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Courage

17 Jan

There are a lot of unknowns in life. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, we don’t know how people will react, we don’t know when things will change, and sometimes we don’t know what to do. We don’t have access to all the facts all the time and must work with what we know at every given moment. It can be hard to figure out our next steps when we aren’t sure what will happen and must exercise courage to push ahead despite our doubts. Some people are naturally courageous and nothing seems to affect their ability to move forward, no matter what happens. Others of us may struggle with insecurity and feel more cautious about proceeding. We all have enough courage inside us to do whatever we want to do, but we must be confident enough to reach deep and pull it forward. Stepping into the unknown can be terrifying and if our lives suddenly change and everything is different, we may need time to process what’s happening before we can move forward. Serious changes such as a sudden breakup, the death of someone close, the loss of a job, or other personal events may upend our confidence and stop us in our tracks. If we’ve never traveled the road ahead, we don’t know what it holds or where it will take us. But foreign territory is only foreign until we make it ours. We have everything we need to face anything we must. We can trust ourselves to succeed and find our way forward in every situation. Relying on our personal courage and wisdom, we can step forward sure we’ll prevail.

Nobody likes to go through hard times. We all want lives filled with ease and happiness, and to sail through without fracture or failure. Although it’s nice to dream about a life like that, it has no basis in fact or reality. Life brings challenges and when we’re struggling it may be hard to find any blessings in what we’re going through. But each problem teaches us something new, and we learn to be brave by facing failure. When things go wrong and we have to stand against the wind, we increase our courage and temerity. We become bold when we push against adversity and gain strength as we step forward.

When we’re facing something extremely difficult, we may believe we can’t survive it. We may not think we have enough courage or stamina to get through and find the answers we need to move forward. But we are stronger and more capable than we may realize and once we determine we will prevail, nothing can keep us from success. We can overcome any problem or complication before us. Everything we need is inside us already and we can step forward with courage and confidence to find our way.

Today, if you’re facing a very difficult challenge and don’t believe you can get through, trust yourself. You already have everything you need to prevail. You are wise and powerful, and every answer is there for you. Be strong and have courage. Every step will take you closer to your goal. Nothing is out of reach and you will succeed.

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Making the Choice

16 Jan

Lots of things happen to us as we navigate through our lives. Sometimes everything goes well and we feel settled and secure, but other times we may be beset with trouble and anxiety. Life is all about change and we can be assured that no matter what we’re experiencing now will not remain forever. Every day brings something new, and good or bad, how we get through it is up to us. Nobody has a charmed existence filled with butterflies and sunshine. We all suffer from time to time and go through difficult passages that test us and push us to our limits. Every situation brings its own pack of issues but we can decide no matter what comes to be strong and find peace even in trial. We can’t control what goes on outside of us but we’re always in control of what we do and how we manage each event. We can choose to be confident when things go wrong and stand strong no matter what comes. We can trust the answers we need will arise when we’re ready for them and believe we’ll prevail in every situation. There really isn’t anything too powerful or overwhelming for us to handle. We are braver and more capable than we may realize. Trials and trouble will come and we may feel unsure at first but we have everything we need already inside us to find our way forward. Winds may blow against us and storms may rage for a time but nothing lasts forever, and if we trust ourselves and rely on our intuition and personal wisdom, we will prevail. Each time we overcome adversity we gain more insight and knowledge about ourselves and the world around us. Those gifts go forward with us and help us become the people we most want to be.

Everyone likes to complain when things go wrong. We can bemoan our situation for as long as we like and tell those around us how unfair life is and how oppressed we feel. There’s nothing wrong with venting our personal feelings and we may feel better after getting it all out in the open. But complaining doesn’t solve anything and won’t move us ahead of the issue. Instead of talking about the problem, we can begin doing what is needed to solve it and let it go. When we do, we can move forward and continue on our journey toward success.

