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Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
-- John Steinbeck


Thursday, October 7, 1999

Value and appreciate

If the moon were visible only one night a year, just imagine how much we would anticipate and celebrate that night. Yet because it is such a common sight in the sky, we often fail to even notice it.

Even the most magnificent things tend to be taken for granted when they are familiar and easily accessible. On a regular basis, it pays to put some sincere effort into remembering and appreciating the all good things you have.

So many of the things that seem common and ordinary, which we rarely even give a second thought, would be severely missed if they were to disappear. In many ways, it is good to be able to rely on the things we’ve come to expect. Just because we can rely on them, though, is no reason to forget about them.

Look around you. How many of the things within 10 feet of you would you sorely miss if they were gone? How many other things which bring real value and sustenance to your life do you take for granted? Actively appreciate all you have. What you value and truly appreciate will grow stronger and bring you even more good things.

— Ralph Marston

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