Middle Ground

Somewhere in the middle

Accept the reality of this moment, this situation, for what it is. But don’t be dolefully resigned to it or blithely complacent about it.

If you don’t like what’s going on, things will change. If you do like what’s going on, things will change.

Every day, in fact, is a mixture of challenges to be faced and joys to be lived. Every situation includes difficulties, opportunities, satisfactions, frustrations, uncertainties and inspiration.

You’re not going to encounter a long stretch of time that’s completely perfect in every way. And fortunately, you’re not likely to find yourself in a situation of utterly hopeless despair.

The vast majority of your time you’ll be somewhere in the middle. In that space, with positive intention and focused effort, you can leave each moment a little better than you found it.

Today is the way it is, and that’s an opportunity. You can do something with it, you can do something about it, so go ahead and give it your best.

— Ralph Marston

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Life goes on

Life goes forward

Clouds dance along the distant horizon. Emerald leaves reach toward a sapphire sky.

The wonder that is life, the miracle that is existence, happens now. In you, through you, with you, around you, unfold beauty and detail never before known.

Within the spectacle, dwell endless possibilities. Within you lives the wisdom to choose from those possibilities, along with the energy that brings them into being.

Look outward for a while and take in the enormity, the potential of all you see. Then pull your focus deeply inside, and consider all you love, all you can do, all you can be.

Allow yourself to realize what an amazing and valuable moment this is. Encourage yourself as your spirit rises up to fulfill its highest destiny.

Live the wonder, ensconced in something larger than all you could ever imagine. Life goes forward, now and always.

— Ralph Marston

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It’s all about the Journey

Monday, March 23, 2020

Where you’re headed

What makes life good is not any particular situation, no matter how attractive it may be. What makes life good is the process of moving toward something deeply desired and valuable.

Where you’re headed is far more significant than where you are. And you have remarkable influence over where you’re headed.

Whether you’re currently in a good place, or a brutally challenging one, the decision is yours. Where do you now choose to be going?

Success begins to happen the moment you start acting to make it happen. The rewards of any ambitious effort begin to accumulate within the effort itself.

Look forward, to a world made better by your focused action, your resourcefulness, your love. Envision that world, step purposefully toward it, and it begins to be real.

You have the moment, you have the skill, you have the desire. Harness it all to move life in a positive and fulfilling direction.

— Ralph Marston

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What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Stronger – Friedrich Nietzsche

Driven by problems

It’s part of a cycle deeply embedded in all of life. Difficulty gives rise to new achievement.

The more intolerable the burden, the more energy is put forth to overcome it. Lessons learned, abilities developed, resources harnessed continue to provide benefit long after trouble has receded.

The long, magnificent history of achievement is also a history of great challenge. On a personal level, on a worldwide scale, progress is driven by problems.

When times are good, complacency settles in, and eventually lets trouble in the door. When enough people are threatened by that trouble, they rise up and overcome it.

Most of the innovations and technologies you enjoy today had their genesis in pain, difficulty, and inconvenience. Many of the worst problems you’re navigating through right now will lead to valuable advances in days to come.

Certainly life is not always easy, but perhaps that’s a feature and not a bug. Precisely because life is not easy, it finds a way to get better and better.

— Ralph Marston

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