Every day we choose what we’ll do and where we’ll go. Those around us and the situations we’re in may influence the decisions we make, but in the end the responsibility for each choice is ours. If we aren’t happy it’s up to us to change things until we’re in a better place. We own our lives and every decision we make takes us somewhere. We can plan our steps forward to get to the destinations that bring us lasting happiness and satisfaction.

Today if you’re unhappy with your current situation, remember you’re in control of your life. You deserve the best experiences possible and can do anything you desire. Decide what you want the most and take the first step toward achieving it. Be confident and choose well. You are powerful and strong. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Everything is possible and you can make your dreams come true.

Not An Option

11 Jan

There are endless possibilities to try new things as we go through our lives. We can push our limits and go for any goal we choose. If we pursue all the things we desire, our lives will be filled with interest and satisfaction. We can reach for any experience we’re pondering and move toward it at any time. New things can be intimidating, but if we knew failure wasn’t an option and success was guaranteed, imagine what we could do. We could climb the highest mountains, go to the ends of the earth, and accomplish everything we imagine. Of course, there are no real guarantees in life, but when we want to try something new, if we decide failure isn’t possible before we begin, chances are we’ll succeed. If we believe nothing can stop us, every complication will be diminished and we’ll find a way around every blockade. Our confidence will take us through any problem and we’ll keep moving forward. Nothing can stop us if we’re willing to do what it takes to succeed. Believing in ourselves, trusting our instincts, and knowing we will not stop – no matter what – will take us all the way to the finish line. There isn’t anything we can’t do. We have everything we need to win and when we’re convinced we will prevail, nothing can stop us. We are capable of great things and are wise and strong. We can do anything we think we can. Every dream is possible and we can have the lives we most desire. If we believe we will succeed, nothing is out of reach.

We’re in control of our lives and if we’re not happy or feel unfulfilled we can change where we are and what we’re doing. We can’t control all the circumstances around us, but we can control what we do about them. If we’re in a difficult situation, complaining and doing nothing won’t help. We can change our position and create a better life that brings us happiness and contentment. Life isn’t in control of us, we are. If we’re not happy, we can make choices and turn toward something better. In the end, we all get the lives we wanted most based on the decisions we’ve made.

Fear may be a factor when we’re seeking something new. We know where we are now and have a good idea of what we can expect going forward. Stepping away from what we know toward foreign territory can be unsettling but our best experiences come when we push ourselves. There are endless possibilities and incredible adventures waiting for us. We’re brave enough to step toward them and open our lives to every option. Life is a great blessing. Living it to the fullest, taking every chance at happiness, and embracing new ideas will bring us incredible happiness and complete gratification.

Today if you’ve been thinking about pushing toward something new but aren’t sure you can succeed, convince yourself that failure is not an option. You have everything you need to manage anything that stands in your way. Every dream you imagine is possible. Push forward and be confident. You can do amazing things and every possibility is there for you. Nothing can keep you from success.

What We Think

8 Jan

“A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses.” James Allen

Life is filled with all kinds of experiences and opportunities. We never know from one
minute to the next who will enter our lives or what will happen. Each day brings
the chance to try something new, go somewhere different or open new doors. We
are capable of doing anything we set our minds to but before we begin, we must believe we can accomplish the goal. If we doubt we will succeed, chances increase that we’ll fail. Often, we can do more and achieve more difficult objectives than we think we can. New situations are unknown and we may be intimidated and unsure about starting because we have no idea what we’ll face or how hard the task will be. There is no way to see the ending from the beginning and if we need to feel completely comfortable before starting something new, we may end up living a dull and unfulfilling existence. We can design our lives any way we like and can have predictable, easy days that don’t challenge us or teach us anything new if that is all we desire. But the world is filled with endless prospects to explore and learn in ways that enhance and embellish our experience. We are far more capable and competent than we may imagine and nothing is beyond our reach. We can have faith we will succeed at every endeavor and trust in our ability to overcome any obstacle. The whole world is there for us. What we do with it is our decision.

