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Waiting for Luck

10 Apr

We’re always in control of our lives. We decide what we’ll do, where we’ll go, with whom we’ll associate and how we’ll live. Every decision we make defines who we are. We can make excellent decisions and each time we choose we determine the road ahead. When we know what we want and the options are clear, it’s easy to choose but sometimes the waters are muddy and seeing exactly where the choice will take us isn’t obvious. Not every decision is easy and sometimes we may have no idea what we should do. We may hesitate, or if we’re completely lost, just wait around and hope somehow, we’ll get lucky and it’ll work out by itself. Waiting for luck to save us rarely works. We must decide. Some decisions can be pushed aside and might even eventually fade away on their own, but that’s unusual. If we’re stuck and unsure, we can review everything and choose the best option possible. It might work out the way we want it to, or it might go awry, but whatever happens, we’ll find our way through. We can’t read the future and must proceed with the information we have. If there’s more to the story, or things unfold in ways we couldn’t predict, even if we’ve chosen well, we may end up somewhere we never intended to go. We only have control over ourselves and there are always unseen developments that may hinder our plans. We don’t need luck to find our way. We have everything necessary to make good choices and can modify our plans when needed. Success is always possible and nothing can keep us from getting to our goals.

When we take the first step on any path, we also choose the destination it takes us to. That’s fine if we can see where the road will end, but that isn’t always possible. We may start out thinking the end result will be one thing and then discover as we move forward that we’re nowhere near where we thought we were headed. Life is filled with unexpected surprises and when the road bends we may have to turn around and start again. With determination, focus and patience, we can go anywhere and reach any destination.

When we have to make a difficult decision and none of the options are appealing, instead of working the problem, we may decide it’s too hard and set it aside. We might hope if we leave it alone long enough, someone else will take care of it. We may have to overcome many difficult and unpleasant tasks. Working through them and learning to find resolutions will bring us great knowledge and benefit. We gain wisdom with each challenge we overcome and learn more about ourselves and the world around us. Instead of looking away, we can address each issue as it arises, confident we’ll find the answers we need and prevail.

Today if don’t want to face a difficult decision before you, remember how capable and strong you are. There isn’t anything you can’t figure out. You don’t need luck to save you. You already possess everything needed for success. Look at the situation clearly and choose the best path forward. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is too difficult for you to manage. Be confident. You know what to do and you will win.

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Just a Moment

1 Apr

There’s a lot going on in our lives all the time. We have responsibilities to attend to, things that need to be done, people asking for our help, appointments we need to make and the list is never ending. We have a lot of priorities we want to get done, and as we rush around and accomplish so much, our personal needs may get pushed aside. The time we need to recharge may get shorter and shorter, and before we know it, we may be burned out and exhausted. Once we deplete all our resources, we can do no more. There will always be more than we can accomplish all at once. No matter how hard we work or how fast we go, there will always be another task waiting. Before we rush headlong into the fray, we can look at everything before us and make a reasonable plan for completion. Whatever we don’t accomplish today can be done tomorrow. Pushing ourselves beyond our limits and setting unrealistic goals will only lead to fatigue and defeat. There is plenty of time to do what is most important. The rest can be managed later. As we move through our list of projects, it’s important to allow time to take a break and refresh ourselves. Just a short walk, or a few minutes of quiet reflection can help us navigate a busy and demanding day more effectively. Allowing ourselves a moment of rest to look around and enjoy our day will rejuvenate us and give us the energy we need to succeed. Every day is a blessing. We can accomplish much and still find time to reflect on what’s most important. We are strong and capable, and can do anything we desire. Remembering to value our personal time as much as our tasks will help us find balance and happiness. We know what we want and what we need. We can take care of business and still take care of ourselves.

