Archive | December, 2018

Where We Are

20 Dec

As we go through our lives, we make countless decisions. Each choice takes us somewhere and affects us in some way. Although we try to make the best choices at each opportunity, things don’t always go the way we think they will or take us where we thought we were headed. One thing leads to another and if we aren’t mindful, before we know it, we may end up doing things we never planned on in places we never intended to go. We may find ourselves living lives that don’t agree with what we want the most, wondering how we ended up where we are and how we can change direction and get back on track. Our lives belong to us but if we don’t pay attention to where we’re headed and simply let things roll out on their own, they may reflect someone else’s ideas and goals instead of our own. If we aren’t living the way we want to or are on roads that won’t take us to the destinations we desire, we can step away and start again. No matter where we are or how far we’ve gone, we can change direction. We can make our personal goals a priority and re-chart the way forward to achieve them. Every option is always possible and we can begin toward our dreams no matter how long we’ve been away. Life is a great blessing but how we live it is up to us. We can coast through and be happy enough, or we can purposely move toward our dreams and find complete satisfaction. We deserve every happiness and by making mindful choices can do what is needed to get it.

Mediocrity is easy to achieve. We need only do the minimum required to get through and go along with everyone else’s choices. We don’t have to come up with new ideas or plans, and can sit in the back seat indefinitely, allowing others to drive us where they will. It takes no effort to live a common and expected life. However, if we want to make the most of our days and see how far we can go, and if we want a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, we must do more. We have incredible potential but must act to unlock it. We will never know what we can do unless we push ourselves beyond where we are and test our limits. The whole world is there for us and every dream is possible if we’re willing to do what it takes to make it ours.

Nothing is permanent in life and change is constant. Even if we’ve been in the same position for a long time, we can move. There is no glue holding us in place and every option to explore is possible. We are the only ones who can make our dreams come true. There is no magic wand or genie in a bottle to grant our fondest wishes. We have all the power we need to do anything, and by taking control of our decisions and stepping forward toward the goals we most desire we can create the lives we want. Every happiness is possible and we have everything we need to get there.

Today if you’re unhappy with where you are or what you’re doing, decide what you want the most and take the first step toward achieving it. All your dreams are possible. You are powerful and strong, and nothing is out of reach. Begin forward and design the life you want. Every blessing is waiting for you. You have everything you need to reach any goal you desire and succeed.

Patchwork

19 Dec

Sometimes we imagine life would be perfect if nothing ever went wrong and all our dreams magically came true without effort. It’s a nice dream and we certainly deserve it, and when things go wrong and we’re struggling, we may wish for it with all our might. But life is filled with all kinds of experiences, some really good ones, some nice ones, and unfortunately some that are difficult and painful. Nobody wants to suffer and we don’t look forward to facing hard challenges or painful complications. It seems that a life without anything negative would make us completely happy, but there is great benefit gained from facing trouble and finding our way through. A beautiful painting, rich with color and depth, would not be possible without dark hues and shadows throughout. The intensity gained from adding black and grey brings the subject to life and enhances its contours and shape. Our lives are much the same way. We sometimes have happy, bright times filled with light and sometimes darkness moves in and we must face difficult days. While it’s fun to drift through the easy moments, the struggles we face teach us about ourselves and the world around us. The depth of understanding we gain as we untangle problems and navigate through hardship is an incredible gift. We become more focused on what is real and what we want, and we learn how to move forward with confidence and courage. We are often stronger and more capable than we think we are and every experience teaches us more about life and helps us define who we are. Life is a blessing and everything we go through makes us the people we most want to be.

Patchwork quilts are amazing to behold. The many different colors sewn together in intricate patterns captivate us and hold our attention. If all the colors were exactly the same the pattern may still be lovely, but there would be little fascination. If our lives were always easy and happy, they would be like a quilt of one color, without depth or interest. There would be no need to learn or grow, and our lives would be flat and simple. The trials that come bring us challenge and help us push away from what is common to what is exceptional. We have incredible potential and the growth we gain from struggle helps us reach it.

