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Tights and a Cape

8 May

Life is filled with challenges and opportunities that teach us new things and give us more information about the road ahead. Sometimes things roll along with little trouble, and other times it seems like everything that can go wrong is going wrong. Nobody gets a free pass on problems. They come to all of us, and when they do, we must find our way through them. We may wish for a life of ease where every day is like a holiday, but if we actually had lives like that, we would learn nothing about ourselves or the world around us. Thankfully, wishes aren’t reality, and we’re going to struggle from time to time. When we’re in the midst of trouble and feel overwhelmed, the answers we need will be there but they may not be obvious. Some answers require us to dig deep and search for them. During times like those it would be terrific if Superman was real, and could show up and just solve everything for us. Unfortunately, if we want tights and a cape to save us, we’ll have to provide them ourselves. We might have to search diligently, and ask for help to find our way through, but we are smart and perfectly capable of managing any issue that’s complicating our lives. Things will go wrong, we will stumble, our plans may disintegrate, and we might find ourselves somewhere we never wanted to go. But we are creative and wise, and there isn’t anything that can hold us down indefinitely. The answers will be there for us and with patience and determination, we will find them. We are capable of incredible success, and nothing is strong enough to keep us from it. Every problem can be solved, and we have everything we need to prevail.

When we’re struggling with something difficult, we may reach out to those around us for help and support. Everyone has different experiences and if we’re facing something new, chances are there will be someone who has already traveled that road, or who can point us in the right direction. If we’re very independent, we may choose to find the answers on our own. We can always do that, but it may take more time and effort than if we reach out for help. Asking for help doesn’t mean we’re weak or can’t do things on our own. We all have a different collection of skills. We can get advice from someone who knows the way forward until we gain our own expertise.

When we’re facing a hard challenge, there may be some who’ll tell us we’ll never prevail and we should just give up and forget it. We can take any advice we like, but we are stronger and more powerful than we think we are. There really isn’t anything we can’t manage. By confidently stepping forward even when we’re unsure, we can open the doors ahead and find our way to success. Life is full of opportunities and we have all the courage and wisdom we need to reach any destination we desire.

Today if you’re facing a difficult challenge and are unsure about how to proceed, trust yourself. You’ve already overcome many difficult problems and you have everything you need to solve any complication. You are intelligent and wise, and nothing is too hard for you to manage. Look forward and step ahead with confidence. Success is there, waiting for you to arrive, and you will reach it.

Set Aside

5 May

Life is full of opportunities and endless choices. Every day we choose what we’ll do, where we’ll go and with whom we’ll associate. We can choose to work toward any goal we want and move closer to whatever destinations call us. There are unlimited things to accomplish and places to go, but sometimes, because of the situation, we may have to go somewhere we don’t want to go, or do something we would never choose. Perhaps we must do something because of our jobs, family pressures, or our financial situation. Life can be complicated and even if we know where we want to go and are ready to move forward, may have to set our personal goals aside while we address something else. As we take care of business, whatever that business may be, we may feel frustrated that we must put our own desires on hold. It’s hard to wait when we want to move ahead, and we may feel held down against our will. There will always be many roads to travel but few will be paved. If we must wait, or take a big detour in the opposite direction, it doesn’t mean we won’t be able to accomplish our own goals. We can still do everything we want to do, but we may not be able to do it today. As we take care of our responsibilities, and tend to whatever complications and delays before us, we can still hold onto our dreams and prepare to move toward them. Delays and detours don’t end our journey. Everything is still possible, and with patience and determination, we will move forward. We can have the lives we dream about and do everything we desire. Nothing is too far away or too difficult for us to overcome. We are powerful and strong, and can make our dreams reality.

When we have our plans prepared and are eager to move forward, we don’t want anything to get in the way. If something happens that stops us in our tracks and we suddenly have to wait, we may feel we’ll lose our momentum and the goal may slip through our fingers. We might believe if we don’t do it now, it’ll never happen. Nothing is written in stone, and if the goal is important to us, even if we have to wait, we can be confident we will accomplish it. We can overcome any complication or delay, and when things change, be ready to jump ahead and move toward success.