There are a lot of people coming in and out of our lives all the time. They may be family members, co-workers, friends, acquaintances and some we’ll interact with once and never see again. They may ask us for help with something and we may certainly agree. Our time is ours to manage, and we can give them as much as we like. If we’re mindful of all our responsibilities and our personal needs, we will be able to serve effectively and still have the time we need to take care of ourselves. Constantly replenishing our well will ensure we always have enough to keep going and still share with others.

Caring for ourselves is our responsibility. We can’t expect anyone else to know what we need or how much rest we require. Making sure we’re at our best will help us accomplish everything before us. It’s impossible to be as effective as possible if we’re sleep deprived, hungry or overwhelmed. If the beginning isn’t working, we will never reach the ending. We can take what we need and be strong and effective. Every blessing is possible and with planning and care we can reach every destination.

Today if you’ve been rushing around and neglecting yourself, remember you are the most important person in your equation. Give yourself what you need and you’ll be strong and effective. You can do anything if you plan effectively and take care of yourself. Every destination is possible and you will prevail.

The Whole Story

22 Mar

Each day brings many decisions. Some are minor and inconsequential and work out no matter what we choose, but others carry more weight. Many times, we can discern how important a decision is by the possible consequences that may arise after we choose. But sometimes, what seems unimportant at first may become critical in the road ahead. If we’re in a hurry or stressed, or don’t place a lot of value on a situation and choose without thinking, it might be fine. Things may roll out the way we expect them to and we may move ahead with hardly a look back. However, if there are unseen or unknown complications connected to the choice we’re making, a seemingly simple choice may turn out to be a nightmare. It’s like opening a door without really knowing what’s behind it. We don’t know what we don’t know, and there is always more to the story. It may be impossible to see the whole story from the beginning and we’ll have to choose with the information we have. There is no road map for our lives to caution us about upcoming detours or unexpected turns. We learn as we go and if we take a wrong turn, we can correct our course and reroute back to the road we want to be on. Nothing is permanent and everything can be modified. We have all the wisdom and insight we need to see things as they are, and determine what we need to change. We can find our way to any destination we desire. All options are possible and we have enough wisdom and determination to succeed.

One thing always leads to another, and when we choose the first step on any road, we also choose the last. Each road leads us somewhere and if we’re impulsive and don’t consider the ramifications of our choices before making them, we may end up somewhere we never intended to go. Making decisions without considering their consequences is like getting into a car with a stranger and letting them drive us wherever they want without any information or warning. If we don’t control our decisions, we may lose control over our lives. We know what we want, and have the power to create the lives we desire. We can see everything clearly before we decide and then choose paths that take us where we want to go.

We sometimes don’t know how far reaching a decision may become until it affects our lives. Something that seems simple and straight forward may become complicated and involved. We can avoid confusion by taking the time to carefully look at any possible developments that may arise and then decide. We can make excellent decisions that take us forward, and manage any issues that may arise on the way. We are intelligent and strong, and have everything we need to find success.

Today if you’ve rushed through a decision that has created a situation you didn’t plan on, be wise and carefully choose your next step. The road ahead is still there for you and you will find it. You are capable of doing anything you desire, and nothing can keep you from success. Choose wisely and go forward with confidence. Every destination is possible.

Carrying It

25 Feb

Every decision we make has a consequence and expresses who we are. Most of us try to make the best choices every time, but people are complicated, and sometimes because of fear or other influence, we may falter. If we make a bad choice, we carry the impact of it forward with us. If it’s an insignificant situation with people we don’t know, we might be able to ignore it and just move on. However, if it involves those who depend on our integrity and we’ve been dishonest, it will be harder to let it go. We always know what we’ve done and even if we’re able to hide, the burden of carrying something negative forward will become heavy and may hurt us in the long run. Nobody’s perfect and everyone makes mistakes from time to time. If we’ve done something that’s outside the person we want to be, it will never feel right. Carrying guilt forward will become heavy and may prevent us from achieving the goals we most desire. Thankfully, nothing is permanent and we can correct the situation by telling the complete truth, clearing the air and starting again. Owning up to our mistakes and errors in judgement does not diminish us in any way. Course corrections will help us live the lives we want the most. We have the potential to become anything we desire and go anywhere we choose. By living openly and honestly, and owning every decision, the road ahead will always be there and we can make our dreams come true.

