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Defining Moments

28 Sep

Life is long and each day we make many decisions. Each choice we make changes us in some way and the roads we choose tell the world who we are. If we are mindful, we may look at everything clearly before we decide, but there’s often a lot going on around us and it’s easy to get rushed and simply choose the first option available. If it doesn’t impact us much, it might not matter what we choose, but there are sometimes hidden agendas and unforeseen complications that arise and make moving forward difficult. Nobody is perfect and we’re all going to falter at some point, and every decision we make determines what will happen next and defines who we are. If we continually make careless and foolish choices, those around us will understand we are not to be trusted. But if we try hard to choose well, we’ll be able to build relationships and make connections that will benefit us as we move ahead. Every choice is a defining moment. By being aware of what we’re doing, and carefully evaluating where we’re headed, we will find great satisfaction, and continued success.

The world is filled with all kinds of distractions and how we manage them will determine how we’ll proceed. If we’re addicted to our phone, texting and scrolling, and value our time with it over time spent with others, our relationships will suffer. There is no end to the information we can access at any moment. We can spend every minute of every day going through on-line sites, and following others, and accomplish nothing for ourselves. We are in control of our lives, and the choices we make will take us somewhere. We can ensure we are going where we most want to go by focusing clearly on the road ahead.

We are responsible for our time and how we spend it. If we allow ourselves to be over extended and have more to do than we can effectively manage, everything will suffer. There will always be more that needs to be done. It does no good to have so many commitments that we’re overwhelmed and can’t think straight. By recognizing our limits and planning our time to allow for success, we will be able to accomplish much and reach every goal.

Today think about the decisions you’re making. Choose the roads that will take you where you most want to go. You are wiser than you think you are, and every answer you need is available. Decide how you want to proceed, and be confident. Every success is there for you.  Every dream is possible. Trust yourself and step forward, and you will prevail.

Taking It With You

9 Aug

Life is complicated and ever changing. Every day brings something new to deal with and understand. Everyone has their own ideas about how things should go, and when they don’t go the way we want them to, we may suffer great pains of disappointment and frustration. Most of the time we can manage the ups and downs, but if something terrible happens, it may change the way we think about our lives and we may struggle to move on. When we suffering with personal problems and feel lost and confused, we may think a change of scenery will help. We may believe that if we just go someplace new we can start again and everything will be fine. A change in location will force us to concentrate on lots of new things until we get settled. We may be too busy to notice what’s been going wrong and feel some relief. A different place may distract us for a time but no matter where we go, or what new activity we get involved in, we take everything with us. Problems don’t usually solve themselves, and they will remain quietly waiting until the dust settles again. We can try to tuck them away, and hide them deep inside, and that may work for a time, but eventually they will rise and remind us they are there. There is nothing to be gained by dragging problems along indefinitely, and the best we can do is stop, open all the doors, look at everything clearly and find the answers we need to resolve them once and for all. If we’re unsure we can do it alone, we can ask for help. By reaching out to someone we trust, we can get the assurance and encouragement we need to do what is necessary to finally let go. Life is a great blessing. Holding onto unresolved conflict will never help us move forward. We are intelligent and have everything we need to prevail. Nothing is strong enough to hold us down when we’re ready to move. Every success is always possible and we can start again, and make them ours.

Nobody gets a charmed life filled with paved roads and endless parties. We’re all going to suffer through hard times, face difficult challenges and struggle to find the way ahead. Nobody wants to suffer, but the hard trials we face teach us a lot about ourselves and the world around us. If everything always worked out and nothing ever went wrong, we would know very little about reality. The things that test our patience, and push us to our limits bring us the tools we need to live fully and successfully. When we must push hard to move forward, finally reaching the goal brings great happiness and satisfaction.

Nobody is perfect or knows everything. We may face something that is so difficult and complex, we have no idea how to process it much less solve it. Everyone’s experiences are different and it’s likely someone else has been through the very issue we’re struggling with. Reaching out to others will open new doors and bring new ideas for resolution. We’re not alone if we allow others to help. All the answers we need are already there for us. We can do what is needed to take things one step at a time until we find our way forward. Nothing is out of reach and we will prevail.

Today if you’re facing a serious problem and are thinking of running to a new place to find relief, remember how strong and capable you are. You are wiser and more intelligent than you realize, and nothing can keep you from success. Take your time and look at everything objectively. Reach out for help if you need it, and be patient. You are amazing and all the answers you need are there. Trust yourself and be confident. Every destination is waiting and every success is possible.  Stand strong and step forward. There is light just ahead, and you will reach it.

Please Stop Talking

2 Nov

Everyone has their own ideas and we all have something to contribute. If we’re confident and out spoken, we may offer our opinions without being asked, and comment on things as we see them. It’s good to have ideas and viewpoints, but if we value our own thoughts above those around us, we may push them out of the way to get our point across. We may sit impatiently while they voice their suggestions and ideas, and instead of listening to what they’re saying, may instead simply wait for them to stop talking. When they’re done, finally, we may jump up and inform everyone that we have the answers and know what needs to be done. Being confident is generally an asset, but disregarding those around us because we think we have all the answers will not pave the road ahead. We may have great ideas, but we aren’t the only ones. Everyone has their own perspective and others may see things we didn’t notice and be able to point out ideas we haven’t yet considered. Instead of waiting for them to stop talking so we can take charge, we can really listen to other viewpoints, and then find the best way forward. Everyone has something to offer. Being open to every idea and considering every possibility will open new roads ahead and help us find success. We are intelligent and wise, and by listening carefully, will find the best way forward.

