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Bandaids

19 Sep

Life is full of surprises and we never know what will happen next. We’ll go through things we never dreamed of and there will be times when things will go wrong, and we’ll suffer. Nobody gets a life filled with paved roads, rainbows and roses. Everyone will have challenges to overcome and painful experiences to get through. When trouble comes we may be able to look at it objectively and quickly find the answers we need to address the issue and move on, but not every problem is that easy. Some things are complicated and painful, and take a lot of time and thought to figure out. If we’re confused and overwhelmed, we may be unable to see everything clearly. If the situation is very painful, we may need time to gain the clarity necessary to proceed. When we get a scrape or cut that is bleeding and painful, we may put a bandaid on it. It will cover the wound and protect it until it heals sufficiently for us to remove it and continue on. We can do the same thing if we’re facing a very hard situation. We can take a step back and give ourselves cover for a while so we can think about everything clearly and decide how we want to proceed. Stepping back isn’t giving up. It’s like a bandaid – a short break for us to regroup and focus. When we’re ready we can step back in and begin to unravel the issue until we reach resolution. Life is complicated but we are intelligent and wise, and nothing is too complex for us to manage. We can trust that no matter what comes, we will find the answers we need, and be able to continue toward success.

Everyone has their own methods for doing things. Some people tackle problems head on and push their way through regardless of how difficult the road ahead is. Others take their time to look at everything before they make their first move. There are endless ways to move forward no matter what is happening and never only one perfect way to handle things. What works for one may be impossible for someone else. By doing things our own way and in our own time, nothing can keep us from moving forward. We know who we are and how we want to proceed, and with patience and determination, we will win.

There is no end to the many variations of things that could happen. Even when we plan well and do everything we can to ensure success, they will be times when everything falls apart. We don’t know what we don’t know, and there may be people making decisions we know nothing about that impact our lives. When our plans go up in smoke and we can’t even see the road ahead, we can stand still until things clear and then begin again. We are stronger and more capable than we think we are, and there isn’t anything we can’t do. Every single goal is possible, and we will reach them all.

Today if you’re facing a difficult situation and you feel unable to move, step back and look at everything objectively. The answers you need are already there for you. Stand still and let your mind rest for a moment, and you will find your way. You are amazing and smarter than you imagine. Every single dream is waiting. Trust yourself and step forward. Success is just ahead, and you will make it yours.

Look Over There

19 Jul

We share the world with billions of other people and we all have our own ideas about how things should go, and what we should do. Our personal goals are important and we may work hard on trying to achieve them. There is always a lot going on around us and not everyone will understand or agree with our plans. Although we don’t need agreement to proceed in any direction we desire, if someone doesn’t like our idea or feels it will impact them in some negative way, they may try to derail and distract us from the road ahead. By insinuating themselves into our lives they may continually point at other things encouraging us to look in different directions. Their hope may be that if we stay distracted long enough, we might forget about the original goal and move on to something else. When other options are continually being offered, it can be hard to focus on the goal we want, but we never have to forsake anything that’s important to us. If we step off course, we can stop and start again. Our lives are ours to design, and we never have to follow anyone else’s suggestions. Nothing is out of reach and there will always be a way to accomplish the things we most desire. We are strong and powerful, and with determination and clarity, can always reach success.  

Some people think they know us better than we know ourselves. They may believe they know what’s best for us and try to steer us toward the goals they think we should achieve. Nobody can possibly know what we want more clearly than we know ourselves. We know where we want to go and what we want to accomplish. We can listen to any advice or suggestions we like, but we are in control of the choices we make. There are a lot of possibilities and every option is there for us. We can choose the way forward and the destinations we want to reach, and then begin the journey toward success. 

Life is filled with all kinds of shiny things that may pull us away from what we’re doing. Everything may look good, and we may jump from one thing to another intrigued by all the possibilities. It’s good to explore lots of options but until we make a decision on what we want to do, and then start the journey, nothing will change. Once we determine where we want to go, we can make a plan to move toward the goal and then begin. We are wiser and more powerful than we think we are, and if we stay focused on the goal, nothing can keep us from success. 

Today pay attention to the goal you’re seeking. Be open to suggestions but remember you are in control of your destiny and can choose anything you desire. Keep your eyes focused on the road ahead and step forward with confidence. You know what you want and have everything you need to achieve it. You are amazing and wise, and nothing is out of reach. Stand strong and be sure of success.  Every blessing awaits and you will claim them.

Better Late

23 May

Life is busy and we often have a lot of things to take care of and accomplish. It would be nice if we had people to do our chores, run our errands and take care of details for us, but that is a luxury most of us don’t have. It’s always nice, despite our busy schedules, to make time for friends and family. We might set up lunch dates or times to walk and talk together or any number of other activities that re-connect us and allow us to share our lives. When we set a time to meet, we expect everyone to be there. If someone is late, we can be understanding and continue on, but if they’re late every time it may become an issue. There is an old saying, “Better late than never,” well maybe. We can certainly excuse late arrivals once or twice, but if it’s a constant issue, and every time we set a time to meet the other person is consistently, habitually late, it may become a problem. Our time is valuable, and deserves to be honored. Constantly showing up late shows a lack of respect and can logistically create problems for our personal schedules. If we see that our appointments with someone will always run late, we can decline future requests to meet. We are always in control of our own lives and never have to do anything that doesn’t work for us. We can make excellent choices and decide how we will proceed in every instance. Our lives are ours to design and with clarity and focus, we can choose the best way forward.

Some people have trouble keeping their word. If they don’t show for appointments, and don’t follow through on commitments, it will be hard to trust them. They may apologize profusely when they drop the ball, and promise it won’t happen again, only to forget the promise the next time something comes along. We’re all responsible for our own lives, and every decision we make – good or bad. Nobody will cover our mistakes indefinitely, and we must accept accountability for every choice. If we’re negligent, we will face the consequences of our actions. Change is always possible, and when we’re ready we can correct any problem or issue.

