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Dangling

4 Aug

Life is filled with all kinds of experiences, trials, challenges, and lessons to be learned. No matter who we are, where we live, what we do or who we know, we will all face an unlimited variety of complications, problems and tricky situations as we navigate through our days. There are billions of people in the world and they are all making decisions and choosing things that may impact us even if we don’t know them or they don’t live near us. We may be happily tooling along and suddenly the road turns, something rolls in front of us or the way ahead completely disappears. We are intelligent and can find our way through whatever comes, but the answers won’t always come quickly or easily. If we’re pushed against a wall and no matter what we try or where we turn we can’t seem to budge, we may begin to believe we are doomed. We’re done and it’s over. We might feel that way for a moment, but it will never be true. Nothing stays the same forever, and even if we’re dangling at the end of a long, long rope, losing our grip and hanging on with our last finger, there will be a way to prevail. Nothing, not even the worst possible scenario, can hold us back forever. We are stronger, wiser and more powerful than we think we are, and creative enough to find a way through whatever life throws at us. Trouble – yeah it’s gonna come. Problems – definitely gonna happen. But success will always be possible, and with focus and determination, nothing can keep us from it.

Everyone gets overwhelmed at some point. The only thing we have control over is our own decisions and what we do. Everything else is up for grabs and we never know what will happen next. If the bottoms suddenly falls out, and we are left groping in mid air trying to grab onto something, anything to save ourselves, it may seem hopeless at first. We may face our worst nightmare, but no night lasts indefinitely. The sun always rises, and the tide always turns. We have everything we need to hold on and push forward until we find our footing again.

Our life experiences are unique to each of us, and we all see things from our own personal perspective. A situation that is merely annoying to one person, may be devastating to another depending on where they are in life and what they have already experienced. There is no way to predict how we’ll actually feel about any situation until we’re in it. We are strong and capable, and nothing can hold us down forever. Every dream will still be there, and when we’re ready we can reach them all.

Today if you’re facing an extreme situation and feel like there is no way you’ll prevail, focus on your strength and trust yourself. You are powerful and nothing can overcome you. Be confident, hang on tight and step forward. Every single dream is there, waiting for you. Nothing can keep you from success. You have everything you need to do anything you desire. Stand strong and claim them all.

Skipping Over

16 Jul

Everything we want to accomplish will require something. Few things we desire will come without effort , and if we want to get to a goal, generally we’ll have to plan and work diligently to make it ours. Some things will come easily and require little to achieve, but others may be very difficult and demand lots of time, work, and focus to accomplish. When we want something that’s hard to reach, and it will require a lot of sacrifice to get it, we might look around for some kind of shortcut. Maybe we can skip over some things, fudge on some others, and try to wiggle our way through without having to work so hard. We might find a way to get around some of it, and reach the goal earlier and easier than if we’d done all the work. That may seem like a great idea, but the catch is that everything we do to get to the goal teaches of something of value we’ll need once we achieve it. We may arrive with only half the tools necessary to proceed forward with success. If we’re in college and don’t want to do an assignment, write a paper, or accomplish a task, we could get someone else to do it for us. Of course, that’s cheating, but if our personal standards are low and all we want is the grade, we may choose that option. Once done, we may complete the course and get the desired grade, but the knowledge we could have learned by doing the work ourselves will be absent. We may face a situation going forward where our future success depends on the experience and knowledge we would have gained by doing the previous work ourselves. Success is always possible, but the road to it is paved with work and focus. Skipping over the lessons we need to succeed will never help us. We are capable of accomplishing anything. By choosing to pave the road ahead by staying in and working hard, every dream will be possible. We can trust ourselves to accomplish whatever we desire, and create the lives we want the most.

We all have the same amount of time every day. We’re responsible for our own lives, and if we take on more than we can reasonably accomplish in the time allotted, our situation will become stressful and difficult. Doing half the work needed or skipping over necessary steps to get everything done will not help us succeed. We may look like we’re accomplishing tasks, but the items overlooked may come back to bite us. By taking the time to plan our work effectively, and declining more than we can manage, we will gain greater confidence and find increased success.

