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Dark Shadows

17 Jul

Our lives are always in our control and we can do anything, and go anywhere we want. It’s nice to have agreement from those around us when we make decisions, but their agreement doesn’t have to be a deciding factor. We don’t need permission for our choices and can do whatever we feel is best for us, even if we must go alone. Everyone has their own opinions and ideas, and we might decide to do something that someone close to us opposes. They may try to dissuade us and if that doesn’t work, may resort to criticism and ridicule. They may tell us we’re heading down a dark road and will face problems and suffering because of our decision. While it’s true we’ll all make at least one disappointing choice in our lives, it’s also true that we’re in control of our lives, and if things go wrong, we can turn and correct the situation. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves and nobody else has our personal intuition or insight. We are capable of choosing the best roads ahead and can reach any destinations we desire. If those around us don’t agree, they may stay behind. We can move forward on our own and achieve any goals we set. Dark shadows may fall on us, but we have everything we need to move back into the light. We can choose the roads that will take us closer to where we want to be, and make decisions that will ensure success. If the road turns and things get complicated, we know how to adjust our direction and find the way forward. Everything we desire is possible and nothing is beyond our reach. We can create the lives we want the most and move forward with confidence that we will succeed.

Change is a challenge for everyone. Some people are more resistant to it than others, and will do whatever is necessary to keep things the same. If we propose something new, they may react strongly and refuse to agree. If we need their cooperation to move forward and can’t get it, we may have to set the goal aside until our situation changes. If cooperation isn’t necessary, we may listen patiently to any comments and advice we may receive, and then proceed to move forward on our own. We are strong and capable, and can do anything we desire.

We may face a time when someone wants us to do something we’re uncomfortable with. Maybe we’re unsure we can succeed, or the road ahead is unknown and complicated. If we’re compelled to participate, we can trust ourselves to find the way forward. If things go well, we’ll find satisfaction in success. If they falter and we stumble, we’ll learn from the experience. There is something to be gained no matter what happens. Every step teaches us something of value, and we are wise enough to gain from each lesson.

Today if you’ve decided to change your direction and those around you disagree, decide what you want the most. You don’t need permission to design your life. Every possibility is available and you can do anything you desire. Step forward on the road that will take you where you most want to go. Your success is waiting, and will bring you great happiness and satisfaction.

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Losing It

12 Jul

Life is complex and every minute of every day can bring something we never expected or that upends our plans and changes everything. There is no way to know what will happen next or who may enter our lives and turn our ideas inside out. Something may arise that stops us cold and requires us to adjust everything we’re doing. We may wonder how this could happen, but we only have control over ourselves, and there are always a lot of unknowns. Sometimes when we’re trying to move forward, situations or decisions get in the way and keep us from advancing. We can get mad, pitch a fit, scream at those involved, and lose all self-control in an effort to stop the situation. We may feel better after venting our anger and frustration, but it’s unlikely that losing our self-control will help anything, or bring us any answers. Disappointments will come and when they do it’s far better to step back and take a moment to process what’s happened and think about how we can still reach our goal. There are unlimited roads available and many of them will lead to the destinations we desire. If one is suddenly closed off and no longer possible, we can find another. We might not be able to do it in our original time frame, and we may have to go the long way around to get there, but success is still possible. Losing control of our emotions and blasting those around us when things change will only delay us from finding the answers we need. We don’t need any additional delays and by thinking clearly, taking a deep breath, and allowing ourselves time to see all the options available, we can continue to move forward.

When something develops that threatens what we’re doing, our first response might be to deny it’s happening. If we’re averse to conflict, we might ignore the signals that things are changing and out of our control. Looking away from things that are difficult doesn’t change anything and prevents us from finding the answers we need to manage what’s happening. We can’t hide from developments and expect to process them at the same time. We have all the wisdom and strength we need to face whatever comes, and find all the answers we need.

A change in direction is just that – a change in direction. It doesn’t mean we can’t succeed or that any goal is impossible to reach. It may be difficult to accept and we may struggle to understand, but we can still move forward. If we get angry and upset, our ability to think clearly will diminish. We can’t find solutions if we’re losing our minds over something unexpected. We know what we want and if we stop and look around, we’ll find a way to achieve it. Nothing is beyond our reach and no matter what happens, we can succeed.

Today if a wrench has been suddenly thrown into your plans and you’re thrown off course, remain calm and see what’s possible. Every road is available and you will find the way forward. You are amazing and powerful, and can do anything you desire. Make a new plan and step forward. Every success is there for you and you will prevail.

