Joyfully Forward

Do not be discouraged that the journey ahead of you is long and difficult. Your discouragement would only make it more so. Instead, rejoice in the fact that you’re moving steadily ahead. Enjoy the satisfaction of truly making a difference, of taking one step after another, and of moving closer each day toward the ultimate goal.

It can seem overwhelming at times when you have so much to get done. Yet feeling overwhelmed will not get anything accomplished. So the next time you feel overwhelmed, simply replace it in your mind with a feeling of being overjoyed — overjoyed at the opportunity to make a difference.

Your time is precious — too precious to spend worrying that you might have wasted it. What’s happened has happened. You are where you are. Delight in that fact and make the very best of each moment. If you’re tempted to be discouraged, keep in mind that every reason for that discouragement is in the past. Let it fade gently away as you find joy in moving positively forward.

— Ralph Marston


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