Our ethical standards define who we are. We never need to succumb to situational ethics or change our values when our position becomes difficult. Situations never define our choices – we do. Every day will bring us the opportunity to choose and what we do tells the world who we are. We are strong enough to always choose in ways that honor our values. We have everything we need to succeed. By being honest in all our dealings we will achieve our goals and bless everyone around us.

For some, there’s a sliding scale when it comes to ethics and honesty. If they want something badly, they will do whatever it takes to gain it. They justify their behavior through their desires, and don’t care who gets hurt. They take what they want regardless of who is in the way or any consequences that may arise. They may get the prize but the cost will be high. They will lose the trust of those around them and it will be impossible to build strong relationships. We can choose the best road at every turn. Our lives are ours to design and with clarity and honesty, we will find satisfaction and happiness in choosing well.

Today if you’re in a situation that’s pushing you to make a choice you don’t feel good about, hold fast to your standards. You know how to make excellent decisions and need not bend your ethics to get through. Keep your eyes focused on the life you want the most. Show us who you are and set the bar high. You are a blessing to the world and we need your influence. Choose wisely, be confident, and show us the way.

Carried Away

21 Feb

With all things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the right one.” William of Ockham

The experiences we have throughout our lives are endless and every day brings something new. We see and hear things that impact our judgement and may affect our choices. Unfortunately, things aren’t always as they seem and if we’re confused or distracted, we may perceive a situation differently than it really is. Our emotions can affect what we observe, and may cause us to change a simple scenario into something more convoluted. If we’re in a big spooky house at night and the light suddenly goes out, we may jump and think some spirit from the netherworld has taken control. That might happen or it could just be a light bulb has burned out. Our perceptions create our reality, and if we perceive something entirely differently than it is, we may have an altered sense of what is real. We can get carried away with the first thought that comes to mind instead of evaluating all the possible options and choosing the most likely. If we make a habit of jumping to conclusions based on nothing more than our personal perceptions, we may end up making decisions that have nothing to do with the truth. Impressions will come and go and if we let them, will toss us here and there with each twist and turn. We are wise enough to find the truth before we act and make the best choices possible. We can hold fast to what’s real, and step forward trusting ourselves to find our way. Life is filled with all kinds of ideas and impressions, and with patience and understanding, we can find the best road forward.

There are endless things that could happen and if we have an active imagination, we may invent all kinds of possible scenarios in every situation. It’s fun to think about what may come, but as we’re envisioning all the possibilities, it’s important to keep our eyes focused on what’s really going on. There may be times when we get tangled up and confused, and if that happens, we can step back and unravel each issue until we find clarity. We have everything we need to solve any problem and find all the answers going forward.

Some people love to stir up complications and embellish their lives with intrigue and suspense. They may insinuate things are different than they really are in an effort to make a more exciting and captivating situation. If we get caught up in their complex web of stories, we may find ourselves in the land of fiction, far from where we want to be. We can perceive truth and despite influences around us, find the best way forward. Each choice we make takes us somewhere. We can rely on our personal wisdom to guide us where we most want to go.

Today if you’ve gotten caught up and carried away, stop and re-focus on what you want most. Find your footing and direct your course forward toward the goals you desire. You are wise and capable, and in control of your destiny. Choose the path you want to travel, and step forward. Every destination is possible and you will succeed.

