Archive | April, 2018

Leaving it Behind

30 Apr

We have all kinds of different relationships in our lives.  There are friends, colleagues, acquaintances, neighbors and many kinds of personal connections.  As we interact with them our experiences run the full gamut of emotion.  Sometimes we get along well and everything goes smoothly but there may be times when someone does something offensive or hurtful, and dealing with them is painful.  When we have a bad experience or someone acts in ways that destroy our trust or constantly negatively impact our lives we may step away from them.  We deserve to be happy and difficult relationships may bring us intense disharmony and conflict.  We are in control of our lives and never have to stay in any situation we don’t want.  The other party may want us close and press us to continue forward with them but we can make our own decisions.  We always have the power to move forward and can leave any negative relationship behind.  Our happiness is our responsibility.  We need not suffer indefinitely through a dysfunctional or destructive situation.  We can confidently choose a new road that moves us toward the goals we desire.  Our lives belong to us and we may design them any way we like.  There isn’t anything powerful enough to hold us in place.  We deserve the very best of everything and have sufficient courage and wisdom to achieve it.

Patterns and expectations can be powerful influences in our lives.  If we’ve been managing a difficult relationship for a while and want to change there may be pressure from others involved to keep things the same.  People like routines.  They help us understand what to expect and when we stick to them, even if they are destructive, we may feel secure simply because we know the situation well.  But routines are just patterns we design and we can change them when they don’t work.  We know what we want and can modify our direction at any time.  There is no reason to embrace unhappiness in an effort to keep the peace.  Our happiness is valuable and we can do whatever is needed to gain it.

Changing direction moves us away from where we are into the unknown.  It may be unsettling to choose a new road going forward but every road we travel is foreign at first.  We don’t know what the future will bring and we may be unsure about our steps as we move forward.  There are wonderful possibilities ahead and we are capable and strong enough to face any new situation with confidence.  We can look forward and discover every potential success.  The whole world is ours for the taking.  Every opportunity is available.  We can go anywhere and achieve any goal we desire.

Today if you’ve been struggling through a difficult situation and want a change, step away and start again.  There is nothing powerful enough to hold you in place.  Every possibility is available to you.  Turn your course onto the road you desire and move toward the goals you seek.  There is greatness in you and nothing is out of reach.  You can do anything and make all your dreams can come true.

Following Along

27 Apr

When we meet someone we really admire and who impresses us we may desire to be like them.  They may have a life situation we like or be doing things we want to do but so far have not accomplished.  As we are drawn in we may follow them around trying to learn more about how they live and the choices they make.  It seems logical that if we want something in our lives and find someone who has it we can copy what they’ve done and achieve the goal for ourselves.  That could work but we’re all different and what works for one person doesn’t always translate into success for someone else.  A lot depends on who we are, where we are and what opportunities are available to us.  Following someone else along, doing everything they do, and saying all the things they say will not duplicate their experiences in our lives.  We are unique and have very specific gifts to offer.  There is no way to be exactly like anyone else and surrendering who we are to find success will never bring us happiness.  We can achieve anything we want our own way.  We can follow good advice and mimic successful behavior when it works for us but we must be genuine if we want real success.  Each of us has our own combination of blessings to share with the world and individual gifts can only be offered by those who possess them.  Recognizing our personal uniqueness and embracing our personal style will help us open all the doors we seek moving forward.  Every success is possible when we are authentic and true to ourselves.  There is no need to follow along behind anyone else.  We know what we want and we know where we’re going.

Some people project authority in everything they do and we may be captured under their spell.  If they are honest and caring their influence may enhance our lives and deepen our understanding.  But if they are spiteful, aggressive, or mean to others as they push forward, if we follow them we may have to compromise our standards.  No matter what we’re trying to achieve we can hold fast to the standards we value.  We have enough wisdom and personal strength to accomplish anything and we can do it in ways that ennoble us and take us closer to the person we want to be.

There may be times when we’re influenced by someone who takes us down a road we don’t want to travel.  Once we realize we’re headed toward a destination we don’t want we can stop and redirect our way forward.  We don’t have to remain in any situation that doesn’t work for us no matter who is involved.  We may step away at any time and start again.  We always know what road we want to travel.  We are courageous enough to find it and move forward toward any goal we seek.

Today if you’ve been following someone else hoping for success but want to change direction, step off the road you’re on and redirect your course.  You are in control of your life and know exactly what you want.  You can reach any destination you desire and all options are possible.  Look ahead and chart your course.  You are unique and the world is blessed by the influence you bring.  Be yourself.  Every success is there for you and you will find it.

Building Up

26 Apr

Life is filled with experiences both good and bad. Nobody gets a life that’s a continual picnic of fun and laughter. The good times will certainly come but there will also be hard times to get through and sad times to face. Happy moments give us the patience and faith we need to endure difficult passages. When we’re pushing through sadness, disappointment, anger or other issues it can be hard to see the road ahead. But each moment we cope and each lesson we learn as we struggle along builds us up and makes us stronger. The key to strength is opposition. We know if we want to build muscle we must lift heavier and heavier weights. The opposing force as we lift strengthens us and builds us up. The same is true in our personal lives. Every time we navigate through hard times we become stronger and our resilience is increased. We build ourselves up emotionally with each trial we face. Nobody wants to deal with problems. They are annoying, clog up our way forward and complicate our lives. But problems bring great blessings with them and each time we overcome a difficult issue we gain something positive to take away with us. Sitting in an easy chair is comfortable and we can fall asleep as we sit tucked into the cushions. We can stay there for as long as we like but sitting comfortably will not move us toward our goals. A life of ease and comfort teaches us very little about who we are and the world we live in. If we want to achieve anything we must be willing to get up and courageously face whatever lies ahead. The road may have complicated detours and we may get lost a time or two but if we remain focused on our goals we will succeed. We know how to solve problems and find the answers we need to move forward. We can face hard times and gain the strength that comes as we push through them to the other side. Life is an incredible blessing. There isn’t anything we can’t manage and every dream is possible.

