Seeing the difficulties

Why are you so skilled at seeing the difficulties? Because it is by addressing those difficulties that you’re able to make progress.

A good and rewarding life is not a life that’s free of challenges. It is a life in which you are energized by those challenges to transcend them.

Do you not know what to do? Your greatest fulfillment comes from figuring it out.

Are you perplexed about how to do it? Then you must set about to find a way.

Is it tiresome, inconvenient, frustrating to make the effort? That’s a good sign the effort is your pathway to achievement, value, satisfaction, and meaning.

When you see that life is difficult what you’re also seeing within yourself is raw energy. Harness that energy and put it to positive use.

— Ralph Marston

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Think for yourself

Think for yourself
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What’s in the news are problems other people have decided you should know about. What’s in the news is not an accurate depiction of life.

What’s on your screen are words and pictures precisely chosen to influence your thoughts, your actions, your beliefs, your feelings, your values. In that realm, what appear to be choices are just slightly differing pathways to the same outcome.

Information is a tool that you can use to your own great benefit and to the benefit of many, many others. Yet the power of information can also be used against you.

That doesn’t mean you have to be cynical. It does mean you must be diligent.

The information that will empower you is the information you seek out, and verify, and work to understand at a fundamental level. Everything else that gets pushed into your awareness is designed to lead you astray.

It’s your job to transform information into wisdom, and wisdom into a rich and meaningful life. Your very own positive possibilities are too magnificent to outsource that job to anyone else.

— Ralph Marston

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Give Truth A Chance

Give truth a chance
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Maybe no one will see the truth but you. That’s enough.

The point is to know the truth, not to be praised for knowing it. The point is to live with authenticity, not to convince anyone else that you’re doing so.

Yes, share your truth with others as you can. But don’t let it become diluted by your need for acceptance.

Instead, be generous and patient with that truth, and with those who hear it. Give it time, give them time, to discover that truth, each in their own way.

For the way to know truth is not to be told what it is. The way to know truth is to arrive at it through the experience of living.

Give truth a chance. And deepen your understanding of how indivisible truth and life always are.

— Ralph Marston

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EGO

Escaping from ego
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Your ego pushes you to appear impressive. Yet that same ego prevents you from being truly impressive.

To the extent you can, get your ego out of the way. Rather than forcing a contrived image of yourself, allow and enable your authentic beauty to shine through.

Before you speak, tell yourself that what you have to say doesn’t matter. That takes all the pressure off and gives you permission to speak your highest truth.

Before you act, tell yourself that what others think of you doesn’t matter. That allows you to go forward with sincerity and confidence.

Making things all about you is severely limiting. Stepping as far as possible away from your ego is highly liberating.

Be you, without being focused on you. Feel the freedom of escaping from ego, and experience all the advantages that brings.

— Ralph Marston

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