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If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.
-- John Steinbeck


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Appreciate the possibilities

In the smallest detail of life there is much for which to be thankful. In all of life itself there is no limit to the possibilities for appreciation.

In each day, in each moment, life’s blessings continuously pour forth. In the quiet times, in the grand and magnificent experiences, there is always richness upon richness in the living of life.

Certainly there are disappointments and pains that come along on a regular basis. Yet when you stand back and look at the big picture, those difficult moments, as intense as they are, only make up a tiny fraction of the overall possibilities.

On the whole, life is exceedingly worth any trouble, any setback, any difficulty. For always there are countless possibilities of goodness stretching out in every direction.

The simple appreciation of the positive possibilities in any moment will begin to bring the best of those possibilities to life. Merely recalling how good life can be will serve to make it truly better.

Life asks much of you, and yet it gives far, far more than it asks. Appreciate the countless possibilities, and you can indeed make the best of them real.

— Ralph Marston

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