Fries and Ketchup

24 Nov

At Thanksgiving time we may take a moment to reflect on our lives and where we are. We all take a lot for granted. We get used to having a place to sleep, clothes, food, and many other enhancements that make our lives comfortable and enjoyable. As we’re rushing from one activity to another, working our jobs, tending to our chores and trying to get everything done, it’s hard to think about all the blessings we have. Of course, nobody gets a perfect life where everything is rainbows and sunshine all the time, and we’re all going to suffer from time to time. We may go through horrible, intensely difficult days that try us and push us to our limit, but those times won’t last forever. Even if we fail, even if we lose all our earthly possessions, even if everyone we know turns against us, there will still be something to be thankful for. We’re still here, and we’re still breathing. Taking the time to be grateful for whatever we have, helps us tune into where we really are, and what we’re doing. If we’re unhappy, we can change. If we don’t like where we are, we can move. Everything is possible and we are stronger and more powerful than we think we are. There are so many possibilities, and every destination is there for us. By remembering how much we have to offer, and how precious and rare we are, we can decide how we want to proceed.  There isn’t anyone else like us.  We are a gift to the whole world. We can be grateful for all we have, and move toward the lives we want the most.

When things are going wrong and it seems nothing we do works out, we can reset our thinking by focusing on the small gifts around us.  If we’re having lunch, we can be grateful for fries and ketchup.  They aren’t that valuable, are available everywhere, but when we want them, bring us great pleasure. It’s a small thing to focus on but if something that small can bring us happiness, how great will be our joy when we think about all the other blessings in our lives.  

Some people are never happy. They find problems in every situation, and complain constantly. If we’re happy, they may try to bring us down so we can share their misery. Our lives belong to us and every decision is ours to make, and we never have to embrace any negative attitude. Our journey is ours to design, and we can disconnect from any relationship that keeps us from reaching true happiness. There is greatness in us all. By being grateful for everything in our lives, we will find enormous comfort and satisfaction. 

Today, remember how amazing you are and how much you bring to the world. You have gifts to offer nobody else can give. You bring great light to everyone around you, and have so much to offer.  Focus on all the blessings in your life, and be grateful for every experience.  Every single dream you desire is within your reach.  Be sure, be confident, and be happy.  Every success is there for you and you will reach them all.

Worth the Time

23 Nov

There are unlimited things we can do with our time. We can play video games, watch TV, visit family and friends, volunteer to help others, or anything else we like. How much time we spend on an activity often equates to the value we place on it. If we really want to get to the next level in a video game, we may sit and play for hours on end.  We decide how we’ll spend our days and what we’ll accomplish. Many things of little worth are easy to accomplish and we may fly through them without a thought. But if we want to do something extraordinary, something that will build a wonderful memory and stay with us and we move forward, we must be willing to put time and effort into it.  Nothing worthwhile comes easily.  Planning a big dinner with friends and family takes a lot of work and preparation. But the time we spend enjoying each other over good food and great conversation can bring us cherished memories that will last a lifetime. We get one shot as we move through our lives. Time is a commodity that can never be replaced.  Once it’s gone it’s gone forever. If we waste our time on things that bring little value, we’ll have little to show for the time we invested. Only we can determine what is worthwhile and what we want to do. Getting the lives we want the most is always possible, but it won’t come just because we desire it. We must define what is most important, and then do what is needed to make it ours. Life is an incredible blessing. What we do with it is completely up to us.

We are constantly bombarded with suggestions about how we should live and what we should do. The world is filled with all kinds of things we can do and endless places we could visit. There are unlimited distractions that may pull us away from what we really want, and if we try to consider them all, chances are we’ll ending standing in place and doing nothing. By focusing on what we really want to do and keeping our eyes on the road ahead, we can accomplish any goal we desire. We have all the wisdom and intelligence we need to design our lives in ways that bring us great satisfaction and happiness.

We are capable of doing anything and going anywhere. Some things will require a lot of time and planning, and at first may seem impossible to achieve.  Nothing is off limits or out of reach. If we’re determined and do what is necessary to move closer to our dreams, we can make them ours. Every destination awaits, and everything is there for us.  By keeping our eyes focused on the road ahead, and pushing forward, we will reach every goal.  We can do anything and design our lives any way we choose.  Great happiness is possible, and we can make it ours.

Today if you’ve been standing around thinking about what you want to do, choose what you want the most and step forward. Be confident and trust yourself. There isn’t anything you can’t accomplish. All your dreams are waiting and you can make them yours. Begin the journey now, and claim them.

Letting It Fall

19 Nov

Life is complex and we’ll go through many different experiences.  Some things are predictable and easy, but we may face difficult and painful situations we don’t believe we can survive.  There may be serious hardship and disappointment, and our hearts may get broken. There is no way to know what tomorrow will bring, and even if we try to plan well, and are careful in our decisions, things may change and our world may get turned upside down.  Getting hurt isn’t easy and if we must endure intense pain, we may build a protective barrier around our feelings.  We may erect an invisible shield of armor to keep others from getting close enough to hurt us. We may keep them at arms length and try not to get too attached. Doing something to prevent getting hurt seems like a good idea, but if nobody can get close to us, we will never be able to build strong, lasting relationships.  It takes courage to let others really know us and share our most intimate thoughts and ideas.  Nobody wants to suffer, but we are intelligent and have all the courage and wisdom we need to understand who we can trust. If we let the armor fall a little, and allow someone to get close, we will open the possibility for deep personal interaction and find joy in building a close connection. We have so much to offer, and bring such light to the world. We can share that light with those around us, and open the door to great happiness.