Life is ever changing and no matter what we’re experiencing today, tomorrow will bring something new. As we learn to navigate through different challenges and try new possibilities, we learn more about who we are and what we want. Clarity comes from experience and we can design our lives any way we choose. The options before us are unlimited and with courage and determination, we can go anywhere and do anything. We can have the lives we dream about and every success can be ours. Nothing is too hard for us to manage and we can achieve anything we desire.

Today if you’re enduring hard challenges and it seems you’ll never get through, remember how strong and brave you are. You already have everything you need to succeed. There is nothing too difficult for you to manage and every dream is possible. Be confident. You are amazing and nothing can keep you from success.

Rewrite

18 Dec

Our lives are filled with experiences and we face new situations every day.  When we do well we feel confident and positive about our future.  It’s great when things go as planned and we prevail, but sometimes things go the other way and we not only falter but may actually fail in what we’re trying to do.  Failure hurts and can rattle our confidence and make us believe we can’t succeed.  But it also brings us many personal blessings and is a great teacher.  It we allow ourselves to see everything clearly, including our mistakes, we can learn a lot about what doesn’t work and use the lesson to help us moving forward.  However, if we refuse to see where we’ve blundered and decide instead to rewrite history so it looks like we had nothing to do with what happened we won’t learn anything from the experience.  There will always be other people and situations to blame and if we look for them we’re sure to find them.  Pretending we’re not responsible when we fail will never help us.  If we want to gain as much as we can moving forward, we must own both our successes and our failures, and let them stand clearly and truthfully.  When we are honest about our shortcomings, we learn valuable lessons that teach us about success and show us the way ahead.  There is no need to rewrite history.  We can let it stand as it happened, gain as much as possible from the experience, and step forward with clarity and confidence.  We are capable of every success and nothing is too far for us to reach.  Every step we take teaches us something of value.  If we take a wrong turn, we can correct our course.  We can reach any goal we desire with determination and courage, and every destination is there for us.

We are the only ones who can define who we are and what we want to achieve.  There will always be others with opinions about our lives and what we’re doing, and we may certainly listen to them but we are responsible for our own decisions.  If we follow along with someone else and things work out we’ll be glad we made the decision to go with them.  However, if everything goes south we may feel bad and blame the other party for leading us along.  While the idea may have started with them, we own the choice we made to follow along and are responsible for where we end up.

Everybody makes mistakes and when they’re extreme and far reaching, if we’ve hurt others along the way, we’ll have to deal with the situation we’ve created.  Looking the other way trying to ignore the mess we’ve made will not make things better.  We can own every decision we make, even if it fails, and do what is needed to rectify the situation.  There is no need to rewrite the past.  We can own what’s happened and move forward confidently and with purpose.

Today if you’ve made a big mistake and are trying to figure out what to do next, own your part and take a step toward resolving the issue.  There is no shame in failure and you can learn much and take that knowledge with you.  Be confident and clear in your decisions.  You are capable of great success and nothing can hold you down.  Keep moving forward.  The best is yet to come.

Turning

17 Dec

Life is filled with ups and downs.  We never know what will happen or what tomorrow will bring.  Sometimes things go wrong, and when all we planned disappears, and the hopes and dreams we counted on are no longer possible, we may be stunned, and it can be hard to know what to do next.  If everything from the life we thought we had goes up in smoke and we can’t see any hope for the future, we may feel lost and frozen in place.  What will we do now?  Where will we go?  How can we face the uncertain days ahead?  It’s difficult to know what to do when everything we counted on is gone.  But life is resilient and continues on, no matter what we’re going through.  It can seem unfair and somehow impossible that everything can continue moving forward when we’re standing still in disbelief and confusion, but the world keeps turning despite our loss and we must find a way to turn with it.  Every challenge and trial brings a blessing and even if it’s hard to see at first, will always be there for us.  When we’ve lost everything, we have the chance to start something new.  When the bottom falls away, we have the chance to build a firmer foundation.  There is opportunity in every experience and if we look around we’ll see possibilities before us, even in the depths of despair.  Our lives will continue onward and we will survive.  There’s a lot ahead of us and we can still reach our destinations.  When we’re ready we can start again, turn in a new direction, and begin to move forward with renewed confidence and clarity.

