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We win half the battle when we make up our minds to take the world as we find it, including the thorns.
-- Orison Sweet Marden


Monday, December 9, 2002

This moment

This moment matters very much because it is the culmination of all you have ever been and all you have done. This moment matters very much because it is the starting point for everything you will become.

This moment may seem quite ordinary. And yet in its ordinary appearance is an extraordinary nature. For in this moment you are experiencing the incredible, unmatched wonder of life. It seems ordinary only because you know it so well, and even that adds to its wonder.

This moment has its problems and frustrations, its challenges and disappointments. Yet when you step back and put things in perspective, it becomes clear that the positive possibilities far outweigh even the most negative circumstances.

This moment has brought you more than you’ve ever had before, and its treasure is here now for you to live. Value this moment for all it is by giving to it all you can be, and truly magnificent things will come from it.

— Ralph Marston

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