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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.

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All That’s Left

24 May

We may go through some terrible days in our lives. There may be great heartbreak, we may mightily grieve over the death of a loved one, or face devastation from something we couldn’t control. Any variety of awful things may happen, unexpected disasters may come, and we may be left lost, and bereft. We can’t control what life will bring us and we may face a time when we feel we are done, we have nothing left, and no way to move forward. We may feel frozen and empty, and it hurts even to breathe. When those moments come, we may believe we will never survive and that although we’re still alive, our lives are over. It’s excruciatingly difficult to move when we are at the bottom of the well, and feel encircled by pain. But even in our darkest moments, even when we’re sure we cannot possibly survive and continue on, there is light. It may be faint, it may be far away, but it is always there. Even if we can’t see it, it will always be there, no matter what happens. We can trust that we will survive, stand strong, and look forward. Every step we take will move us closer to where we want to go and with courage and determination, we can overcome anything. Darkness cannot remain indefinitely. We can have faith that our greatest ideas, and our most wonderful days are just ahead. We can dig deep, and believe we will prevail. There will always be sufficient strength and courage for us to continue ahead. Hard times will come to us all. We may have terrible moments where we feel vanquished and unable to continue. But those moments will not endure forever. We are stronger than we think we are, and able to face anything we must. Every dream is still possible and with determination we will prevail. The best is yet to be. Our greatest days are ahead of us. We can walk forward and find our way.

Life is unpredictable, and even if we plan well, things may go wrong. Other people may make decisions that may impact us negatively, things may change unexpectedly, and we may be knocked down without warning. No matter how things have changed, or how difficult the situation becomes, we have everything we need to find our next steps. Nothing is too complex for us to understand and we can see everything objectively and clearly, and find the way forward.

We are powerful and capable, and can always find our way forward. There isn’t anything that can hold us down forever. We have all the intuition and intelligence we need to unravel any problem or complication. There will always be a road ahead and a way to success. Every happiness is always possible. With courage and determination, we can find our way through anything and reach it.

Today if you’re overcome by something that’s happened, and feel there’s no hope for going forward, trust yourself. You have already managed many problems and succeeded, and you will find your way again. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing can hold you in place. Be confident. The road ahead is there and waiting. Step forward and be strong. Great happiness is just ahead 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.

Bumper Cars

15 May

It’s fun to ride the bumper cars at carnivals and fairs. We have the opportunity to drive around in small, little cars and run into those around us, jamming them and preventing them from moving forward. It’s funny to see what happens as we bounce around and try to drive when others are pushing us. Bumper cars are fun but when we’re trying to get through a task or reach a goal, it’s nice to be able to move forward without any complications. However, sometimes it can feel like our lives are like being in bumper cars at the fair. Everywhere we turn something is in the way and if we try to move forward, something comes along and pushes us off track. We only have control over our own decisions, and other people may do things that keep us from moving forward or hold us in place. It’s impossible to get closer to our goal if we can’t advance and just continue to drive around in circles, knocked one way and another. Life can be filled with all kinds of complications and we don’t always know what others are doing or how their decisions will impact our plans. But we’re in control of our own choices and when we see the road ahead is blocked, we can find another way. There are many roads to every destination. We can leave the bumper car behind and choose a path that’s clear and available that will take us to our goal. We may have to backtrack or go in the opposite direction for a time, but eventually we’ll be able to maneuver onto an open road and continue forward. Every destination is possible but they aren’t all easy to get to. We may have to redesign our plans again and again until we find what works. It doesn’t matter how many revisions it takes. We can continue moving forward and reach any goal.

There will be few times in our lives when there is only one option for success. Generally, there will be several possible scenarios that will take us where we want to go. Any road we choose can be modified to take us to any destination. Things may not be ideal and we may have to wait until our circumstances change before we begin. It doesn’t matter when we start. Every step will take us closer to the goal and if we’re determined and focused, nothing can keep us from success.

There may be times when no matter what we do, we can’t move forward. We may be stuck because of circumstances beyond our control, or decisions being made by others. If we can’t advance now, we can let go of the goal until things change and we can start again. Nothing stays the same forever, and if we’re patient and watch carefully, we will find the chance to begin. Every goal is possible and we can make all our dreams come true. We can be wise and patient, and then with determination and focus, reach any destination we desire.

Today if you’ve been pushed off track and feel like you can’t move ahead, step back and look at the situation clearly and objectively. There is a way forward and you will find it. Be confident. Choose the road ahead and begin again. You can go anywhere and do anything. Nothing will keep you from success. You are powerful and wise, and will find the way forward.