Many things must be done in order. Skipping steps and trying to succeed is like trying to drive a car without putting gas in it. No matter how much we think positively, the car isn’t going anywhere without fuel. We are intelligent and capable, and have everything we need to accomplish anything we want. We have all the wisdom and courage to tackle difficult accomplishments and succeed. By trusting ourselves, and stepping forward with confidence, nothing is out of reach and we will prevail.

Today if you’ve been sidestepping and looking for shortcuts to get through a difficult task, trust yourself. You’ve already accomplished many challenging things and nothing is too hard for you to manage. Stand firm and look at everything objectively. All the answers you need are there for you, and nothing can keep you from success.

100 Miles

7 Jul

There are many challenges in life. Some days are very difficult and there may be times when the trials we must face seem insurmountable. The road ahead may be long and treacherous, and may look like a hundred miles of trouble and complications. We may doubt our ability to traverse it. When we’re facing a seemingly impossible test, we may feel completely overwhelmed, sure we’ll never survive. Some roads are very hard, some things will test us mightily, and we may suffer great pains of doubt and discomfort. We may struggle with every step and get lost as we try to advance. There may be some seriously wrong turns and the road ahead may be dark and threatening. Some decisions may falter, and we may get turned around and confused, but life isn’t about living perfectly. It’s about living with intention. Where we are right now does not define our future. The direction we’re headed determines what comes next. We might face failure as we try to push forward, but if we don’t give up and continue moving ahead, we will prevail. Everyone wants a life that’s easy with roads that are paved and flat, but it’s the climb that defines us and gives us depth and wisdom. It’s natural to feel unsure when we’re facing foreign territory that’s daunting and difficult. We can’t see everything from the beginning and there are a lot of unknowns. There is no way to clearly see how we’ll get through. But each step will lead us to the next, and if we persist and keep our eyes focused on the road ahead, we will be able to advance. Life is complicated and we will surely be tested and face things we don’t imagine we can overcome. But we are stronger and far more capable than we think we are, and nothing can keep us from success. If we just take one more step forward, and then another, we will find our way and reach the goal.

Sprints are quick and fast. We can jump early and run fast to reach the destination. If we try to live our lives like a sprint – get in, get it done, and get out – we might succeed at some things. But the important lessons come through the test of time. The most valuable and insightful blessings are gained from the marathons we endure, not the quick races we overcome easily. A long journey through unknown territory that tests us and pushes us to our limits, will give us great knowledge and understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Nothing is powerful enough to overcome us and with courage and calm, we can conquer anything.

When we’re facing a big challenge, instead of facing it head on, we may try to wait and see if everything will fall into place and solve itself. Some things will naturally work out over time, but those instances are rare. Looking away from a problem will not help us find the resolution. We have everything we need to overcome anything we must. Every single blessing is already there for us and we have what is required to make it ours.

Today if you’re facing a big challenge and aren’t sure you can survive it, trust yourself. You already possess all the courage and intelligence you need to overcome anything. Stand strong and step forward with confidence. Every destination is possible, and you will succeed.

Disguised

2 Jul

Life is full of challenges and trials. Some things come easily but many times we have to work through problems and complications to get what we want. People and situations may get in our way, and we may be frustrated just trying to take another step forward. Obstacles are a normal part of life and we all face them from time to time. They interrupt our plans, and give us grief. When we’re facing a big obstacle, it may be a huge impasse and inconvenience. But we can look closer and discover opportunities. Every challenge has value and some sort of blessing attached to it. Many opportunities are disguised at first as obstacles. When we come upon them, instead of pulling our hair out and screaming because there is yet something else blocking us, we can step back and look at everything objectively. Yes there’s something in the way, but if we look under the surface, we may see there is also an opportunity hidden beneath. Hard trials are difficult, but as we navigate through them we gain additional strength. Complicated issues may confound us, but as we untangle them we gain increased knowledge. No matter what we’re facing, no matter how dire things seem, there are benefits to be gained as we confront them. Everything may look jumbled up and confused at first, but as we peel back each layer and solve each problem, the road ahead will clear and we will find our way forward. We are intelligent and capable, and there isn’t anything too difficult for us to manage. By taking things one step at a time, and looking carefully at each development, opportunities will arise and we will prevail. We are amazingly strong and can do anything. The whole world is there for us, and nothing can keep us from success.

