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Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
-- Abraham Lincoln
 

 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Magnificent experience

Breathe in, breathe out, rise up into full awareness. Today you carry with you all the beauty you’ve ever witnessed, all the hope you’ve ever felt.

Around you, life changes faster than you can see. Within, unique value lives, and endures, shining brightly.

Seasons pass through your recollection, old years fall forward into new phases. And your living presence grows more deeply entrenched in the vast fabric of life.

The challenge is great, the pain is real. Yet the magnificent experience of existence surpasses it all.

Surrounding every frustration are dozens of possibilities for transcending the conditions that gave rise to it. As twisted and difficult as your trail has been, you persist in forging a better path forward.

Contemplate for a moment the vast extent of all there is, and your connection to it, and all you can do. Now, offer the best you have to the wondrous reality of all that is.

— Ralph Marston

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