There are few times when we must accomplish something by a certain period of time or our opportunity is lost. Most often there is no defined calendar or time frame for success, and we aren’t restricted to any specific period to achieve something or lose our chance. If we have to wait, we can. If our first try doesn’t work, we can try again. Being flexible and willing to bend will help us move forward, and ensure our success. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we’re willing to do what is needed to get there. Our lives are ours to design, and we can do anything we desire.

Today if you’re stuck and can’t move ahead because of situations beyond your control, don’t lose hope. Just because you can’t get to your goal right now doesn’t mean it’s lost forever. You are capable and smart, and will find your way forward. Every opportunity is waiting for you and when things change, you will prevail. All your dreams are possible, and with patience and persistence, you will make them yours.

Best Friend

29 Apr

Everyone has their own ideas about how things should go and what they should do. Most of us want to be successful completing what’s important to us and try to move forward a little every day toward the destinations we desire. Life is complicated and sometimes our progress doesn’t exactly go the way we hope it will. Problems arise, we make decisions that don’t always work out and it seems we have to continually modify and adjust to push through. We might get to a point where we think we should be further down the road than we are or that somehow, we should be doing better in some way. We may set our personal standards very high and if we don’t meet them, become critical of our performance. There is always room for improvement no matter what we’re doing, and we can always do a little more, but we can honor how far we’ve come and what we’ve already accomplished. Berating ourselves for not getting to the goal fast enough, or doing everything perfectly isn’t helpful. We aren’t perfect – nobody is. We learn with each step we take, and as long as we keep stepping forward, we’re winning. It’s fine to have high standards and want to do our best, but we only have control over our own decisions, and things we know nothing about may derail us. We can learn to accept complications and the delays they may cause without tearing ourselves down for not getting to the goal fast enough. We know what we want and have everything we need to get it. We can do anything we like, but we can’t do it all today. Trusting ourselves as we push through, and being patient when there are detours and setbacks will give us the confidence we need to succeed.

If our best friend comes to us upset because they didn’t reach a goal as planned, instead of ridiculing them for not getting it done, we probably would offer them support and kindness. Because we care for them, we may encourage them not to get discouraged, and help them start again. However, we are often harder on ourselves in the same situations. We expect more of ourselves than we expect of others, and that can work against us. Learning to allow the same patience and support we give to others for our own individual struggles will bring us great relief and encouragement. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish. We can trust that no matter what comes, or what goes wrong, we’ll find our way forward.

Perfection may be our goal, but it’s not likely to be our achievement. There is no way to know everything, and there are endless situations that may enter our lives and disrupt everything we have going on. Learning to bend when things go wrong, and keep our eyes on the goal, even when the road turns, will help us reach success. We are stronger and wiser than we think we are, and nothing can keep us from our goals.

Today if you’re disappointed in yourself because you haven’t gotten as far as you think you should, stop and look at how far you’ve already come. You are amazing and nothing is beyond your reach. You know what you want, and each step takes you closer to the goal. Be confident and continue forward. Every success is there for you and you will prevail.

Tomorrow

28 Apr

We all have bad days from time to time. Sometimes it seems like everything that can go wrong, has gone wrong, and we dread what will happen next. Nobody gets everything right all the time, and we might stumble and cause our own heartache and confusion. Or things may happen over which we have no control that completely tangle up our lives and lock us in place. There are a lot of roads ahead, but few are paved and clear. We may run into detours, twists and turns, potholes, and complete roadblocks. They may be complex and time consuming, and we may be overwhelmed at the task of smoothing them all out. Today may be hard, and we might get exhausted just trying to deal with what’s happening. If we can’t see any way ahead, we can step back for a moment to catch our breath. Taking a short break to look at everything objectively will help us see more clearly and enable us to find the answers we need. Hard times come to us all. We can never predict what will happen or where trouble may lead us. But nothing lasts forever, and no matter how screwed up it seems things are right now, they can’t remain that way indefinitely. Change is constant, and what is wrong will eventually right itself. We will find the way through and reach the destination. We can trust ourselves to manage whatever comes, and hold on until we find the answers. Darkness may come and the clouds may overshadow, rain may pelt us and we may have to wait for a time. The storm may rage, but no storm lasts forever, and the sun will rise again. We are strong and powerful, and nothing can hold us down. We will find all the answers we need, and reach success.

