Archive | February, 2019

Carried Away

21 Feb

With all things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the right one.” William of Ockham

The experiences we have throughout our lives are endless and every day brings something new. We see and hear things that impact our judgement and may affect our choices. Unfortunately, things aren’t always as they seem and if we’re confused or distracted, we may perceive a situation differently than it really is. Our emotions can affect what we observe, and may cause us to change a simple scenario into something more convoluted. If we’re in a big spooky house at night and the light suddenly goes out, we may jump and think some spirit from the netherworld has taken control. That might happen or it could just be a light bulb has burned out. Our perceptions create our reality, and if we perceive something entirely differently than it is, we may have an altered sense of what is real. We can get carried away with the first thought that comes to mind instead of evaluating all the possible options and choosing the most likely. If we make a habit of jumping to conclusions based on nothing more than our personal perceptions, we may end up making decisions that have nothing to do with the truth. Impressions will come and go and if we let them, will toss us here and there with each twist and turn. We are wise enough to find the truth before we act and make the best choices possible. We can hold fast to what’s real, and step forward trusting ourselves to find our way. Life is filled with all kinds of ideas and impressions, and with patience and understanding, we can find the best road forward.

There are endless things that could happen and if we have an active imagination, we may invent all kinds of possible scenarios in every situation. It’s fun to think about what may come, but as we’re envisioning all the possibilities, it’s important to keep our eyes focused on what’s really going on. There may be times when we get tangled up and confused, and if that happens, we can step back and unravel each issue until we find clarity. We have everything we need to solve any problem and find all the answers going forward.

Some people love to stir up complications and embellish their lives with intrigue and suspense. They may insinuate things are different than they really are in an effort to make a more exciting and captivating situation. If we get caught up in their complex web of stories, we may find ourselves in the land of fiction, far from where we want to be. We can perceive truth and despite influences around us, find the best way forward. Each choice we make takes us somewhere. We can rely on our personal wisdom to guide us where we most want to go.

Today if you’ve gotten caught up and carried away, stop and re-focus on what you want most. Find your footing and direct your course forward toward the goals you desire. You are wise and capable, and in control of your destiny. Choose the path you want to travel, and step forward. Every destination is possible and you will succeed.

Old Love Letters

20 Feb

Change is constant in life. We never know what each day will bring but one thing is certain, whatever we’re experiencing today will inevitably change. If the change is positive or something we’ve been striving for, when it finally occurs, we feel satisfaction and relief. But we don’t always welcome the developments that come and if they are hard or heartbreaking, it may take us some time to recover. It’s hard to let go of something we really want. We may hang onto the old feelings and try to find a way to revisit the way things used to be. Like taking old love letters out of a box and re-reading them, hoping to capture one more time the tender feelings that once enveloped us. Life is a great blessing, but it isn’t always easy.  Letting go of a dream is painful, and we may need time to consider everything that’s happened and find the way forward. How long that takes is different for everyone and every situation. We don’t need to rush through to the next thing in an effort to forget. We can take our time, learn everything possible from the experience, and then when we’re ready, step forward. Time is always on our side and with patience, and perseverance, we will begin again. We can manage anything that comes and have everything we need to push through any disappointment. There isn’t anything powerful enough to hold us down indefinitely. Every destination and goal are always possible and no matter what has happened in the past, we will succeed in the future. We can trust ourselves to overcome any disappointment and move forward with confidence. Our dreams are still there for us, and with determination we can make them come true.

Everyone’s needs and understanding are different. What comes easily for one may be very difficult for another. Some people are pragmatic and recover quickly when they face a big disappointment. Others are more sensitive and need more time to get back on their feet and start again. There are many ways to manage every situation and one person’s perspective doesn’t work for everyone. We can recognize our own personal needs and do things our own way. We can overcome anything and find our way ahead.

Disappointments can be difficult to manage, but they bring with them an optional view of what could happen next. When the road we’re on ends and we can’t move forward, we can look at all the options before us. We can do anything and go anywhere. The possibilities are limitless. We can choose another direction and begin toward a new goal. Our lives are always in our control and when one plan fails, we can start on another. Success is always there for us, and with determination and confidence, we’ll reach it.

Today if you’re getting over a big disappointment and aren’t sure what to do next, look around at everything possible. You are strong and capable, and nothing can hold you down. Take the time you need to reassess what you want, and then begin again. The whole world is there for you. Open a new door and step forward. All your dreams are possible, and you will succeed.

Becoming Real

19 Feb

Becoming Real

“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.” Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

We have the opportunity to experience many things as we navigate through our lives. Everything that happens changes us in some way. We learn about what works and what doesn’t, what brings us pain and what brings happiness, and how to find our way forward. It isn’t always easy, and sometimes we may be overwhelmed with what we must face, but in time the answers always come and we find our way. Each day brings us something new and we learn as we go, taking our lessons forward to help in the future. Life is constantly changing and as we struggle through difficulty, we learn to be strong. As we face sorrow, we gain insight and understanding. Over time and with each step, we can let go of superficial ideas and become more authentic. Growth comes when we learn to accept and trust is what is real. We have enormous potential and can accomplish anything we desire, but first we must be willing to see things as they truly are and embrace truth going forward. Life doesn’t always go the way we wish it would, things don’t always work out and sometimes we’ll fail. But every challenge teaches us something valuable and if we remain focused, each step will take us closer to where we want to be. There isn’t anything we can’t do and no destination is too far to reach. We are strong and capable, and when we embrace things as they are, can do anything.

