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Coiled Up

20 Mar

There are lots of different situations we experience as we go through our lives. Change is constant, and while we enjoy and embrace the good times, chances are something will eventually turn in another direction and we may end up in an entirely different scenario. When things change and there are a lot of unknowns, if we’re stressed and uncertain, we may feel tense and worried, like a coiled-up spring, just waiting for something to break everything apart. There is no way to know what will happen next and there will always be unknowns and uncertainty to some degree. If we want to, we can let anxiety and concern over what might happen overcome us, and stand paralyzed waiting for the bottom to fall out. While it’s possible that lots of things may go wrong, our most dreaded fears may become reality and we may be vanquished, most of the time that won’t happen. There may be complications and scary developments, but our whole world won’t collapse and there will always be a way out. There will always be another option possible and another road available. We have overcome many difficulties already, and even when we aren’t sure what to do, will find our way. There is no need to believe we won’t survive – we will. There is no reason to doubt – we are strong and capable. Things may fall apart, our plans may falter, and we might be confused and unsure. But no matter where we are or what’s happened, we already possess everything we need to turn our course, and reach success. We are more powerful than we realize and nothing, absolutely nothing, can stop us from moving forward.

The world is a huge place but with international travel, and the internet, we are far more connected to far away places than ever before. What happens in a country thousands of miles away may impact us here at home. We have no control over what anyone else does, and sometimes people do things that negatively impact everyone. When disaster strikes, and we’re suddenly restricted from doing the things we want to do, we can find creative ways to continue toward our own goals and objectives. Being flexible and learning to bend when the winds of change blow our way will help us find the answers we need to continue ahead.

There is never only one way to live or one road to travel. There are unlimited options always available to us, and if one road gets blocked, we can step onto another. We are creative and wise, and can accomplish whatever we desire no matter what may be in the way. If the road ahead is no longer available, we can find another or create our own. There will always be possibilities and every answer we need will arise. Nothing is powerful enough to keep us from our goals. We can do what is needed to gain the life we want and make our dreams come true.

Today if it seems everything has gone wrong, and you’re restricted in ways that are keeping you in place, look at all the possibilities before you. There is another way forward, and with patience and clarity you will find it. Trust yourself. You are amazing and wise, and nothing can keep you from success.

Accepting

28 Feb

Life is filled with possibilities and opportunities to do just about anything we want. We can decide on a goal and then plan to do what’s needed to make it ours. It sounds simple enough, but sometimes it doesn’t exactly go that way. Even if we want something very much, we may get sidetracked and distracted on our way to achieving it. Everything we want requires something from us – our time, our focus, our diligence and attention. If we step away again and again, as time goes by, we might begin to believe we’ll never succeed. Maybe we haven’t lost that weight we’ve wanted to, or gone back to school like we planned. Maybe we didn’t work as hard as we could have and missed a promotion, or haven’t taken that vacation we’ve been dreaming about. Life is busy and full of unexpected developments. If we let all the details and distractions get in the way, it will be hard to stay focused on the goal. We’re in control of our lives and can do anything we desire, but if we want to accomplish the things that mean the most, we have to make them a priority. There will always be complications and unforeseen problems to muck up the works. We can deal with them as they arise. We don’t have to let them push us off the road we’re on. We can accept the situation as it is, stand firm, hold tight to the goals we’ve chosen, and continue forward. We may face times when because of circumstance our progress is very slow. It can be discouraging when we can’t move ahead but there is no rush. As long as we keep moving forward, we will reach the destination we seek. Every dream is possible and nothing is too far to reach. With determination and patience, we will prevail.

We may not be where we want to be right now, but there are great blessings possible in every situation. Accepting ourselves as we are now, and deciding what we want to do next will give us the confidence we need to move toward the goals we most desire. We are incredibly capable and nothing is too difficult or challenging for us to manage. Each step forward will take us closer to where we want to be, and as we move ahead, we’ll gain greater clarity and focus. We can accomplish anything we desire. Every dream is possible, and we can make them ours.

