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Owning It

15 Feb

Everyone has dreams and goals, and things they want to accomplish. Maybe we want to climb mountains or run marathons, maybe we want to write books and influence others, or maybe we just want to be happier. Whatever we desire is possible but it won’t happen just because we want it. There is no magic wand or genie who will appear to grant our wish. The only way to get what we want is to do what is needed to make it happen. If we want to climb mountains or run a marathon, we must put in the hours of physical training required. If we want to write a book we have to actually start typing, and if we want to be happier, we must determine what is holding us back and change our situation so we can move forward. It’s really a simple calculation – if you want to get to “B” you must go through “A” first. Choosing what we want and then pushing forward toward it will bring us success. When we look at our goals objectively it’s easy to see what needs to be done, but actually engaging and doing the work is a whole different story. We can set any goal we choose but if we want to accomplish it, we must do everything necessary to achieve it. Every dream is possible but nothing will change if all we do is dream. Imagine what our lives would be like if we were willing to do everything to make all our dreams come true. The confidence and satisfaction that come from achieving a long-desired goal brings great happiness. We deserve complete and abounding happiness. We can give it to ourselves by focusing on what we want most, and then doing what is needed to make it happen. We can focus on the road ahead and push through until we succeed. There isn’t anything we can’t do. Every destination and every goal are possible, and we can make them ours.

There are many reasons why we may not pursue something we want. It may take a lot of time, it might be difficult, it will change our lives, our families may not like it, we may have to change – the list is long and unending. If we want, we can live a mediocre existence, simply doing what is expected and going through the motions. But we own our choices and can go anywhere we desire. Deciding to create the lives we want the most will bring us the greatest happiness and fulfillment.

Fear of the unknown can be crippling. It can hold us in place even if where we are isn’t comfortable. We can’t see what lies ahead and there will always be some risk when we step out of our routine and choose something more. We may face challenges, but we are intelligent and capable, and even if we get tangled up, can find our way through. There are endless roads to every destination, and if one doesn’t work, we can step on another. Every goal is possible, and we have all the wisdom and courage to make our dreams come true.

Today if you’ve been dreaming of something more and want to change your life, look ahead and choose the path that will take you there. You are amazing and nothing is out of reach. Believe in yourself and step forward. Make the choices that will open all the doors. You can go anywhere and have the life you desire. Nothing can keep you from success. Start today. All your dreams are possible, and you will have them.

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Vengeance

11 Feb

People make all kinds of decisions, both good and bad. We can do anything we want to do, and if we’re only thinking about ourselves, may make decisions that work against us. If someone hurts us and we’re angry, we might purposely do something to hurt them in return. We may lie about them and try to turn others against them to bring them pain and make them pay. Revenge can seem fair when we’re determined to settle a score, but never makes things better and can escalate an already difficult situation. We may be successful in hurting the other party and we might achieve whatever negative objectives we’re after, but the cost will be high. Hurting someone else is easy, being mean is easy, and getting revenge may feel good at first but in the end, we may lose more than we imagined. The truth of every situation will eventually be revealed and if we’ve been spiteful and conniving, or have lied or besmirched someone’s reputation unfairly, we will be found out. There is no virtue or nobility in revenge. In the end, we may lose the trust of those around us, and will only gain heartache and a loss of self-respect. Pain happens to all of us and sometimes we may be judged unfairly, or ridiculed, or we may lose something we value. Allowing anger to determine our next steps will only bring us failure and disappointment. Instead of seeking revenge, we can step back and look at everything objectively and clearly. We can decide to move forward with integrity and courage, and choose the most successful road ahead. We are defined by our actions. Making sure they represent the best of who we are will take us where we most want to go.

Time is always moving forward and there is no way to go back and change something in our past. Once we do something, even if we regret it later, it remains forever. Nothing can change it and we must live with it going forward. We all want to make good decisions but everyone makes mistakes. If we’re angry or upset, we may falter and choose something negative that brings us shame. If we’ve chosen badly, we can accept what’s happened, do what’s needed to amend any pain we’ve caused, correct our course, and continue forward.

