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Tea Leaves

19 May

Every day we make lots of decisions, and each choice for good or bad, changes something. Some things go exactly the way we want them to, but that doesn’t always happen. We are capable of achieving many successes in our lives, but chances are we’re also going to experience some failures. If we’ve taken a wrong turn and fallen hard, and everything has gone haywire, we may struggle to figure out what to do to straighten our course. Nobody is perfect and there is no way to see the end of any road at the beginning. We’re all going to face failure at some point but that will never be the end of the journey. Some people may criticize, pointing out our failures as proof that we will never succeed at anything. They may believe the past will predict the future, but a previous disaster doesn’t mean nothing will ever go right again. Being superstitious, reading tea leaves to see the future, or believing previous mistakes will hold us down forever is just fiction. Like any good book of fiction, once we put it down, it can be forgotten. No matter what’s already happened, we can trust ourselves to do anything we like. Success will always be possible, and with persistence and focus, nothing is out of reach. We can always find the way forward, and achieve any goal. We are more powerful and wiser than we think we are, and can accomplish anything we desire.

Life is a constant process of learning. Everything we do teaches us something, and when things go wrong we learn what doesn’t work. If we learn all we can from each experience, and take that knowledge forward with us, it will increase our ability to understand the world more clearly and see the road ahead. There will always be countless complications and unforeseen developments that take us by surprise and upend our plans. Change is constant, and when the way forward turns or gets blocked, we can step back, look at everything objectively and choose the best options to proceed. Problems may come but that can’t stop us from reaching success. We are intelligent and wise, and will prevail.

Our personal behaviors may be an asset or a liability depending on what we express. If we have a quick temper and are easily angered, it may be harder to see solutions when things go wrong. If we’re vindictive and judgmental, it may be difficult to get agreement and support from those around us. We can pave the road ahead with wisdom and clarity, or complicate it by making choices that hold us back. We are all responsible for our own lives, and the decisions we make will either move us forward, or create obstacles. We know what we want and can do anything we choose. By being wise and thoughtful and doing what is needed to move ahead, every success will be possible.

Today if you think a past failure will prevent you from gaining success, stop and think again. Learn everything you can from what’s already happened and step forward with confidence. The past can never predict the future, and every goal is within reach. Decide what you want the most and begin the journey to make it yours. You are strong and wise, and nothing is out of reach. Every happiness is there for you, and you will reach them all.

Nothing Left

9 Mar

Our lives are often busy, and the checklist of things we need to get done may be long and complicated. There is a never ending supply of issues that may arise and in the midst of trying to accomplish our tasks, something may go awry that throws everything off course. We share the world with billions of other people who are all making decisions and doing things that may affect our lives and tangle the way forward. If we’ve been working hard for a long time, dealing with problems and stress, we may reach a point where we’re exhausted and can no longer focus. Nobody can keep going at full speed indefinitely. We all have limits and no matter how much energy we had at the beginning, we may use it all up and reach a point where we have nothing left. We can’t think, we can’t plan, we can hardly move. We can work on details all day every day and still never reach the end. Working endlessly and pushing ourselves to exhaustion will never help us move ahead. Instead of constantly trying to do more and pressing forward with ever increasing speed, we can look at the situation objectively and make a plan to accomplish whatever is pending in ways that allow us to succeed without breaking the bank. Success is always there, and in most cases, there is no time limit to reach it except what we put on ourselves. Everyone wants to quickly achieve the goals they desire, but if we move ahead using our time wisely, and allow for periods of rest and contemplation, the road ahead will be easier to manage. Rome wasn’t built in a day and we don’t have to do everything right now. We know what we want, and already have everything we need to achieve it. By being thoughtful and moving forward with wisdom, we can reach every goal and destination. Nothing is too far away, and by carefully planning the road ahead, we will succeed.

Some people like to challenge others to make them prove their worth. They may ask us to show them what we can do, and if we want to impress them, we might try to break all speed records for accomplishing what they ask for. Rushing ahead and trying to get there first may work for us but going fast just to get to the goal may cause us to miss important clues and cues along the way. It does no good to reach a destination fast if we skip over important details we’ll need when we get there. We are smart enough to find the best way forward, and with patience and clarity, can reach every goal.

There may be times when due to circumstances beyond our control, or unforeseen complications, we need to do more than normal and work harder than we’re used to. When we begin to feel fatigued and overwhelmed, we can stop for a moment and take a break to rest and restore. Just a few minutes sitting alone peacefully and quietly can bring great refreshment and give us the energy we need to continue on. Life is complex but we are stronger and more capable than we imagine, and nothing is too difficult for us to manage.

Today if you’re in a complicated situation that is pushing you to your limits, stop and stand still. Taking time to recharge will enable you to continue forward with clarity and focus. You are amazing and powerful and can do incredible things. Trust yourself and be confident. There isn’t anything you can’t do and every success is there for you. There is greatness in you, and you will prevail.

Driving the Train

17 Feb

When we want to take a trip on a train, we can buy the ticket and get onboard. Then all we have to do is sit and wait while someone else drives us to our intended location. We can read, look out the window, or take a nap, oblivious to the tracks outside or what is necessary to keep the train moving forward. When we reach the destination, we can step off the platform and do whatever we like, leaving the journey behind us. As we navigate our lives, we can make any choices we like. We can decide what we want and then do what is necessary to make it ours, or we can simply let someone else drive the train, and end up wherever it goes. Letting others decide where we’ll go and what we’ll do is easy. We can just sit quietly and go along with whatever is happening around us. Sometimes we may even actually end up somewhere we wanted to go, but letting others control our lives will rarely bring us true happiness. Everyone has their own dreams and ideas about what they want to do and where they want to go. Sitting back and following along might be easier and may prevent conflict, but leaving our destinations up to others will never bring satisfaction. We know what we want and have everything needed to achieve it. By taking control of our own journey, choosing the destination, and moving forward with focus and clarity, we can accomplish anything we desire. All our dreams are possible, but we must decide to drive the train ourselves. We are smart enough and have all the courage necessary to do anything we desire. By trusting ourselves, and stepping forward with our eyes focused on the road ahead, we can make our dreams come true.

