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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.

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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.

Anywhere But Here

21 Nov

Life isn’t always a picnic filled with happy moments and fun times.  There are days when we get frustrated, bored or fed up, and we may wish we were anywhere, anywhere else but where we are.  Sometimes the situation is easily fixed by simply leaving and moving on to something else, but other times it’s not so easy.  We all have commitments that are difficult to break and we may be in situations where stepping away simply isn’t possible.  As we grind through we may feel discontent and dissatisfaction that we have to endure something we don’t want to tolerate.  There are a thousand things we’d rather be doing than what we have to do right now and thinking about them only makes us feel worse.  It’s hard to get through days when we feel bad and every moment seems to last forever but one thing is certain, the situation won’t always be this way.  Change is inevitable and while we’re marking our time in frustration, we are moving forward to something different.  Nothing lasts forever and even if we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, we can have faith that it’s there for us and we’ll reach it.  Life is long and we’ll experience many things.  Difficult and trying times are not destinations but merely passages to something else.  We can be patient and have faith that everything will eventually improve.  There isn’t anything we can’t manage and manage well.  We can keep walking forward and find our way through.

Some people are naturally positive and tend to see the good in every situation.  They may be a great blessing in our lives but when we’re unhappy, being around them may make us feel worse.  It’s true that nobody’s life is without challenge or problems but it’s also true that the way we manage those difficulties often sets the tone for how we feel.  If we are confident we will prevail and trust ourselves to find any answers we need, we may navigate problems more easily.  We can hold onto our inner peace even if things are going wrong and remember how many times we’ve overcome in the past.  There isn’t anything we can’t do and do well.

When terrible things happen and we are overcome, we may feel lost and unsure.  We can always stop and stand still whenever we need to until we get our bearings.  We don’t have to rush forward and can take some time to see everything clearly before we step forward.  Serious issues require serious thought and no matter how complicated and difficult, the answers we need will always be there.  With patience and perseverance we can find the right road ahead.  We are strong and capable, and no matter what life throws at us, can manage and move toward success.

Today if you feel frustrated and would rather be anywhere than where you are, be patient and remember change is coming.  You can manage any situation you must and endure with confidence.  Do what is needed to reach success.  You are amazing and strong.  Every blessing is just ahead and you will reach it.  Nothing can hold you down.

White Water

19 Nov

It’s fun to go rafting.  As we move through the water we can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river as we float downstream.  In the areas where the water is calm we can lie back and relax, but no river is without some kind of rapids.  Rapids may appear and rush us along quickly and as we navigate them if we want to get through we need to be aware of everything around us.  We can’t see what’s under the water and even if we’re paying attention our situation could change in an instant.  Hidden rocks and unexpected currents may quickly change our situation and we may suddenly find ourselves upended in the water looking for oars and trying to catch our raft as it races past.  We don’t live our lives on a raft but we may go through times when it seems we’re in the rapids trying to hold on while everything around us is changing.  Life can be complicated and nobody knows what tomorrow will bring.  The only thing we can really count on is that whatever we’re going through right now will change in time.  How long that takes is anyone’s guess but while we’re navigating white water and struggling to stay afloat, remembering that nothing lasts forever may boost our courage and give us additional confidence.  We’re highly capable and can adapt to any situation but change isn’t always easy.  We can trust ourselves to make good decisions and find the way forward no matter where we are.  Life is filled with challenges and we can face whatever comes.  There is sufficient strength inside us and we can be confident in any situation that we’ll find our way through and reach the shore.

The world is filled with billions of people constantly making choices and decisions that may affect our lives.  We can’t know everything and sometimes our situation changes dramatically because of events beyond our control.  When the bottom falls out and our plans go up in smoke we may be disoriented as we try to figure out what’s happening.  Change is constant and when it comes we can stop and stand still until we see everything clearly again and understand how to proceed.  We can adjust our plans to accommodate any alteration.  We can be flexible and open to new ideas and try new paths moving forward.

It seems it would be easier to live in world where everything stayed the same and we would know what to expect all the time.  Our days would certainly be simpler if people never changed and our routines were solid and unmovable.  But repetition can’t teach us anything new and life is all about learning and growing.  We can adapt to change and find new ways to accomplish anything.  We’re creative and capable of managing any situation no matter how complex or unusual.  Our experiences teach us many valuable lessons and help us become the people we most want to be.  We can embrace change, navigate the rapids and find our way to any destination we desire.

Today if your situation has suddenly changed and you don’t know how to proceed, take a moment to see everything clearly.  The scenery may be different but there is still a way forward.  There isn’t anything you can’t do.  Remember how strong and capable you are.  All the answers you need are there and you will find the right road forward.