Few things hurt more intensely than a broken heart. If we’ve been hurt by someone we love, and the pain has been overwhelming, we may swear off close relationships indefinitely.  We may decide we’ll never fall in love again, and do things that will prevent us from getting too close.  We can choose to live our lives alone, but the connections of others bring great depth and richness to our lives. We can learn from what has passed, and take that knowledge forward to help us build a confident, happy life. By using wisdom and trusting ourselves, we can let others in, and find lasting contentment.

When trust has been broken, it’s very difficult to build back up. If someone has hurt us deeply, we may struggle to trust them again. We’re all human and nobody is perfect. People make mistakes, sometimes serious mistakes.  Their decisions belong to them, and need not affect the choices we make. We know who we are and what we want, and can be confident that no matter what has happened in the past, we will reach great success moving forward.

Today if you’ve been building armor around yourself to protect you from pain or heartbreak, trust yourself. You are more powerful than you imagine, and nothing can hold you down forever. Stand strong and look ahead with confidence. You have all the courage and wisdom to face whatever may come. Nothing is too difficult for you to manage, and there is great happiness ahead.

Frozen In Place

18 Nov

We all have things we want to accomplish and can work toward any goal we desire. We can do anything we like but there may be times when what we want to do depends on something changing or someone else showing up. We only have control over our own decisions, and cannot read the future. Although there is no way to know when things will change, we may choose to stand still while we wait for everything to fall into place. We want to be ready and don’t want to be distracted when the door finally opens. It’s good to be prepared for what we want, but standing still will never make anything happen. The world will continue to move on, and everything around us will continue to change. If we stay frozen in place, watching and waiting, we may miss important and worthwhile opportunities. Once a day passes, it can never be recaptured, and the time that has gone by is lost forever. We can wait for whatever we like, but while we wait, we can continue moving toward our own personal goals. There is no need to put our lives on hold for anything. There will always be another goal to focus on and another road ahead. By focusing on what we want the most, and moving forward with determination and focus, we will reach great success.

We are in control of our own destiny. If we want something, it’s up to us to make it ours. Others may not agree with the goals we set, and may tell us they are too hard to achieve and we should stay where we are and be happy with what we’ve got. We can certainly take their suggestions to heart, but our lives belong to us. We can decide what we want, and where we’ll go, and never need agreement or permission to do anything we desire.

Change is constant in our lives, and nothing stays the same indefinitely. No matter what we choose to do, life around us will continue forward. Standing still and waiting for someone to show up, or for a situation to morph into something that works for us will not hold anything in place. People will move on, and we may lose valuable connections. We can continue toward the destinations we desire most while we wait, and find great joy and satisfaction in success.

Today if you’re waiting and have been frozen in place, remember how valuable you are. Decide what you want the most, and step forward toward the goal. The future is there for you, and there is no need to delay any success. You are strong and powerful, and everything is possible. Look ahead and be confident. Every destination awaits, and you will reach them all.

Clearing It Away

16 Nov

Our lives are busy and there is often a lot that needs our attention. We have relationships to nurture, jobs that need our time, chores to take care of, people to consider, and the list goes on and on. Every experience we have teaches us something, and they may also leave us with unfinished business. Unresolved issues will linger and hang onto us until we face them, and do what is needed to take care of them. We can try to avoid thinking about them but like static electricity, they cling to us and continually remind us they are there. There may be unresolved feelings from a former relationship, or conversations we need to have in an unsettled situation. Whatever the issue, carrying it around will never bring us freedom or peace. Until we clear it away, we may feel burdened and get stuck unable to move ahead. It’s not easy to open painful doors and look inside, but the only way to let go of whatever is holding us down is to bring it all out in the open and address every unfinished aspect. We have everything we need to face anything we must, and already possess all the courage and wisdom necessary to find our way through. By being completely honest with ourselves and those around us, and taking the time to work through any issue, we will find great release and satisfaction. All the answers we need will be there for us, and we will find the road ahead. Success is waiting, and by looking at everything clearly, and stepping forward with confidence, we will reach it.

There is an old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind.” That works with some things but simply looking away from trouble will never fix it. Hiding from something we don’t want to face changes nothing. No matter how long we look away and pretend things are different than they are, the problem we’re avoiding will wait until we turn back around. There is no need to run from trouble. We have all the courage and wisdom necessary to solve whatever comes. By trusting ourselves, and taking control, we can solve any complication and find the road ahead.

We may face an issue that is so complex and difficult we struggle to get through. Everyone has different experiences and chances are someone around us will have information and ideas that will assist us in finding the answers we need. By reaching out to others, and being open about what’s happening, we can get the help needed, and reach success. Nothing can hold us in place, and we will prevail.

Today if you’ve been holding onto unresolved feelings and conflict, stop and look at everything openly and objectively. Let go of any unfinished business and clear away any unsettled issues. Close the books on the past, and start again. You are amazing and capable, and bring great light to the world. Trust yourself and be confident. There is great success just ahead, and nothing will keep you from it.