Monday, Jan 14th, 2013
Innocence flows from a natural harmlessness, openness and pure intentions, unsullied by ulterior motives. The state of innocence has less to do with age than attitude; innocence springs from a heart that remains open to joy and wonder. Innocence, when guided by a firm faith in what is right, brings supreme success. Naiveté unanchored by an ability to discern right from wrong, on the other hand, brings misfortune.
The hallmark of innocence is a willingness to treat others with compassion and respect in a natural way. Those who possess a pure heart are best guided by their instincts and intuition. Thinking too much makes it difficult to hear the guidance of the heart, the suggestions of a clear intuition. Stay simple and be wary of cleverness.
Thursday, Jan 10th, 2013
A community or extended family that works is one where healthy interdependence is appreciated and supported. Good direction is essential, but strong kinship is dependent upon every member of the community. Trust, shared responsibilities and good communication are essential. Each member must be encouraged to find his or her appropriate expression, and contribution.
The functional family is a team that symbolizes the ideal of human interdependence, and has long provided a firm foundation for society. The healthy family is a microcosm of society and the native soil in which ethical values take root and grow. Fertilize this soil, and the whole of society benefits.
The power that bonds a tribe is the yin or feminine principle — gentleness and receptivity. Relationships are improved through cultivation of these. Learn to accept both advice and aid from others, and be willing to assume an appropriate role in any group that supports good relating. A good team player is always valuable to others. Increase your value!
26: Containment of Potential
Saturday, Dec 15th, 2012
This hexagram points to the containment of great power that increases as it is wisely stewarded. Like a river that has been dammed, or a boiling pot with a lid on, holding and containing power produces enormous energy. During normal times, daily ritual and habit help keep life ordered and serene; but in times of great opportunity, great fortitude is required. Focused attention is what will be required to channel this great potential and achieve supreme success.
In a current situation you have considerable reserves of energy and support to draw upon. This is the right time to channel creativity by collecting and organizing good ideas and plans. In this way, even large or extremely challenging undertakings can be successful.
A hidden source of power for the great is the study of the past. The lives of wise and successful men and women are like buried treasures of wisdom. Great good fortune comes to those who unearth these valuable treasures by applying the lessons of the ages to current events.
The fact that you can
Not only are you already highly capable, you are capable of becoming even more capable. Exercise your capabilities, and nothing is beyond your reach.
When you’ve enjoyed great success you can step forward and create even more. When you encounter disappointments and obstacles, you can raise your own level of ability to get beyond them.
The way to make full and increasing use of your capabilities is to have an authentic reason. True desire will push your effectiveness higher and higher.
Know that you can, know why you must, and you’ll find a way to get it done. Put your amazing abilities to good use by giving yourself a powerful and meaningful reason to do so.
Do not agonize over why you can’t. Accept, acknowledge and express with your actions the fact that you can.
Every situation is your opportunity to put your dynamic capabilities to good use. Every day is a day in which you can make a real difference in a meaningful and effective way.
— Ralph Marston
The Daily Motivator