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Piling On

18 Jul

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and sometimes it seems like it twists and turns right on top of us. We can manage any complication that comes along, but when they come linked together, it can get crazy. We get up in the morning and discover there’s no water because there’s been a water main break somewhere, then the microwave door explodes open for no apparent reason and throws hot food all over us, the car developed a flat tire overnight, and we can’t find our keys. It can happen, or any of a million variations on the theme. We’ve all been there and will probably go there again. Sometime it’s like a chain reaction – one thing goes wrong, and then another, and another and we’re left standing confused and overwhelmed. It’s hard to explain when trouble piles on and we may feel we’re cursed or doomed in some way. Of course, that’s not possible. The whole world hasn’t turned against us, and nobody orchestrated this to drive us crazy. When a combination of unrelated troubling events come together, they may stop us in our tracks. Lots of things can always go wrong, but they can always be turned back around. The water main will be repaired, the microwave can be adjusted, the flat tire can be fixed and we will find our keys. Instead of seeing roadblocks as a complete stop and getting upset, we can see them as merely a detour in our plans, and confidently and capably manage them. We can maintain our composure and see everything clearly so we can plan our next steps. Everything we do teaches us something of value, and no matter how dire the circumstance, there will always be something for which to be grateful. Our worst day will have blessings for us. We are strong and smart, and nothing can overcome us. We can continue moving forward no matter what’s in the way, and find success.

When we’re furious and angry, it’s impossible to reason clearly. It might feel good to vent all our frustration and tell the whole world how mad we are, but it won’t help us find the answers we need. Even if everything goes wrong and we’re completely frustrated, we can keep our composure and think clearly. Everything we need is already there for us and with patience and self-control, we will more easily find the way forward.

We can never predict what will happen next and there is no way to prepare for the unknown. No matter how well we plan, something may go wrong. There may be no way to continue on the road ahead and we may have to completely regroup and find another possibility. It’s not easy to change direction and start again, but we are more powerful than we realize and can do anything we must to find our way. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage, and we will prevail.

Today if everything seems to be going wrong and the road ahead has disappeared, trust yourself and be confident. You are wise and intelligent, and nothing can keep you from success. There will always be another way forward, and you will find it. Look at all the options available and start again. Every success is possible, and you will reach it.

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Losing It

12 Jul

Life is complex and every minute of every day can bring something we never expected or that upends our plans and changes everything. There is no way to know what will happen next or who may enter our lives and turn our ideas inside out. Something may arise that stops us cold and requires us to adjust everything we’re doing. We may wonder how this could happen, but we only have control over ourselves, and there are always a lot of unknowns. Sometimes when we’re trying to move forward, situations or decisions get in the way and keep us from advancing. We can get mad, pitch a fit, scream at those involved, and lose all self-control in an effort to stop the situation. We may feel better after venting our anger and frustration, but it’s unlikely that losing our self-control will help anything, or bring us any answers. Disappointments will come and when they do it’s far better to step back and take a moment to process what’s happened and think about how we can still reach our goal. There are unlimited roads available and many of them will lead to the destinations we desire. If one is suddenly closed off and no longer possible, we can find another. We might not be able to do it in our original time frame, and we may have to go the long way around to get there, but success is still possible. Losing control of our emotions and blasting those around us when things change will only delay us from finding the answers we need. We don’t need any additional delays and by thinking clearly, taking a deep breath, and allowing ourselves time to see all the options available, we can continue to move forward.

When something develops that threatens what we’re doing, our first response might be to deny it’s happening. If we’re averse to conflict, we might ignore the signals that things are changing and out of our control. Looking away from things that are difficult doesn’t change anything and prevents us from finding the answers we need to manage what’s happening. We can’t hide from developments and expect to process them at the same time. We have all the wisdom and strength we need to face whatever comes, and find all the answers we need.