Nothing is ever gained by hurting others. We may feel justified or vindicated if we make someone who has offended us suffer, but that is a mirage. We gain nothing through revenge. Whatever victory we believe we’ve achieved will be hallow when we realize we’ve traded our nobility to get even. We are worth more than we realize. We can hold onto to our values and choose the right when things go wrong. Every blessing is possible and by choosing wisely, even when we’re in pain, we’ll reach every destination we desire.

Today if someone has offended you and you are determined to make them pay, remember your standards are more important than revenge. Step up and move forward with integrity and honesty. You are a great blessing to the world and when you choose wisely, we all benefit. You can reach any destination you desire. Keep your eyes focused ahead, and nothing will keep you from success.

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.

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.

Still There

6 Dec

Life can get complicated and difficult sometimes. There is always a lot going on around us, and in the midst of all the activity if something big goes wrong and takes us by surprise, it may knock the wind out of us and suddenly stop us cold. When things go sideways and we’re left standing alone it can be hard to figure out what to do next. If the situation is extreme and encompassing, we may feel powerless and unable to move as it swirls around us. Bad things happen to all of us. It’s likely we’ll face moments of despair and desperation at least once in our lives and when that happens, we may have no idea how to manage. We may think it’s impossible to get through or that we’re so devastated we’ll never recover. It’s hard to see a future when everything goes black. Most of what happens in life is out of our control. We have no power over the decisions of others, or unforeseen disasters or accidents. We must take what comes but we always have control over ourselves and the decisions we make. No matter what happens, we always have our internal focus and personal strength to get through. We are who we are regardless of what the world throws at us. The wind may toss us here and there, the tide may carry us to places we don’t want to go, and blockades may suddenly appear in our path. Everything around us may change, and the whole world may turn upside down, but we are still there. We are still in control of our lives and will find our way through. Our personal power is great and we have all the wisdom we need to find every answer going forward. Trouble may come but it will never be strong enough to conquer us. We will remain wise and capable despite the trial, and able to find every answer we need.

Our perception of every event affects how we see it and how we move through it. If we think things are too hard to figure out, the answers may be more difficult to find. We can adjust our perception and remember we have everything we need to overcome any adversity. Fear can be changed to power and we can use it to find our way through. Life can be hard and when we face trouble, instead of trying to hide, we can stand up to it and keep walking forward. There is always a road ahead and with courage we’ll find our way.

Sometimes it seems trouble comes in waves and if we’ve been going through several trials, fatigue may begin to wear us down. If we’re tired, we can step away for a time and take a break. Taking time to look at something else will help refine our perspective and allow unforeseen answers to rise. New doors will open and we may see things differently that show us the way forward. There isn’t any problem we can’t solve. We can find every solution we need and reach success.

Today if you’re overwhelmed with a situation that is intense and difficult, and you feel lost in the midst of trouble, everything you need is still there. You are wise and capable, and will find every answer you need. Nothing can keep you from the destinations you desire. Be confident and trust yourself. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing can hold you back.

All the Way Back

4 Dec

We go through all kinds of ups and downs as we navigate through the many days of our lives. Sometimes we get hurt and if the pain is intense and we feel completely heartbroken, it may take a lot of time to heal. While we’re struggling, all the details and demands of our lives continue. Our families, our jobs, our commitments, and all the responsibilities of life still have to be taken care of. Each moment demands our attention and there are endless distractions. We can face them all and manage whatever we must, but if we’re hurting it will take determination and focus. Nothing we go through is powerful enough to completely stop us forever. We have inner strength that’s always there for us and we can overcome anything in time. Heartbreak can be paralyzing and make us doubt our ability to survive but we always have enough inside to get through. We can face any pain and disappointment by going all the way back and uncovering everything that’s happened. We can see it all and then set it down and walk away. Looking at everything objectively and allowing ourselves to see it clearly will help us find the answers we need to move forward. Life is a great blessing and there is always a new day before us. No matter what has happened, no matter what we’ve lost, there is always hope for the future. Every sunrise brings undiscovered blessings. We can hold on when we feel weak, and continue forward even if we aren’t sure. Each step will reaffirm our confidence and as we walk forward, we’ll find our way again. There isn’t anything we can’t overcome. We are invincible and there is power within. We can go all the way back and begin on a new road forward.

