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Putting In

12 Jun

Life is complex and there are unlimited opportunities all around us. The options for things we can do or places to go are endless, and we’re only constrained by the choices we make. Like a huge river flowing past, life gives us the chance to jump in and see where it takes us, or chart a course to get to one specific destination. A river can be a powerful, moving force, but it can’t take us anywhere if we sit on the shore and merely watch it flow by. We can observe others making choices, choosing where they’ll go, and rejoice with them when they reach their destinations, but if we remain on the sidelines, our situation will not change. Watching life go by isn’t the same as fully living it. While it’s rewarding to watch others achieve goals, it cannot compare to the satisfaction we feel when we achieve our own. We can do amazing things, go to incredible places, and accomplish anything we desire, but first we have to put our boat into the water and begin. We have to be willing to take a chance that we’ll find our way through the current, and be able to navigate around any rocks ahead. We already possess everything we need to do whatever we desire. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we’re willing to do what’s necessary to achieve it. Leaving the safety of the shore and taking a chance on the journey ahead requires courage, and we have all the courage we need. We can open new doors and learn new skills that will help us find success. There may be rough waters ahead, but we’re strong enough to get through them. We have everything necessary to push against the rapids and reach our destination, no matter how difficult or far away. Every blessing is possible and nothing is beyond our grasp. We can begin our journey, and make our dreams come true.

It’s fun to daydream about all the things we’d like to do and the places we want to see. There are endless options and scenarios possible, and thinking about what we want to do is helpful when we’re making plans. However, if all we do is imagine how our lives could be, nothing will change. We can go through the motions and stick to our routines and we’ll be successful in getting things done. But routines can only give us the same thing every day. If we want to experience everything possible, we must be willing to step away from what we know, and push toward something new.

It takes courage to step onto an unknown road. Unseen, foreign territory can be intimidating, and we may feel unsure as we move forward. But as we learn about new things, they become familiar and we make them ours. Step by step, we learn as we go, and in time can reach any destination we desire. The whole world is there for us and we can experience anything and go anywhere. We can make all our dreams a reality and live the lives we want the most.

Today if you’ve been standing back and watching others reach their goals, think about what you want the most. Decide where you want to go, and then take the first step forward. You are wise enough and brave enough to do anything you desire. Nothing is too far or too difficult for you to manage. Every destination is possible and you have everything you need to succeed. Be confident. You can make your dreams come true.

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Crutches

29 May

If we hurt our lower extremities and can’t put weight on them, we may use crutches to help us keep moving. They take the weight off the injured limb and help us continue to move forward despite the complication. It’s not easy to walk on crutches, but eventually, as we get used to them, we appreciate the support they give us so we can continue on. Crutches are helpful when we need them but once things have healed and we’re able to set them down, we can learn to walk again without them, and start over. In our personal lives, there may be times when we feel weak and unsure, and want an emotional crutch to help us through. Maybe we lean on those around us and rely on their judgement, or we step back and sit out important decisions because we don’t feel brave enough to participate. Whatever the reason, if we lack confidence, we may rely on the crutches around us to get through. There’s nothing wrong with leaning on something strong for support during times of duress, but if we make it our pattern and let go of our autonomy out of fear or worry, we may forget how capable and strong we really are. We have everything we need to do anything we like, and when we step forward, every answer will be available. We can depend on others to cover for us, and that might work for a while, but nobody knows what we need or what we want better than we do. Even if we’re unsure, we can make good decisions and take a step forward. We can go slowly and take each turn cautiously until we feel confident. The road ahead is there for us and we can find our way to the destinations we desire. Nothing is out of reach and success is always possible.

Facing a big hill on the road ahead can be daunting. The closer we get, the larger it seems, and at the bottom it can appear overwhelming and unattainable. It’s impossible to overcome a huge obstacle all at once, but we can take the first step forward, and then take another. It doesn’t matter how tall or wide the hurdle is, we can conquer it by taking each step forward. Inch by inch we’ll get closer to the goal, and if we persist, will reach our destination.