Nobody likes a know it all. It’s impossible for anyone to know everything, and it’s hard to deal with someone who is always sure they have all the answers to every situation. Everyone sees the world a little differently, and there is no way to know absolutely everything all at once. Even if we’re sure we know exactly what needs to be done, listening to other perspectives will help us see everything in a new light. Success is possible and we’ll achieve it more easily if we’re open to new ideas and different directions.

Nobody is perfect and we’re all going to fail at some point. If we’ve made a mistake in judgement that has caused difficulty for others and upended our plans, we may feel terrible. Instead of denying our part in the error, we can accept the situation, and then do what is necessary to correct our course and start again. The destination is still possible, and with careful planning and thoughtful attention, we will reach the goal.

Today if you’ve been impatient with the views of others, stop and listen to what they have to offer. By being open to everyone’s ideas and suggestions, you will find the best plans for moving ahead. There is great success ahead. You have everything you need to reach any destination you desire. Be confident and wise. Every blessing awaits, and you will make them yours.

Uncovering

12 Oct

Our lives are a reflection of our choices. Every decision we make takes us somewhere and changes our path in some way. We can’t predict anything and sometimes our decisions take us places we never dreamed we’d go. There is no way to see around the next turn or know what others will do. Even when we try to choose well, sometimes our plans go up in smoke. If we take the time to look at all the options before us, and determine which will work before we begin, we’ll have a better chance of reaching success. There are endless sources of information and we are often bombarded with ideas and suggestions from every direction. Some people think they know what we need and may try to influence us to follow their lead. Others may purposely mislead us in an effort to achieve something for themselves. Believing whatever we hear is fraught with trouble. The loudest voice and brightest light don’t always lead us where we want to go. The first options that appear may not be our best choice. If we are eager to move forward, we may jump ahead without looking, and that might work out for us, or may take us in the wrong direction. Instead of rushing ahead, we can take some time to uncover the truth in every situation and see the best road ahead. The paved, clear path that’s been well traveled may look good, but easy access doesn’t always lead to success. Following everyone else will only take us where they’re going. By deciding what we want the most and then taking the time we need to find the best way forward, we can reach any goal or destination. We are intelligent and can make excellent decisions. We know what we want, and with patience and clarity, we can uncover all the facts, and reach every destination.

If we’re in a situation that isn’t what we want, and we aren’t happy, we can decide how we will proceed. We can choose to stay and complain, and do nothing to change it, or we can decide what we really want, and then take the first step forward. Being in the same place for a long time doesn’t mean we have to stay there forever. Our lives are ours to design, and we can change anything at any time. We deserve complete happiness, and when we’re ready, we can achieve it. Every blessing is always there for us. Nothing can keep us from success.

Some people are very persuasive. They know what to say and how to say it to get others to follow them. We may fall under their spell and end up somewhere we don’t want to be. We have everything we need to uncover the truth in any situation. We can listen politely, and then investigate the facts until we discover what is real. We never have to go along with anything we don’t want, and with purpose and intent, can control every decision we make, and reach our goals.

Today if you’re being pressured to follow along, look at everything openly and objectively. Uncover the truth of the situation and make the best choice moving forward. There is great success waiting for you and nothing can keep you from it. Be confident, and stand strong. You are more powerful and wise than you imagine, and you will prevail.

Not Biting

21 Sep

There are all kinds of people in the world and we’ll have all kinds of interactions with them. Most of the time things will go just fine, we’ll communicate and get along without issue and move on. But everyone is different and some people have very defined ideas about how things should go that may be completely different from our own viewpoint. They may demand that we respond or do something they want, and may apply serious pressure to get us to go along. They may even give us a mandatory time frame to respond or act by. People can make any demands they like, but we are in control of our own lives. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks we should do, we can make our own decisions. Just because the issue is imperative to them does not make it imperative to us. We never have to do anything we don’t want to do. The influence of others is only as powerful as we allow it to be and we have the right to live our lives according to our own desires and standards. While some people may think they’re in control of those around them, and do everything they can to press their views, we never have to take the bait. By not biting, and simply continuing forward according to our own desires and priorities, we can move through any difficult situation. We can be respectful and decline any suggestions offered. Our lives are ours to design, and when we are true to who we are and what we want, will find great satisfaction. We know who we are and where we want to go. We can set our own course and continue forward toward success.

Some people want everyone on the same page, agreeing and following along. They like conformity and are uncomfortable when others have different ideas they do not share. While it’s true that it’s often easier to move forward when others are involved if everyone stays within the lines set forth, we all have unique perspectives that are valuable and worthwhile. Sameness can only bring sameness. Different viewpoints and opinions bring depth and richness to every situation. Listening to everyone’s point of view will open new doors and enlighten the way forward.

If we want to make cookies, we must pull together many different kinds of ingredients. It’s impossible to make something delicious with just one item. A bowl full of flour is just a bowl full of flour. But if we add sugar, salt, eggs, chocolate chips and other ingredients, we end up with something wonderful. Our lives are the same way. By allowing all kinds of opinions and ideas and being open to new ways of doing things, we embellish the road ahead and enrich our experiences.

Today if someone is demanding that you do something their way and you have other ideas, be patient and polite, and then chart your own way forward. You are amazing and intelligent, and know what you want. Stand strong and step forward with clarity and purpose. Every destination is there for you and nothing can keep you from success.