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Pigs

7 Oct

There are all kinds of people in the world doing all kinds of things. Some are honest and above board, and we can trust them to tell the truth and clearly state their objectives. There are others though, who will do or say anything to get what they want. They don’t care about anyone but themselves and their own objectives, and will change facts to suit their agenda. They may lie to our faces, and adamantly profess they are being completely clear and honest. We may believe what they say, only to discover later that nothing is true. It’s painful and disappointing, and we may be devastated if we find ourselves accomplices in something we do not want and don’t support. Everyone is accountable for everything they do, but that accountability may not occur in the immediate future. Skillful liars and cheats know how to work the system, and those around them. The may perfect their con game in ways that make it hard to expose them, but truth always rises and cannot be held back indefinitely. Putting lipstick on a pig doesn’t change it. It’s still a pig. When all the facts are visible, and every lie is uncovered, we will see things as they truly are. It’s good to trust others, and we are never at fault when our trust has been betrayed. We can face things as they are, accept what’s gone wrong, and correct our course moving forward. Nobody can hold us down forever. Every truth will come to light, and we will find our way forward.

Our families and close friends are important connections. We want to support them and help them when they ask. We may face a time when they want us to go along with something untoward or dishonest. They may decide to cheat to achieve a goal they are seeking, and ask us to help them accomplish it. Although we care for them, doing things that compromise our own personal ethics and standards will not enhance our relationship. We never have to do anything we don’t agree with, and may politely and firmly decline any request.

Some people think honesty and ethics are on a sliding scale. They believe that being honest most of the time is enough and may think if nobody knows what they’re doing, they can break any rule without consequence. That may work for a time, but eventually every fact will be revealed, and every action displayed. There is no way to run from the truth. It is powerful and unstoppable. By choosing well, and holding fast to the standards we set, we can reach every goal successfully, and find great satisfaction and reward.

Today if someone is pushing you to go along with something you don’t agree with, stand firm. You know who you are and what you want. Set the example for truth, and be confident. You are a light to the world, and we’re all blessed because you are here. Show us your best, and every success will be yours.

Crushed

24 Sep

Everyone wants an easy life filled with happiness and good fortune. Nobody wants to go through hard times or suffer. We all want the roads ahead to be paved, and easy to traverse. It’s natural to want things to go well, and many times they will, but this is real life and not fantasy land. There will be few times when everything goes exactly the way we want it to, and we are blissfully happy. We will have wonderful moments filled with joy that bring us great fulfillment and satisfaction, but we’ll also likely have difficult times where we may struggle and feel serious pain. The betrayal of a friend or loved one, the loss of a relationship, the death of someone dear – all carry with them grief and suffering. When we feel crushed by the weight of sorrow or disappointment, we may feel we’ll never get through and believe there is no way we’ll ever survive. Serious pain and loss are very hard to bear. We may have to sit down and stay in place for a while as we cope and try to recover. Grief takes as long as it takes. There is no need to rush, and we can stand still for as long as we need to. Although we may be certain this is the end, and we are finished, that will never be true. No matter what has happened, no matter how bad the situation is, no matter how defeated we feel, the sun will rise again tomorrow. All the answers we need will be there for us. When we’re ready, we can take one step forward, and start again. We are stronger and more powerful than we think we are. Hard times may push us down, but nothing is powerful enough to stop us forever. Time will heal the pain, and clarity will return. Every blessing is there for us, and success is just ahead. By trusting ourselves, and taking our time, we will find the road forward.

When we’re on a road trip, if we get a flat tire, we aren’t doomed to remain by the side of the road forever. The trip does not end because something went wrong. We can do what is necessary to fix the problem and then continue on. If something dreadful happens that upends our lives and stops us cold, it doesn’t mean it’s the end. We aren’t endlessly frozen in time. Every problem has a solution. No matter how bad things seem or how dark it gets, the road ahead will still be there for us.

When something happens that rocks us deeply, we may feel broken and lost. Our whole world may turn upside down and everything we thought we could count on may disappear. That doesn’t mean our lives are over. By stepping back and looking at everything openly and objectively, we will find the way forward. There is great success waiting, and nothing can keep us from reaching it.

Today if something has knocked you down, and you feel crushed and broken, take the time you need to see everything clearly. This is just a passage, and cannot last forever. You are powerful and strong, and have everything you need to get through. Trust yourself and look ahead. All your dreams are still possible, and you will make them yours.

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.