There will be few times when everything we plan goes exactly as predicted. Some roads will be paved and clear, and we’ll advance easily and comfortably, but those experiences are rare. Most of the time there will be snags and complications. If we’ve been pushing through trouble for a while, we may begin to believe the goal isn’t possible, and it might not be possible right now. We can set it aside and wait for our situation to change, and then go back and start again. Every destination is there for us and with patience and determination, we can do anything.

Dreaming and planning for what we want is important, but until we begin to do what is necessary to gain the goal, nothing will change. There is no magic genie to grant us three wishes, or a fairy godmother to magically change our situation. We are in control of our lives, and if we want something different, we can make it happen. We are more powerful than we imagine, and nothing is out of reach. By trusting ourselves, standing strong, and moving forward with confidence, we can make our dreams come true.

Today if there’s a big obstacle in your way and you’re stuck and frustrated, look at everything clearly and objectively. There is an opening there for you and an opportunity to advance, and you will find it. Every single dream is possible, and nothing can keep you from success. Be confident and step forward. You will reach the destination.

Staying In

28 Jun

Life is full of opportunities and options. We can do anything we like, and can focus on what we want the most. Nobody gets everything for free, and our goals won’t come to us without effort. We must work for what we want and pave our own roads forward. Sometimes things will go well and we’ll advance and move ahead without much discomfort. Other times we may face serious complications. If the road is complex and difficult, we may take a wrong turn and go a long way in the wrong direction before we realize it. Once we discover the error, we can do what is necessary to correct our course, and continue on. Cross country races are hard to run. There are lots of obstacles that may get in the way, hills to climb, roads to cross and dozens of things may go wrong. We might twist our ankle on a pothole, or fall and scrape the skin off our legs. As we stand bloody, and wounded, we might consider stopping. It may feel the race is harder than we can manage. But no matter what has happened or what lies ahead, we will have the reserves we need to succeed. We can stand back up, wipe the sweat and muck away, and push ahead. Falling doesn’t end the journey. If we fall again, we can rise once more. Others may pass us and we may lag behind, but we don’t have to be first across the finish line to accomplish the goal. There is only failure if we quit. If we stay in the race we will get to the destination and reach success. Every dream is possible if we’re willing to do what is needed to make it ours. Some things will be easy, but others will test us, and push us to our limits. If we keep our eyes focused on the goal, nothing will prevent us from reaching it. The whole world is there for us and there isn’t anything we can’t do. We already have all the courage and wisdom we need to go anywhere and do anything. By trusting ourselves, and continuing forward no matter what happens, we will succeed.

Everyone has their own ideas about how they think life should go. We may make plans to accomplish something that’s important to us, only to discover that accomplishing it will take far more time and effort than we imagined in the beginning. We can always change our plans if we don’t want to go through what is required to get to the goal, but if it’s important and we want it, it doesn’t matter how hard it will be to achieve it. We can set our focus on the road ahead and begin. When complications arise, we can find our way through them. If problems come up, we will solve them. We are capable and strong, and can do anything we desire.

Our lives are ours to design. If we want to take the easy road, and just accept what comes our way, we can. We can just follow along and sit in the back seat. But if we want the lives we dream of, we can make a plan to achieve what we want the most, and push ahead until we reach it. Our personal happiness is our own responsibility. The world isn’t going to create the perfect life for us, but with persistence and attention, we can create it for ourselves.

Today if the road is long and rocky, and you’ve fallen and aren’t sure you can succeed, decide what you want the most. You are more powerful than you think you are, and nothing is out of reach. Stand strong and step ahead. Every dream is there for you, and you will make them yours.