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Hard Road Ahead

25 Mar

Life is filled with all kinds of unexpected events. Things may be rolling along smoothly and then suddenly, out of nowhere (or out of China), something comes along that stops everything. When we’re restricted from living our normal lives, and doing the things we want to do, we feel it deeply. If we have to re-order everything and try to figure out how to get things done, we may struggle to find the way forward. It’s not easy to reconfigure our lives to accommodate some unforeseen complication and find the answers we need. Nothing is certain in life. Even when things are going well, we never know what might come. When we have to change what we’re doing and all our plans have to wait, it can be hard to know how to proceed. There will always be another way to accomplish our tasks. It will take patience at a time when we may feel frustrated and restrained against our will. There may be a lot of moving parts we must consider, and finding a way to accommodate them all may not be easy. But we are smart and highly capable, and no matter what we have to modify, will find our way. Every answer is there for us, and we will find it. We can change course and adjust our plans until we find a workable version, and continue moving ahead. During times of stress and uncertainty, when we can’t do things the way we want to, and have no idea when the situation will change, we still have control over every decision we make. We can be confident that we will find the road that takes us closer to the goals we seek, and keep moving forward. Nothing lasts forever, and we have everything we need to manage whatever we must. Every destination is still there for us, and with determination and focus, we will reach them all.

If we look at a road map, we will see many different roads to every destination. We can take a direct route from point A to point B, or choose a more winding one that takes us through interesting towns and attractions. If there’s a detour on one road, we can turn and take another. When our lives are restricted and we can no longer continue forward as before, it doesn’t mean the journey must stop. We are intelligent and can discover another way to get to the goal. There will always be more than one option to get ahead. We can take the time we need to find the best choice and continue moving forward.

Unexpected changes can be unsettling. When the rug is suddenly pulled out from under us, we may stand suspended for a moment trying to process what’s happened. We may feel uncertain, and unclear about what we should do to manage our new reality. The answers are there for us and we can be sure we’ll find them. Nothing can hold us in place forever. We are capable and strong, and will always find the road ahead.

Today if you’re struggling trying to figure out how to move forward, take the time you need to see everything clearly. All the answers are already there for you and you will find them. Trust yourself and be confident. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing can keep you from success.

Still Down

31 Jan

Disappointments are a normal part of life. Everything doesn’t always go the way we want it to, or how we think it will. Small disappointments are easy to overcome and we navigate through them without much distress. But some things impact us greatly and alter how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. If we’ve suffered through a devastating development that has left us feeling broken and deeply hurt, we likely won’t sail through it quickly or without serious discomfort. Heartbreak, betrayal, and intense, serious setbacks can be very difficult to overcome. We’re capable of managing anything that comes to us, but when we’ve had the emotional air knocked out of us by an acutely painful event, it may be impossible to immediately bounce back. We’ll need time to understand what’s happened, and find our footing again, but no matter what happens, our lives continue forward. Even when we’re suffering, life goes on. There are things we have to take care of, places we need to be, and responsibilities that must be tended to. We must continue forward despite how we feel. Intense sorrow and grief are not permanent and cannot hold us indefinitely. Time will help, but there is no way to know how much time it will take. Each day will bring a little more relief, and moment by moment, we will move forward. No matter what’s happened or how badly we’ve been hurt, we will eventually find our way through. It won’t happen overnight, and we may have many days of despair before we heal completely, but we have everything we need to find our way back to full confidence and peace. Life is complicated and there will be trouble. But we are strong, and nothing can hold us down forever.

Nobody can know our deepest feelings or the full extent of anything we’re going through. If we’ve been struggling over something difficult for a while, those around us may have lots of ideas and advice. They may give us suggestions and recommendations for moving forward. We can listen to and try anything they offer if we feel it will help, but we know ourselves better than anyone else, and know what we need. We have all the courage and strength necessary to overcome anything. In time, we will find peace and comfort, and be sure of the way ahead.