They say history is the greatest predictor of the future. That may be true but we are always in control of our decisions and can change anything at any time. Even if we’ve been reserved and timid in the past, if we want to step out more completely, we can do what is needed to become bolder. We control our behaviors. We can always do more, be more, and accomplish more than we think we can. There is sufficient courage and determination within us to go anywhere and do anything we desire.

Routine is comfortable and may make our lives easier and less chaotic than a life that is unplanned and uncontrolled. However, doing the same things will never allow us to grow or learn about new possibilities. Each day is a gift and we can either let it lie stagnant and undeveloped or push ourselves a little further and reach for something more. New experiences enrich us and we can achieve goals we may not dream are possible. We are powerful and wise, and if we want them, can have deep, fulfilling lives filled with adventure and promise.

Today if you’re thinking about trying something new but aren’t sure you can achieve it, believe in yourself. Your thoughts are powerful and can help you create the life you dream about. You are amazing and courageous, and deserve every happiness. Step onto the road that will make your dreams come true and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.

Patchwork

19 Dec

Sometimes we imagine life would be perfect if nothing ever went wrong and all our dreams magically came true without effort. It’s a nice dream and we certainly deserve it, and when things go wrong and we’re struggling, we may wish for it with all our might. But life is filled with all kinds of experiences, some really good ones, some nice ones, and unfortunately some that are difficult and painful. Nobody wants to suffer and we don’t look forward to facing hard challenges or painful complications. It seems that a life without anything negative would make us completely happy, but there is great benefit gained from facing trouble and finding our way through. A beautiful painting, rich with color and depth, would not be possible without dark hues and shadows throughout. The intensity gained from adding black and grey brings the subject to life and enhances its contours and shape. Our lives are much the same way. We sometimes have happy, bright times filled with light and sometimes darkness moves in and we must face difficult days. While it’s fun to drift through the easy moments, the struggles we face teach us about ourselves and the world around us. The depth of understanding we gain as we untangle problems and navigate through hardship is an incredible gift. We become more focused on what is real and what we want, and we learn how to move forward with confidence and courage. We are often stronger and more capable than we think we are and every experience teaches us more about life and helps us define who we are. Life is a blessing and everything we go through makes us the people we most want to be.

Patchwork quilts are amazing to behold. The many different colors sewn together in intricate patterns captivate us and hold our attention. If all the colors were exactly the same the pattern may still be lovely, but there would be little fascination. If our lives were always easy and happy, they would be like a quilt of one color, without depth or interest. There would be no need to learn or grow, and our lives would be flat and simple. The trials that come bring us challenge and help us push away from what is common to what is exceptional. We have incredible potential and the growth we gain from struggle helps us reach it.

Life is ever changing and no matter what we’re experiencing today, tomorrow will bring something new. As we learn to navigate through different challenges and try new possibilities, we learn more about who we are and what we want. Clarity comes from experience and we can design our lives any way we choose. The options before us are unlimited and with courage and determination, we can go anywhere and do anything. We can have the lives we dream about and every success can be ours. Nothing is too hard for us to manage and we can achieve anything we desire.

Today if you’re enduring hard challenges and it seems you’ll never get through, remember how strong and brave you are. You already have everything you need to succeed. There is nothing too difficult for you to manage and every dream is possible. Be confident. You are amazing and nothing can keep you from success.

