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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.

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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.

Getting Even

15 Apr

We live in the world with billions of other people. It’s great to have others around us, and we learn and grow by interacting with them. Most people are considerate and try to do their best, but there are some who don’t care about anyone but themselves and will do anything to get what they want. If they’ve hurt us or kept us from something we’re striving for, we may be angry and decide we’re going to get even. We might feel we must even the score in order to move ahead. Of course, we can always push back and hurt someone who has hurt us, but getting even won’t ever move us forward. Being intensely focused on making someone else pay will hold us in place or may even move us further from our goals. It’s impossible to target someone else’s life and work on our own at the same time. Every moment we spend plotting and planning, and executing retribution is time we can’t spend moving forward. It isn’t easy to be someone else’s target and when we’re hurt, we may feel like revenge is the only way to restore our spirit. But revenge and getting even does just that – it makes us even with the behaviors that hurt us. We are better than that. Rising above bad behavior and taking a higher stand will empower us and give us authority over the issue. If we’re true to the standards we want in our lives and focus on choosing the roads that take us where we most want to go, we will gain self-confidence and success. Others may do what they will. By holding fast to who we are and choosing the best roads going forward, we will reach every destination we desire. We are powerful and wise, and can always make excellent choices that take us where we want to go.

When we’re children we’re taught to play fair. But the world isn’t always fair. Sometimes cheaters win, and sometimes bad people get the prize. It hurts when we can’t stop someone from unfairly taking something from us. We can certainly push back if there’s a way to reclaim what’s been lost, but sometimes there is no recourse and we must accept what’s happened. It’s normal to feel bad when we’ve been abused, but there are unlimited roads to every goal. If someone has taken the road we’re on we can find another. Nothing can hold us in place indefinitely. There are endless possible options and with focus and determination we will find the way forward.

Nobody is strong enough or powerful enough to keep us from our goals. Every dream we desire is possible and even if we have to start over, we can reach them. If those around us aren’t supportive, we can change our relationships and do what is needed to create the lives we want. We can go anywhere and do anything. Nothing is out of reach. We can move forward and achieve anything we desire. Great success is always possible and we will reach it.

Today if you’ve been manipulated and hurt, keep your eyes on the goals you desire. Nothing can keep you from success. Find the road that will take you forward and keep moving. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing can hold you down. Every dream is possible and you can make them come true.

Done and Moving On

5 Apr

Done

While we’re going through our days accomplishing tasks, tending to responsibilities, and reaching our goals, our desires are constantly changing. What we wanted last year that held us captive but may not even be in our focus anymore. We change as we go and each step teaches us more about what we want and where we want to go. As we mature and evolve, things that previously seemed important may fade and we might decide to completely change direction. Our lives are always ours to design and no matter what’s happening, we can always redirect our course toward a new path. Sometimes while we’re pursuing a goal, complications arise that cannot be overcome and we have to stop and do something else. Other times as we get nearer to our destination, we may see it’s not exactly like we thought it would be and decide not to continue. If we’re suddenly done with the road we’ve been traveling, we can step off and begin on something new. Life is always changing and we never know what tomorrow will bring. We can be flexible and turn our direction at any time. Every dream is possible but some dreams look different the closer we get. We don’t have to hold onto something simply because we’ve had it for a while. We can let go and start again. There are endless roads and possibilities awaiting us, and nothing is out of reach. We can have the lives we want by staying true to what is most important. Every destination is possible and with clarity, focus and determination, we can choose the best path going forward.

There are a lot of people coming and going, in and out of our lives all the time. We build relationships with them and if they’re very close they may have some impact on the decisions we make. If we decide on a change in our lives, and they either don’t agree with us or don’t understand what we’re doing, they may try to dissuade us from proceeding. We can listen to any advice we like and certainly take suggestions about the road ahead, but we don’t need permission to go anywhere. We’re wise enough to know what we want, and smart enough to achieve it.

It’s nice to do things with others and when everyone is going one way, we can certainly join in. But the direction our lives take is completely up to us. If we don’t want to continue with the group, we can step away and take another road. Sometimes the goal we want can only be accomplished by ourselves. We’re strong enough to do anything and can go anywhere we desire. We can step forward with determination and wisdom, and be confident we will succeed.

Today if you’ve decided the road you’re on is taking you somewhere you no longer want to go, change direction. You can do anything and changing your mind doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Every road is open and ready for you. Decide what you want the most and start again. Be confident. You are strong and wise, and can accomplish anything you desire. Nothing is out of reach and you can have the life you dream of.

Loud Voices

29 Mar

We live in the world with billions of other people. They come from all kinds of different backgrounds, and believe countless different things. Their opinions are important to them and if they’re passionate about what they think is right, they may be very loud and persistent in an effort to make others follow along. They may tell those around them what they should eat, what they should believe, what they should do, how to act or countless other things. We’re all entitled to our own ideas and perspectives and can live our lives any way we like, but we don’t have the authority to command others to embrace our choices. We all have the gift and privilege or free agency and can make any decisions we desire. We don’t need to do anything someone else’s way or follow anyone else’s ideas or beliefs. Our lives are ours to design and we can live them any way we like, even if it’s different from those around us. There isn’t one perfect way to live. There are endless expressions and interpretations of every facet of life. We can make our own choices and let others choose what’s best for them. Demanding sameness and conformity will only suffocate and repress free expression and ingenuity. Every choice has its own benefits and drawbacks, and we can make them independently, regardless of what’s going on around us. We can listen to the opinions of others, and then choose for ourselves. We know who we are and what we want. We can live our lives in ways that bring us the blessings we seek and take us where we want to go. Our wisdom and insight will guide us along, and with focus and determination, we can have the lives we dream about.

It’s easy to do things when everyone is in agreement. If we’re all on the same page and embrace the same goals, we can move forward with little distraction or division. It’s fine to go along with something if it moves us further down the road we want to travel, but we need never succumb to conformity if it’s not what we want. We are valuable and worthwhile, and have gifts to offer nobody else can bring. The world is enhanced because we are here and we can be confident is being exactly who we are.

Opinions come and go, trends change and ideas modify as time passes. What was popular before may be passé now and what was considered all the rage last year may be a forgotten memory. It doesn’t matter what others are doing or how much importance they put on fitting in. We can decide what works for us and what we want. Our uniqueness and individuality bring depth and flavor to every situation. There isn’t now, nor has there ever been, anyone else like us. We can share who we are and make decisions that take us where we want to go and give us the lives we desire.

Today if there is pressure from those around you to conform, remember you are awesome and valuable just as you are. You don’t have to go along with anything you don’t want. The whole world is blessed because you are here and your presence enhances us all. You are amazing. Be confident and decide what you want most. Make decisions that will bring you the life you dream about and happiness will be yours.