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Monday, 05 March 2018 13:00

The Wilderness and the Well

"The world feels high lonesome and heartbroken to me right now. We’ve sorted ourselves into factions based on our politics and ideology. We’ve turned away from one another and toward blame and rage. We’re lonely and untethered. And scared. So damn scared.


But rather than coming together and sharing our experiences through song and story, we’re screaming at one another from further and further away. Rather than dancing and praying together, we’re running from one another. Rather than pitching wild and innovative new ideas that could potentially change everything, we’re staying quiet and small in our bunkers and loud in our echo chambers”

The excerpt above from Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness aptly describes the relationship of the Samaritans and the Jews in Jesus’ time - as we heard in the gospel story of the Samaritan woman at the well on Sunday. Religion and politics and culture were too often divisive instead of opportunities to learn, to invite, to encourage to new life. Jesus and the woman used humor and patience and truth as vehicles to break down barriers and restore right relationship. Although God initiates, it always takes two, for no relationship can happen in isolation.

Are we any different as people today in our homes, our communities, our world? Do I take the time to know and embrace that God loves me – and then accept the challenge to generously pour out that love on others? Am I willing to sit at the well of life in the noonday heat and build relationships instead of walls?

Jesus was “wild and innovative,” willing to give his life to “potentially change everything.” He asks us to “look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest.” Am I, are we willing to dance and pray together, to share out songs and stories and join in creating the world anew this Lent and beyond?

Sister Laura Bregar

Monday, 05 March 2018 08:43

Motivational Monday 3-5-18

Keep going strong

Leave no room in this day for what might have been. Make no place for regret to hide.

Fill the hours with action that’s true to your purpose. Adorn each moment with thankfulness, wonder, and joy.

You have a great chance and you have it right now. You have time, energy, life, and love, and the good sense to know what to do with them.

Though it would be easy to waste this bright moment, you’re much too smart for that. You know from each choice flows a cascade of results, and you’re determined to create the best ones.

This day is now yours, yet it won’t be for long. So you’ve already started to fill it with life.

Keep going strong, for you’re doing great. You have much to accomplish, and you’re well on your way.

— Ralph Marston

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Monday, 26 February 2018 09:33

Motivational Monday 2-26-18

True success

Let go of the need to chase mere tokens of success. Allow yourself to create your own unique, authentic success.

Detach the idea of success from your ego. Connect it instead to your soul.

Get away from needs and worries and the toxic tension they produce. Immerse your awareness in the abundance around you, in the possibilities, in your love of making a difference.

Gently embrace each challenge, grateful for the opportunity to transform it into value. Recognize in each person you encounter, in every situation, the chance to bring new fulfillment into the world.

What can you do with this day, that you’ll remember and be thankful for ten years from now? In pondering such things, you will discover yourself pointed toward true success.

Seek ever to serve, to expand, to celebrate and share what nourishes you at the deepest level. Live the reality of true success.

— Ralph Marston

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Monday, 19 February 2018 08:37

Motivational Monday 2-19-18

What is true

Even if a thousand people tell you today is lousy, it does not have to be that way for you. Even when everyone you know tells you something cannot be done, that does not make it impossible.

Opinions are useful, interesting, revealing, instructive. But don’t mistake opinions for reality.

Every person has an opinion. Yet no person, not even an expert, has all the answers.

What is true is not necessarily what is popular. Widely held opinions are still just opinions.

Listen patiently to the opinions of others, and consider them thoughtfully. Then insist on understanding for yourself, through your own experience, what holds truth, what works, and what doesn’t.

Do the work to arrive at the truth. Truth is worth all the effort you put into knowing it and living it.

— Ralph Marston

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Monday, 12 February 2018 08:37

Motivational Monday 2-12-18

Monday, February 12, 2018

Driven from within

No matter what happens today, at the end of the day you will still be you. You will still love all you love now, still care about all you care about now.

The world will change today in countless ways, some of them completely unexpected. Yet whatever happens, the good things that truly matter to you will continue to be just as important.

Today is your opportunity to grow stronger, more capable, more kind and loving, more purposeful. Today you can find new ways to put your highest values into positive action.

And you can do so with full confidence. Because nothing can happen today that will diminish the sincere, authentic person you are.