Every choice we’ve made so far has brought us to where we are. If we want something different, we can always change direction and choose something new. There are endless options possible, and we can achieve anything. It doesn’t matter if it’s difficult, we will manage. It doesn’t matter if it will take a long time, we can be patient. We deserve complete happiness and choosing to do what we want the most will bring it to us. Success is there for us. We need only step forward and claim it.

Today if you’re disappointed because you haven’t accomplished something, think about what you want the most. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Make a plan and step forward toward the goal. Every destination is there for you, and nothing can keep you from anything you desire. Be strong and confident. You will succeed.

What Comes Next

21 Jan

We all have ideas about how we want our lives to go. We know what we want to accomplish and where we want to be. We can see where we are right now, and try to plan for the future, but there is no way to know what lies ahead. Even when we plan well and try to prepare for the possibilities we can envision, we don’t know what will happen next. Sometimes everything goes about the way we think it will, and we move ahead with little trouble. However, other times we may be surprised by events and situations we could never have imagined. Life is filled with all kinds of unexpected developments. There may be others making decisions we are unaware of, and complications may arise that hold us in place. What comes next is an unknown in most situations, and at any moment everything may change. Things go wrong, the road turns, and sometimes everything goes up in smoke. Trouble may come, but no matter what happens, we can find a way through. We can’t control what the future brings, but we can control how we manage it and decide how we will proceed. There isn’t any complication or problem too complex for us to figure out. The road we’re on may end, or turn and point us in the wrong direction, but we can step away from where we are, and start again. Nothing can hold us in place indefinitely. There are many roads to every destination and we will find the way ahead. Not every goal will come easily, and sometimes we may have to stop and rethink what to do next, but we can achieve anything we desire and find success. Every dream is possible and with patience and determination, we will prevail.

There will be times in our lives when everything goes well, our plans work out and we move forward with little resistance. But those instances are rare, and most of the time we’ll have some push back when we’re trying to advance. Resistance requires thought and endurance, and teaches us more about ourselves and the world around us. When we have to push through difficult times, we become more resilient and gain strength and wisdom. Each trial teaches us something new to carry forward. We become more courageous as we push through trouble and more confident as we succeed.

When something extreme and unexpected happens, we may be shocked and stunned, and need time to process where we are now. Big surprises can knock the wind out of us, and we can take the time we need to understand what’s happened before we begin to formulate our next steps. We can get help if we need it, and then decide how to proceed. Everything may change but we are strong and capable, and will always find the answers we need to move forward. Nothing can keep us from our goals, and we have everything we need to do anything we desire.

Today if something unexpected has happened and your plans are no longer workable, take the time you need to decide what you want to do. There are many roads ahead and you will find the way. Nothing is beyond your abilities, and you will prevail. Be confident and step forward. Every dream is still there for you, and you will succeed.

Out of Steam

13 Jan

We often have a lot of things going on in our lives at the same time. Our families need our attention, our jobs require our time, we have daily responsibilities that can add up, our personal health demands our focus, and there are unexpected developments and complications that always arise. Sometimes it may feel like a juggling act keeping it all taken care of. We are incredibly capable and most of the time will be able to manage whatever is required. But life can get convoluted and difficult, and if there’s too much happening, we may get overwhelmed and exhausted. We don’t have unlimited energy and it’s possible to run out of steam before we get through. We’re in control of our lives and can stand still when we need to and take the time necessary to regroup and consider our next steps. Taking a moment to reflect on what we need to do will help us recharge, and then, we can start again. We have reserves deeper than we think, and can dig deep for the strength we need. We can trust we have sufficient power to do whatever is needed at any time. There is enough wisdom and courage within us to accomplish anything, no matter how complex or difficult the road ahead. We are stronger and wiser than we think we are, and nothing can hold us in place. Every goal is attainable and every destination is possible. We can discern what is needed, and accomplish any task before us. Every success is there for us, and we will prevail.