As adolescents our primary concerns are generally focused on our personal lives and those in it. Being part of the group is important and we may not be ready to stand alone or express anything unique or different. But as we grow, we learn more about life and understand we’re important just as we are. We step into adulthood knowing what we have to contribute is valuable and worthwhile, and find our way forward.

Letting go of childhood and embracing life as an adult is imperative if we want to find success. There are few things more annoying or disappointing than adults who act like children. Holding onto the past will never move us forward. We can step up and embrace our lives where we are, choose the paths we want to travel, and take charge of our futures. Every blessing is possible and we can achieve any goal we set.

Today if you’ve been afraid to let go of something that’s holding you back, trust yourself and remember how strong you are. Embrace your life as it is and choose the road that will take you where you want to go. You are amazing, and nothing is too far for you to reach. Make your dreams come true and live the life you desire. Be confident and step forward. Everything is possible.

Another Setback

18 Feb

When we start out on a new journey and are determined to reach a goal, we may be filled with excitement and sure we’ll succeed. Of course, we can do anything we set our minds to, but that doesn’t mean the goal we’ve chosen will be easy or without complications. There are few times in life when the road ahead is straight, clear and paved and no problems get in our way. Often, things will happen we can’t see at the beginning, obstacles will present we couldn’t predict or imagine, and we may get hung up. Some goals are hard to achieve and no matter how diligently we press forward, we may struggle to move ahead. If we’ve been on the road for a while and there have been many difficulties, we may get tired and start to wonder why we’re continuing on. Another setback may be more than we want to face and we may consider giving up and letting go. We’re always in control of our lives and can change direction whenever we choose and move on to other things. But if the goal is important and we really want to achieve it, we can manage whatever happens that gets in the way. We can keep our focus on the road ahead, even if there are obstacles blocking us. Every goal can be accomplished if we’re willing to do what’s needed to get there. We can decide what we want most, look at all the options before us, and choose the way forward that takes us to the destination we desire. We have all the determination and courage we need to accomplish anything. Every dream is possible and we can make them come true.

Some roads are beautifully paved, with nice straight lines and clear signs to point the way forward. It’s always easy to go the same way as everyone else along a well-traveled road to common places. But if we want something different, the way forward may be more difficult. We may have to travel roads alone that are rocky and rough, with no signs to help us along. We know where we want to go and what we want to accomplish. No matter what’s in the way, there isn’t anything that can keep us from the goals we desire most. We have everything we need to find our way forward and reach any destination.

When we’re trying to move forward and something goes wrong, we can step aside and find the solution. If another problem comes up, we can do it again. It doesn’t matter how many setbacks arise or how many detours we have to take. The goal will always be there for us and if we stay the course and continue forward, we will reach it. Life isn’t always easy, but we have everything we need to reach any destination if we’re willing to continue forward despite what comes. We can do anything. We are powerful and wise, and nothing is out of reach.

Today if you’re facing another setback on the road to a goal, and you’re feeling overwhelmed and tired, decide what you want the most. If the goal is still important, keep going. Find the answers you need to continue, and step forward. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is beyond your reach. Everything you dream can come true. Be confident. The goal is just ahead and you will reach it.

Owning It

15 Feb

Everyone has dreams and goals, and things they want to accomplish. Maybe we want to climb mountains or run marathons, maybe we want to write books and influence others, or maybe we just want to be happier. Whatever we desire is possible but it won’t happen just because we want it. There is no magic wand or genie who will appear to grant our wish. The only way to get what we want is to do what is needed to make it happen. If we want to climb mountains or run a marathon, we must put in the hours of physical training required. If we want to write a book we have to actually start typing, and if we want to be happier, we must determine what is holding us back and change our situation so we can move forward. It’s really a simple calculation – if you want to get to “B” you must go through “A” first. Choosing what we want and then pushing forward toward it will bring us success. When we look at our goals objectively it’s easy to see what needs to be done, but actually engaging and doing the work is a whole different story. We can set any goal we choose but if we want to accomplish it, we must do everything necessary to achieve it. Every dream is possible but nothing will change if all we do is dream. Imagine what our lives would be like if we were willing to do everything to make all our dreams come true. The confidence and satisfaction that come from achieving a long-desired goal brings great happiness. We deserve complete and abounding happiness. We can give it to ourselves by focusing on what we want most, and then doing what is needed to make it happen. We can focus on the road ahead and push through until we succeed. There isn’t anything we can’t do. Every destination and every goal are possible, and we can make them ours.

There are many reasons why we may not pursue something we want. It may take a lot of time, it might be difficult, it will change our lives, our families may not like it, we may have to change – the list is long and unending. If we want, we can live a mediocre existence, simply doing what is expected and going through the motions. But we own our choices and can go anywhere we desire. Deciding to create the lives we want the most will bring us the greatest happiness and fulfillment.

Fear of the unknown can be crippling. It can hold us in place even if where we are isn’t comfortable. We can’t see what lies ahead and there will always be some risk when we step out of our routine and choose something more. We may face challenges, but we are intelligent and capable, and even if we get tangled up, can find our way through. There are endless roads to every destination, and if one doesn’t work, we can step on another. Every goal is possible, and we have all the wisdom and courage to make our dreams come true.

Today if you’ve been dreaming of something more and want to change your life, look ahead and choose the path that will take you there. You are amazing and nothing is out of reach. Believe in yourself and step forward. Make the choices that will open all the doors. You can go anywhere and have the life you desire. Nothing can keep you from success. Start today. All your dreams are possible, and you will have them.