The Good Life

Good life
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You might be highly frustrated today. But it’s a good life anyway.

People might cheat you, lie to you, and blame you for problems they themselves create. Even so, life has infinite capacity for goodness and fulfillment.

A whole lot of things cause you a whole lot of trouble. Yet when you step back and take a good, clear look, you see without question that life is well worth the trouble.

It’s all too easy to imagine sometimes that things are hopeless. But then you remember you’ve survived a lot worse, and in fact thrived, and so have many, many others.

Yes, at times life is tough. And it is precisely those times that enable you to see how very good life can be.

Whatever the situation, life is good when you decide it is good. And it’s your decision to make right now.

— Ralph Marston

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Doing what matters

Doing what matters
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Do things that matter. Avoid things that don’t.

Think thoughts that exert a positive influence on your actions. Gently let go of thoughts that waste time and needlessly push you into dark desperate places.

Your time is precious beyond any measure. Spend that time doing what you know is good, and right, truthful, helpful, appreciative and supportive of the wonder that is existence.

Every moment, every action has a cost. You are fully entitled and obligated to make sure each cost produces a genuine benefit.

That does not in any way give you an excuse to avoid the difficult pursuits. Rather, it summons you to focus the whole of your being on meaningful pursuits, as challenging and inconvenient as they may be.

You are here today to make real, meaningful, beneficial progress. Respect the miraculous nature of that opportunity, and spend this day doing what matters.

— Ralph Marston

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Wonder and Richness

Wonder and richness
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Listen, watch, and read more of what makes you think and less of what makes you angry or smug. Do less of what gives you regret and more of what offers you meaningful challenge.

You are more complex and able than you usually give yourself credit for being. Explore that complexity, engage that ability.

Stop paying so much attention to those who say only what you already knew they would say. Seek every day to discover some new bit of insight that resides outside your existing assumptions.

The reality where you’re immersed is rich and diverse in countless dimensions. Actively open yourself to its possibilities, and reach levels of value and fulfillment you cannot now imagine.

Go where you expect to encounter what you were not expecting. Pleasantly surprise yourself with how curious, flexible and adaptable you can be.

Life and all those who live it will never run out of new facets, qualities and nuances to amaze and enlighten you. Continue to let the wonder and richness freely flow.

— Ralph Marston

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Do today

Do today
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Do today’s work today. Pushing it into the future accomplishes nothing other than to increase its toil.

Address today’s problems today. They will only grow more complicated and intractable as time goes on.

Live today’s joys today. If you postpone them until later, they’ll go away and never come back.

Life is now. If you are to achieve, be happy, connect with others, and experience the wondrous richness that is yours to know, now is when to make it all happen.

Whatever dream you are following, or wish to follow, has its next essential step today. Now is when you do the amazing, fulfilling work to transform all you have experienced and accumulated into all you can be.

It is an opportunity that has no equal, that will never come again. Don’t let it pass you by.

— Ralph Marston

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