.

    Yet the moment you immerse yourself in the truth of who you are, you reclaim the power that was there before the beginning. Love asserts its infinite generosity, hope emerges, and life rises to an even higher level of excellence.

    What you seek will never be found in any scheme or place or thing. For what you seek is who you are, the miracle of meaning that is always there.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,715 Posts
    Sat, Aug 8 2020 7:57 AM

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

    Adventure

    Adventure is a story that never gets old. When you make your way out beyond where you belong, you discover a whole new dimension to life.

    Whether you experience it directly or vicariously, adventure puts you in touch with your vulnerability. That’s actually a very good thing.

    The experience of vulnerability brought on by adventure brings a renewed sense of humility. That opens you up to gain new wisdom, to develop new capabilities, to grow stronger in the truth of who you are.

    Adventure is rich in risk and reward, and that’s precisely its point. When you crave adventure what you are craving is life in its most meaningful state.

    You have the power of purpose, the power to prevail through challenge in service of that purpose. Adventure makes that abundantly clear.

    Adventure is when you know how it feels to be fully alive. And that’s an essential thing to know.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,715 Posts
    Mon, Aug 10 2020 8:44 AM

    Monday, August 10, 2020

    Sleep on it

    Ask yourself a question before you go to bed, and then set the subject aside. In the morning you will have an answer.

    Your mind is always eager to answer questions. But if you try too hard, you diminish its power.

    You self edit, you overthink, you introduce needless doubts. But there’s a simple way to avoid those things, and that’s to sleep on it.

    Your mind is still working while you are sleeping. The big difference is you’re not interfering so much with that thinking.

    The answer you wake up with may not be what you wanted to hear. Yet it will be authentic, well-considered, and something you’ll benefit from knowing.

    When something in particular has you perplexed, give your mind a chance to do its best work. Sleep on it, and wake up with a valuable new perspective.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,715 Posts
    Tue, Aug 11 2020 7:34 AM

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Choose positive

    It’s nearly impossible to change someone else’s attitude. It’s surprisingly easy to change your own.

    A negative perspective will waste your time, blunt your effectiveness, ruin your day. Fortunately, you can get rid of it the moment you decide to do so.

    Stop looking backward at the unfortunate, undesirable things that may have happened. Start looking forward to a future that’s open and available for you to influence.

    You don’t have to automatically let the frustrating circumstances frustrate you. Decide instead to be amused by them.

    Smile at the troubles, thankful that you’re able to recognize them and deal with them. Enjoy the fact that you’re alive and experiencing whatever you are experiencing.

    Being positive is just as reasonable, just as accessible as being negative. Choose positive, and choose a more enjoyable journey to a much more favorable destination.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,715 Posts
    Wed, Aug 12 2020 11:07 AM

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020

    Invite surprise

    Life can become very predictable, yet it never has to be. Just a little bit beneath the familiar surface is magical surprise.

    Look at what you’ve always looked at and see something you’ve never seen. Notice a detail you’ve never examined, and let it start you on a path to more.

    It’s nice when life behaves as expected. But when that goes on too long you become sealed off from the wonder, the joy, the exhilaration of new discovery.

    In your childhood, you made many more discoveries in a single day than you have in the last month as an adult. Make it your goal to reduce that imbalance.

    Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, go where you will encounter what you have not experienced before. Open yourself up, set yourself up, for more surprises in your life.

    Get yourself in the habit of going beyond your routine habits. Invite genuine surprise into your life, and its magic will enchant you in ways you never could have imagined.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,715 Posts
    Thu, Aug 13 2020 8:53 AM

    Thursday, August 13, 2020

    Authentic experience

    What if you owned the most beautiful home in town but were unable to ever live in it? What if you had a magnificent yacht but were never able to go aboard?

    What if you had dozens of fascinating friends but were never able to talk with them? What if you visited a magnificent destination but never left your hotel room?

    What you really want is not what you want to have, to be, to do. What you want are the experiences you’ll gain from those things.

    What you want is experience, and no one can give it to you, no one can do it for you. The experience at the heart of every desire is up to you.

    Your fulfillment is not dependent on any particular possession, activity, or relationship. You can find many alternate pathways to whatever experiences you seek.

    Whatever your goal, what’s driving that goal is the desire for authentic experience. Keep that in mind, and your options as well as your outcomes will be greatly improved.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,715 Posts
    Fri, Aug 14 2020 8:38 AM

    Friday, August 14, 2020

    Go with the best

    You have choices, in how to see the world, in how to respond, in where to deploy your efforts. You have choices, and the choices you make in every moment make a difference.

    Go with what makes you strong. Go with what raises and expresses your competence.

    Go with what gets you to work. Go with what brings you inspiration, passion, energy.

    If it drains you, discourages you, distracts you, keep yourself away from it. Turn instead toward the good work you can do, the valuable results you can achieve.

    Cut through the confusion and doubt, and ask yourself this. Which choice, which option will bring real benefit to the situation right now?

    Go with that choice and give yourself fully to it. Today, every day, whatever the circumstance, go with the best you can be.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,715 Posts
    Sat, Aug 15 2020 9:01 AM

    Saturday, August 15, 2020

    Authentic self

    You know who you are, how you are, what you value. Refuse to let anyone tell you differently.

    Some people who may not even know you will try to shame you, embarrass you, make you feel guilty. Anyone who does that has no special insight, just a self-serving desire to advance their own agenda.

    You know what’s in your heart. You’re able to see for yourself what is true and what is not.

    Respect the perspectives and opinions of others, and welcome their expression. But don’t allow anyone else’s opinion to define you or prevent you from living your truth.

    To be a positive force in life, be your authentic self. There’s never any need to ask permission or forgiveness for that.

    You have much good to offer life. Give that goodness, in whatever way you know to be best.

     

    — Ralph Marston

  • Ladychipper
    20,715 Posts
    Mon, Aug 17 2020 9:23 AM

    Monday, August 17, 2020

    Best available decision

    You always have the opportunity to make a good decision. Yet you’ll rarely ever be able to make a perfect decision.

    You’re going to be confronted with conflicting considerations. You’re going to have to prioritize some desirable options over other desirable options.

    Efficiency is a valuable thing to pursue, but not to the degree that it makes flexibility impossible. Safety is a very important consideration, but it is certainly not the only consideration.

    Some amounts of risk and uncertainty are necessary if anything is to get done. Some trade offs and compromises must be made so that everyone can agree to cooperate.

    You can be inspired and informed by your vision of a perfect world. Yet you must do your work and live your life in the real world, with its imperfections and conflicting priorities.

    Instead of holding out for a perfect decision, seek to make and to implement the best available decision. Move toward perfection while recognizing and working with the realities you have.

     

    — Ralph Marston

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