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Courage

13 Nov

We hear all kinds of stories about courageous, brave people who do astounding things that impress us and make us marvel at their fearlessness and stamina. Some events are so noteworthy they become legend and part of our history. It’s inspiring and uplifting to see others express heroism and courage no matter what is before them. In our lives we may never have to face an army of marauders or take out a bank robber but we will likely face times when we’ll have to be brave against a situation before us. Fear is a natural response to threat and courage doesn’t mean we won’t be afraid but that we’ll act even in the face of our fear. Instead of being paralyzed and cowering in a corner we can step out and stand strong in the midst of a difficult and frightening situation. Our lives may be predictable and perhaps we don’t think we have many opportunities to practice being courageous but every time we hold our ground when there is pressure to bend, every time we speak up when someone is being hurt, and every time we extend ourselves to help others, we are being brave. Practicing courage even in small ways gives us the skill to stand strong when serious issues arise. If we fold every time someone disagrees with us, or cower every time we are unsure, we will never be able to express our true selves. We are capable and strong and even if the tide turns against us, can hold fast to what we want the most. We have all the courage and strength within us to do anything we desire. Trusting ourselves and believing we will prevail will move us forward.

We may experience great pressure to conform and go along with common ideas around us. It’s easier for a group to function if everyone does the same things and those around us may press us to follow their views even if we disagree. We can always go with the flow and keep our opinions to ourselves. It’s easier to let others lead and simply follow along than it is to question the road ahead, but remaining quiet will only guarantee that our influence will not be heard. We have a lot to offer and our ideas are valuable. We can be brave enough to speak up, even if we’re different, and share our true selves with those around us.

Life is continually moving forward and if we are timid and don’t express ourselves, we may find we are simply going through the motions instead of grabbing hold of our lives and making the most of our time. Each day we live is a blessing and once the time has passed can never be recaptured. Standing back and staying quiet will never take us to the goals we want the most. We can speak up, step forward and take control of our lives and design them any way we choose. It’s all there for us. We need only reach out and take it.

Today if you’ve been sitting quietly and allowing others to decide what you’ll do next, remember you are valuable and your choices are important. Think about what you want the most and step toward your goals. Everything is possible and you have all the courage and wisdom you need to find success. Be strong. All your dreams are there for you and you can make them come true.

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Unbelievable

7 Nov

We all have ideas about how things should go and what should happen.  We make plans and try to design our lives in ways that ensure what we want most will come to us and we’ll be on the right road going forward.  We have control over all our decisions but basically everything else is left up to chance.  We can make all the right choices to get to a goal and still not reach it because of situations out of our control.  Sometimes things develop in ways we can’t understand and no matter how we try to wrap our heads around it, can’t make sense of it.  When that happens, we may stand and watch, stunned as the world seems to tilt on its axis and we are left out in the cold.  We may struggle to figure out how to process our new reality.  No matter how well we prepare or how sure we are about the road ahead, things may change suddenly and we may find ourselves standing on foreign ground with no idea what to do next.  Confusing, complicated events may come but we are capable of managing if we step back and take the time we need to see everything clearly.  There are many roads to every destination and if the one we’ve been on has disappeared, we can choose another.  We can let go of any preconceived notions about how we should proceed and alter our plans to fit the new situation we’re in.  Change is constant and even if the change we’re facing is difficult, we can find our way.  We are capable of adjusting our plans, redirecting our way forward and still finding success.

People do all kinds of things.  If someone does something that impacts us negatively we may question their reasoning.  If they value their relationship with us they may do something to amend the situation.  But we can’t make people care about others and if we’re someone they don’t consider worth their time they may continue on without regard to what’s happening to us.  If we can’t eliminate their influence over us we’ll have to cope.  It’s not easy to deal with unpleasant and disagreeable people but we are intelligent and can find a way around them.

When something unexpected and extreme happens that affects our plans going forward, we may shudder in unbelief.  Our idea of what is normal may be challenged and we may struggle to understand our position and how to take the next step.  There may be times when unforeseen developments knock the air out of us and we’ll have to hold on tight to keep standing.  Life is filled with surprises and even if we’re uneven for a moment, we can find our footing by trusting our instincts and remaining calm.  Whatever storm is passing over will abate and we’ll be able to see clearly again.  We are strong and capable and even in the midst of serious turmoil can find our way.