The world is filled with opportunity and possibilities. Every goal and dream are achievable, and we can design our lives any way we desire. Some things will be difficult to accomplish, but if we’re willing to do what’s required to achieve them, we can make our dreams come true. It’s easy and takes little effort to simply let life take us where it will, but letting our lives follow wherever the current road leads will never take us where we most want to go. We can step up and take charge of our direction, and decide what we want to gain. Our lives belong completely to us, and we can find true happiness and satisfaction by choosing the road ahead.

Our relationships are important and when they are healthy and strong, bring great satisfaction and happiness to our lives. All good relationships take effort to make them vibrant and positive. However, if we’re in a relationship that takes continued work with little reward, and there is constant stress, we may tire of the struggle. We never have to stay in any relationship that isn’t working. We can decide what’s best for us, and redirect our course. We deserve complete happiness, and can be confident enough to do what is needed to get it.

Today if you’ve been pushing hard toward a difficult goal and are tired of the struggle, take a moment to step back and look at all the options before you. You can continue forward if the goal is still important, or choose another road. You know where you want to go, and will make the best decision possible. Your life is yours to design, and you can reach every success. Be confident. You are strong and powerful, and nothing can hold you down.

Still Here

10 Dec

We have many different experiences as we go through our lives. Some of them are fun and easy, and others not so much. There are endless things that can happen and everyone around us – those we know and those we don’t – are constantly making choices that may impact us in ways we never expected. We only have control over what we do, and we never know what each day will bring. When a difficult situation arises, or there is a decision we’re unsure about, we might try to simply ignore it, hoping it will resolve itself and we won’t have to address it. That might work, but most of the time what we set aside will remain and wait for us to come back. Unresolved issues don’t usually just go away. They stay with us, niggling at us from the far reaches of our consciousness and remain until we do what is necessary to settle them once and for all. We can try to run from it but it’s impossible to successfully run from something that’s inside us. Wherever we go, whatever we do, it will be there. We can look the other way, ignore the promptings to address it, convince ourselves it will go away, but it’s impossible to remove it until we address it. We are capable of handling anything that comes to us. It doesn’t matter how hard or how complicated it is to resolve, or how painful it is to open the door. We can stand firm and do what is needed to solve any problem and settle any trouble. We can trust ourselves to find the answers we need and move forward with confidence. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage. We have all the power and courage we need to do anything.

When we have something we don’t want right now, but aren’t ready to get rid of, we may store it in a closet. We can put it inside, close the door and forget about it. We can try to do the same thing when there is something difficult we don’t want to face. Tucking it away in our minds may make it seem to disappear, but unlike being tucked in a closet, what’s unsettled in our thoughts will continually remind us it’s there. Unresolved issues never go away. We deserve complete happiness. By settling any decision or situation that needs our attention, we can move forward with clarity, sure of success.

What seems impossibly hard before we start often becomes clear and workable once we begin. We learn as we go and each step we take, and each door we open, brings more information and lights the way forward. The most impossible situations become workable and we find the solutions we need to solve any problem before us. We are brave enough and smart enough to face anything and find our way through. Nothing is powerful enough to overcome us, and every blessing is possible.

Today if you’ve been avoiding a difficult situation, remember how smart and wise you are. You’ve been successful in settling and solving many hard problems, and have everything you need to do anything you must. Be confident and trust yourself. Open all the doors and move forward with clarity. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is strong enough to hold you down.