A change in direction is just that – a change in direction. It doesn’t mean we can’t succeed or that any goal is impossible to reach. It may be difficult to accept and we may struggle to understand, but we can still move forward. If we get angry and upset, our ability to think clearly will diminish. We can’t find solutions if we’re losing our minds over something unexpected. We know what we want and if we stop and look around, we’ll find a way to achieve it. Nothing is beyond our reach and no matter what happens, we can succeed.

Today if a wrench has been suddenly thrown into your plans and you’re thrown off course, remain calm and see what’s possible. Every road is available and you will find the way forward. You are amazing and powerful, and can do anything you desire. Make a new plan and step forward. Every success is there for you and you will prevail.

Weeds

8 Jul

Our lives and experiences are individual to each of us. We’re all unique and everything we go through is specific to our own personal journey. We may interact with all kinds of people and some of them will share experiences with us, but our own interpretation makes each step individual and exclusive. Sometimes the lives of others may seem somehow better than ours. They may seem to have an easier path or more advantages than we’ve been given. They say the grass is always greener on the other side and that may be true a time or two, but sometimes what we think is greener grass from far away turns out to be weeds up close. Nobody gets a perfect, easy life without heartache or trouble. There are no free passes when it comes to trial and hardship. We’ll have our share and everyone around us will also have theirs. Although it may seem that others have it easier, we cannot possibly know the whole story. They may have terrible trials we know nothing about. There is no way to know everything about anyone else’s life. We can only see inside our own minds and understand completely what we’re going through. It’s impossible to see the entire picture from the outside looking in, and we don’t know what personal struggles others may have before them or how hard it is for them to continue. We have many blessings in our lives every single day. Even on our worst day, there will be something for which to be grateful. Life is filled with possibilities and we have everything we need to have the lives we desire. Weeds and grass can look the same from afar, and we need not judge ourselves against what we think others are experiencing. Every blessing is possible and we can step forward with confidence to get the lives we want the most.

We cannot help the circumstances into which we’re born. Some people arrive to wealth and comfort, and will have easier access to opportunities and options. Others are born to poverty and struggle, where every step takes effort and nothing comes without work. If we don’t have the advantages of others, we can still find success. Dirt roads lead to destinations just like paved ones. We can decide what we want, and then do what is needed to accomplish it. Everything is possible and with determination and confidence, we can achieve anything we desire.

When our lives aren’t where we want them or we don’t have the advantages of those around us, it’s easy to complain about our lot in life. We can stand still and gripe for as long as we like, but it will never bring us happiness. We’re always in control of our lives and we can stay where we are, even if we’re unhappy. Or we can decide what we want most and then begin to do what is needed to achieve it. Everything we desire is possible and when we’re ready, we can move forward and claim it.

Today if it seems it’s harder for you to succeed than those around you, remember how strong and capable you are. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Decide what you want and then take the first step forward toward the goal. You are powerful and wise, and nothing is out of reach. Where you are now is just your starting point, and nothing can keep you from success.

In or Out

24 Jun

We can accomplish anything as we go through our lives. As we review all the options possible and consider what we want to do, all kinds of ideas and thoughts may pop into our heads. We may feel excitement at the prospects before us or we may be intimidated by what we need to do to get to a desired goal. We are highly capable and can manage even complex and difficult tasks to move forward, but looking at them from the beginning may be daunting. Few things will come to us simply because we desire them. We will have to plan and work, and push ahead step by step until we reach success. But we won’t go anywhere if we don’t believe we can get there. We must be determined and convinced we can make it or we may end up standing still and going nowhere. It’s impossible to believe we can do something and at the same time doubt we can succeed. We have to decide which way it will go. Either we’re in or we’re out. If we want the goal, we can do what’s needed to get it. If we aren’t sure, we can take the time necessary to decide exactly what we want to do. Our lives are a reflection of every choice we make, and we can have the lives we dream about but they won’t just appear out of nowhere. It’s up to us to decide what we want and start forward toward our dreams. Every goal is possible and we have all we need to gain them. Nothing is beyond our reach and we can do anything we desire. The whole world is there for us. Every dream, every destination and every possibility await. We’re only steps away from success. We can decide what we want and then begin forward.

