Make Goodness

Make goodness
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Good things don’t come easy, but good things do indeed come. Put in the time, put in the effort.

Push away thoughts of what you might be missing. Focus your awareness around the actual good you are creating.

When the work gets tedious or challenging, let it be tedious, let it be challenging. But keep on with it anyway.

Time is the most valuable resource you have. Do all you can to make sure you’re spending it on something equally valuable.

It’s an amazing feeling to discover how strong, effective, diligent you can be. Set yourself up and do what it takes to experience that feeling again and again.

Make excellence your everyday attitude. Make goodness and value everywhere you go.

— Ralph Marston

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Contrast

Contrast
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To fully appreciate the springtime thaw, you have to endure the frozen winter. To get the most enjoyment on a sunny day, you must live through some rainy ones.

Work is fulfilling because you don’t do it all the time. Play is pleasurable because it’s not the only thing you do.

If everything was the same color and brightness, it would be difficult to see anything. And just as your eyes need contrast to discern objects, your life needs contrast to garner value and meaning.

Activities, ideas, conditions, opinions, products and plans can all benefit from being contrasted to other things. Life is enriched by a diversity of contrasting experiences, circumstances, and thoughts.

Can you hold two opposing concepts in your mind at once, or give your best effort to something and then let it go? Pursuits such as this make life rich, rewarding, fascinating, and fulfilling.

Continue introducing yourself to a rich variety of viewpoints. Give your days, your experiences, your life the benefits of contrast.

— Ralph Marston

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Take the opportunity

Take the opportunity
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When you have the opportunity to add joy to someone’s life, do it. When you have the opportunity to experience something new, take it.

Each time you come across the opportunity to learn, make the most of it. If you encounter the opportunity to take on a challenge, give your best to it.

Look at the world and clearly see what’s there. Then look again and see what could be, see the opportunities for improvement, fulfillment, and value.

Let life’s continuing opportunities inspire you into action. Focus your energy and your efforts on transforming opportunities into valuable realities.

No matter what the situation, you have the opportunity to make a positive difference by the way you choose to live. As life swirls around you, commit yourself to creating beneficial outcomes.

— Ralph Marston

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Dance Together

Dance together
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Stop forcing your limitations to clash with your possibilities. Let them dance together.

You cannot eliminate all limitations and challenges from life. What you can do is work within them, alongside them, to fulfill the possibilities you wish to fulfill.

That requires some give and take, adjustments, innovation, boldness, understanding, and creativity. Think of it as a graceful and exhilarating dance.

Though your limitations may seem at first glance to oppose your possibilities, that’s not entirely true. For if there were no limitations of any kind, the possibilities would have no value.

Let go of your resentment about what’s holding you back. Find ways to work with it, to dance with it, rather than fighting against it.

Tease out the opportunities that exist within your challenges and limitations. And gracefully dance your way to the fulfillment of your best possibilities.

— Ralph Marston

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