Struggle

27 Nov

Few things we desire come without effort. Some things come easily but there is often push back of some sort when we’re trying to do something new. Like an ongoing tug of war, we press ahead and then something happens that makes us step back a bit. The easy, clear, paved roads we hope for may happen once in a while, but most of the time there will be complications, detours, roadblocks, and trouble. We all want to be successful and stay focused enough to continue forward, even when there are problems ahead. The struggle to accomplish something isn’t always easy, and may at times threaten to overcome us. It can be hard and frustrating, but as we unravel each issue, we learn incredibly valuable lessons that teach us more about ourselves and the world around us. The old saying of “No pain, no gain,” comes into play. As we tumble and twist trying to find the right way ahead, we uncover much knowledge and gain wisdom that enhances us and enriches our understanding. If everything was easy to obtain, there would be little value in the experience. We know what we want, and even if the road to it is rocky and treacherous, filled with all kinds of complications and doubt, we can find our way. We don’t have to look at the whole process at once. We can take the next step and solve one problem at a time. Inch by inch we’ll get closer to the goal and with persistence and determination, will reach our destination. When we get there, we will be stronger and wiser for what we’ve accomplished and will carry all our gained knowledge forward with us. Each time we overcome an obstacle, we gain something. Our lives are a reflection of every experience we have. Every dream is possible and with patience and dedication we can reach great success.

Suppose we had our own individual genie who could grant us anything we desired. At first, it would be exciting filling our lives with all the things we’ve dreamed about. But in time, the thrill would dissipate as we realize gaining everything without earning anything feels hallow. Pushing through complications and solving problems are what bring us great satisfaction and benefit. As we learn and grow, our lives are augmented and enhanced, and we gain greater confidence moving forward.

Trying new things and reaching for new goals always carries some risk. Things will likely go wrong, and because we’re on new ground, we may take a wrong turn, or make a big mistake in judgement. If we don’t want to take any risks, we can try to keep our lives exactly as they are. But staying where we are will never open new horizons. Life is a great blessing. What we do with it is up to us. We have enough courage and wisdom to reach further and see how far we can go. There are unlimited things to learn and with each step we will find great joy in our discoveries.

Today if you’re struggling to get to a new goal, and the road is complicated and difficult, trust yourself. You know what you want and nothing can keep you from it. Every destination is possible and you have everything you need to prevail. Be confident. You are amazing and capable, and every dream can come true. Take another step forward. You will succeed.

Lipstick

25 Nov

Life is unpredictable and things aren’t always what they seem. When we first think about something we want to do and explore our options, it may seem logical and easy to accomplish. But sometimes what looks good at the beginning changes as we move ahead, and what we thought was going to happen doesn’t. As we continue forward, we may discover the destination doesn’t look anything like what we bargained for. Even if we did everything we could before we started, we can’t know what isn’t available, and may face moments of sincere disappointment for the way things end up. We can try to make the best of things when our plans fall through, and everything goes south. We can put on a happy face, and pretend things are better than they. But if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig. Life is constantly changing and nothing is permanent. If we end up somewhere we don’t want to be, we don’t have to stay there. We can look at the options possible, decide what we want to do next, and begin again. It doesn’t matter if it’s complicated, or will take a lot of time to rearrange the road ahead.  We deserve complete happiness and if where we are doesn’t bring it, we can move. There will always be other options available, and we can change anything we desire. Sitting tight and hoping somehow things will magically improve will never work. If we want something different, we can go get it. We have all the wisdom and courage to accomplish anything we want. We don’t have to go along to keep things the same, or agree with anything we don’t desire. Our lives belong to us and we can design them however we want. We can step away, choose any path before us, and move toward something else. We already know what we want, and have everything we need to get it.

We can only see what’s visible and there is no way to know what the next turn will bring. Even when we plan carefully, things can go awry and we may end up in foreign territory. There are always unforeseen complications, and sometimes what we couldn’t see takes us someplace far different than we thought we’d reach. If the new destination is appealing and we like the scenery, we can stay. But if we want something different, we can simply move right on through and onto something else.

Some people may encourage us to endure a situation we’re uncomfortable with in the interest of ease or conformity. They may tell us we’ll get used to it and learn to adjust. While it’s true we can adjust to any situation before us, we never have to give up our happiness to make others comfortable. We deserve the best of everything we desire, and with determination and focus, we will achieve it.

Today if the end of the road isn’t what you’re seeking, there are endless other opportunities possible. You never have to settle for what you don’t want. You are intelligent and highly capable, and every dream is possible. If you want something else, change direction and start again. Nothing can keep you from success. You are amazing and strong, and will reach every goal you desire.