Buried or Lifted?

If you find yourself at the bottom of a deep hole in the ground, and somebody starts shovelling dirt into the hole, what are you going to do?

Are you going to give up and leave yourself to being buried, or are you going to step up on top of each fresh mound of dirt until you’re finally able to step out of the hole?

It all depends on whether you look at the dirt as something that will bury you or as something that can lift you higher.

In short, it’s a matter of attitude and perspective. Every day, problems, frustrations, challenges and uncertainty are heaped upon you. They can bury you if you let them. Or, they can lift you if you’ll step up to them.

Which will it be? Don’t stand still and let yourself get buried when, with a bit of effort, you can use the very same situation to lift yourself up.

— Ralph Marston

Do You Have A Quiet Moment?

There is much you can know through silence. There is much you can learn by quieting your thoughts for a while.

There’s no need to attempt to stop those thoughts from coming. Simply choose not to hold on to them, and soon they will recede from you on their own.  Make the choice to disconnect yourself for a time from your judgments and analyses. Allow yourself to simply be.

Take in the beauty of life without feeling the need to do anything about it. Know fully the extraordinary experience of being alive, aware, and accepting of all the goodness that is there to fill you.

Put a little distance between yourself and the confusion, dilemmas and anxieties that so often insist on grabbing your attention. Give yourself the opportunity to remember who you truly are.

Spend some time enjoying the quiet and profound beauty of being alive. It will fill you with a powerful energy that can add value to all you do.

— Ralph Marston