Nobody can read the future, but one thing is certain, whatever we’re going through now will change. Things may improve, or they may worsen, there is no way to know. It would be great if every problem came with a predetermined answer that worked every time, but that isn’t reality. Trouble comes and when it does it will be up to us to figure out what to do with it. We are wiser than we think we are, and already possess everything we need to get through any situation that arises. We can trust that we’ll find the way forward, and reach every answer we need.

We may wish for a life of ease, where everything goes the way we want it to, and we never have to worry about what will happen next. It’s nice to think about but the lessons we learn from adversity give us depth and understanding of ourselves and the world around us. We carry every skill forward and with each experience enrich our ability to reach success. Life is all about learning. Finding our way through complex issues, and struggling to reach answers gives us knowledge and confidence. We are strong and capable, and there isn’t anything we can’t manage, and manage well.

Today if you’re overwhelmed with trouble and think there is no way through, remember how many times you’ve overcome adversity already. You are amazing and powerful, and all the answers you seek are there. Trust yourself and step forward with confidence. You know what you want and how to get it. Every blessing is there for you, and you will succeed.

Reserve

21 Apr

Life is full of challenges. Wherever we are and whatever we’re doing it’s likely some situation will come that complicates our plans or something will arise we have to figure out. There are lots of roads to every destination but they aren’t all paved and we may run into bumps and unexpected detours as we try to push forward. We’re strong and can often make whatever adjustments are necessary to keep going, but if we’ve been dodging obstacles for a while, and every turn seems to bring more trouble, we may tire and feel like we can’t continue. We may believe we’ve reached our limit and are done. Fatigue is natural when we’ve been pushing a long time, and it’s okay to take a rest when we need to. If we think we’ve had enough and can’t go on, we can always decide to quit and give up. However, if the goal is important to us, there is always the possibility we can still get there. Even when we’re sure we don’t have any energy left, it’s likely there’s still more we can do. Like the reserve gas tank in our car, when we hit empty, we can reach deep and go a little further. Just because we can’t see the end of the road doesn’t mean it isn’t close. If we want to get to the destination, we can stop and regroup, and then take another step. Sometimes one more step forward will change everything. Every goal is possible and we already possess everything we need to succeed. We can trust that we are strong enough to get there. Trouble will come, complications may arise and every turn may bring more problems. Life can get tangled up but we are intelligent and will find our way. Nothing is out of reach, and we have everything we need to succeed.

Sometimes things seem to go in circles and we get stuck going around until we find a way out. We never know what will happen next and just when we think we’ve got things figured out, something else may go wrong. Some goals are hard to reach but that doesn’t mean they’re unattainable. We can be flexible and with each step we learn what works and what doesn’t. As we carry that knowledge forward, we will have the keys we need to open the doors ahead. Every goal is possible, and with determination we can go anywhere and do anything.

When we’re trying to do something difficult there may be some who’ll tell us it can’t be done. Just because something hasn’t been accomplished before doesn’t mean it’s not possible. It only means nobody has yet done what is needed to achieve it. We can succeed at even extraordinary tasks if we do what is required to get there. Nothing is beyond our reach and every dream is possible. We can have the lives we desire most, and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if you’re tired of trying to achieve a goal that has eluded you, and you feel like giving up, step back and think about what you want. If the goal is important and you still want to achieve it, you have what you need to get there. Look ahead and take another step. Even if the road is steep, you can climb it. You are amazing and powerful. Every dream is there for you. Trust yourself and be confident. Success is just ahead, and you will reach it.

