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Putting In

12 Jun

Life is complex and there are unlimited opportunities all around us. The options for things we can do or places to go are endless, and we’re only constrained by the choices we make. Like a huge river flowing past, life gives us the chance to jump in and see where it takes us, or chart a course to get to one specific destination. A river can be a powerful, moving force, but it can’t take us anywhere if we sit on the shore and merely watch it flow by. We can observe others making choices, choosing where they’ll go, and rejoice with them when they reach their destinations, but if we remain on the sidelines, our situation will not change. Watching life go by isn’t the same as fully living it. While it’s rewarding to watch others achieve goals, it cannot compare to the satisfaction we feel when we achieve our own. We can do amazing things, go to incredible places, and accomplish anything we desire, but first we have to put our boat into the water and begin. We have to be willing to take a chance that we’ll find our way through the current, and be able to navigate around any rocks ahead. We already possess everything we need to do whatever we desire. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we’re willing to do what’s necessary to achieve it. Leaving the safety of the shore and taking a chance on the journey ahead requires courage, and we have all the courage we need. We can open new doors and learn new skills that will help us find success. There may be rough waters ahead, but we’re strong enough to get through them. We have everything necessary to push against the rapids and reach our destination, no matter how difficult or far away. Every blessing is possible and nothing is beyond our grasp. We can begin our journey, and make our dreams come true.

It’s fun to daydream about all the things we’d like to do and the places we want to see. There are endless options and scenarios possible, and thinking about what we want to do is helpful when we’re making plans. However, if all we do is imagine how our lives could be, nothing will change. We can go through the motions and stick to our routines and we’ll be successful in getting things done. But routines can only give us the same thing every day. If we want to experience everything possible, we must be willing to step away from what we know, and push toward something new.

It takes courage to step onto an unknown road. Unseen, foreign territory can be intimidating, and we may feel unsure as we move forward. But as we learn about new things, they become familiar and we make them ours. Step by step, we learn as we go, and in time can reach any destination we desire. The whole world is there for us and we can experience anything and go anywhere. We can make all our dreams a reality and live the lives we want the most.

Today if you’ve been standing back and watching others reach their goals, think about what you want the most. Decide where you want to go, and then take the first step forward. You are wise enough and brave enough to do anything you desire. Nothing is too far or too difficult for you to manage. Every destination is possible and you have everything you need to succeed. Be confident. You can make your dreams come true.

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Paying Attention

4 Jun

There’s a lot going on around us all the time. There are people constantly coming in and going out of our lives, and endless things to grab our attention and distract us. It’s easy to get caught up in the action and lose track of what we’re doing or where we’re headed. People and things interrupt us, others ask questions or need our input, and we may get sidetracked until we forget where we were. There’s no way to keep the world out of our lives completely, and as we push ahead if there’s a lot going on, our own personal progress may get stalled. We might get involved in what others are doing, or set our goals aside so we can help with something specific. It’s good to interact with those around us and we learn a lot by being part of other people’s lives. But the destinations we want to reach are important and we can carefully and judiciously monitor our time so that while we’re sharing it with others, we still have enough to do what we want for ourselves. By paying attention to our own personal needs as well as those around us, we’ll find great success and satisfaction. We can’t do everything at the same time, but we can plan effectively to make sure what’s most important gets our energy and focus. Our lives are ours to design and every decision we make determines what we’ll accomplish and where we’ll go. If we keep our eyes on the goals ahead, even if we step away for a time, we’ll reach them. Every destination is possible. We can plan our time effectively, prioritize what’s most important, and succeed. Nothing is too complex for us to manage, and with patience and wisdom we can make every dream a reality.

When we’re struggling to find our way forward, and there are many details we need to work out, the distractions around us may become invasive and irritating. If there’s a lot of noise and activity, it can be hard to focus on what we’re doing. We’re never frozen in place, and if where we are isn’t working, we can move to a location that is more amenable and helpful for us. Instead of complaining, we can take action. We’re always in control of our lives and can do what is needed to achieve our goals.

