virgin islands scene

Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.
-- James Allen


Thursday, January 8, 1998


Are you living in paradise, and you don’t even know it? Are the ripe, juicy fruits of joy and fulfillment yours for the picking, while you continue to dig for sour berries? Are you walking down streets littered with sparkling diamonds, and not even bothering to look at them, much less pick them up?

Do you pass by golden opportunities every day, during the few moments you spend outside the secure, comfortable prison cell that you’ve built for your life? Are the boundaries which separate you from true fulfillment, of your own making?

In each moment there is gold, waiting to be mined. In each friendship there is joy, waiting to be felt. In each problem there is wealth, waiting to be created. Open your eyes. Open your heart. Look around you, really look, and see the beautiful world where you could be living, if only you would.

— Ralph Marston

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