Small Victories

13 May

There are endless experiences we’ll have as we navigate through our lives. We’ll face countless issues and complications, things will go right and things will go wrong, we’ll prevail or have to start over, and we never know what will happen next. Sometimes just as it seems we’re near the end of a struggle, something changes and we’re right back in the fray. When we’re trying hard to untangle a mess, or are stuck and unable to move, we may feel we’ll never get to the other side and find relief. It’s hard to stay positive and keep trying to look up when we’re being pulled down again and again. Life constantly teaches us endless lessons. No matter how convoluted or involved a problem may be, there will always be something going our way we can be thankful for. If we focus on the one, small thing going right, we’ll have greater strength to continue moving forward. Every small victory counts. If we’ve survived a difficult day, or found one answer to a complicated problem, we are winning. Sometimes the way ahead only opens an inch at a time. If we’re persistent and patient, and continue pushing forward, even if we can’t go far, we will prevail. Our lives might get tangled up and we might feel mired and constrained, but nothing is permanent and eventually everything will shake loose and we’ll be able to advance. In the meantime, we can focus on the small things that work, and the modest advances we’re making. Life is fluid and ever changing. We’ll find every answer we need and gain success. Nothing is beyond our grasp and with focus and determination, we can reach any goal.

When we’re facing a big problem with lots of complications or that involves many people, it may seem insurmountable. We may feel it’s too difficult to find our way through. At first glance things can seem worse than they are but if we step back for a moment and look at the situation objectively, we will find an opening where we can begin. There is an answer to every problem and nothing is beyond solving. We can trust ourselves to patiently and carefully find our way until we reach the answers we need.

If we’ve been on a long, difficult journey and the end is still nowhere in sight, we may begin to consider giving up. We can change direction at any time and if we want to surrender, it’s always an option. But we’re intelligent and capable, and sometimes instead of quitting altogether, all we need is a break from the struggle. We can step away for a moment, find refreshment in something else, and then when we’re ready, return and begin again. We are stronger and more powerful than we realize and nothing is too difficult for us. We know what we want and with determination and patience, will get it.

Today if you’ve been pushing and trying for a while, and feel no closer to the goal, step back for a moment. Turn around and look at how far you’ve come already. You can do anything and have all the courage and wisdom you need to prevail. Trust yourself and start again. You have already won. Success is just ahead and you have everything you need to reach it.

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.

I’m Not Doing That

7 May

Life is filled with unlimited opportunities for growth and learning. It’s great when we’re doing something we want to do and learning new skills we desire. But sometimes we may be faced with something that’s difficult or unpleasant, and the very thought of doing it is repugnant and off-putting. We may think, “I’m not doing that,” but because of the situation don’t really have a choice. There will be times when all of us, despite our displeasure or discomfort, may have to do something we really don’t want to do. Nobody wants to do things that make them uncomfortable but sometimes it can’t be avoided. Instead of pushing our hands out and refusing to look at it, or just walking away in disgust, we can take a breath, stand still, and look at everything objectively. Every problem – no matter how annoying or complicated – has a solution. We know how to find answers and open doors to new solutions even when the situation is extreme or dire. What seems complex and unworkable can be untangled by patiently taking the time we need to see all the parameters of the situation clearly, and finding the way through. Sometimes life goes haywire and everything gets jumbled up and confused. But we’re intelligent and capable, and there isn’t anything too complex or difficult for us to manage. Nobody wants to dive into a hornet’s nest full of problems but if we must, we can do it with confidence and grace. There isn’t anything we can’t do. We can find all the answers we need and solve every problem before us.

Sometimes it seems we’re the only ones with problems, and everyone around us appears to be doing fine. Of course, nobody gets a perfect life where everything goes well every day. Some of us are demonstrative and share every detail with those around us, and others are quieter and more reserved. We don’t know what others are facing or what they have to deal with. We all struggle with difficulties and problems, and deal with issues that complicate everything. Choosing to be confident and taking things one step at a time will help us find our way through and overcome anything before us.

There may be times when we’re bombarded with one problem after another and feel like we can’t escape. Sometimes when it rains, it really does pour, and at times like that we may feel we can’t manage and should just give up. We can surrender to any problem we like but the answers we need are always there for us. With perseverance and determination, we will find them and solve any issue we must. We are more powerful and capable than we think we are. Nothing is too hard for us to manage. We can trust ourselves to find the way through and be confident we will prevail.

Today if you’re facing something difficult you don’t want to do, and feel you can’t manage it, remember how strong and intelligent you are. You are wise and capable, and nothing is too complex or hard for you to manage. Stand strong and be confident. You already possess everything you need to prevail. Success is just ahead and you will reach it.