When others see us struggle, they may try to help by telling us the situation isn’t as bad as it seems, but nobody can know the depth of our personal suffering but us. It might feel impossible to get through and we may be overwhelmed by pain and doubt. Life is all about change and no matter how bleak things may seem today, tomorrow will be different. We can take the journey forward one small step at a time. We don’t need to rush or try to move in a hurry. We can take things as they come and with each step our strength will return. In time, however long it takes, we’ll feel in control again and have all the confidence we need to move forward.

Personal pain teaches us many things and helps us understand ourselves more completely. When we suffer, we learn to endure and exercise internal strength. We discover our personal fortitude and uncover the depth of our courage. We are more powerful than we think we are and nothing can overcome us. We can step forward with confidence even when we’re unsure, trusting in our own wisdom to find our next steps.

Today if you feel broken and devastated over something that has hurt you, remember you are stronger than you realize. Everything you need to continue forward is already there inside you. Reach deep and hold onto your courage. You are amazing and nothing can hold you down. Pain is only a passage to greatness. Take a step and move forward toward success. It’s all there for you and you will reach it.

A Fair Shake

28 Nov

When we are children we’re taught to always play fair.  Cheating is seriously discouraged and we’re told to play by the rules and treat others fairly.  Those are true concepts and being fair in everything we do enhances our ethical standards and helps others trust us.  But sometimes things happen outside our control that aren’t fair and we may end up in situations that are difficult to manage and hard to understand.  We only have control over our own actions and it doesn’t feel fair to be subjected to someone else’s bad decisions but nobody is an island and there may be times when that happens and our lives are negatively impacted.  We can strive to always be fair but life won’t always cooperate.  Unexpected things can go wrong at any time.  We may get sick, or have a freak accident, or be hurt by circumstances beyond our reach.  Our sense of fairness may get bruised when things turn against us.  When we’re in the midst of unearned and unexpected trials we may suffer but we can hold onto our confidence.  Even if it’s hard to find our footing we can trust that we can still stand tall and look ahead.  No problem can last forever.  In the end, most of the time life is fair but while we’re in the middle, muddling through, we may get lost a time or two.  Life is constantly changing and we have all the courage and wisdom we need to navigate even the hardest times.  We can hold onto what we know is true and find our way.  Nothing is powerful enough to stop us from moving forward and every blessing is just steps away.

It seems fair that we should all get what we deserve.  Bad people who do things to hurt others should suffer and good people who are helpful and kind should gain happiness.  However, there will likely be times when we see bad people succeed while those who are trying their best struggle.  The law of the harvest is inescapable and immutable.  If we plant seeds of discontent, disharmony and pain, we will eventually reap the harvest of those choices.  It might not happen right away, and years may go by before we see things change, but balance will come. We are all accountable for everything we do and the choices we make determine our future happiness.

The old saying that “there is no such thing as a free lunch,” is correct.  Everything we do exacts a price of some sort.  If we make good choices that move us closer to where we want to be, we will reap the benefits and find success.  If we jumble up the works with confusion, complication and turbulence the way forward will be harder to navigate and more difficult to find.  We can make excellent choices that pave the road to happiness and peace, even in times of trial.  We can have the lives we dream about by choosing wisely and continuing forward with confidence and wisdom.

Today if you feel life is unfair and you can’t win, move toward your next step.  You can navigate through any complication or trial and choose wisely in ways that will bring you happiness.  Your life is yours to design and all your dreams can come true.  Nothing can keep you from success.  Continue forward and you will prevail.