Nobody lives in Nirvana and we all suffer from time to time. As we’re pushing ahead, we may notice someone near us having a problem. Our goals are important but offering to help when needed won’t prevent us from reaching success. We develop great compassion and understanding as we assist others. Our lives are enriched and we understand our part in the big picture. We’re all more connected than we may realize and reaching out to help someone else will always embellish us and move us forward.

Today decide how you want to proceed and pay attention to what’s going on around you. You can focus on the goals you want to achieve and actively move forward, or set your project aside and work with others for now. Everything you want to accomplish is possible and with planning and determination you can go anywhere and do anything. Be in control and step ahead with confidence and courage. Every dream is possible and you will make them yours.

Meaning It

31 May

We can tell people all kinds of things about ourselves, use any positive adjective we like to describe us and create any image we desire. We can say anything but who we are is reflected not in what we say, but in what we do. Words are cheap and easily manipulated to express ideas that may or may not be true, but actions show our real character and display to the world what is real. If we’re honest about ourselves, our actions will reflect what we’ve expressed. If not, another reality will show itself. There is no way to gain the trust of others if we’re insincere or untruthful. If we mean what we say and follow through on our promises, people will learn we are trustworthy and that they can rely on us to keep our word. We don’t have to agree with everyone or do everything that’s requested. If we don’t want to do something, we can say so and move on. But if we say we’ll be there, and then don’t show, nothing else we’ve said will matter. Once those around us lose faith and trust in us, it will be hard to re-establish. It takes a lot of time to overcome personal disappointments when they involve our integrity and honesty. If we’ve been untruthful in the past or dropped the ball when we said we’d take care of it, there’s no reason to believe we’ll handle things any differently in the future. We can choose to be noble and valiant, and always keep our word. We can hold fast to the values we cherish and choose to be the best we can be. Our lives are a reflection of our actions. Every decision takes us somewhere. We can choose wisely to ensure we reach the destinations we desire most.

When we’re in an uncomfortable situation and want to escape, it’s easy to lie to get away from the issue. We can make up a story that will enable us to step back, or pretend we’re not involved and just walk away. Even if nobody ever finds out about the dishonesty, it will mar our character going forward. Like a chink in the armor, the surface will never be smooth again. We will always know we let our principles slide and it may affect our confidence going forward. Nothing is worth endangering our future success. Even in times of duress, we can choose well, and hold fast to what is right.

Everyone forgets things from time to time. If we’ve agreed to participate in something we later decide we don’t want, we can simply pretend we forgot we were committed and let it go. That may work and we may get out of our responsibility and move on. However, the stain of the lie will remain with us. It’s far better to simply be honest and decline our involvement before its expected. We may be uncomfortable for a moment, but our integrity will remain strong and we will walk forward knowing we did our best.

Today if you’re tempted to lie to get out of something you don’t want to do, remember your honesty and integrity are priceless and worth protecting. Tell the truth and clear the air. You are in control of your life and can make excellent choices. Choose well, and stand tall. Every success is there for you and with determination and honesty, you will reach it.

Your Turn

17 May

People constantly come in and out of our lives, and we interact with them in different ways depending on our circumstances. Sometimes we work together in order to achieve something. Perhaps we’re in a formal team that’s been set up to accomplish a specific task, or maybe we’re just cooperating and working with others on something less formal. Whatever the situation, if we’re all in the project together and we want to reach success, everyone must do their part. We can take care of our own responsibilities and then hand it over to the next person for their input. It all works out fine unless someone drops the ball and doesn’t get their assigned portion done. When that happens, the whole thing can fall apart. If we’re in that type of situation and want the goal to be reached, we may feel tempted to step in and take over where someone else has neglected to move. It’s great to be helpful, but it’s important for everyone to recognize their input is necessary for success. If we jump in and cover when someone else forsakes their part, the job might get done, but the precedent we’ve set may cause problems going forward. If people know we’ll cover every time something goes wrong, we may end up with more work than we can manage. A group effort is just that – a group effort, meaning everyone in the group should participate. If someone neglects their responsibility the group can come together and determine the best way forward. Once everyone decides how to manage the loss, a solution will be found and the goal can be reached. We are very capable and able to do many things. If we work together, we will find the answers we need without taking too much on ourselves. Every goal is possible and with planning and determination, we will reach it.