Today if you’re facing a situation that has rocked your foundation and you’re struggling to comprehend what to do, remember how capable you are.  You can stand steady even when the ground shakes.  You can face anything and find the answers you need to get through.  Be confident.  There is nothing powerful enough to hold you down.  Step forward and start again.  There is great success ahead.

Black Hole

6 Nov

We all want happy, fulfilled lives but nobody lives in paradise where there are no problems or challenges and we’ll all get the opportunity to test ourselves through trial and trouble. Sometimes we’ll suffer because of decisions we’ve made, sometimes because of the decisions of others, and sometimes we’ll have no idea why the rug has been pulled out from beneath us. Trouble will come to us all and when it does if we want to move forward, we must face it and all the complications it brings. Most of the time we’ll be confident that we’ll find our way through but there may be a time when an extreme, terrible situation leaves us breathless and unsure. When disaster comes, we may feel we’ve fallen into a black hole of despair and uncertainty from which there is no escape. We may be overwhelmed and completely unprepared for what’s happening. Seriously bad situations seem powerful and we may be overcome for a moment, but we are always stronger than any challenge before us and can rely on our personal wisdom to get us through. No matter how difficult the road ahead, no matter how painful the trial, we have enough inside us to find our way. There will always be an answer to any problem we’re facing and with patience and determination we’ll find it. There is no black hole from which we can’t escape. We can take the first step forward and trust ourselves to find the next. Each step will take us further from the fire and closer to the light that will guide us forward. There isn’t anything we can’t manage and when we’re tested and pushed to our limits, we will find our way.

We can’t read the future and nobody knows what tomorrow will bring. If our situation changes dramatically, we may suddenly be stopped in our tracks. We may push ahead hoping we’ll be able to muscle through and that might work or we may waste a lot of time trying to do something that can no longer be done. Instead, we can set aside our previous notions about how we should proceed, and find the best way forward. If we are flexible when our path has been blocked, we’ll find a new road ahead.

Life is filled with changes. When we’re in the midst of a difficult and painful ordeal and feel stressed and overwhelmed, it may seem it will never end. We might believe we’ll always suffer and nothing will ever resolve. But life brings continual change to every situation we’re in. Nothing stays the same forever. We will find the answers we need, we will overcome even the hardest problems, and we will move forward. The light is always there for us no matter how heavy and dark the clouds are overhead. We have everything we need to succeed. We can be confident and resolute, and find our way through.

Today if you’re facing a difficult situation and are unsure and worried, remember how strong you are. You are wise and can discern any problem before you and find the answers. The road ahead is there for you. Take your time, trust yourself, and you’ll find the way forward. All blessings are possible and with patience and determination you will reach them.

Endurance Test

29 Oct

It would be great if every objective or project we had to complete worked out easily.  It would be wonderful if every time we had to do something, no matter what it was, that all the doors would open automatically, everyone would be helpful, and there would be nothing in our way.  That would be perfect, but sadly, those situations tend to be the exception and not the rule.  Most of the time we’ll have to push through something in our way or process a complication or issue preventing us from advancing.  Continual problems may make us consider giving up even if what we want to do is important to us.  Of course, we can change direction any time we want to and let anything go whenever we choose.  But if we want to continue instead of giving up, we can work on our ability to endure a little longer.  Endurance is simply our ability to withstand whatever we’re going through and is a skill we can improve and make stronger.  When we learn to endure well and hold on despite strong winds blowing against us, we have a better chance of achieving our goals.  Some things are hard to accomplish.  They take serious effort, lots of time and energy, and may test our ability to tolerate the challenges they present.  But anything worth achieving is worth our best efforts.  There isn’t anything strong enough to keep us from a destination if we’re willing to navigate whatever is in the way.  We’re stronger than any complication, and smarter than any problem.  We can find our way through and reach our goals.