Some people are very loud and domineering. They may think they know what’s best for us and try to direct us toward the destinations they have chosen. We can listen to any advice or direction we’re given, but nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We don’t have to explain our choices or ask for approval. Our lives are ours to design and we can do anything, and go anywhere we like. Every destination is there for us and we can make them ours.

Some plans don’t work out. If the road we’ve chosen stops, we may get stuck unable to move. Getting stopped along the way does not mean we cannot achieve the goal. There will always be another way forward, and we have everything we need to find it and continue on. We are intelligent and capable, and when we’re ready, nothing can keep us from success.

Today if you’ve been going along and sitting still, think about what you want the most. Be fearless and trust yourself. You already have everything you need to reach any goal you desire. Stand strong and step forward. The whole world is there for you and every destination awaits. Decide how you want to proceed, and begin the journey. There is great success just ahead and you will reach it.

Falling Forward

3 Feb

We can do anything as we navigate through our lives. There will always be chances to try something new, and expand our horizons. The world is huge and the opportunities around us are limitless, but we must decide what we want, and what we’ll do. If we’re comfortable where we are, and are afraid of change or concerned about failure, we may stay in place and do the same things indefinitely. But doing the same things will never bring us anything new that refreshes, moves us forward, or brings new horizons into focus. It’s easy to remain in our routine and keep our lives small, but our dreams can only come true if we step out of our comfort zone and push toward them. There is risk in everything, and if we try something new we might fail. But if we do, we won’t fall back to where we were, but will fall forward. We’ll gain new insight and experiences and take them ahead with us. Falling forward, unafraid of failure, will bring us great enrichment and expand our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. If we allow the fear of failure to control our decisions, we will never be able to reach our most desired goals. There is greatness inside all of us, and we are capable of achieving more than we imagine. By courageously stepping into the unknown, and taking a chance on something new, our lives will be enriched and no matter the outcome, our outlook will be expanded and we’ll have more knowledge and experience. Every blessing is possible, and if we trust ourselves to move toward something new, we may discover unexpected benefits. The whole world is there for us and every destination awaits. We can have the lives we dream of, reach every goal, and realize every dream.

The traditions of our families and cultures are very powerful. If things have been done a certain way for a long time, and we want something different, we may face opposition. There may be pressure to go along and not rock the boat. We can certainly comply with any suggestions, keep our heads down, and simply follow along. But following someone else’s path will never take us where we want to go. Our lives are important, and we can design them any way we like, even if they are different than those around us. Our uniqueness brings great depth and richness to the world, and by honoring what we really want, we’ll find great satisfaction and happiness.

Fear of the unknown can be paralyzing. Just because we can’t read the future or see what lies around the next corner, that doesn’t mean we can’t handle it. Stepping into foreign territory may be unsettling, but it will only be foreign at the beginning. As we move forward, we will make the journey ours. We have all the wisdom and courage needed to move toward any goal we desire, and can reach every success.

Today if you want something new but are afraid of reaching for it, remember how capable and strong you are. Nothing is too hard or too complicated for you to figure out. Decide what you want the most, and begin moving forward. Your life is yours to design, and everything is possible. Be confident and start now. There is greatness in you, and you will win.

Aspiring For Greatness

3 Jan

The world is full of opportunities. There are limitless things we can do and endless places we could go. If we wanted to, we could do something new every single day, and still never reach the end of what is possible. Although we may understand this, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut doing the same things every day. We need to provide for ourselves and for most of us, that means working a job. Most jobs aren’t worldwide endeavors that allow for endless travel and constant new experiences. Generally, we must report to the same place and do basically the same things each day. It’s easy to keep our lives small and simply continue on the same road without looking up. Being responsible and providing for our own needs is important but that doesn’t mean we can’t express ourselves and still do things that expand our horizons and allow us to aspire to greatness. Every situation is different, but no matter where we are or what we’re doing, we can choose to be the very best we can be and extend ourselves in ways that positively impact our lives. Instead of doing the minimum requirement to continue forward, we can peel back the layers a bit, get involved more deeply and really make an impact. Mediocrity is easy to achieve. We don’t have to work hard or do too much, and can simply do the minimum required to stay in place. But there is greatness in all of us and when we choose our very best options, we’ll find enormous growth and incredible fulfillment. Our lives are ours to design. By extending ourselves, and reaching further, we can reach goals we never dreamed possible. With focus and determination, every destination is attainable and we will achieve great success.

Everyone has their own ideas about how things should be done. Others may tell us what they think we should do, where we should go, and how we should act. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We don’t have to do things a certain way simply because they’ve always been done that way. If we want something different, we don’t need to conform. We are intelligent and highly capable and can make any choice we desire. The lives we want the most are possible, and with focus and clarity, we will have them.

It’s comfortable to stay in the same place doing the same things. We know the players and pretty much what to expect. Repetition is easy but will never make our dreams come true. It can be intimidating to move into foreign territory and do something new, but we have all the courage and wisdom we need to overcome anything. New doors with limitless possibilities are waiting. We can step forward with confidence, aspire for greatness and find incredible success.

Today if you are ready to try something new, decide what you want the most and take the first step. You already possess everything you need to do anything you desire. The whole world is there for you and nothing can hold you in place. Recognize your strength, and be confident. Every success is there for you and you will prevail.