When we’re starting out in life, we may have a clear idea of where we want to go and what we want to achieve.  It’s possible all our dreams will come true and we’ll never suffer a setback, but chances are the perfect scenario won’t exactly be our experience.  Even if we do everything possible to ensure things go the way we want them to, we may face an impasse.  There are all kinds of influences we don’t know about and decisions being made that may impact our way forward.  When the door ahead suddenly closes it may no longer be possible to continue on the same road, but there are many roads to every destination and if we’re flexible and willing to bend, we’ll find them.

Disappointment is something we all experience.  If it’s great and encompassing, it may be difficult to believe we’ll ever succeed.  It’s hard to trust what hurts us and if we’ve suffered from a great loss we may lose faith in our ability to move forward.  Big disappointments hurt but they are just a signal we must change direction to keep moving ahead.  There are endless ways to accomplish any goal.  If one way fails, we can try another.  We are wise and creative, and nothing is too complicated or difficult for us to manage.

Today if you’ve lost everything you thought was sure going forward and you don’t know what to do now, give yourself time to think.  You’re smart and intuitive, and there are endless options ahead.  Decide what you want the most and turn your course toward the future.  You are capable and strong.  Nothing is out of reach.  Start again and nothing will keep you from success.

What We Get

14 Dec

Our lives belong to us and we’re responsible for every decision we make.  We can make excellent choices as we try hard to do our best moving forward, but there may be times when we’re unhappy with where we are or what we’re doing.  Where we are is often the result of decisions we’ve made and if we’re not comfortable we have the power to change things.  We can always stay in place for as long as we like, and it’s easy to keep doing the same things even if we’re unhappy.  We are the ones making the choices that affect our lives, and in the end, we all end up with the lives we wanted the most.  If we hate our job but are unwilling to find another, our choice is to stay and endure.  If we’re in a difficult relationship but prefer it to being single and we stay, we decide our happiness must take a back seat.  We can complain about our lot in life but complaints will never change anything.  If we want real happiness and the chance to create the lives we want the most, we must be willing to do what is needed to make it happen.  What we get in the end is reflected by the decisions we make.  We never need to stay in a situation that isn’t working and even if it’s hard to break away, we have everything we need to do just that.  Our lives are ours to design.  Whether we have happiness and satisfaction, or frustration and disappointment, is up to us.  There are often many factors involved when we want to change, and it’s not always easy to step away from where we are to get to where we want to be.  But we are strong and capable, and have everything we need to succeed at anything we desire.  We can have happy, fulfilling lives if we make the choices necessary to create them.

Change is constant and nothing ever stays the same indefinitely.  Learning to roll along with the punches as they come helps us manage any situation we’re in.  But if the road we’ve been traveling turns into something we didn’t expect or ends up taking us somewhere we never wanted to go, we can step off it and turn in a new direction.  It takes courage to change lanes and start again but we are brave enough to face whatever is needed to create the lives we want.  We never have to stand still if we want to move.  We’re in control of our lives and can do what is needed to make them happy.

One thing always leads to another and every decision takes us somewhere.  It’s up to us to make sure the choices we’re making are creating the life we want.  If we don’t control our lives, someone else will.  Nobody knows what we want or need better than we do.  We must be the ones driving the train if we want to get to the destinations we desire.  We can go anywhere and do anything, and every option is possible.

Today if you’ve been coasting through a situation you don’t want, remember your life is yours to design.  You can do anything and go anywhere.  Take control of your decisions and make choices that will take you exactly where you want to go.  You are incredible and deserve complete happiness.  Choose the roads that will take you to it and step forward.  Every success is waiting for you.