Feathers

13 Sep

Life is long and we’ll experience many, many different things as we navigate our way through it. There will be wonderful times filled with laughter and fun, precious moments that stay with us, difficult and challenging experiences that teach us, and we may suffer greatly at some point. We might experience some things we do not dream we could survive and surprise ourselves by not only living through them, but conquering them. There will be countless emotions and feelings as we push forward. We can’t predict what will happen next but no matter what comes, we will have what we need to get through. Living successfully often requires us to let go of something. Maybe it’s someone who has left us either by choice or death, maybe it’s sorrow we’ve suffered through but can’t seem to release, or countless other things that may happen. Holding onto what’s gone can feel safe. It may make us believe that somehow, despite the facts and all the odds, we’ll be able to reverse what’s happened and make things different. But life is always moving on. There is no way to go back in time, or change the past. Birds have a lot of feathers. Sometimes one falls away but that doesn’t keep them from continuing to fly. It’s the same with us. Letting go of pain and sorrow is like losing a feather. We can release it and still be confident of our strength moving forward. Setting the past down and walking away will never weaken us or prevent us from reaching success in the future. Trouble comes to us all. There is no need to hold onto it any longer than we must. We can let it go, look ahead, and walk forward, confident and sure. Nothing can keep us from anything we want to accomplish and every destination will always be waiting. By trusting ourselves, we will find great satisfaction, happiness and success.

When we’re struggling through something difficult and painful, it’s hard to see anything positive. We may feel overwhelmed, overcome, and defeated. If we’re dealing with a loss, we may suffer through intense grief and sorrow. The whole world may seem dark and oppressive, but no storm can last forever. Change is constant, and no matter how heavy the clouds are, no matter how hard it is to see ahead, the sun will still be there, shining brightly above it all. It will always be there for us and in time, the light will break through and we’ll find relief.

Every experience teaches us something. We learn more during hard times than we could ever gain when we’re having fun. That old saying, “No pain, no gain,” is right. When we have to push hard, and suffer through complicated problems and difficulties, we learn more about ourselves and the world around us. There is something good to be gained from every challenge. We are tougher than we think we are, and nothing is powerful enough to hold us down forever. We can stand firm, and step forward with clarity and confidence, that no matter what lies ahead, we will prevail.

Today if you’re facing a serious and difficult issue, trust yourself. This is just one feather. It is not the end. There is light above you, ready to shine down and show you the way. Be confident. All your dreams are possible and nothing can keep you from making them yours. You are amazing and powerful, and you will succeed.

The Long Game

20 Aug

Life is full of details, complications, and unexpected situations. We never know what will happen next. Sometimes things go well and we move along with little discomfort. Other times we run up against a wall or get stuck in a mire of trouble and grief. Everyone has their own plans for moving forward, but we might make a wrong turn that takes us far away from where we want to go. Or something devastating may happen that knocks the wind out of us and we’re sure we’ll never be right again. Life is unpredictable and it’s certain we’ll all face very difficult, even crushing moments. It may feel like the end of the world at first, but we can step back and take a long view of things. Looking at eternity – will this matter? Too big? Okay, think about five years from now. Will what’s happening now affect our lives five years from now? It’s rare to face anything with that kind of lasting impact. Yes, it could happen, but generally what we’re going through is transient and passing. Even when we’re suffering, if we look at the long game, we can be confident that we’ll not only survive, but come out stronger and more confident because of the experience. Everyone gets some paved, easy roads, but with those we’ll also face some hard and rocky hills we must climb. Trouble will come, we will be tried and tested, but nothing can keep us from success. We are stronger and more powerful than we think we are, and will prevail. Every goal, every destination, every dream is possible. We can stay the course no matter what happens, and make them ours.

We all have things we think we could never survive. The death of a loved one, a disaster, the loss of a child, and a thousand other things. There is no way to know what will come, but one thing is certain. There is no problem so difficult or extreme that we cannot find a way through. The answers will always be there for us. We will find the key to every door we need to open, and with patience and determination, will prevail. Life is uncertain, but we are highly capable. Nothing can hold us down forever, and no matter what we’re facing, we will succeed.

We might face a time when we’re facing not one very difficult challenge, but several at the same time. It’s like someone pulled the lid off the trouble box and poured it all over our lives. Everywhere we turn we may run into difficulty and challenge. When we’re overcome and stressed, it can be hard to see the light ahead or believe we’ll prevail. But change is constant, and no matter what we’re experiencing now, it’s not permanent. We can hold on, put our shoulder into the wind, and keep walking forward. Nothing can stay the same forever and we will get through.

Today if you are overcome with trouble and it seems there is no way out, trust yourself. Look at everything objectively and the answers will appear. You are intelligent and powerful, and nothing is strong enough to hold you down indefinitely. Step forward and keep your eyes focused on the road ahead. Every success is waiting and you will reach them all.