All sorts of unexpected incidents can quickly alter your outer circumstances. Yet none of them need to even slightly scratch your brilliant inner beauty.

Remind yourself often of that beauty, of your peace and essence that nothing can touch. Do all you do, not intimidated by the world, but peacefully driven from within to make it better.

— Ralph Marston


Monday, 05 February 2018 09:14

Motivational Monday 2-5-18

Give your best

This day exists so you can give new richness to life. Ingrained deep within you is the desire to matter, to make a difference, and now is when you can.

What gives you fulfillment is what you give yourself to. What brings your life lasting treasure is all the good work you do to create, support, encourage, to offer kindness, to give hope.

The possibilities exist so you can savor the experience of bringing them to life. The challenges exist so you can work your way through them, lifting the world a little higher.

Countless circumstances, distractions, fears will tempt you to give less than your best. Pay no heed to those temptations, for they will only lead you to regret.

Don’t leave yourself stuck at the end of this day with bitter thoughts of what could have been. Give your best to every hour, every opportunity, every encounter, every situation.

Give your best, and discover each time how much better it makes your life. Give your best, for deep inside you know that is what you are here to do.

— Ralph Marston


Monday, 29 January 2018 08:50

Motivational Monday 1-29-18

Inspired by the difficulties

Do you want to complain about not being able to get it done? Or would you prefer to actually get it done?

Do you seek to have an impressive sounding excuse? Or would you rather have a real, substantive achievement?

The world pushes against you often, that is true. Life is not fair, and disappointing results are all too common.

You can be offended by that, and use it as an excuse. Or you can accept the challenge, and transform it into an inspiration.

Nobody cares why you can’t. What makes people stand up and take notice, is doing what you can.

So go ahead, and instead of being excused by the difficulties, be inspired to act. Do what you can, every chance you get, and you will surely get the job done.

— Ralph Marston


Monday, 22 January 2018 09:51

Motivational Monday 1-22-18

Change of mood

You have an important task to do, and you’re not in the mood to do it. But whose mood is it, anyway?

It is your mood of course, and you’re in control of it. At any time you choose, you can adjust that mood to suit your purpose.

There are times when the best things, or the most necessary things, will not wait until your mood happens to be right. There are times when it is in your best interest to put yourself in the mood for what must be done.

When you’re not in the mood for some specific task, there’s a quick way to get there. Just visualize, clearly, richly and in full detail, how great you will feel to have the job done.

The more you don’t feel like doing it, the more you will want to have it done. You’re not in the mood to do it, and that is precisely what can motivate you to go ahead and get it over with.

You’ve spent your whole life changing your mood, so put that skill to use in a positive, intentional way. Go right ahead and put yourself in the mood to do what’s best for your life and your world.

— Ralph Marston


Monday, 15 January 2018 09:24

Motivational Monday 1-15-18

Positive expectations

Start the day expecting good things. Go through the day living up to your expectations.

Expect effective, sustained, purposeful effort from yourself. Expect kindness, patience, understanding, curiosity, energy and persistence.

Expect to run into challenges, and expect to successfully work through each one. Expect for circumstances to change, and expect to successfully adapt.

Don’t hide from life, don’t fear what the day will bring. Get a jump on the day by firmly setting your own positive expectations.

Expect to occasionally stumble, and expect to quickly get back up and get going again each time you do. Expect to run into a few disappointments, and expect to respond by becoming more determined than ever.

Expect opportunities, setbacks, joys, discomforts, distractions, inconveniences, delights and wonders. And expect to make the very best of everything you encounter.

— Ralph Marston


Monday, 18 December 2017 09:10

Motivational Monday 12-18-17

Monday, December 18, 2017

Focus on the goodness

Choose words today that encourage. Choose actions today that assist, empower, unify.

Live today with generosity, gratitude, wonder and enthusiasm. Be slow to anger, quick to forgive, understanding and patient with yourself and others.

Offer your smile, offer your kindness. Give your respect and your positive presence.

This is the world you live in, the day you have to work with. Make it your intention to make it a good, supportive time and place.

Many good people are going to do many good things today. Take the opportunity to add your own beneficial actions to the mix.

What you focus on gains power and influence in your life, in your world. So focus on the goodness, and watch as that goodness spreads.

— Ralph Marston


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