Thankful for what you must do
When there’s work you must do, your best approach is to be thankful for it. The more thankful you are, the less burdensome the task will be.
Effort is what you make it. You can make it a pain or you can make it a source of satisfaction and treasure.
If you’re resentful about what you must do, and reluctant to get started, the person you’re hurting is yourself. There’s no good reason to be that way.
You have the power to immediately stop fighting the effort and start embracing it. Not only will you become more effective, you’ll also eliminate a completely unnecessary source of stress.
Sure, it’s easy to be thankful for the things you love and enjoy. Yet gratitude can be even more powerful when you apply it to situations, obligations and tasks you never asked for.
Be thankful for what you must do. You’ll be better at it, and a whole lot happier while getting it done.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
When the pressure is on
When the pressure is on, relax and let your efforts flow. You can do this, so don’t contaminate your work with worry.
When a deadline looms, visualize that deadline as an object that gets smaller and smaller, farther and farther away, until it disappears. In the space that has now been cleared, turn all your focus to the job at hand.
Fully embrace what you are doing, and be thankful for your opportunity to do it. Offer the work your love, curiosity, fascination and wisdom.
You don’t have to be distracted by trivial matters or pulled down by doubts. You have the opportunity to get great work done, so treasure that opportunity and do it.
People are depending on you, much is riding on the outcome, and you have what it takes to surpass expectations. You’re certain you can do this and do it well, so take a deep breath and enjoy the experience.
Though the pressure might be on and the deadline imminent, you’re not feeling any of it. Because you’re peacefully and delightfully focused on the great work you’re doing.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
Aware of your assumptions
If you assume you can’t get the work done, you won’t get the work done. What if you could assume differently?
When you catch yourself saying to yourself that the task is too complicated, or the goal is out of reach, stop. Realize what you’re saying is just your own assumption, and your own assumption is something you can quickly change.
It’s easy to assume you can’t. It’s much better to figure out how you can, and then to make it happen.
Negative assumptions are made worse by the fact that they don’t go away on their own. Once you assume you can’t do something, you’ll always operate under that assumption unless you make the intentional effort to rid yourself of it.
What are the things you’ve assumed you cannot do? Perhaps it is time to prove those assumptions wrong.
Assumptions can forever hold you back, or they can light the way and push you forward. Be aware of your own assumptions, and keep only the ones that serve you best.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
There are times and circumstances when life offers you serenity. There are many more times when you can offer serenity to life’s circumstances, whatever they are.
Serenity is a powerful, effective state. Serenity enables you to be purposeful, intentional, and focused rather than fearful, anxious and reactionary.
You can choose to hold a powerful, peaceful sense of serenity within, no matter what is going on around you. When you do, that serenity flows outward to great benefit.
Let the constant chattering of your thoughts subside. Release the need for judgment and worry.
See that the most important thing is not who wins or who loses. What really matters is the preciousness of life itself, and adding richness to life.
For the moment, allow what is to be what is. Feel the deep serenity and in that good feeling see and follow a positive way forward for all.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
Feel each moment
Think, but don’t let your thoughts about the situation distance you from the situation. Experience where you are, who you’re with, what you’re doing without overanalyzing it into triviality.
Your life in this universe is not just some abstract concept. It is a real, living, unique adventure, so treat it as such.
Release the temptation to outthink the moment, and find richness in living the moment. Take in that richness not by mentally outlining its benefits, but by participating in its substance.
Sunshine warms your back and a rain-cooled breeze cools your face. Treasure life as you live it because it feels so good.
Thinking is a powerful, useful pursuit. Yet there is more to life than just thinking your way through.
Feel each moment and experience its rich sensations. Be where you are in person as well as in thought.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
Problem solving power
Solutions come from problems. Achievements come from difficulties.
When something doesn’t work, you have a strong incentive to figure out what does work. When all your options have been exhausted, that’s when you create new, better options.
No matter who you are or where you come from, life has its difficulties. By working through those difficulties you can find some of life’s greatest blessings.
You are a powerful problem solver. All that power becomes fully engaged when you have a meaningful problem to address.
A problem is not a lifetime sentence of burden. It is your chance to do what you do best, to achieve.
Out of each problem, positive possibilities can arise. Find satisfaction in using your problem solving power to bring those possibilities to life.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
You can be energetic without being frantic. Peaceful energy is the kind of energy that gets work done.
Peaceful energy is sustainable energy. Peaceful energy is smart, purposefully directed energy.
There’s no need to approach your work with a sense of dread or anxiety. Approach it with a sense of joy and positive expectation.
Be thankful for the job you have to do. Be thankful for the opportunity to make a difference.
If you’re going to make the effort, you might as well make it enjoyable and productive. Instead of clenching your jaw and being uptight, relax and put a genuine smile on your face.
Give peaceful energy to your efforts. And many good things will come of them.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
The promise that is you
Fulfill the promise that is you on this day. Live up to your remarkable potential.
What’s been done in the past is done. Today you can do much more.
Whether you’re satisfied with yesterday or disappointed about it, your strategy for today is the same. Create some great new value.
Nothing feels better than knowing you’re giving your best. Now is your opportunity to feel it.
Live today so you’ll be thankful, and every day afterward, for what you’ve done. Live today so you’ll be inspired to do even more.
You can change the world today in a way no one else can match. Step forward, with passion for the possibilities, and live the unique promise that is you.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
Pleasure of a positive attitude
Be exceptionally good to yourself today. Give yourself the pleasure and the power of a positive attitude.
Cast off impulses to grumble, to be cynical, to complain. Embrace each opportunity to see, to live and to expand life’s goodness.