Check

10 Apr

Everyone wants an easy life where things go well and we can sail along. If we were all alone and there wasn’t anyone else to mess up our plans or make decisions that create problems, it might be possible. But even then, things would go wrong from time to time and we’d have to negotiate a new way forward. Life is filled with all kinds of opportunities for us to learn and grow, some of which we’d like to avoid. Things will get in our way, we’ll face unforeseen complications and we might hit a wall we can’t get over. We never really know what will happen next, but we are smarter and more powerful than we might think we are, and there will often be a way around whatever isn’t working. In the game of chess, when one opponent corners another they may place them in “check” meaning they are facing capture but there is still a way out. This is far different from “checkmate” where they are captured and there is no escape. In our lives we’ll likely face many situations where we feel we’re in checkmate, that we’ve been cornered and there is no way out. However, most of the time if we look carefully and take the time to see everything objectively, we’ll see another option. Of course, if we simply decide we’ve been overtaken, and throw our hands up in surrender, we’ll never know what we could have done. There will be few times in our lives when there will be no options available to us. Most of the time, if we’re careful and patient, we’ll see a way through whatever is happening. Being in “check” is uncomfortable, but it isn’t the end. We are wise and capable, and can find the answers we need. Every road is possible, and even if we get tangled up and turned around, we can find the way forward. We can be sure of success, and step ahead with confidence.

When we make plans for what we want to accomplish, we may feel sure everything will work out. But complications may come up and we get stuck. If all we can see is the one way we’ve already tried, and that didn’t work, we may feel the goal is unreachable. But there is never only one road to any destination. If the first one doesn’t work out, we can try another. If that fails as well, there will be an additional road to travel. By looking at every possibility before us, we can find the way forward and reach success.

There may be a time when we face a situation where we simply cannot achieve what we’re seeking. There may be factors out of our control that keep us from getting to the goal and we can’t move. We can’t control what others are doing or decisions being made that impact our progress. However, change is constant, and if we’re stuck, we can set the goal aside for a time until the situation improves. Nothing stays the same forever, and when things change, we can try again. We are capable and smart, and will find our way.

Today if you feel like you’ve been overcome and there is no way forward, look at all the options around you and see what’s possible. You are very intelligent and powerful, and will find the way forward. Be patient and persistent. Every destination is there for you. Nothing can keep you from your goals forever. Keep your eyes focused on the way ahead, and you will prevail.

Hard Road Ahead

25 Mar

Life is filled with all kinds of unexpected events. Things may be rolling along smoothly and then suddenly, out of nowhere (or out of China), something comes along that stops everything. When we’re restricted from living our normal lives, and doing the things we want to do, we feel it deeply. If we have to re-order everything and try to figure out how to get things done, we may struggle to find the way forward. It’s not easy to reconfigure our lives to accommodate some unforeseen complication and find the answers we need. Nothing is certain in life. Even when things are going well, we never know what might come. When we have to change what we’re doing and all our plans have to wait, it can be hard to know how to proceed. There will always be another way to accomplish our tasks. It will take patience at a time when we may feel frustrated and restrained against our will. There may be a lot of moving parts we must consider, and finding a way to accommodate them all may not be easy. But we are smart and highly capable, and no matter what we have to modify, will find our way. Every answer is there for us, and we will find it. We can change course and adjust our plans until we find a workable version, and continue moving ahead. During times of stress and uncertainty, when we can’t do things the way we want to, and have no idea when the situation will change, we still have control over every decision we make. We can be confident that we will find the road that takes us closer to the goals we seek, and keep moving forward. Nothing lasts forever, and we have everything we need to manage whatever we must. Every destination is still there for us, and with determination and focus, we will reach them all.

If we look at a road map, we will see many different roads to every destination. We can take a direct route from point A to point B, or choose a more winding one that takes us through interesting towns and attractions. If there’s a detour on one road, we can turn and take another. When our lives are restricted and we can no longer continue forward as before, it doesn’t mean the journey must stop. We are intelligent and can discover another way to get to the goal. There will always be more than one option to get ahead. We can take the time we need to find the best choice and continue moving forward.

Unexpected changes can be unsettling. When the rug is suddenly pulled out from under us, we may stand suspended for a moment trying to process what’s happened. We may feel uncertain, and unclear about what we should do to manage our new reality. The answers are there for us and we can be sure we’ll find them. Nothing can hold us in place forever. We are capable and strong, and will always find the road ahead.

Today if you’re struggling trying to figure out how to move forward, take the time you need to see everything clearly. All the answers are already there for you and you will find them. Trust yourself and be confident. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing can keep you from success.