Sometimes it seems as soon as we work one problem out another appears. Our stamina may be tested and our desire to continue may be questioned. We can look at problems objectively, remove any emotion that is holding us down, and find resolution. We have all the tools we need to solve any problem we face. We are wise and intelligent, and capable of doing amazing things.

We may reach an impasse when there are no viable options available to solve our situation. When that happens, we can set the issue aside. As we move forward our lives will change and with new tools and increased knowledge we can return and resolve the issue. There is nothing we can’t figure out and no situation we can’t navigate. We can trust ourselves to find the answers and be confident we will succeed.

Today if you’re facing a difficult situation and are struggling to find the way through, remember how wise you are. The weight may be heavy but you are strong enough to lift it. Take your time, see everything clearly and decide on the way forward. All the answers you need are there for you. Be patient and trust your instincts. You can do amazing things and nothing is too hard for you to manage. Have faith and you will succeed.

Small Things

25 Apr

We make countless decisions as we navigate through our days.  Many of them are trivial and have no lasting impact on our lives, but some have far reaching consequences.  Sometimes the simplest, seemingly innocent choices can turn our lives toward something we don’t want and never planned on.  There is no way to read the future and many things are out of our control.  If we don’t pay attention we may choose quickly and move on only to end up with complications we never wanted and aren’t prepared for.  Small things may combine to become big issues and before we know it we’re tangled up in ways we never imagined.  It’s easy to coast through our lives and ignore cues that something may change.  We’re busy and sometimes don’t take time to review all the facts before we move forward.  Rushing through in order to move on in a hurry may work against us.  It does no good to do something quickly if it results in a situation that takes time to clean up.  We are capable of making excellent decisions but they require thought and preparation.  We are responsible for every decision we make and we can take a moment to look ahead and do our best to ensure we are choosing well.  We can’t blame a negative choice on those around us, bad timing, or any other convenient excuse.  We own it.  If we’ve chosen poorly and now have a mess to deal with we can face it head on, do what is needed to correct our course, and continue forward.  We can have any kind of life we desire and our choices are what create it for us.  We are wise enough to choose well and make decisions that take us where we want to go.

When things go wrong because of something we’ve done it’s easy to shift the blame.  We can say we were influenced by others around us, were having a bad day, or didn’t have all the facts before we decided.  All of these things may be true but we are the only ones responsible for the choices we make.  We have enough wisdom and patience to see any situation clearly.  We know how to make good decisions and when we do the chances of things going our way are increased.

There will be times when we’re not sure of the road ahead but if we make the best choice possible we will be able to manage any complication that arises.  Confidence comes over time as we make choices that bring us the results we’re seeking.  There isn’t anything we can do and do well.  We can trust ourselves to choose wisely and fearlessly move forward toward our goals.  Complications may come but we have everything we need to untangle any problem we must face.  We can move forward with courage and make excellent choices.  When we do, all our dreams can come true.

Today if you’re tangled up because of a choice you’ve made, take your time and see everything clearly.  You know how to correct your course and you will find the way forward.  You are amazing and strong.  Think about your next step and choose the road that will take you to your goal.  Nothing is too far away for you to reach.  All options are possible.  See the way ahead and move forward confidently.  You are wise and capable and all your dreams are there for you.

Day One

24 Apr

Our lives take all kinds of unexpected twists and turns. We may be traveling along with everything rolling out exactly as planned and run into a complication that changes everything going forward. Sometimes it’s just a detour we must navigate around but other times it may be a complete break that prevents us from continuing on the same road. We have no control over most of what comes to us. There are always circumstances out of reach we cannot predict and other people making decisions that may impact our plans. Change is constant and when it comes to us in ways that completely rearrange where we were headed it can be disconcerting and confusing to try to figure out what to do next. If the road we were traveling is no longer available we will have to decide where we want to go next. Starting over at day one doesn’t mean we’ve lost anything. It’s just a change in direction. There are countless possibilities before us and endless roads to travel. We can take a moment to decide what we want to do and then look at all the options before us. When we’re ready we can step onto a new path and move forward toward any goal we desire. There are few times in our lives when things go exactly as planned and we move from one point to the next in a perfectly straight, uninterrupted line. Things happen, people get in the way, problems come up and complications confound the way forward. We are wise, flexible and intelligent enough to figure out anything that comes. Every destination is possible and no matter what stands in the way, we will reach it.

If there was only one possible road to success and that road became impassable we could never succeed. When we make a plan for our lives we may not be able to see all our options at the beginning and might believe there is only one way to achieve our goals. Whether we can see them or not, there are unlimited possibilities for every choice we make. We can have faith that if our first choice doesn’t work out there will be another. If that too fails, there will be another option again. There will always be another choice possible for us and nothing will keep us from our goals.

Having to start over and begin again doesn’t mean we’ve lost anything. We learn as we go and all the things we gain as we travel forward stay with us. All the lessons we’ve already learned will help us continue on our journey. Everything we do teaches us something of value. We become wiser and stronger with each complication and our endurance increases as we overcome problems and trials along the way. There is no timetable for success. We will achieve it and reach every destination we desire.

Today if everything has changed and suddenly the way forward is no longer available, look at all the options possible. There are many roads to any destination. You can begin again and continue your journey. Every goal is possible and nothing is too complex or difficult for you to navigate and overcome. Keep moving forward. The whole world is there for you and nothing is out of reach. Every success is possible. You have everything you need to get to any destination. Take another step forward. You can do anything and all your dreams can come true.