Strength comes from resistance. Every time we overcome a difficult situation, we gain greater wisdom and strength to carry forward. If we rely on others to hold us up and manage our struggles, we may get through them, but we won’t gain the blessings possible by managing them on our own. It’s good to get help when we need it, but we are wiser and more capable than we realize. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage and we can proceed with confidence that we will find the answers we need.

Today if you’ve been relying on others to get you through a complicated situation and don’t feel strong enough to manage things on your own, have faith and trust yourself. You have everything you need to handle any complications that may come. You are strong and wise, and can accomplish anything you desire. Step forward with courage and be confident. Nothing is out of reach. Stand strong and proceed with determination. Every answer is there for you and you will prevail.

The Third Law

28 May

Newton’s third law of physics tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Nothing in life happens in a vacuum and every decision we make brings a result. As we make choices, we may have a good idea what the result will be based on what we know about the situation and what we’ve chosen, or we may not know where our decision will take us. But they all take us somewhere. There is no way to remain where we are as we step forward on the road ahead. Everyone wants to make good choices, and for the most part we will. But sometimes if the circumstances are confusing, or we get inaccurate information, or our emotions influence us in ways that don’t work, we may choose badly. When we take the first step on any road, we will inevitably end up where that road leads. Every journey has a destination and if it’s somewhere we don’t want to go, it’s up to us to step off the road we’re on, and go in another direction. It’s unlikely others will intercede and move us onto a better path. We’re in charge of our lives, and are responsible for every choice we make. Even if we feel swept along and pressured to continue on the wrong road, we can always step away and choose another path. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves, and we have all the courage and determination we need to direct our lives toward the destinations we desire most. There are unlimited choices to make, and with patience and wisdom, we can find the roads that take us where we most want to go. Our lives are ours to design. We need never go along or follow others. We know what we want and have everything we need to get it. We can choose our own journey and reach any goal we desire. Nothing is out of reach and we can make all our dreams a reality.

Some people may think they know what’s best for us. They may constantly give us direction or try to persuade us to do things they feel will take us where we need to go. They are certainly entitled to their opinions, and we can listen to their advice if we like. However, our lives belong to us and we are the only ones who have complete understanding about what we need and what we want. We can choose the road ahead even if it’s different from what others recommend, and move forward with confidence and clarity.

There is no way to see the end of any road from the beginning. Even if we plan well and choose the best possible option at the beginning, things may change and we may find we aren’t headed where we most want to go. Learning to turn and adjust our trajectory with each new development will enable us to reach the destinations we desire and help us find success. Life is all about change and we are certainly flexible enough and wise enough to navigate the road ahead to ensure we find success.

Today if you’ve made a decision that isn’t taking you where you want to go, stop and look at all the options possible. Find the road that leads you to success and start again. There isn’t any destination you can’t reach. Choose your next steps carefully and begin. Every road is there for you and you can do anything. Be confident and step forward. Success is waiting for you and you will reach it.

Talking Back

21 May

There are many things we want to accomplish in our lives. Some are easy and we can do them quickly and move on to other activities. Other goals take time and planning, and sometimes more confidence than we may feel we possess. If the objective is something new and we’re unsure of all the details and parameters required to accomplish it, we may doubt that we’ll succeed. We might think it’s too hard, too far to go, or too complicated with too many moving parts for us to unravel. We can always listen to any concerns that arise and can certainly let go of any goal we choose. We can set the dream down and walk away. Or we can stand firm when apprehension creeps in and instead of listening to doubt, talk right back to it. We’ve been successful in many endeavors already and will be successful again. Instead of shrinking when we see a long and winding road ahead, we can trust ourselves and take the first step forward. There is no journey too long or complicated for us to navigate. Doubts may arise, but they are simply concerns over uncertainty. We can examine them for what they are, look at everything objectively, and confidently continue forward. Every answer is there for us and even if we’re unsure about how to proceed, can be positive we’ll find them when we need them. The world belongs to all of us. Every goal is possible and we can be sure, even in doubt, that we will prevail. Each step will take us closer to the destination and if we’re determined and persistent, will reach it. Nothing is so difficult or convoluted that we can’t figure it out. We have all the wisdom and insight we need to push ahead. If we trust ourselves, and take the journey one step at a time, we will succeed. All our dreams are possible and nothing is out of reach. We can go anywhere and do anything, and can achieve every goal we desire.

