Archive | October, 2017

Being the Lion

30 Oct

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”  Mark Twain

We will face all kinds of obstacles and problems as we navigate through our lives.  We might face a time when what lies before us is daunting, intimidating, or even terrifying, and we may be unsure we can move forward.  Fear is a natural response when we don’t know what will happen or the situation is out of our control and yet has power over us.  It is not a weakness but a tool to help us understand our situation clearly.  It warns us and alerts us to possible dangers ahead, and we can use it to courageously find the way forward.  Nobody will get through their lives without experiencing fear from time to time.  It’s normal and natural and we can take control when it comes.  Stepping back from the situation and seeing it objectively will help us understand where we are and discern our options moving forward.  Courage is always there deep within us and we can access it, use it, and embrace it to help us walk through anything that comes.  No matter how frightening the situation, there is an answer.  There is a resolution to every problem we face.  We can take a breath, look at where we are and assess the best way forward.  Taking time to think will enable us to employ the courage deep within us and help us find our way.  There isn’t anything we can’t do and no problem too intense for us resolve.  We are braver than we think we are and have everything we need to overcome anything.  We can use fear to teach us and guide us, and then do what is needed to take the next step.

If we try to keep our lives small and limit our exposure to others things may be more predictable but that will not keep us from facing difficult times.  There will always be other people coming in and out of our lives, influencing what happens by their decisions.  We can only control what we do and it’s impossible to totally eliminate the influence of others in our lives.  When that influence brings uncertainty and fear, we can still step forward and do what is best for us.  We are always in control and nothing will keep us in place.

If we suffer from panic and worry we may believe we cannot overcome very difficult situations.  What we think will impact how we act.  We can be confident enough to understand that no matter what comes to us we have everything we need to find our way through.  There really is no situation too difficult or complex for us to unravel and overcome.  We have enough wisdom and courage to do anything.  Nothing is too strong or difficult for us to figure out.  We can be courageous and find the success we seek

Today if you’re in a situation that is intimidating and difficult and you aren’t sure you can manage it, call on the courage deep within you.  You already possess everything you need to succeed and there is nothing too complex for you to overcome.  Be confident.  You are wise and strong.  Go forward with certainty that you will win.  Success is there for you and you will reach it.

Scene Change

27 Oct

Sometimes events come together in our lives in such a way that suddenly everything changes.  The road we were on turns and is altered completely.  It’s like a scene change in a play.  The curtain closes and when it opens again we are in a new place altogether.  When our lives unexpectedly change and suddenly modify our way forward it can be confusing and unsettling.  We can’t predict what will come to us and even if we plan effectively there may be times when outside factors divert us from our chosen course.  We can only control our own actions and when unexpected winds push us in a new direction we must find a different way to move forward.  There are limitless roads to every destination and if we are forced off one we can move to another that will take us where we want to go.  In the midst of a sudden change, we can review all our options and choose the best way ahead.  Every destination is there for us and we have everything we need to successfully redirect our course.  We may take all the time we need to determine how to continue and understand what we need to do.  Life is full of changes and we have everything we need to do anything we desire, even if the road turns.  We can take our time, be confident in our choices, and continue forward toward success.

When we begin a journey we may plan our steps carefully.  We may believe the road we’ve chosen is the only way forward, but there will always be options available to us.  We need not give up on a goal simply because we reach an impasse.  A full stop will give us time to evaluate where we’re headed and affirm our desire to reach the goal.  If we still want to move forward we can find another way to get there.  People may stand in our way, there may be a huge obstacle to overcome, and we may tire of the struggle.  But if the goal is worth the effort we can push through and reach it.  We can do anything we want to do and there is nothing too strong or difficult for us to navigate around.

Sometimes after pushing toward a goal for a time we may re-evaluate and decide not to continue.  If we no longer desire the destination we’re headed toward, or our lives have changed and we can’t give the goal the time needed right now, we can set it aside and work on something else.  Choosing to stop does not mean we fail.  We are always in control of our lives and can change direction any time we desire.  Every goal is available to us and no matter how difficult the road, we can reach it.  If we decide we want a change we can move forward toward something new.  The world belongs to us and we may design our lives any way we choose.  We can go anywhere we desire and achieve success.

Today if your situation has suddenly changed and everything you thought was ahead has turned, take the time you need to regroup and decide how you want to proceed.  You can go anywhere you want and do anything you desire.  Choose the best path forward and begin again.  Success is always there for you.  Nothing will stop you from getting there.

Truth or Dare

26 Oct

There are unlimited opinions in the world around us. Everyone has their own perspective of what is going on, what is real, and what is true. All interpretations have some truth in them and as we live we will naturally modify our ideas as we grow and experience different situations. We all have opinions but truth and opinion are not always the same things. What is real can be camouflaged by what is popular, what is important to us, or what is desired by others. If we believe something strongly and want others to follow us and only focus on converting them to our way of thinking, we may neglect to discover if what we’re doing is based in truth or not. If we dare to take the time to really uncover what is real, we will gain greater clarity and learn to listen more willingly. Nobody has all the answers. If we arrogantly go about telling others how things should be and how they should change we may miss the opportunity to genuinely and openly understand them as they are. It’s like missing the forest while we concentrate on looking at the trees. When we feel compelled and passionate about something and don’t take time to objectively evaluate our way forward, we may push ahead blindly missing important cues that tell us the whole story. A wide view of what is real will deepen our understanding of the way forward and help us correct our course if needed. Looking for all the facts, and seeking the complete truth will bring us confidence and success. We are capable of understanding great things and the more we know the better we can move forward.

