There is no real fulfillment in just having things handed to you. Where fulfillment arises, is in the process of creating it.
Human civilization has become a highly efficient desire fulfillment machine. And the people working to create fulfillment benefit much more than those to whom the resulting trinkets are delivered.
Nothing of value has any meaningful value to you if you have not worked to earn it. When it seems you’re getting something for nothing, what you’re really getting is nothing for nothing.
Like beauty, value exists in the eye of the beholder. Value accrues to you when you invest yourself in it.
Every moment is an opportunity to make such an investment. You are made to make a difference and each time you do, your life grows in richness.
Invest your time, your attention, your effort, expertise, resources, your care, spirit, joy. Always, great fulfillment is yours to create.
— Ralph Marston
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Purpose puts essential structure in your life. Purpose gives you a way to connect to value, a way to distill life’s abundance into usable form.
Be honest and thorough with yourself in knowing what you care about, what drives you and energizes you. Build each day, each undertaking, each relationship on the solid foundation that is your purpose.
Your purpose constitutes a realm in which you can make sense of whatever happens. And purpose enables you to respond with meaningful, effective action.
Each feeling you have is a message from your purpose. Embrace those feelings, pay attention to them, and keep the connection to your purpose strong.
You’ve experienced how highly effective you can be when acting in the service of authentic purpose. Whatever you can tie to your purpose, you can excel at doing.
So keep your purpose clear and present in your awareness. Live in accordance with purpose, and live at your highest and best.
— Ralph Marston
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Always, possibilities surround you, your work, the people in your life, your dreams for the future. Many of those possibilities, you have never considered.
When you and another person strongly disagree, consider this possibility. In some very significant ways, you might both be right.
When every attempt fails to bring fruit, when every path is blocked, consider this possibility. There is some other path, some other strategy, some other approach with which you will succeed.
When you’re angry, annoyed, offended by what someone else has done, consider this possibility. That person’s behavior is their problem, and is much more about them than it is about you.
You’ve seen many possibilities become real, yet you haven’t seen them all, not by a long shot. In every situation, be assured that there are many more possibilities than you’ve ever imagined.
Life becomes challenging, and what has served you well in the past may no longer work. Even so, take heart, for there’s always another great possibility ready and waiting for you to run with it.
— Ralph Marston
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Your thoughts are powerful. Put their power on your side.
You can think your way into despair, or you can think your way into joyous enthusiasm. You can think your way into being annoyed and distracted, or focused and effective.
Every thought you think is a choice you make. Choose the thoughts that serve you best, and avoid the temptation to choose anything less.
In choosing what to think about anything, you’re setting the stage for what you choose to do about it. In this way your thoughts have great leverage, so make good use of that leverage.
Use your thoughts to envision all the good things you can do today. Then, select the positive, encouraging, insistent thoughts that will push you into action.
The way you think from moment to moment directly impacts the way you live. Remember to choose the thoughts, again and again, that lead you to make life great.
— Ralph Marston
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Faith Page Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
One morning I noticed a group of young children waiting for the bus to take them to school. What caught my interest were the diverse activities that the children were doing to entertain themselves while they waited for the bus. Some were chasing each other. Some were chatting. Most were playing in some way.
The most dramatic difference was between one little girl who was playing with a stick and a little girl involved with her cell phone. The little girl with the stick just picked it up from off the ground and was twirling it around. Perhaps it was an imaginary baton or a magic wand. Her face was animated as her whole body swayed with the stick as if dancing with the wind. A smile never left her face. Another little girl was totally absorbed with her cell phone. She stood ramrod straight. Her face tense with a grimace. Her thumbs madly punching the keys of her phone. She looked like a fragile statue that would break if she moved.
Both little girls were focused with the activity on hand. One was free and easy, while the other was regimented and driven. As I watched them I thought of our relationship with God. Are we free and easy with God, comfortable, like a friend or are we tight and driven? If we are with a close friend aren’t we most likely to be comfortable? If we are regimented and tight who controls the conversation with God? Our conversation with God is our prayer. A conversation is a dialogue. Do we give God, a chance to speak and do we listen to what he has to say? Find a stick in your backyard and twirl it around. See where God leads you.
Bible Vs. Proverbs 1:2-7 “That men may know wisdom and instruction, understand words of insight, receive instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity; that prudence may be given to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth- the wise man also may hear and increase in learning, and the man of understanding acquire skill, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.”
Prayer: O Lord, let me be childlike in my prayer. Let me approach you as I would a friend. Help me to hear what you have to say to me. Give me comfort so that I can help comfort others. Let me accept your mercy so that I may freely give mercy to others. Remind me to be open and honest in my relationship with you so that I can bring your Word, and not mine, to all people. Amen
Spotlight: Come to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine for special time with God. Sunday Catholic Mass is at 8:00 AM all year round and 9:30 AM May through October. Visit our giftshop for life giving religious articles. Come to our French Toast Breakfast after the 8:00 AM Mass on Sunday, November 5th. Tickets are $5.00 for French toast, sausage or bacon, juice, coffee or tea. Served after the 8:00 AM Mass until 11:30 AM. There will also be a mini craft fair. Come and spend some quality time with the Lord.
Let go of the constant feeling that you need to be doing something else. Let yourself focus completely and continuously on the work you’re now doing.
If you try to switch too quickly from one thing to another and back again, much of your attention gets left behind. Give each task the undivided attention it deserves.
Seek to stay singularly focused until you reach a natural stopping point. You can then fully let go of what you had been doing and move the whole of your attention on to something else.
Your attention is valuable, and deserves to be protected as you would protect your money or other valuables. Just because everyone wants it, is no reason to give it to them.
Enjoy the robust awareness that comes with deep, sustained investment of your attention. Gather novel, original insights rather than predictable, hollow impressions.
Step away from the meaningless noise, as enticing as it may be. Feel the freedom, create the space to truly think, focus and understand.
— Ralph Marston
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There is at least one person who benefits greatly when you do the right thing. That person is you.
Whether or not you are noticed, appreciated, recognized or thanked by others, do the right thing. Because you’ll notice, you’ll know, you’ll continue to live with yourself and your choices.
Your image of yourself is an accumulation of everything you observe yourself doing. Each action influences your confidence in your values and in yourself.
Often, doing what’s right is not the most convenient or expedient choice. That’s especially true if you know that no one is watching.
Yet doing what’s right, what’s good, what affirms life, is the best thing to do. It’s the best choice for you, for your world, for all of life.
Even if no one else ever knows, do something that genuinely feels good, something that creates goodness. Do what you know is good, what you know is right.
— Ralph Marston
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It’s powerful when you know precisely where you intend to go. But it’s not enough.
No matter how strong your desire is, desire alone will not achieve what you wish to achieve. That’s your job, and your great opportunity.
You must cross the distance between where you are and where you want to be. You must take action, with focus, with discipline, commitment and persistence.
You’re perfectly capable of doing all that. So go ahead, engage that capability, make the effort, reach the goal.
Yes, it will be difficult, challenging, uncomfortable, inconvenient. That’s what makes it worth doing, what gives it value.
Feel your desire to achieve, to go from where you are now to where you want to be. Then find great satisfaction and fulfillment in doing the work, in covering the ground to make it happen.
— Ralph Marston
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