Instead of feeling inconvenienced by some little something, feel privileged to be living your life. Rather than getting frustrated over matters that don’t really matter, find delight in your determination to make life better.
It’s just as realistic to be positive about life as it is to be negative. And it’s a whole lot more productive.
Just because you encounter a problem doesn’t mean you have to fill yourself with negativity. Instead, shine a light on the positive possibilities of the situation and work to make them happen.
A positive attitude feels good, and empowers you at the same time. You can choose it right now, and always, so do.
Even when you have a right to be angry, anger is not your most effective choice. Anger only perpetuates the pain.
In anger is great energy. Transform that energy not into destruction, but into useful, productive effort.
Your purpose is not to extract revenge or to prove a point. Your ultimate purpose is to live well, to experience joy and fulfillment.
In your life and in the world are many injustices. Let your response to those injustices be positive action, to make a difference, rather than uncontrolled anger.
Directing anger toward others does not help you or anyone else. Be angry, then be smart and quickly let that anger go while you direct its energy into positive pursuits.
The impulse for anger is strong, and you are stronger. Exercise that strength and build on it by moving beyond the anger and by raising up all of life.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
When things go wrong you can doubt yourself, resent the whole world, seek pity and shrink from life. Or you can grow stronger, focus your intentions like a red-hot laser on the purpose you’ve chosen, and make great things happen.
Life will kick you when you’re down, but you don’t have to add your own negative energy to that abuse. Take all the anger, the resentment, the doubt, and transform it into determination and sharply-defined purpose.
If something is causing a problem, fix it or get away from it. Stop blaming and excusing, start building and achieving.
You’re worthy and capable and deserve some solid victories. It’s your job to make them happen in a way that’s uniquely yours.
Be clear and precise about what you intend to do, and make the commitment to never waver. Raise your perspective and your performance to a new, higher level where the petty little distractions and annoyances simply do not get to you.
When things go wrong that’s your opportunity to put new, powerful energy into making life better than ever before. Seize that opportunity, let it flood every part of you with unstoppable determination, and go for it.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity
21281 Chardon Rd.
Euclid, OH 44117
Convent: 216-481-8232 Gift Shop: 216-481-0900
Last month we spoke about how Mary slowly prepared St. Bernadette by interior change begun by prayer. This month we will address the beginning of Bernadette’s public mission given to her at the eighth apparition. During this apparition Bernadette’s face showed many expressions. She would look like she was extremely happy at one moment and extremely sad the next. When she came out of her ecstasy she could be heard saying the words: “Penance, Penance, Penance”. In fact, Mary had told her to do penance for sinners in the world and later that would be the instruction for all of us. It was Lent when Mary began these visits to Bernadette just like it is Lent now today. What penance have we offered up for sinners? We too are the
sinners. How do we try to make reparation with the Lord for our sins? Confession is the most obvious way. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are what the Church advises us to do anyway. Mary has a way of reminding us of the good things that we need to do. Mary takes things one step further, in the ninth apparition. We will continue next month with the next apparition.
Many of you have been to our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid, Ohio, and we will get to that story too. For now, we would like to share with you a great honor given to our Shrine. We have been designated by the Bishop to be a site of pilgrimage that has the Official Holy Door. As you know this is a year of jubilee and a Year of Mercy for the Church. The Holy Door is a means of reconciling with the Lord. An indulgence is spiritually bestowed upon the person who walks through the door and fulfills other obligations. Bishop Lennon will be here at the Shrine on Sunday, April 3rd. (Mercy Sunday) for a 10:00 AM Mass at which he will officially open the Holy Door at the Shrine. Our chapel can only hold a limited amount of people so admission is by ticket only. You can get your tickets by going on line at https://holy-door-our-lady-of-lourdes.eventbrite.com All tickets are free. The link will also give you more information. In the mean time we ask you to please support our French Toast Breakfast, Sunday, March 6th and our Fish Dinner, Friday, March 11th Also we ask you to please help us to decorate the chapel for Easter by donating for flowers. See the form on the other side. Thank you, the Sisters.
PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH
Blessed Saint Joseph, holy guardian of Jesus and Mary, assist us by your prayers in all necessities of life. Ask of Jesus that special grace which he granted to you to watch over our home, at the pillow of the sick and the dying and our country so that with Mary and with you, heaven may find our family and country unbroken in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.
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In memory of/ for the intention of __________________________________
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Crazy good inventive
Invention is not just for mechanical contraptions or software applications. You can and often do invent new ways to optimize and energize life.
Creativity is not limited to artists, musicians and film directors. You can benefit from your own creativity in everything you do.
The purpose of your life is not to be like every other person’s life. You’re here to invent unique ways for expressing joy, experiencing wonder, giving love and raising life to a higher level.
Jump away from the well-worn path, rebooting your senses and sensibilities with refreshing stimulation. Give yourself permission to feel what you feel, then take those feelings and invent with them.
If you’re bored, or angry, dismayed or burned out, you’re not paying attention to the swarm of creative opportunities each moment delivers. Practice a little less self absorption and a lot more self invention.
The moment calls you to invent, and you’re made for it. Be crazy good inventive with big things, little and in between.© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE
21281 CHARDON RD.
EUCLID, OHIO 44117
SHRINE: 216-481-8232 GIFT SHOP: 216-481-8232
Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Looking for an opportunity of prayer this Lent?
Spend some time with the Lord on Sunday, February 28th. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the 8:00 AM Mass until 4:00 PM.
Rosary will be at 4:00 PM followed by
The word Benediction means blessing. Come and be blest by with the Eucharist. Spend some time with Jesus at His Mother’s House.