Seeing only a small section of any picture will modify our understanding of what we’re looking at. If we see only the top of a mountain we cannot comprehend how high it is. The same is true when evaluating situations in our lives. If we hear only one side of the story we cannot know the entire thing. It takes time and willingness to listen to all points of view to fully understand. If we are emotionally involved it may be difficult to hear other ideas but if we step back and allow ourselves to see them openly we will more easily find resolution.

It’s impossible to change our point of view if we refuse to hear anything new. If we are absolutely sure we are right it may be very difficult to even consider anything else. But nobody can know everything all the time. Even if we are confident there is only one answer, if we allow others to share their suggestions and listen openly we may find that although our way forward will get us to the goal, there may be ways to improve. We are intelligent and capable of making excellent choices. Being open to new ideas will help us find the best road forward and build connections that will help us on the journey.

Today if you’re trying to convince others that you know the truth, be willing to listen when they give their points of view. Everyone has something to offer and the complete truth will rise when everyone has the opportunity to share. You know what you want. Everything is within reach and all the information is there. Be open, listen carefully, and build the connections you need to get to your goal.

Dark and Stormy

25 Oct

We go through many ups and downs as we navigate our lives.  Sometimes things go well and we’re happy, other times things go wrong and we struggle though.  Whatever we’re experiencing, whether it’s delightful or difficult, won’t last forever.  Change is the only constant we can count on in life.  Nothing stays the same indefinitely and even in our darkest moments we can take courage remembering that the situation will eventually change.  If we’re going through a serious difficulty or disappointment and we’ve been heartbroken and feel lost, we may feel like we can’t survive.  If the pain is great we may be convinced it will last forever and nothing will ever be right again.  But we are stronger than we realize and nothing will stop us from continuing on.  Our circumstances will change and we will overcome whatever we must to move forward.  Every experience we go through changes us and teaches us something new.  We take all the lessons with us to help us in the future.  Life is long and we have unlimited chances to learn and grow.  Pain isn’t easy, disappointment isn’t fun and nobody wants to suffer needlessly.  Suffering will come to each of us from time to time and no matter how great and intense it may be, it will change.  Dark and stormy nights can be frightening, but we are strong and courageous enough to face any difficulty that comes. The sun will rise again and we will prevail.  We can stand firm and look ahead.  The road will change and we will find our way.

Everyone has the opportunity to do whatever they like and sometimes the choices of others will negatively impact our lives.  When something happens over which we have no control and we have been hurt it may be difficult to find our next steps.  If the situation is very personal and involves our most tender feelings it may be hard to understand what to do.  Every problem has a solution and no matter how lost we may feel there will always be a way forward.  We can take the time we need to regroup and refocus on where we want to go.  We can make a plan that moves us out of the mire and into a better position.  There isn’t anything too difficult for us to understand and overcome.  All the answers are there for us and we will find them.

When the bottom unexpectedly falls out of our plans and we find ourselves on foreign footing we may be confused about what happened.  We can look back and try to figure out where things went wrong.  Finding mistakes may prevent us from making them again in the future but we need not obsess over any failure.  We can begin to look ahead and review all our options going forward as soon as we’re ready.  Life is a journey and if we hit a roadblock or a wide detour we can still find our way around.  We can do anything we desire and we will find success as we continue on.

Today if all your plans have gone awry, take a look at your options going forward.  You know where you want to go.  If the road you’ve been on won’t take you there, choose another.  There are limitless choices available to you.  Whatever you desire you can achieve.  Keep walking forward.  Nothing will keep you from success.

Fire Sale

24 Oct

We each have our own standards and who we are is defined by our personal values and how we manifest them in our lives. The true definition of who we are is marked not by what we say we believe, but by what we actually do. We can hold fast to our standards, or sell out whenever we choose. Selling out is easy to do and we may simply go along with whatever is happening and ignore the beliefs we talk about. Our lives are fluid and ever changing, and every decision we make takes us somewhere. We are always free to choose but not free to choose the results of those choices. Being true to what we value and holding fast to nobility and honesty will always take us to places that enrich and encourage us. Decisions to keep achieving the goals we most want aren’t always easy to make, and there will always be those around us suggesting other options. If we want real happiness and success the only way to reach it is to determine what is most important and who we want to be. Setting our course ahead following what we value most will bring us happiness. There are endless diversions and distractions all around us. If we look we will always find other places to go. But if we stay true on the course we desire most we will reach our destination and find peace and contentment. We can go anywhere, do anything, and be anyone. Deciding how best to navigate our way forward will make us the people we want to become.

Although many things in life are flexible, some things are absolute. There is no sliding scale for honesty. We may believe if we’re honest most of the time we’re fine, and we probably are. But being anything most of the time will never make us genuine. If we really want to be honest, caring and kind, we must commit to adopting those behaviors all the time. Of course, nobody is perfect and there will be times we may slip but if we are constant in our desire to hold true, over time, we will succeed.

Actors work at playing roles. They pretend to be something they are not and can be quite convincing. If we want to seem different than we really are in order to fit in or to go along, we may act in ways that take us away from where we want to be. There can be a lot of pressure to assimilate and instead of standing firm we may bend in order to blend. The problem with bending away from what we want most is that it takes us further from our goal. We know what we need to do and where we want to go. We don’t have to fit into anyone else’s model or blend into any situation. Our lives are ours and we may direct them according to what is most important to us. We can find every success and reach any destination we desire. True happiness is there for us and we will find it.

Today if you’ve been modifying your actions away from what you most want for yourself, turn back and be true to what is most important to you. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Step forward on your own path and hold fast to your values. The world is blessed because you are here. We need your good influence. Be confident and step ahead.