Everyone must carry their own weight, but if someone needs our help, we may step in and take some of their burden from them. It’s noble to be kind and assist others, but if we take on everyone else’s burdens, the weight may become oppressive and we may find we can no longer carry our own. We can recognize our limits to be successful and still share our strength. Everyone has their own road to travel. We can manage our time effectively in ways that ensure our success.

Some people need a lot of support. They may lack the confidence necessary to proceed forward without constant reassurance and help from others. Help is always available, but in the end, we are all responsible for our own successes. We cannot expect others to carry us forward, or find the right roads for us to travel. We have everything we need to find our own way and reach any goal we desire. We can be confident that we have everything necessary for success.

Today if you’ve over-extended yourself helping others or have taken on more responsibility than you can effectively manage, take a good look at what you can successfully accomplish, and set the rest aside. You are strong and capable, and can accomplish many things. Be wise and plan your time in ways that help you reach success and achieve the goals you desire. You are amazing and can do anything. Make your plan and move ahead with confidence. You will prevail.

Not Working

9 May

As we strive to achieve our goals, we may try many different methods and ideas until we’re able to push forward. Although we know where we want to go and what we want to do, the way to get there isn’t always clear. We may spend considerable time reviewing options and trying different things until we find one that works and moves us ahead. If we keep our minds open and look at ideas we never thought possible, it will be easier to get to an open road. However, if we’ve decided we already know the best way forward, we may refuse to consider any other suggestion. That might work out and we might find success. Everything may go exactly as planned, or we may get stalled and unable to move. If we’re determined to make our way work, we may keep pushing and pushing, and hoping that eventually we will prevail. There are endless roads to every destination, and if we stay on one that isn’t moving, we won’t reach the goal. Making the same wrong turn over and over won’t get us on the right path. It’s good to be confident in our decisions, but if they aren’t working out, we can modify them and try something else. Changing direction doesn’t mean we’ve failed. We gain more information as we move forward and sometimes what was clear at the beginning may become cloudy and obstructed. By remaining flexible and open to new ideas and suggestions, we can revise our plans when needed, and turn our course toward success. There isn’t anything we can’t do. We are smart enough and strong enough to find every road and every destination. If we keep our eyes open and listen carefully, we’ll find success.

Life is filled with uncertainty and sometimes things go awry because of circumstances of which we were unaware or that are out of our control. Our personal confidence will help us overcome complications and detours that may arise, and help us move forward. It’s good to have confidence and trust ourselves but it’s important to remember we can never know everything about every situation. Things may change, and continuing on the same road when it’s going nowhere will keep us from success. Being flexible and making adjustments to help us move forward will ensure we reach the goal.

Nothing is permanent in life. Everything is constantly changing and sometimes those changes get in the way of what we’re trying to do. Something blocking our path isn’t a sign that our goal cannot be achieved, but a signal to re-evaluate the way forward. It’s a good time to stop, look around at all the possibilities, and decide on the best direction moving ahead. We know what we want, and we are wise enough to find the way forward to get it.

Today if you’re sure the road you’re on is the best choice but you’re unable to advance and can’t move forward, re-evaluate your plans. Be open to every option possible and adjust your direction. You are intelligent and capable, and nothing is too difficult for you to manage. Revise your plans and move forward. You will find the way ahead, and reach success.