Looking Ahead

9 Nov

There are all kinds of people in the world and as we go through our days we’ll come in contact with many different kinds of personalities.  Some will be welcoming and fun, others may try our patience, and we may even interact with some truly mean and evil people.  Often we can tell by their actions what someone is like, but people are smart and may hide traits they don’t want others to see.  If they’re good at hiding, we may become their friends and spend a lot of time with them before we really see them for who they are.  They may suddenly turn on us and display behaviors we were previously unaware of.  We may be left confused and stunned trying to figure out what’s happening.  People can do anything they want and sometimes their choices hurt us.  They may blame us for something we haven’t done, judge us for a simple mistake, sabotage us around others or even do things to keep us from moving forward.  If we can’t reason with them or get them to listen to us, we may not be able to resolve the issue.  We all make our own decisions and if someone has decided we’re the enemy no matter what we do, we may have to accept things as they are and walk away.  People change when it’s important to them and if our relationship is important enough, those involved will do what is necessary to make it work.  Not every connection will be positive and we may need to let go from time to time.  We are worthwhile and if we aren’t valued can choose another path.  We deserve every happiness and can do what is needed to ensure we get it.

Our perceptions form our reality.  If we see things clearly and openly, often those perceptions will be accurate.  But we are influenced by the experiences we’ve had, and if they’ve been negative and hurtful, our perception may affected.  Jumping to conclusions based on emotion may color our understanding further and may make things seem very different than they really are.  We can take our time and set impressions aside until we understand everything clearly.
If we’re open to listening to everyone’s opinions and withhold judgement until we get all the facts, we’ll have a better chance of seeing the situation as it really is.

Misunderstandings happen and often we can correct them and clear the air, but sometimes the link gets broken and nothing we do will fix it.  It’s heartbreaking when someone we’re close to shuts the door on our relationship and we may feel great sadness.  But life is constantly changing and what is broken today may mend in time.  We can be kind and patient, and hope for the future.  Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring and we can be hopeful that in time we’ll reach a positive outcome.  We are strong and valiant, and can navigate through any complication.  We know what we want and will find success.

Today if you’ve been hurt by someone and are unable to change the situation, remember misunderstandings don’t define you.  You are worthwhile and valuable.  The whole world is better because you are here.  Be patient and kind, and show us your true self.  Set the best example you can.  Success will come and you will prevail.

True

8 Nov

There are unlimited things we can do with our lives. We can go along with everyone else and coast through the years without paying much attention. Or we can live on purpose and actually do the things we dream about. Our lives belong solely to us and what we do with them is our responsibility. We are always in complete control of our decisions and can do anything we choose to. Of course, not everything will come easily but the challenge is to continue forward even if the road gets rough. There will always be complications and unforeseen developments and some of them may block our path from time to time but if we’re determined we can reach any goal we set. It’s all up to us and in the end we all get the lives we wanted the most. If we aren’t happy where we are, we can change. We can do anything and go anywhere. We just have to decide but before we set out to make our dreams come true, we need to figure out who we are and what we really want. It sounds easy but for most of us really uncovering what we want to do with our lives takes some thought. The dreams we had as children may no longer apply. We’ve grown and matured and gotten a taste for what we do and don’t like. The ballerina of yesterday may strive to become the CEO today. The childhood race car driver now wants to be an engineer. Dreams change as we learn about life and grow into adulthood and when they do if we want them to become reality we must change as well. We can choose any path we want to travel and if we keep our eyes focused on the goal, will reach it.

Our parents taught us many things as they raised us and we learned what their beliefs were, how they thought life should go, their opinions about food, religion, politics, and many other topics. We don’t have to do things the same way our parents did, we don’t have to fulfill their dreams or follow the same roads they chose. We are free to create our lives any way we desire but adopting a new lifestyle can be challenging. If we want our dreams to come true, we cannot allow fear of the unknown to hold us back. Nobody knows everything. There will always be uncertainty but we can manage it and move forward anywhere we want to go.

We aren’t like anyone else in the entire creation. We’re the only person exactly like us and we can express that individuality even if it’s different from those around us. Defining who we are and what we want is the first step toward a satisfying and contented life. We don’t have to wish for the lives we dream about. We can create them through careful planning and continued diligence. Everything is possible. Nothing is out of reach and we can do anything we truly desire.

Today decide what you want most in your life. Define exactly where you want to go and what you want to achieve and then take the first step forward. You are powerful and wise and nothing is too far to reach. Every road is open to you and success is possible. Choose your future and start walking toward it. You are amazing and strong, and every dream is there for you.