When we’re on a road trip, if snow begins to fall and accumulate on the highway, our situation may become treacherous.  We can slow down in an effort to continue safely and push forward toward our goal.  Slowing down gives us the chance to carefully see everything in front of us and determine how to navigate forward.  Our progress will be affected but not stopped.  In our personal lives when things get complicated, sometimes we need to slow down to review all our options.  We can keep moving forward with caution until we’re sure the road ahead is exactly where we want to go and can see the destination before us.

There may be times when our situation changes and we must stop our plans completely and re-evaluate where we’re headed.  Perhaps there’s something preventing us from moving forward on the road we’ve been traveling.  The goal may still be possible but we need to redirect how we get there.  We can achieve anything if we’re determined but we might need to change direction to succeed.  It doesn’t matter how many times we correct our course or how may tries it takes to get moving again.  If we’re persistent we will find the way.  Nothing is out of reach and with patience and planning we can reach every goal we set.

Today if you’re facing lots of complications and the road ahead is blocked, remember there are many roads to every destination.  Look around and see all the options possible.  You can go anywhere you choose.  Be strong, endure well and press forward.  Every dream can come true.  You are wise and capable, and nothing is too far to reach.

Horseshoes

24 Oct

When we want to accomplish something we want to do our best but sometimes, because of various factors, we only get close to the goal and don’t actually reach the prize.  There is an old saying that close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes.  Hand grenades for obvious reasons, and horseshoes because you don’t have to get a ringer to get points.  In our lives, if we really want to accomplish anything, just getting close to the goal will never take us where we want to be.  Of course, there may be times when we can’t do something because of decisions being made by others or situations we can’t overcome, but most of the time our own choices keep us from the goals we want to achieve.  We can do anything we want to do but if we aren’t determined to go all the way, chances are we’ll get sidetracked and quit.  There are unlimited reasons not to do something, and if we don’t want to continue any reason will do.  But if the goal is important, even if it’s hard, we can face whatever is in the way and push through to the end.  All options are there for us if we want them badly enough.  Our lives are ours to design and we can do anything if we’re willing to take care of whatever we must to prevail.  Being close is fine if that’s all we want, but actually reaching the prize will bring us great satisfaction and happiness.  We deserve every blessing possible and can do whatever is needed to reach any goal we desire.

We all have different ideas about how to live life.  For some it’s enough to dream about what they want to accomplish.  They spend their time thinking about how their lives could be but do nothing to change their situation.  For others it’s fine to try to reach a goal but once it’s no longer fun to push forward, they stop and return to where they were.  We can live our lives any way we like and if we really want to accomplish something nothing can stop us from achieving it.  All dreams are possible if we’re willing to do what is needed to accomplish them.  We can have the lives we want the most and find complete happiness.

When we want to do something different than what’s happening around us we may face questions and opposition.  Many people prefer to keep things predictable and comfortable.  There’s nothing wrong with doing things the same way if that’s what we want, but if we yearn for something more it’s always possible.  We can change any situation we like and move into uncharted territory whenever we choose.  There are endless opportunities possible and we can try as many as we like.  Our lives belong to us and we can do anything.  The lives we dream about are waiting for us and when we’re ready, we can have them.

Today if you’ve been pushing toward a goal but are tired of the struggle and thinking about giving up, decide what you want most.  If the goal is important you can reach it.  There isn’t anything you can’t do.  Decide what kind of life you want and then do what is needed to achieve it.  All dreams are possible and you can make them come true.  Create the life you want the most and every happiness will follow.

Grinding Through

22 Oct

We go through endless scenarios as we navigate through our lives. Some are predictable and easy to process, some are annoying, and some are very difficult to understand and cope with. When we’re in an uncomfortable situation and there’s a lot going on that we either don’t understand or don’t want to be involved in, we may find ourselves grinding through just to manage it. There may be times when we’re somewhere we have to be but don’t want to be and every second we endure can seem like forever. Endurance may take every bit of patience we possess as we endeavor to get through. We can manage anything that comes, even if it tries us and pushes us to the end of what we believe we can tolerate. There really isn’t anything powerful enough to overcome us and we can manage whatever is required at any time. But when we’re in the midst of an unpleasant and difficult situation it may be hard to stand strong. It’s not easy to be still when everything inside us is telling us to run. In situations like that we can pull strength from deep inside and withstand whatever we must to get through. We are stronger and more capable than we may think we are and can manage anything we must. We can trust ourselves to process any situation and move forward. Every answer we need is there and as we walk through each step we’ll find our way through whatever is causing us hardship.