Mediocrity is the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. We can merely go with the flow and follow everyone else’s lead, never making a decision about what we want or choosing anything for ourselves. Coasting is fine if we want to go where the tide is taking us, but if we want our own unique, perfectly fitted life, we’ll have to step out onto our own roads and head toward our own destinations. If we only follow along, we will never have the lives we dream about. Nobody else’s decisions can ever fill our own personal desires. We deserve complete happiness and by choosing our own destinations and reaching them, we’ll have it.

Some dreams are easy to reach but others take a lot of time and energy, and if we want them, we must be willing to hold onto them even when the way forward is hard to find. Everything worth having is worth fighting for and when the road gets hard or takes longer than we planned, we can continue forward sure of success. Our lives are always in our control and we can design them any way we choose. We can find our way to every destination, and reach every goal.

Today if you’re not sure you can succeed and are beginning to doubt you have what it takes to prevail, remember everything you’ve already accomplished. You are stronger than you think you are and nothing is too far to reach. Be confident and stand strong. Everything is possible and you have everything you need to win.

The Highway

19 Jun

We all have our own ideas and opinions about how things are and how they should go. We are each unique and our lives are colored and influenced by the experiences we have and the people with whom we interact. Although our own personal interpretations may be diametrically opposed to someone else’s, it doesn’t necessarily mean one is right and the other is wrong. There are many roads to travel and no one perfect way to live life. If we’re strong willed and think our ideas are the only correct way to proceed, we may struggle to get along with others who think differently. If we believe the old adage that “it’s my way or the highway,” we may have trouble understanding others and our personal relationships may suffer. One way of doing things is just that – one way. It will never be the only way to get things done and if we’re not open to hearing other opinions, we may have to travel it alone. We may feel some ideas are not acceptable, repugnant, or completely insane, when in reality they are only different. We can design our lives any way we want but that’s where our control ends. We can’t expect others to follow our example or pattern their choices after ours. Everyone gets to choose for themselves. They may choose roads we would never consider, adopt beliefs we cannot understand, or go in the opposite direction we choose, despite our efforts to convince them otherwise. There is unlimited variety in human expression and we’re all entitled to our very own version. Our lives belong to us and we can live them any way we choose. We can be confident in our own personal views and still respect and honor differences in others.

When we’re convinced we have the right answers and know the best way forward, we may want others to listen to us and follow along. If they don’t agree with us and refuse to adopt our beliefs or plans, we could ridicule and belittle them, call them names, and disparage them to others in an effort to bring them in line. But putting others down will never convince anyone to follow us. It will only damage our credibility and may make it harder to find alliances in the future. We can state our position positively, and then allow others to make their own decisions. We can respect differences and build partnerships going forward.

Being committed to our personal choices need not make us intolerant of the decisions of others. Every road has benefits and challenges, and there are endless options possible for every choice. We can decide what we want and how we want to move forward regardless of what others are doing. The roads we choose are ours to travel and each decision we make reflects our personal desires and ambitions. Life is filled with possibilities and we may embrace any path we want to get to any destination. It’s all up to us and us alone to design our lives and accomplish the goals we desire.

Today remember your personal choices are important and belong solely to you. Hold them close and respect the choices of others. You are wise and capable, and able to accept differences of opinions with grace and dignity. You are such a blessing to us all. Set the example for good, and step forward with confidence.

Hair On Fire

18 Jun

We have all kinds of experiences as we go through our lives. We don’t have control over most of what happens and may be affected by actions and decisions we know nothing about. Things may change suddenly and unexpectedly. We can’t read the future and all the decisions being made by others around us and around the world may bring our lives to a screaming halt. What we do next often determines how things will go from there. If we freak out, lose our minds, and run around like our hair is on fire, chances are we won’t see the answers we need to change the situation. We may be extremely upset about what’s happened, and we might express that in a thousand different ways, but one thing is certain, anger and hysteria won’t help us. We may feel better after we express it, but we’ll still be right where we were when the bubble burst. The only way to change our situation is to see it openly and objectively, and then with patience and clarity choose our next move. There is a solution to every problem, and we are never stuck in any situation no matter how intense or difficult. There will always be a way forward and we can find it. We can look at all the options possible and decide how we want to proceed. Life is filled with uncertainties and surprises. Just when we think we’ve got everything figured out, a wrench may get thrown into our plans. It doesn’t matter how complicated the situation gets, we can find the way forward. We already possess everything we need to do anything we want. We can be strong, and patient and solve any problem that comes. Nothing is powerful enough to hold us down, and we can still achieve great success.