Smooth, paved roads with excellent signs and directions, are easy to travel. We simply look ahead and continue forward without distress or concern. It’s easy to see the way in front of us, and the journey is enjoyable and uncomplicated. When the road to our goal is easy, getting to the destination quickly requires little effort. But our most desired destinations aren’t always easy to accomplish. They may require constant attention, and we may have to turn in different directions several times until we find the best way forward. If we’re dedicated to success, nothing will keep us from it. Every goal is possible and with determination and focus, we will reach them.

No matter how many successes we achieve, when we want to accomplish something difficult that requires complicated planning and dedication, we may wonder if we can win. If it’s complex and requires serious concentration, we may pause, unsure if we have what it will take to succeed. We are strong and capable of doing anything we really want to do. If we’re devoted to achieving the goal, even if it’s very convoluted and difficult, we can achieve it. Nothing is out of bounds, and everything is possible. We really can have the lives we want the most.

Today if you’re experiencing doubts or negative thoughts about something you want to pursue, talk back to them with confidence. Remember all the times you’ve overcome difficulties and found the answers you needed to prevail. You are more powerful than you realize and nothing is out of reach. Be courageous and step forward boldly. Every dream is possible. You can have the life you desire and make all your dreams come true.

Paying the Piper

16 May

We make all kinds of decisions as we go through our lives. Everyone wants to make good choices that bring us the results we’re seeking. Often, we’re successful but sometimes, because we don’t have all the information or we’re pressured by someone or something to go a certain way, we may falter. If we persist in making foolish choices out of habit or laziness, or if we just don’t pay any attention before we jump, we may find we’ve complicated our lives and have no idea how to correct them. There is an old saying, that if you call the dance you have to pay the piper, meaning for every decision we make, there will be an inescapable consequence. If the result is something we don’t want or can’t face we may deny we made the decision or try to hide from the ramifications of our choice. Denials and running away will never work. In the end, we are accountable for everything we do. Once we have chosen the first step on the path, we also must accept the last. Nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. If we’ve stumbled and chosen badly, we can stand tall and face whatever happens as a result. We can admit our mistake and then do what is needed to correct our course. If others have been hurt or impacted negatively, we can address each situation and amend our actions. Life is all about learning and we never know what lies ahead. We don’t know everything and each step we take opens our vision a little further. We learn more about where we are, who we are, and where we’re headed as we move ahead. In time, any doubts will clear and we’ll find our way step by step. We can do anything and go anywhere, and we can make excellent choices. The whole world is there for us and with wisdom and patience, we can make it ours.

There isn’t anything we can’t change. Nothing in life is permanent and if we’ve made a mistake in judgement – even a huge one – we can change direction and correct our course. We aren’t doomed forever because we took a wrong turn. Even the direst of situations can be modified and amended until we find resolution. The world won’t end because we made a bad choice. Life will continue and we will survive. Nothing can keep us from success. If we’ve gone the wrong way, we can turn around and start again.

Some people like to play the blame game. When someone does something wrong, they continue to hold it against them and refuse to trust them again. That is their decision and belongs solely to them. If they cannot move beyond what’s happened, we can still continue forward. Blame belongs to those who carry it and cannot keep us from progressing. We can continue on with confidence and make choices that will take us where we want to go until we reach the destinations we desire.

Today if you’ve made a big mistake and it’s caused serious disharmony and disruption, look at the situation clearly and change direction. Mistakes don’t control your life. Correct your course and forgive yourself. You are wise and capable, and can make excellent decisions. Every challenge is manageable and you will find your way. Be confident. You have so much to offer. Step forward and find success.