Personal Time

13 Feb

We make many decisions every day. Some are easy, but others are more complex and can be quite difficult. If we must make a decision in a hurry our judgement may be impacted, and we might miss possible complications that may result. If there are others around us pressing us to agree with them, they may insist we don’t need to think about anything. They’ve already looked at all the parameters, and we need only agree so the plan can move forward. When people are convinced they have the answers they can be very persuasive. If we buckle under the pressure and give in before we’ve had time to think, everything might be fine and go exactly as expected.  But if the situation fails because something was overlooked, we may become part of a mess we never planned on. We’re always in control of what we do and when we want or need time before making a decision, we can take it. Personal time to review everything is important and as we ponder our next steps, we can be open to inspiration and personal direction. Taking time to think before making an important decision will always work in our favor. It will allow us to examine any developments that may arise and give us time to be confident in the choice we’re making. There are few decisions that must be made immediately, and there will often be time to think before we choose. We can take the time we need to plan the way ahead. We can be wise and careful, and make decisions that will take us where we most want to go.

Trust is a valuable asset when dealing with others. If someone we trust asks us to do something we don’t feel comfortable with, we may agree because of our relationship with them. But trust is fragile and if something goes wrong or we find they weren’t completely honest, everything will change. We’re always entitled to our own personal reflection in every situation, and can take time to consider all options before deciding what works best going forward. We have all the insight and wisdom we need to make excellent choices that bring us the results we seek.

We live in a hurry up world. Time is always of the essence and we are often pressed to rush through one situation after another. There’s nothing wrong with accomplishing much but if we do things before we have time to think, chances are some of them will fail. If we don’t take the time we need for personal reflection, our decisions may be negatively impacted. We know what we want and we don’t have to be rushed to get it. We can take our time and choose carefully to ensure we create the lives we desire.

Today if you’re pressed to hurry through an important decision, step back for a moment and take the time you need to see all the possibilities going forward. You are wise and capable, and know how to choose well. Give yourself the personal time you need to make the best decisions you can. You are amazing and powerful, and have everything you need to succeed. Every destination is there for you. Choose wisely and move forward with confidence.

The Last Step

23 Jan

Life takes us down many roads and to countless destinations. Every decision we make takes us somewhere and if we’re wise, we’ll make choices that take us to the places we desire most. But life can get complicated and we’re often busy with details and responsibilities. In the confusion and noise persisting around us, if we’re rushed or distracted, we might make a choice that turns out to be something we never wanted and takes us to a place we don’t like. It’s important to remember that each time we choose the first step on a path we are also choosing the last. It’s unlikely we’ll be able to change the destination of any road and we’ll inevitably end up where it’s headed. As we’re making choices in our personal lives, we can’t always see the end from the beginning. There will always be unknown factors and influences that may convolute our path. Although we can’t know everything that may happen, if we take the time to review the possibilities we can see before we choose, we have a better chance of getting the results we’re hoping for. Life is filled with unknowns but we are wise enough to evaluate all the options before us and make the best choices moving forward. The path may twist and we may have a blind curve or two, but we can be confident of success by evaluating each situation and choosing the best way forward. There are unlimited possibilities available to us. We can make excellent choices and get to all the destinations we desire the most.

It’s easy to walk on a paved, lighted road that’s clear and has all the signs we need to point the way forward. When everything is planned for us and the road ahead is open and leads exactly where we want it to go, we can quickly and easily achieve our goal.
But our lives don’t often work that way. We may be unclear about which way to go, unsure if we can manage the task, and worried about the complications that may arise. There is no way to read the future and we must trust ourselves to make the best choice possible before we begin. No matter what road we choose, if the destination is important, we will overcome anything in our way. We have everything we need to succeed and with determination will reach the goal.

Nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes from time to time. If we’ve made a  mistake in judgement and have taken a road to somewhere we don’t want to go we can stop and redirect the way forward. Nothing is permanent and we can alter our direction at any time. A mistake is inconsequential once we correct our course and we can move forward with confidence that we’ll succeed. Every dream is possible and with wisdom we can make decisions that will bring us the lives we desire most.

Today if you realize you’re on the wrong road and the destination ahead isn’t what you’re seeking, step to the side and consider all your options. Change direction until you’re facing the goals you desire and then step forward. You are amazing and powerful, and everything is possible. Choose the best road ahead and make all your dreams come true.