Use What You Have

Don’t waste a lot of time making judgments about what you have. Instead, put it to use.

Stop complaining that it’s not enough or that it’s not fair. Just get busy and make the most of it.

Fighting against what already is, will only slow you down. Instead, make good and productive use of what is, whatever it may be, and you’ll find many ways to move forward.

If you wait until things are perfect before taking action, that day will never come. Use what you have, as flawed and imperfect as it may seem, and you’ll soon be making massive improvements to it all.

Don’t worry about comparing what you have to what others may or may not have. Just concern yourself with doing the best you can do.

Start from where you are, with what you have, and persistently do what you know you must do. There is no limit to where you can go.

— Ralph Marston


Let Life Flow

When you hold too tightly to the thoughts and feelings that come along, you end up getting stuck. This is true for positive thoughts and feelings as well as for negative ones.

Though perhaps it’s a little nicer being stuck in a pleasant place than it is being stuck in an unpleasant place, what’s even better is not to be stuck at all. What’s even better is to be continually moving toward higher and higher levels of joy and fulfillment.

Experience your thoughts and feelings, take from them what they have to offer, and then let them flow on past. As the negative ones fall away they’ll quickly lose their hold on you, and as the positive ones move on past they’ll make room for even better ones.

Loosen your grip on the bad things and you’ll free yourself from them. Loosen your grip on the good things that they’ll be free to grow even stronger and bring even more blessings to your life.

Have the faith to let life flow. Stop holding on so tight and see how very far you can go.

— Ralph Marston

Minute Meditation: Prayer To Ease Worries

Struggling with repeated worries can be a real challenge. The following prayer invites God to calm and guide those who struggle with anxiety. Worry is a continuous pattern of ineffective thought. Worrying is unresolved thought that leaves you unproductive.

“God of power, calm my mind. Let me rest in You. Ease my anxiety,

and let me simply be- quiet and peaceful in your arms. Amen.”

Your worry prevents you from acting, because when you are worrying, you miss the opportunities that you would see if you were not so focused on your fear. If you ever watched a dog chasing it’s tail, then you can understand how worrying is an endless cycle. Worrying will not bring you a single token of resolve, it’s fruitless, worrying takes you out.



Nothing can keep you down for long when you’re
determined to succeed. Look past the frustrations of the moment and
you’ll see that they’re just stepping stones on your path to
ultimate fulfillment.

When something is blocking
your path, just go around it, and keep on moving. Pausing to dwell
on the unfairness of it all, will only serve to waste your time and
effort. Keep moving in the direction you’ve set for

Each moment is a triumph when you
decide to make it so. Whether something can help you or hurt you is
totally up to you. Your experiences are what you choose to make
them. The power of your own determination can cause anything to
work in your favor.

Go for it! You can do it when
you decide to do it. Use your determination to make life happen for

— Ralph Marston


Expect the Best

Expect the best from life and you’ll generally get it.

Your expectations play a key role in the reality of your life. Your mind is a powerful goal-seeking device. When you point it in the right direction, with positive expectations, it will do whatever is necessary to get you where you want to go. The more consistently you keep your mind on your positive expectations, the faster they will become a reality.

Expect the best of those around you, and you generally will get it. Think for a moment what would happen if you bought something at the store and later found out it was defective. When you return to the store for a refund or a replacement, you have two choices. You could choose to expect a hard time. That is, you could go into the store with the expectation that you’re going to have to fight with them to get a refund. And if you approach them with that attitude, you probably will have to exchange some harsh words with the store clerk. Your other choice is to expect the best. Assume that they will be eager to satisfy you. Approach them with that attitude. And when you do that, they probably will be very eager to set you straight and issue a refund.

Nowhere does this principle apply more than with children. When you nag and complain to your children all day long about how naughty they are, guess what? Their behavior will get worse and worse. When you expect the best of them, and give them responsibility and respect, they will immediately sense it and their behavior will improve almost overnight.

Are you having problems dealing with someone — a family member, a business associate, a neighbor? Have you come to the point where you expect the worst of them? Do they generally live up to that expectation? Realize that your expectation has become a large part of the problem. What do you think would happen if you started treating them as if you liked and respected them? You don’t have to really like them or approve of what they’re doing. You don’t have to back down from your position. Just treat them and relate to them as if you completely respect them as a person. Expect the best from them, and just see what happens.

More than anything, expect the best from yourself. Talk to yourself in positive terms. Don’t say “if I get a new house.” Say “when I get a new house.” Don’t say “I’ll try to build my business.” Say “I am building my business.” Words like “try” and “if” presuppose a negative outcome. In other words, you have to accept the possibility of failure in order for these words to make sense. That may not sound like such a big deal, and it isn’t when you only do it once or twice. The thing is, you are constantly talking to yourself. Your thought patterns reinforce your expectations, over and over again, all day long, day after day after day. The least little bit of negativity, repeated again and again, can build itself into an invisible wall of negative expectations.

Learn to expect the best from yourself. In the way you talk to yourself, in the way you plan for the future, in the choices you make. Ask yourself, as often as possible, what you would do if you were truly headed in the direction of your goals. And then just do it.

— Ralph Marston