Blaming others or situations when we’re at fault never works. If we’re irresponsible we can say it’s the way we were raised. If we’re rude we can say the situation warranted it, and on and on. We can try to excuse any bad behavior, and others might believe us for a time, but that won’t work indefinitely. By looking at every choice carefully, choosing the best path forward, and keeping our word, we will gain the trust and companionship of those around us. We can create the lives we dream of by being wise and considerate of others. Every goal is possible if we’re willing to follow through and do what is needed to make it ours.

Today if you’ve dropped the ball on a commitment, decide how you want to proceed. There is greatness inside you, but it’s up to you to choose the better part. There isn’t anything you can’t do, and every dream is possible. Be the best you can be and every door will open. You are amazing. Show us your best, and every success will follow.

Counterfeiting

23 Mar

In this day of information overload, virtually everywhere we go we are bombarded with advertisements with pretty pictures telling us how we should live our lives, what we should do and how we should look. They are filled with scenes of happy people loving life, the suggestion being if we do what they say, we’ll be happy too. However, all those pictures are just actors playing a role. Doing what others think is best might bring us happiness, or it might not. We can play any role we like, pretend we’re something we aren’t, and dress up any situation to appear different than it really is. Counterfeit money looks real from a distance. By simply making Xerox copies of bills, we could fool anyone if they were far enough away. But upon closer inspection it will be obvious that the paper isn’t right, the ink is all wrong and it’s completely fake. If we haven’t yet achieved the level of success in our jobs we desire, or made all the money we think we deserve, or if we’re not as informed as we want others to believe, we may use counterfeit measures to convince them. We can dress up, act out, and manipulate others until we’re sure we’ve convinced them of whatever it is we want them to believe. We might fool them for a while, but just like getting a closer look at counterfeit bills, eventually our true selves will emerge and the truth will rise. It’s impossible to keep up false appearances forever. Instead of pretending, we can work to gain the attributes we desire. By living openly and honestly, we will gain the trust of those around us and make good, strong connections. Nobody is perfect and we all have things we want to change. We can show our true selves and be confident in who we are, and where we stand. Every success is possible, and with determination and focus, nothing can keep us from the goal.

Sometimes it can seem others have it easier than we do. They seem to get what they want and don’t struggle. We may think they have no idea how hard life can be, but we may be way off base. There is no way to know the personal dealings of anyone’s life unless they share the details with us. There may be hidden sorrow and disappointments we cannot see from the outside. Nobody gets a perfect life filled with rainbows and butterflies. We all face challenges and trials, and roads filled with rocks and detours. By keeping our eyes focused on our own journey and not comparing ourselves to others, we will ensure our success and reach every destination.

Many people prefer everyone to be on the same page, doing the same things, and agreeing as a group. Peer pressure is real and we may be asked to conform to something we don’t want. We can do anything we like, but we all have specific gifts to offer that nobody else can give. We can choose what works best for us and take our own path, no matter what others are doing. We have so much to offer, and by being true to who we really are, we can bring great light and blessing to the world.

Today if you’ve been pretending or following someone else’s path, remember you are important and have your own gifts to give. Be yourself and choose the road that takes you to the goals you desire most. There is greatness in you and you can set an amazing example for us all. Be strong and confident, and step forward focused on your own journey. Success is waiting and nothing can keep you from it.

Missing the Boat

18 Mar

There are endless opportunities in life. They come around constantly and if we see them and are in a position to take advantage of them, we can change our direction and aim for a new goal. The trick is looking for them and being ready when they show up. Our lives are often busy and we may have lots of details and responsibilities to attend to and accomplish. We may go here and there, concentrating on the next task on our list and never look up to see what’s around us. It happens. Life is all about change and our situations are constantly in flux. If we want a change and are hoping for something to happen that gives us the opening we need, but we aren’t paying attention, it may come and go and we never even notice. We may miss the boat doing other things. When we realize what’s happened, we might think our chance of success is over. We weren’t ready, we weren’t aware and now the opportunity has passed us by. But life has a way of looping around and missing one chance doesn’t mean the journey is over. There will be another boat. Another possibility will come, and when it does, we can be ready. There will never be only one way to success, or only one road available. We have endless chances to do whatever we desire, and every dream will always be there for us. Once we decide what we want, we can do what is needed to begin toward the goal. We are intelligent, wise and capable, and when we’re ready nothing is out of reach.

If we’ve put something off we’ve wanted for a long time, we may think it’s too late now to try. We might think we’re too old, our lives are settled into a pattern that would be too hard to change, or we aren’t sure we have what it takes or a million other reasons. We never have to do anything we don’t want to do, but if there is something we truly desire, if we’re willing to do what is necessary to make it ours – no matter where we are or what’s happening – we can succeed. It’s never too late to work toward our dreams and create the lives we want the most. We deserve complete happiness and have everything we need to achieve it.

Every culture and society has its norms. There may be pressure for us to stay where we are and continue doing the same things because that’s the way it’s been done over time. Traditions are powerful, but we are in control of our lives. We don’t have to continue on the same roads with everyone else or follow along just to keep the peace. We can design our lives any way we like and achieve any goal we desire. By trusting ourselves and stepping forward with confidence and clarity, we can do anything and find great satisfaction.

Today if you’ve missed the chance to do something you desire, do not despair. Nothing stays the same forever and the doors will open for you. Every success is possible and you are capable of accomplishing anything. Keep your eyes on the goal and step forward, sure and confident. There isn’t anything you can’t do, and you can make your dreams come true.