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The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
-- Ivy Baker Priest


The MONTHLY Motivator - October 2006

Words of encouragement

Just when you think things could not get worse, they get worse. Or just when you’re about to pull ahead, something comes along and pushes you back. Is there any point in going on? Is it time to simply give up, to give in, to abandon your dreams, to turn your back on your most deeply held desires?

Absolutely not! No matter what has happened, no matter how difficult the conditions, no matter how much challenge is piled on top of challenge, there is always hope. In fact, the more difficult the situation, the more reason you have to move beyond it. The more you’ve lost, the less you have to lose and the more reason you have to stride confidently forward.

Even if you have nothing else, you have something more precious than the purest gold, more rare and desirable than the brightest diamond. You have life. You can sense. You can think. You can reason. You can make decisions. You can take action. Though you may lose all else, still you retain the ability to move yourself forward, to become the person you decide to become, to live in the way you have determined to live.

At times it may seem that the whole world is against you. But that assessment is based on past history. And the past does not equal the future. The past does not equal the future because you stand solidly in the present, able to break away from whatever has happened in the past and to create your future in the way you desire.

This moment is overflowing with opportunity. If the past has been full of disappointment, now is the time to change that pattern. Now is the moment in which you can make a positive difference. Now is the time to take action. Now is the time to fulfill your incredible possibilities. You’ve glimpsed those possibilities before, and you know deep within your heart how positive and wonderful they can be. Now is your opportunity to grasp them. Now is your opportunity to turn them into reality.

Your future is a blank canvas, waiting for you to apply color, shape and motion, meaning and fulfillment. You can make of it whatever you wish, whatever you dream, whatever you desire.

Start by knowing you can do it. Though you’ve known your share of difficulty, you’ve succeeded in making it this far through life. The challenges of your past stand now as shining examples of your ability to persevere. You have successfully lived through each one of those challenges, each one of those disappointments. Consider for a moment how strong all that has made you. Consider all the valuable things you’ve learned. Just think of what you can do with that strength and that knowledge, applied in a positive direction.

Ask yourself an important, life-changing question.

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--Ralph Marston

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