When we’re trying to get over something difficult, we may feel we should be further down the road than we are. Grief has its own timetable, and although we may try to rush it, will take the time it takes. By being involved in the world around us we can improve our outlook, and refresh our thinking. There are endless goals still possible and we can accomplish anything we desire. A setback may be difficult, and it may hurt, but it isn’t the end of the road. It’s just a pause, and there is great success ahead.

Today if you’re suffering from a painful event, and feel disconnected and lost, remember how strong and powerful you are. Nothing can hold you down indefinitely. There is still light. Give yourself time to heal and be confident. Look ahead, and step forward. You are amazing, and every dream is still there for you. You will find the way ahead, and reach great success.

Carrying It With Us

27 Jan

We all want an easy life filled with happiness, comfort and fun. It would be wonderful if everyday brought something good to us, and we never had to worry or stress about anything. It’s good to dream about, but that isn’t reality. Life is filled with all kinds of experiences, and we never know what will happen next. We may face a serious time filled with trouble and sorrow. Pain is a natural part of life, and will likely come and go many times as we navigate ahead. Anything can happen, and if we’re surprised by something difficult and troubling, we may feel overcome and lost. Nobody wants to suffer but if we must walk through the fire of pain or loss, we have everything we need to survive. The pain may be intense while we’re going through it, but nothing can last forever, and in time, things will improve. After the situation is behind us, how we manage moving forward is up to us. We can hold onto the disappointment, take it with us, and allow it to color our lives indefinitely. If we do, every choice we make moving forward may be impacted by what’s happened in the past. There is no way to go back and change anything, but we don’t have to let painful memories influence our next steps and prevent us from finding happiness in the future. Letting go of sorrow and grief doesn’t mean we won’t remember where we’ve been. We will always carry every experience forward with us, but they don’t have to control our next moves. We deserve to be happy and can make choices that enrich us and take us where we most want to go. Our lives are important and we can make them any way we like. We can set our sorrows down, and move forward with confidence that we can succeed.

Painful experiences may take time to overcome. If we’ve been deeply hurt by someone or something, we may need to step back for a while until we know how we want to proceed. There is no rush, and we can take the time we need. Nothing is insurmountable, and even when we feel overwhelmed, can trust that we’ll find our way through. We are stronger than we think we are, and nothing can hold us down forever. We will find our footing again, we will know what to do, and be able to stand and walk forward. No matter what’s happened, our dreams are still there for us. We’ll find the answers we need, and prevail.

When we’re going through a difficult time, it may seem nobody could possibly understand what’s happening to us. We’re all individuals and feel things in unique ways specific to our own experiences and understanding. But we never have to suffer alone. There will always be someone willing to help and offer encouragement. We can reach out and get the help we need. Trouble comes, and when it does, we need not worry. We are wise and capable, and will always find the way forward.

Today if you’re going through something difficult and feel overwhelmed, remember how many times you’ve prevailed in the past. You are intelligent and strong, and nothing can overcome you. Have faith and step forward. Your dreams are still there, and every success is possible. Be confident. You are amazing, and you will win.

Under Fire

22 Jan

Every person in the world has their own perspective and ideas about how things should go. There is nobody exactly like us and with all these differences there’s bound to be conflict from time to time. If we feel strongly about something and others disagree, we may face a difficult situation filled with emotion and intensity. Sometimes the lines between right and wrong are obvious and everyone agrees on the limits. But most of the time, the options are flexible and will bend depending on what we want to accomplish and who we’re dealing with. If there are several others on one page and we’re on another, there may be a strong campaign to get us to change. We can always alter any views we like, but if we feel intensely about our position, we may hold fast to it and push ahead despite the opposition. When we’re on the outside of the prevailing viewpoint and want something different, we may find ourselves under fire. If we’re being criticized, ridiculed or denounced, it may be very hard to keep our composure and maintain our self-control. Of course, we always have the right to stand and defend our position and if we’re being unfairly treated can return equal fire. But screaming back and getting into an altercation will never help us settle the situation. We can keep our resolve, agree to disagree, and move forward on our own road. We have the right to live our lives any way we choose, even if it means going against everyone else. We don’t need agreement or permission to do things our way. If others disagree, they can deal with that. Our lives are ours to design and we can live them in ways that bring us complete satisfaction and happiness. Nothing is out of reach, and we can make our dreams reality.

