60: Limits and Connections
Saturday, Dec 8th, 2012
Limits are necessary to give purpose and direction to life. Swimming in a sea of boundless opportunity would eventually lead to exhaustion and drowning. Winging it alone in a sky of boundless opportunity would lead to being lost. In human affairs, the making of choices, and alliances, implies limitation, for in choosing one path another must be abandoned.
One key to a successful life is to select your limits consciously and carefully — to be discriminating in the setting of personal boundaries and knowing when to join in formation. Thrift, for example, often precedes prosperity; just as the letting go of selfish interests leads to greater personal reward. Only by consciously accepting useful limits can one’s energy be channeled to good purpose, and lead to lasting accomplishments.
Point yourself toward a middle way between discipline and freedom of spirit. Limits will come of their own accord; but to be able to consciously select your own affiliations in life — that’s knowing how to fly! At the same time, don’t go overboard with discipline. Even self-correction must be limited, so that in attempting to bring order and direction into your life you do not choke off vital sources of enthusiasm and spontaneity.
Similarly, in groups and partnerships, agreed upon rules or regulations should strike a balance between being too strict and too soft. If too strict, they build frustration and ultimately become destructive. If too lenient, sloppiness becomes acceptable, and positive energy is dissipated. The best path is one that allows for the fulfillment of individual potential, while supporting self-discipline and focus.
Friday, Dec 7th, 2012
Increase and decrease are part of the natural cycle of life. As spiritual author long ago put it, ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.’ Like a reservoir that is being used to irrigate the fields, learning to accept a decrease in position or material possessions is part of preparing for increase in the future.
We may live in materialistic times, but there is no disgrace in material decrease, particularly if it represents an investment in future gain — even if that gain be in the form of one’s education or the development of personal character. Likewise, the inner strength that comes from bearing loss can be balanced by a corresponding increase in inner strength and insight — as in the expression ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ When letting go of attachment and personal demands leads to a greater simplicity in daily life, good fortune often comes calling.
In nature, the lake evaporates to form the clouds that drop the rain that nurtures the surrounding forest. As the forest grows thick, more rain is captured for the lake. Similarly, an ‘evaporation’ or decrease in one area of your life, may give rise to an eventual increase in another. A loss of responsibility at work can mean more free time; more free time may generate more career options. A period of decrease is not necessarily a bad thing; in fact, it can free the spirit and fill the soul.
Be mindful of the lesson of young lovers: even with a minimum of possessions, feelings of the heart can bring an unsurpassed richness to life. The smallest of actions, if sincere, have value. So remain confident, for a time of decrease may actually bode good fortune, especially if you remain open to that possibility.
Let go of frustration, resistance and regret over whatever may be going down at this time. Accept the cycle, and remember what goes down must come up.
Imagine yourself full of energy and enthusiasm, getting up each morning excited and positive about the day ahead. Imagine yourself being highly effective, able to achieve whatever you set out to do with confidence and ease.
In your mind’s eye, see yourself working with discipline and focus, able to quickly and easily make the right decisions, always knowing what to say and do in every situation.
Imagine yourself being the person you’ve always wanted to be. Imagine living the life you’ve always dreamed of living. See it in detail. Visualize it with richness and intensity. Know you can have it. Know you can do it. Know you can be it, with absolute certainty.
Imagine yourself being the best you can possibly be. Make your image of yourself a positive one, and you’ll program yourself for success. Imagine yourself at your very best. Hold that image firmly in your mind, day after day, moment by moment, and you’ll absolutely find a way, and live the life, that will make it real.
— Ralph Marston
The Daily Motivator
Something unexpected will happen today, and tomorrow, and every day. You can worry about what it might be, and fight against it when it comes, or you can accept it and deal with it in a positive way.
You cannot escape from life’s uncertainty, and you really wouldn’t want to. Although that uncertainty can bring pain, it can also bring great joy and powerful new positive possibilities.
What you can do is choose to grow stronger with each twist and turn. What you can do is learn, adapt, create, innovate and successfully adjust to life as it changes from day to day.
Uncertainty can sometimes be very disruptive and inconvenient and challenging. Fortunately, you have the skills to meet those challenges, and to move your life forward no matter what may come.
Though you can’t know for sure what will happen in the future, you can know for sure that there’s always a way to make the best of it. There’s always a way to remain true to your most treasured values, and to live your life according to your highest vision.
Life is not always predictable, but that’s no reason to fret. Because in that unpredictability, you’ll always find valuable and meaningful new positive opportunities.
— Ralph Marston
The Daily Motivator
Good afternoon, dear friends! How is your Tuesday going so far? I have a sinus infection and my head is fuzzy, fuzzy, fuzzy! Then I take a sinus pill and I get down right sleepy. So I am trying to figure out which one is worse, fuzzy or so sleepy I fall asleep on the keyboard, lol! The weather around here is to blame. We have been having 60 and 70 degree days around here. The weather hasn’t been cold enough, long enough to kill out all those nasty bugs. I have to admit this has been on strange weather. I know you didn’t stop by to discuss the weather. So let’s get on with what’s important!
Have a good day and most of all stay healthy!