When we’re working hard to accomplish a goal and something we can’t move is in the way, we have options. Sometimes the plans we made at the beginning won’t carry us through to the end. There are always a lot of variables and when they don’t work together, we may have to regroup and change direction. There are many roads to every goal and we can adjust our plans when necessary to continue forward. If we get stopped and can’t move, we can be flexible and find alternative choices that will help us proceed.

Everything we want to do is possible but sometimes we can’t accomplish it right now. If we keep hitting a roadblock no matter what we do or where we go, it may be a signal that the goal isn’t possible at this time. It’s hard to be patient when we want something badly but wasting energy on something that can’t happen won’t benefit us. Life is constantly changing and if we can’t move forward now, we can set the goal aside until things are different and try again. We can accomplish anything we like by looking at our situation clearly and finding the best way forward.

Today if everything has changed and you can’t move ahead with the plans you’ve made, instead of losing control, calmly look at everything possible and decide on your next steps forward. You can accomplish anything you desire and revise your plans when needed to find success. Be confident and be clear. Every goal is there for you. You have everything you need to win and you will prevail.

The Edge

5 Jun

We can accomplish anything we really want in our lives. If we have sufficient desire and are determined to succeed, nothing can keep us from doing anything. But some things take a lot of time and require many steps before we reach the goal. It can be hard to continually press forward, and if the road is long, we may only be able to focus on the next step ahead. Sometimes we don’t know exactly how many more we’ll have to take before we reach the goal, and if we can’t see the end, may begin to doubt we can make it. We may feel that despite all our efforts we are no closer today than we were at the beginning. At times like that, we can stop, turn around and look back at how far we’ve already traveled. We may be amazed that we’ve come much further than we thought and gain strength from what we’ve already accomplished. Even if we can’t see the goal just ahead, we may be on the very edge of success and only steps away from the destination. We don’t know what’s around the next turn and may be surprised to see we have arrived and reached the goal. Our lives are ours to design and we can change our minds about anything at any time. If we don’t want to continue forward, we don’t have to. We can let go of the goal and move onto something else, and choose to quit, but stopping will only guarantee we will not prevail. We can’t move forward and stand still at the same time. Every goal is possible and if we’re determined to succeed, we will win. It’s all up to us. We can go the very edge of triumph and walk away, or continue forward and gain the prize. Nothing is out of reach if we’re willing to do what it will take to get it. There isn’t anything that’s too far away or too difficult for us to achieve. We can have the lives we desire and make all our dreams come true.

Once we’ve decided on a goal and are determined to make it ours, we can begin the journey. We know what we want and are ready to do what it takes to achieve it. But as time passes and we overcome one obstacle after another, we may begin to waver. If the road is harder than we imagined at the beginning and longer than we expected, we may begin to doubt we can succeed. If the goal requires more determination and commitment than we possess, we may falter. We must decide if we really want to reach it, and if we do, press forward with confidence and conviction.

They say the darkest hour is just before dawn. When we’re in the midst of pushing forward and seriously focused on the next step ahead, we may not notice how close we are to success. We may be at the very edge of realizing our goal before we look up and see it there. Even the longest, most daunting journeys reach conclusion. We are powerful and strong enough to complete any journey before us and every goal is possible. There is nothing we can’t do and we will find great success and happiness.

Today if you’re pushing through a long, and difficult road trying to get to a goal you are determined to reach, be confident. Everything is waiting for you and all your dreams are ready. Keep walking forward. Nothing can keep you from success. You will prevail and find great satisfaction and happiness.