There are all kinds of people in the world. Some we’ll enjoy, some we’ll tolerate, and some may be difficult for us to manage. When we struggle to get along with someone else it’s often because of a difference in perspective. We all see the world through our own filters and we may struggle to understand the beliefs and ideas of someone whose perspectives are very different from our own. There are limitless ways to live life and we can express our own views while respecting whatever differences we’re up against. Compromise is always possible and with patience and understanding we can find a way to manage disagreement.

We may be in situations where we feel like the odd man out. Perhaps we’re different in ways that don’t fit with those around us and we may feel like a square peg trying to squeeze into a round hole. We may worry we’ll never be accepted for who we are. It doesn’t matter what those around us are doing or how they’re accomplishing their goals. Our expressions are valuable and worthwhile even if they’re different. We are the only person like us in the entire world and the gifts we offer express our individuality and personal worth. We don’t have to fit any model but the one we choose. Success comes in all varieties and is always available to us. We can be confident in our uniqueness and move forward with clarity and determination.

Today if you must get through a difficult situation that feels overwhelming, remember how capable and strong you are. You are wise and can understand even very complex issues. Take things one step at a time until you get through to the other side. There isn’t anything you can’t manage and manage well. All options are possible and you’ll find the way forward. Be confident. You have everything you need to prevail.

Behind It All

10 Oct

We all want a life filled with happiness and great experiences.  It would be wonderful if we never had to suffer, go through heartbreak or loss, and each day was clear and bright and filled with joy.  But we live in the real world and things will inevitably go wrong.  Sometimes we struggle because of decisions we’ve made or those made by others, sometimes because of events out of our control, and sometimes we have no idea why everything went wrong.  When we’re under water with stress and despair, if the trial is long lasting and difficult we may begin to believe it will never end.  The dark clouds over us may seem stationary and we don’t see any changes ahead.  Storms can be treacherous and frightening, and if there’s a lot of noise and disharmony they may cause us to shiver for a moment.  When the sky over us is dark and looming, and the clouds are dense and threatening, we may forget that behind it all the sun is brightly beaming, waiting for a clearing to shine down on us.  The sun is always there, no matter how dark it is overhead.  When we’re going through difficult challenges we can remember that behind any anxiety and duress, it is shining over us.  It’s always there and we can count on our ability to find the answers we need and the sun breaking through.  Hard times come to us all and we may feel overwhelmed and pushed to our limits, but no matter what is happening now, there is always the chance for happiness ahead.  Life will try us and there may be times when we’re sure we can never prevail.  But step by step we will find our way and every single issue will be resolved.  We are more powerful and capable than we may believe.  We can manage any problem we face and find success.  The sun is always there no matter how dark the sky is overhead.  We can trust in it and in ourselves to get through.

There are unlimited roads possible to every destination we seek.  There is no one right way to live life.  When we’re trying to find our way through a puzzling and difficult challenge, we don’t have to take the same path that everyone else has tried.  We can revise our thinking and do something different.  If we are open to new possibilities and ways of thinking, no matter how confounding the issues are before us, we will find the way through.  There is no limit to what we can do and nothing we can’t overcome.

Unresolved problems don’t simply go away and stay away forever.  They will return again and again until we determine to finally settle them once and for all.  If we’re facing a problem we did not resolve in the past that is weighing us down, we can commit to taking it apart until we close it completely, and move forward undeterred and confident.  We deserve complete and total happiness and facing the issues that block our path and deciding to solve them before moving on will help us achieve it.

Today if you’re in the midst of serious trials and trouble, if the way ahead is dark and you feel unsure, remember the sun is shining brightly behind it all.  You can find every answer you need to settle any issues you’re facing.  You are stronger and wiser than you imagine.  Do what is needed to clear the road ahead and continue forward.  Nothing is too difficult for you and every dream is possible.