Overcoming

10 May

“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”   Ernest Shackleton

Life is filled with challenges and opportunities for us to grow and learn new skills. Much of our learning comes from facing difficulties and finding our way through them. Every day brings us something new and as we embrace each opportunity for change, we get closer to the people we most want to be. Nobody wants a life filled with hardship or trouble, but sometimes it seems that’s what we get. Thankfully, nothing lasts forever and as we untangle each problem, we are edified and enlightened. There are endless things to learn and each experience gives us another tool to use going forward. Overcoming difficult times teaches us more about ourselves and the world around us than an easy life could ever offer. The hard days bring us resolve and depth, and we learn how to manage stress and overcome doubt and fear. We often find that we learn the most when we’ve been through a serious trial. We never know what tomorrow will bring, but we can be confident that no matter what happens, we have all the courage and temerity we need to find our way. Even the strongest, most powerful storms cannot last forever. At the end of the tempest, the skies will clear, the sun will shine and we’ll find peace and comfort. There isn’t anything we can’t do and nothing is strong enough to overcome us. We can have faith in our ability to prevail, and trust ourselves to find all the answers we need. We are powerful and resilient, and can face anything that comes. Our lives will be embellished and as we move forward, we’ll find great satisfaction and happiness.

When we must face a complicated and difficult situation, we may be unsure. If it’s extreme and threatening, we may feel we are doomed and will never survive. But no matter how bad things are we can take our time to see them objectively and take them apart one step at a time. We don’t have to solve everything at once. We can find one answer after another until we reach the solution. Every answer is there for us and with patience and confidence, we will prevail.

Fear is something we all face from time to time. If we’re surprised and stopped in our tracks by events that have transpired unexpectedly, we may not be confident we can overcome. If we feel overwhelmed, it may be hard to think and process what we should do next. We can step back and stand still, and give ourselves a moment to look at where we are and what’s possible going forward. There will always be a solution to any problem we face, and if we stand firm and think clearly, we’ll find it.

Today if you’re facing a complicated and serious problem, and feel overwhelmed, remember how successful you’ve already been solving other issues. Trust yourself. You are wise and perfectly capable of managing anything before you. Stand strong and be confident. You will find every answer you need, and reach success.

The Beach

30 Apr

Everyone wants an easy life where things go right and we’re not in pain or inconvenienced. It would be great if we didn’t have to deal with problems and complications, and could just move forward exactly the way we want going exactly where we want to go. Nobody really wants to face a tangled mess holding us in place, or figure out how to get through a convoluted, complex and painful situation. But we’ll all face them from time to time, and what we do in those moments will often determine what comes next. If we ignore the situation, and just look the other way, it will remain until we address it. Or it may worsen, at which point we may wish we had done something sooner. There will be times when our lives will go just the way we want them to, and everything will be easy, but those times are fleeting. Life has lessons for us to learn and every problem we solve teaches us something new about ourselves and the world around us. We gain new skills that help us moving forward, and become more confident every time we overcome adversity. We become stronger, more capable, and wiser with each experience. The successes bring us increased fortitude, and the failures help us become more teachable and humble. Everything we go through has a blessing to offer and there is something good we can take away from each experience. Even in our darkest hours, there is light to be found. Learning as much as we can as we move forward will help us find our way, and ensure success. We are strong and capable, and nothing is powerful enough to hold us down. Every success is possible and with determination we can make all our dreams come true.

Vacations are wonderful and we all need and deserve them. It’s a wonderful thing to lean back in a lounge chair and tarry on a beach with nothing to do. When we step away from our responsibilities and take a break, we find refreshment and renewal, and gain the strength we need to continue forward. There is much we want to accomplish and we can return to our lives rested and ready, and push ahead toward success. Everything is possible and we are intelligent and competent enough to achieve anything we desire.

When we’re going through very difficult and complicated issues, when it seems the trouble is endless and we’re struggling to find our way through, it may feel like we’ll never win. There is just too much stress, too much conflict, and too much to worry about. But if we stand firm and take everything apart one step at a time, we’ll find the answers we need and resolve the issue. There isn’t anything too hard or complex for us to figure out. We can be confident we’ll prevail and push forward until we reach success.

Today if you’re overwhelmed with an issue that is consuming your life and feel like there is no way out, remember how strong and powerful you are. You’ve resolved many difficult issues already and have everything you need to succeed. Nothing is beyond your reach. Be confident and walk forward. Success is just ahead and you will reach it.