Life is to Live

Life is to live
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This is a unique moment, and you have a distinct perspective on it. Be sure to make good use of the opportunity.

Remind yourself to do more than just watch, wish, complain, opinionate. Make it your business, today, to participate.

There are people who can benefit from your encouragement, from your presence. There are all kinds of situations that can be improved with your efforts, problems that can be solved with your insights.

Life is not to waste, to hoard, to worry about, or to make excuses for. Life is to live.

Life is to live, and here you are, able to do that right now in your very own way. Life is to live, with intention, with love, with wonder, awe, courage and gratitude.

Today offers much you can do, and much regret you’ll avoid by going ahead and doing it. Life is to live, and now is when.

— Ralph Marston

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Authenticity

Heart of authenticity
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What if your life memories relied on the intensity of your experience instead of the sophistication of your technology? Would it change the way you approach what you do?

Imagine for a moment that there are no video cameras, no photo sharing apps. How would you make sure that twenty years from now, or even a month from now, you remember this day?

What would you do differently if you were doing it not to create a pretty picture, but to lock in a valuable memory? How would you live this day if all you could put into it were your thoughts, words and actions, and all you could take from it were memories?

Consider how you would live each moment if you never had a single thought of trying to impress others, or of doing something just because it’s popular. Challenge yourself to act from the heart of your authenticity.

Think of being in a place of incredible natural beauty, with no camera. Think of how you would take it all in, to experience it fully, not to merely record it.

Let go of the need to jump through all kinds of hoops for the purpose of projecting a certain image. Experience the genuine beauty of real life as it flows through the person you really are.

— Ralph Marston

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What If?

Impossible becomes possible
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What if your assumption is wrong? What if the thing you think impossible actually can be done?

What if the path that’s blocked is not the only one? What if you mustered a little faith in yourself and your goal, and just got started?

It’s easy to imagine all the things that could go wrong, easy to list all the reasons for giving up. What’s much harder is to step forward into uncertainty, with the commitment to see it through.

No one ever achieved much by taking the easiest course. And you certainly owe yourself a whole lot more than that.

You owe yourself the consideration that what’s impossible might just be possible. You owe yourself the experience and fulfillment of making such things happen.

The history of progress is written as the impossible becomes possible. This is your chance to write some of that history yourself.

— Ralph Marston

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Forgiveness

Rid yourself of painful echoes
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Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened was acceptable. Forgiveness means you are ready to move past it.

Keeping score just prolongs the pain. Seeking to get even, creates more pain.

Forgiveness is not about what’s right or wrong, what’s justified or what’s not. Forgiveness is about being free to focus on creating a positive, fulfilling future.

No person in your world is perfect, many are far from it, and will always be. You can choose to fight that reality, or you can learn how to live with it.

Forgiveness enables you to live well, no matter what others may do or fail to do. Forgiveness fills you with the power of peace, of clarity, of purpose.

Rid yourself of painful echoes from the past. Forgive, and turn yourself toward the beauty and possibility of now.

— Ralph Marston

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Reflections

THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Friday, June 23, 2017

Reflected back
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Would you like to see yourself at your best? Then observe yourself as you’re offering kindness to another.

Would you like to more fully enjoy all the good things you have? Find that enjoyment by generously sharing those good things.

Would you like to feel that your life really matters? Then feel yourself making a difference in the lives of those around you.

If you wish to learn, then seek to teach. If you’d like to be heard and understood, listen attentively so as to understand who you’re speaking to before you speak.

Be respectful and you’ll be respected. Love genuinely and you’ll be genuinely loved.

What you give, what you offer, the flavor of your disposition, is all reflected back to you in every experience. Make your life very good by being very good to all of life.

— Ralph Marston

 

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Too Busy?

Too busy
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When you say you are too busy to do something, what does that really mean? It means you have given priority, for whatever reason, to something else.

If a large, speeding truck was headed right toward you, would you be too busy to get out of the way? Of course, you would not be too busy to quickly jump to safety, for at that moment it would be your top priority.

Are you frustrated because you always seem to be too busy to give time and attention to those things that truly matter? That sense of frustration is attempting to tell you something.

Think for a moment about the areas of your life you value and treasure most. If you’re too busy to give time to them, then ask yourself what you’re so busy doing, and why.

It’s a great excuse to say you’re too busy. But a much better approach is to make time in your life for what’s most important.

Instead of bragging or complaining about how busy you are, consider the ways you fill your time. Make the commitment to do less of what doesn’t matter, and more of what does.

— Ralph Marston

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Deal With It!

Deal with life
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You’ll often be tempted to take the easy way out. Do your future self a big favor, and remember that the easy way is almost never the best way.

Even when you feel like quitting, you have the strength to keep going. Even when the work is difficult and demanding, you can get it done.

Cutting corners now creates even bigger problems later. Being less than honest with yourself or others only magnifies the power of a difficult truth that will eventually be unavoidable.

Success, achievement, fulfillment, and satisfaction are never reached by avoiding life’s demands. Instead, call upon yourself to fully deal with life as it unfolds.

Much of the work of living is not fun or glamorous or convenient. Yet what makes life good at its deepest level is when you rise to the challenges as they appear.

Use your strength, deal with life, and add to its rich and magnificent substance. Make yourself always thankful for the way you’ve lived each moment.

— Ralph Marston

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