Conformity is easy to manage. If everyone does the same things, we all know what to expect and there are few surprises. But conformity often requires us to go along with someone else’s ideas about life and when we sacrifice who we are and what we want, we can never reach our own goals. Our lives are important. We have unique and exclusive talents to bring and specific things we want to accomplish. We never have to trade what we want most to get along. We can live our lives individually and honestly, and reach any destination we desire.

We all want to get along with those around us and live a peaceful existence. If we’re under fire for a decision we’re making, we may be uncomfortable. We can always abandon our views and agree to do what everyone else wants, but if we give up on our dreams, we will never achieve them. We deserve complete happiness and by holding fast to what is important and choosing our own destinations, we will create the life we want the most. Every dream is possible and with determination and focus, we can make them ours.

Today if those around you are trying to convince you to go their way, but you have something else in mind, stay to true to what you want. Your life is important and you can choose your own way forward. Be confident and step forward with clarity. You are amazing and capable, and all your dreams are possible.

What Comes Next

21 Jan

We all have ideas about how we want our lives to go. We know what we want to accomplish and where we want to be. We can see where we are right now, and try to plan for the future, but there is no way to know what lies ahead. Even when we plan well and try to prepare for the possibilities we can envision, we don’t know what will happen next. Sometimes everything goes about the way we think it will, and we move ahead with little trouble. However, other times we may be surprised by events and situations we could never have imagined. Life is filled with all kinds of unexpected developments. There may be others making decisions we are unaware of, and complications may arise that hold us in place. What comes next is an unknown in most situations, and at any moment everything may change. Things go wrong, the road turns, and sometimes everything goes up in smoke. Trouble may come, but no matter what happens, we can find a way through. We can’t control what the future brings, but we can control how we manage it and decide how we will proceed. There isn’t any complication or problem too complex for us to figure out. The road we’re on may end, or turn and point us in the wrong direction, but we can step away from where we are, and start again. Nothing can hold us in place indefinitely. There are many roads to every destination and we will find the way ahead. Not every goal will come easily, and sometimes we may have to stop and rethink what to do next, but we can achieve anything we desire and find success. Every dream is possible and with patience and determination, we will prevail.

There will be times in our lives when everything goes well, our plans work out and we move forward with little resistance. But those instances are rare, and most of the time we’ll have some push back when we’re trying to advance. Resistance requires thought and endurance, and teaches us more about ourselves and the world around us. When we have to push through difficult times, we become more resilient and gain strength and wisdom. Each trial teaches us something new to carry forward. We become more courageous as we push through trouble and more confident as we succeed.

When something extreme and unexpected happens, we may be shocked and stunned, and need time to process where we are now. Big surprises can knock the wind out of us, and we can take the time we need to understand what’s happened before we begin to formulate our next steps. We can get help if we need it, and then decide how to proceed. Everything may change but we are strong and capable, and will always find the answers we need to move forward. Nothing can keep us from our goals, and we have everything we need to do anything we desire.

Today if something unexpected has happened and your plans are no longer workable, take the time you need to decide what you want to do. There are many roads ahead and you will find the way. Nothing is beyond your abilities, and you will prevail. Be confident and step forward. Every dream is still there for you, and you will succeed.

Another Breath

9 Jan

Life is filled with challenges and trials. Every day brings something new and we never know when we’ll have to face something that tests us and pushes us beyond what’s comfortable. Sometimes things move along smoothly and we feel confident and sure, and then out of nowhere, a wrench gets thrown into the mix and we struggle to figure out what to do next. If the problem is far-reaching and intense, it may take a lot of energy and time to work out. As we navigate through each entanglement, we may tire of the struggle and the complications that keep us from moving forward. If the situation is overwhelming and acute, and we’ve been trying to work through it for a while, we may feel it’s hopeless and begin to consider just giving up and walking away. Our success will be decided in that moment of despair. We can change our plans any time we like, let go and find another way around, but if we hold tight and continue, we have the great chance of succeeding. Another breath, another minute to hang on, and another step forward may change everything. We never know what’s around the next corner or what the next development will bring. We may be on the last required step before success. If the goal is important and we want to accomplish it, no matter what comes we will have all the temerity and courage we need to achieve it. There isn’t anything powerful or complex enough to hold us in place. If we’re tired, we can take a break. We can step back from the fray, catch our breath, and consider every option ahead. When we’re ready we can start again and continue forward. Every success is possible and nothing is too far or too difficult. We are powerful and wise, and will always find our way.

