By the Book

19 Feb

There are lots of reference materials available for just about everything we want to accomplish. If we get stuck trying to do something, we can find information to guide us through and give us the directions we need. It might be an owner’s manual, a specialized book, or information we can look for on the internet. We can usually get the help we need for any problem we might encounter. It’s great to find the assistance when we need it, and be able to figure out what’s going on and how to proceed. It would be wonderful if there was a book like that about our personal lives. A reference we could go to when things go wrong and we have no idea what to do, or how to fix it. Imagine, every problem we face already recorded with a list of answers for how to proceed. Now that would be amazing, but unfortunately, that is not reality. There are no individual life manuals available, and we must find our own way through our problems and issues on our own. Fortunately, we’ll get a lot of experience managing difficulties as we go through each day. We may not appreciate the situations while we’re in them, but they give us information about how to solve problems and bring the confidence we need to move forward. Our life manual is simply our experiences. They teach us as we progress and we gain insight and understanding about ourselves, those around us, and the world in general. Everything we do teaches us something. We learn as we go, and with each experience become wiser and more enlightened.

Just like there are many roads to every destination, there will always be more than one answer to every problem. There may be times when it seems there is only one way forward, but we can modify and individualize any plans possible. Unlike working with something mechanical where the parts must be organized exactly as directed in order for things to work, we have the opportunity to differentiate each solution so it works best for us. We always know what we want most, and can do what is needed to ensure we succeed.

We may create defined guidelines for completing certain tasks and goals, and may reach them exactly as we’ve planned. But life is full of surprises and nothing is certain. Things happen, decisions out of our control are made, and we may find that our well thought out plans for moving ahead are no longer viable. We don’t have to give up the goal simply because the road has turned. We can look at all the possible options available and decide how we want to proceed. Every destination is there for us, and by being flexible and confident, we will find the way forward.

Today if you’re trying to hold onto your plans but things are getting in the way, remember there is always another way forward. You can modify your direction and find the road that takes you to your destination. Nothing can hold you in place. Every destination is there for you. Modify your ideas and move forward with confidence. You are amazing and every success is possible. Keep moving forward. You will prevail.

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