Middle Road

1 May

No two people are exactly alike. We may have friends who share similar interests and agree with us on lots of things, but we’re all unique in many ways and there will always be differences. Sometimes those differences are insignificant and we can overlook them, but other times they may be extreme and difficult to ignore. If we’re diametrically opposed to someone else’s idea or opinion, it may cause disagreements and conflict as we try to interact with them. Some people are intensely convinced their viewpoints are the best and don’t like being questioned. They’re committed to their opinions and don’t respond well when others disagree. They prefer unwavering loyalty and want others to follow along. It may be easier to remain quiet when we disagree with those who have strong opinions, but our ideas are just as important as anyone else’s. We never have to go along to get along, and can certainly express our own thoughts at any time. We can be polite and gracious to the opposing viewpoint, and still hold fast to our own beliefs. There is always a possible compromise no matter how far apart our ideas may be. If we’re willing to bend a little, and meet in the middle, we can allow everyone to have a voice, even if our views are completely different. We all want to be heard, and deserve to have our ideas honored and respected. We can listen to other interpretations, even if we don’t agree, and find a way to work together. There is no one, perfect way to live and every road offers something of value. We can be open to new ways of thinking, and share the journey with those who are different. Life is all about learning and with each experience we gain something of value to carry forward.

When we’re sure of ourselves and believe our ideas are best, it may be hard to comprehend how anyone could disagree. Although we’re happy on the path we’ve chosen, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other roads that will take us to success. We can listen to other ideas and find a compromise that allows everyone to participate. By turning a little to the left or right, we can work together to reach any destination.

If we’re convinced there is only one way forward, we may demand that others comply with our wishes. Digging in our heels and refusing to budge will never move us forward. It’s impossible to advance when we’re standing still arguing over how to proceed. Few people will be convinced to follow along if they are forced to agree. It’s far better to use our positive influence to express our views and then listen to other opinions. The best answers are always available and by being open to hearing all options possible, we will find them.

Today if you’re sure you know the best way forward, express your opinion to those around you and ask for their input. Be open to other ideas and listen carefully. All options are possible and hearing every opinion will open new doors. Find answers that include everyone and move forward with confidence. You are incredible and capable. Nothing is beyond your reach. Every destination is possible and together, you will reach it.

Half the Equation

26 Apr

We live in the world with billions of other people. Of course, we won’t ever meet them all but we’ll generally have many people coming and going out of our lives all the time. As we work with them or affiliate with them in any way, they may ask us to do things for them. Most people want to be helpful and will often do as they are asked. It’s fine if we get all the information we need and can accomplish what they’ve requested but sometimes we may be in position where we don’t have everything necessary to effectively do what we’ve agreed to. Maybe we didn’t receive all the facts to answer any questions that come up, or the situation changes while we’re in the middle of it and nobody informs us. We don’t know what we don’t know and if we aren’t told about key changes, we can’t possibly choose the best way forward. It’s very uncomfortable to try to manage something over which we have no control and it only gets worse if we can’t reach those who can shed light on the issue. If we can’t let go of the responsibility or return it to those in charge, we may be stuck holding the bag. If we can’t get out from under it, we’ll have to manage things the best we can. We can stand firm, and explain the situation to those who are negatively affected by it until we can address the issue and correct it. We are capable and can be confident that no matter what happens we will choose the best options possible. Problems arise, and complications are a continual issue. We can manage everything with confidence and grace, and find our way through.

Some people rush through their lives, always in a hurry, and moving on to the next thing. It’s hard to get all the information and facts correct if we rush over them and don’t take the time needed to make sure we understand all the facts. If we have to guess, we might get it right sometimes, but often we may miss out on important facets that will help us through. We are always in control of our lives and if a situation isn’t clear, we can ask for more information until we understand exactly what is needed.

Some issues are complicated and complex. In order to resolve them, we must get as many facts as possible so we have a clear picture of what’s going on. Getting half the information we need will never help us succeed. If we can’t get the answers necessary, we may feel frustrated and miserable trying to plow through. It’s a waste of time to try to solve anything without all the facts. We can set the problem aside and wait until we have more information and then start again and resolve it. We are intelligent and capable, and we know what we need to succeed.

Today if you been tasked with resolving an issue but you don’t have all the information you need or the tools necessary to complete it, step back and look at all the possibilities before you. If you cannot solve the problem at this time, set it aside until you get what you need to be successful. Waiting for clarity doesn’t mean giving up. When you get everything necessary to resolve the issue you can move forward. You know how to be successful and nothing is too confusing or difficult for you to manage. Every success is possible and you will prevail.