We might go through periods of calm where the road ahead is clear and unobstructed, and cruise forward without worry or concern. It’s great when life is easy. But there may be times when it seems every turn is blocked and we are beset by trouble and torment. During those moments we may be confused about what is happening and wonder why it’s happening to us. There may be a lot of noise and we may get disoriented for a time, but we are strong and capable, and will find our footing and the way ahead.

A whirlpool catches everything floating near it, and secures it in its endless spin. Like being held captive in a spiral of torment, we may feel caught up when extreme difficulties enter our lives. It may seem everything is out of control, but if we are anchored and positive, and trust ourselves to overcome whatever we’re facing, we will find the answers we need to prevail. We are amazing and powerful, and have everything we need to get through anything we must.

Today if you’re in the midst of a difficult trial, and the road ahead is dark and cloudy, trust yourself. You already have everything you need to find the way forward. Take your time, and explore every possible option. The answers are there for you and with patience and determination, you will find them. You are incredible and strong, and nothing is too powerful for you to manage. Be confident and step forward. Success is just ahead, and you will reach it.

Cheap Imitation

8 Jan

We all know what we want in our lives. We know what we want to do, where we want to go, and who we want to spend our time with. Sometimes what we want is easy to obtain and we’re able to achieve it with little effort. But often our goals don’t just fall into our laps, and we must take the time and do what is needed to make them ours. We can reach any goal if we’re determined and nothing is out of reach. Of course, there are always options available. If what we desire is difficult, and will require a lot of time and energy, we can always opt for something that’s not exactly the same, but is close. It’s like buying a knock off. It may look kind of like the original, and if we don’t look at it too carefully, can convince ourselves it’s close enough. But having something kind of like what we want will never bring the satisfaction of having the real thing. Getting something that’s sort of like our true desire will only make us sort of happy. Only the complete goal we’re seeking will bring us complete happiness. If we feel satisfied enough with a cheap imitation, it’s easy to accomplish. Stopping short of what we really want and choosing something easier is always possible. However, our dreams and desires are important, and if we want them, we can have them. We can decide to do whatever is necessary to reach any destination we desire. There is no limit to what we can accomplish if we’re determined and focused on moving forward. Every dream is possible, every goal is reachable, and every desire can be fulfilled. We’re in control of our lives and every decision we make. We can create the lives we want the most. Nothing is out of reach, and we can make all our dreams reality.

A knock off Rolex isn’t a bad looking watch. Although it’s made of base metal instead of gold, and the interior mechanism is lower quality, from a distance it may look like the real thing. We can always buy an imitation and hope it’s good enough. We may fool some people, but we will never fool ourselves. Settling for something less than what we really want will never satisfy our desire. We will always know we compromised and will still want the real thing. Instead of choosing easier options, we can plan and work for what we really want, and find great satisfaction in gaining it.

Our relationships are important to us, and when they are rewarding and happy, can bring great joy into our lives. If we’re in a relationship that’s not working, we can consider every option to improve our situation. No matter how much time we’ve invested, or what others may expect, we never have to continue any relationship that isn’t making us happy. We can consider all our options and choose the road ahead that will bring us the satisfaction and contentment we desire. We deserve complete happiness, and can do what is needed to obtain it.

Today if you’ve been settling for less than what you really want, remember your life is important. You can have everything you desire, and you deserve full and complete happiness. Decide what you want the most, and then take the first step toward making it yours. Every dream is possible, and with determination you will succeed.