What We Get

14 Dec

Our lives belong to us and we’re responsible for every decision we make.  We can make excellent choices as we try hard to do our best moving forward, but there may be times when we’re unhappy with where we are or what we’re doing.  Where we are is often the result of decisions we’ve made and if we’re not comfortable we have the power to change things.  We can always stay in place for as long as we like, and it’s easy to keep doing the same things even if we’re unhappy.  We are the ones making the choices that affect our lives, and in the end, we all end up with the lives we wanted the most.  If we hate our job but are unwilling to find another, our choice is to stay and endure.  If we’re in a difficult relationship but prefer it to being single and we stay, we decide our happiness must take a back seat.  We can complain about our lot in life but complaints will never change anything.  If we want real happiness and the chance to create the lives we want the most, we must be willing to do what is needed to make it happen.  What we get in the end is reflected by the decisions we make.  We never need to stay in a situation that isn’t working and even if it’s hard to break away, we have everything we need to do just that.  Our lives are ours to design.  Whether we have happiness and satisfaction, or frustration and disappointment, is up to us.  There are often many factors involved when we want to change, and it’s not always easy to step away from where we are to get to where we want to be.  But we are strong and capable, and have everything we need to succeed at anything we desire.  We can have happy, fulfilling lives if we make the choices necessary to create them.

Change is constant and nothing ever stays the same indefinitely.  Learning to roll along with the punches as they come helps us manage any situation we’re in.  But if the road we’ve been traveling turns into something we didn’t expect or ends up taking us somewhere we never wanted to go, we can step off it and turn in a new direction.  It takes courage to change lanes and start again but we are brave enough to face whatever is needed to create the lives we want.  We never have to stand still if we want to move.  We’re in control of our lives and can do what is needed to make them happy.

One thing always leads to another and every decision takes us somewhere.  It’s up to us to make sure the choices we’re making are creating the life we want.  If we don’t control our lives, someone else will.  Nobody knows what we want or need better than we do.  We must be the ones driving the train if we want to get to the destinations we desire.  We can go anywhere and do anything, and every option is possible.

Today if you’ve been coasting through a situation you don’t want, remember your life is yours to design.  You can do anything and go anywhere.  Take control of your decisions and make choices that will take you exactly where you want to go.  You are incredible and deserve complete happiness.  Choose the roads that will take you to it and step forward.  Every success is waiting for you.

Stumbling

11 Dec

Life is busy and there are always complications and unforeseen developments. Things rarely go exactly as planned or expected. Most of the time we are able to bend with the tide and continue forward but sometimes something may trip us up and we may stumble or even fall down. Perhaps someone makes a decision we never dreamed of and it throws us for a loop, or a development happens that suddenly alters the road moving forward. When everything changes and we trip trying to find our footing it sometimes takes a while to figure out what to do next. Everything may look different and we may be unsure which way to turn. If we are determined to hold onto our previous plan and refuse to adjust to the changes before us, we may get stuck and unable to move. There is no way to travel a road that no longer exists. Demanding that everything return to the way it was will not help us. Life is all about change and sometimes that means we have to change with it and rethink the way ahead. There is always more than one road to any destination we desire. We can look at all the options before us and consider new ideas that will help us reach the goal we seek. It’s frustrating to have to stop and regroup when we’re focused on the road ahead, but if we keep our eyes open, we’ll see new possibilities that can take us where we want to go. We can learn about new roads and find our way forward. Everything we want to do is there for us. We can adjust our thinking and continue on.

We don’t know what we don’t know, and even if we’ve planned well there will always be unknown influences we have no control over. If we hit a snag and can’t get through, we can find our way around it. We might stumble trying to see the road but stumbling isn’t a full stop. It’s a chance to stand still for a moment and re-assess where to go next. We can try something new and step on a different road to get to the goal. We are certainly capable of changing our focus and learning new ways to accomplish anything. We can be confident, even if everything changes, that we’ll find our way.

When dancers practice for a performance they don’t always perform every action perfectly. If they miss a step, they go over it again and again until they master it and learn to make it work. It’s the same for our personal lives. If something trips us up, we can try different ideas until we find the one that works and moves us forward. We can make the stumble part of the dance and continue on. Every dream we desire is possible if we continue forward and do what is needed to make it come true. We can have the lives we want the most by deciding we will succeed, no matter what comes.

Today if your way forward has been upended and you aren’t sure what to do next, take a look around. There are endless possibilities before you and you will find your way. Everything you desire is in your power. Start again and press forward. All your dreams are only steps away. You have everything you need to reach them and make them come true.