Limits

28 Jun

When we’re trying to accomplish something, and are exercising patience as complications arise one after the other, at some point, frustration may take hold and if the process has been long and convoluted, we may feel we’ve had enough. Everything has a limit and if we’ve reached ours, we may throw our hands up, and just let everything go. We can change our minds about anything at any time, and if we’ve had enough, we might decide it’s time to surrender to defeat and move on. It isn’t easy to keep pushing forward when each step takes a long time and there are lots of issues and problems to manage. It’s hard not to feel frustrated when advancement is slow and change isn’t happening no matter how hard we try. We can always give up and admit defeat, or push the problem off onto someone else, but there is great satisfaction and growth that comes from holding the line and continuing forward. Most issues will eventually work themselves out and we can find success. Of course, there may be times when nothing works and we need to regroup and decide if continuing to press ahead is worth our time. Often success is all about timing. Just because we aren’t able to reach the goal now, doesn’t mean it’s unattainable. Life is constantly changing and in the future our situation may allow us to move forward and get to the destination. There is no need to let frustration or anxiety take control. If we’re not progressing the way we want to, we can look at the situation objectively, weigh our options and determine how we want to proceed. Every goal is possible but they aren’t all possible today. We have all the wisdom and insight we need to adjust our course when needed and find success. Nothing is out of reach and we are perfectly capable of prevailing.

It’s impossible to see every aspect of the road ahead when we begin a journey. There will likely be some twist we didn’t imagine or some turn we couldn’t foresee. It’s the nature of life and if we’re caught unaware and confused, we may feel stuck and unable to move. It may seem the goal is out of reach and too difficult to achieve. But every journey is merely a series of steps. We can take them one at a time and process any developments that occur. We have everything we need to reach any goal we desire. Every answer is there for us and we will find them.

If we’ve been on the same road pushing forward for a while, and we’re tired and overwhelmed at how much has been required to push ahead, we may feel it’s too hard to keep going. If we no longer want the goal, we can certainly step off the path and do something else. But if the destination is still important to us, we can take a break, and when we feel renewed, return and continue on. We’re powerful, and capable of finding our way forward. Nothing is too difficult or complex for us to figure out, and with time and patience, we will succeed.

Today if you’ve been pushing ahead through complications and problems, and are beginning to tire of the journey, think about what you want the most. If your desires have changed, redirect your course. If you still want to reach the goal, take a break until you feel refreshed, and start again. You can do anything. Success is just ahead.

In or Out

24 Jun

We can accomplish anything as we go through our lives. As we review all the options possible and consider what we want to do, all kinds of ideas and thoughts may pop into our heads. We may feel excitement at the prospects before us or we may be intimidated by what we need to do to get to a desired goal. We are highly capable and can manage even complex and difficult tasks to move forward, but looking at them from the beginning may be daunting. Few things will come to us simply because we desire them. We will have to plan and work, and push ahead step by step until we reach success. But we won’t go anywhere if we don’t believe we can get there. We must be determined and convinced we can make it or we may end up standing still and going nowhere. It’s impossible to believe we can do something and at the same time doubt we can succeed. We have to decide which way it will go. Either we’re in or we’re out. If we want the goal, we can do what’s needed to get it. If we aren’t sure, we can take the time necessary to decide exactly what we want to do. Our lives are a reflection of every choice we make, and we can have the lives we dream about but they won’t just appear out of nowhere. It’s up to us to decide what we want and start forward toward our dreams. Every goal is possible and we have all we need to gain them. Nothing is beyond our reach and we can do anything we desire. The whole world is there for us. Every dream, every destination and every possibility await. We’re only steps away from success. We can decide what we want and then begin forward.

Mediocrity is the easiest thing in the world to accomplish. We can merely go with the flow and follow everyone else’s lead, never making a decision about what we want or choosing anything for ourselves. Coasting is fine if we want to go where the tide is taking us, but if we want our own unique, perfectly fitted life, we’ll have to step out onto our own roads and head toward our own destinations. If we only follow along, we will never have the lives we dream about. Nobody else’s decisions can ever fill our own personal desires. We deserve complete happiness and by choosing our own destinations and reaching them, we’ll have it.

Some dreams are easy to reach but others take a lot of time and energy, and if we want them, we must be willing to hold onto them even when the way forward is hard to find. Everything worth having is worth fighting for and when the road gets hard or takes longer than we planned, we can continue forward sure of success. Our lives are always in our control and we can design them any way we choose. We can find our way to every destination, and reach every goal.

Today if you’re not sure you can succeed and are beginning to doubt you have what it takes to prevail, remember everything you’ve already accomplished. You are stronger than you think you are and nothing is too far to reach. Be confident and stand strong. Everything is possible and you have everything you need to win.

The Edge

5 Jun

We can accomplish anything we really want in our lives. If we have sufficient desire and are determined to succeed, nothing can keep us from doing anything. But some things take a lot of time and require many steps before we reach the goal. It can be hard to continually press forward, and if the road is long, we may only be able to focus on the next step ahead. Sometimes we don’t know exactly how many more we’ll have to take before we reach the goal, and if we can’t see the end, may begin to doubt we can make it. We may feel that despite all our efforts we are no closer today than we were at the beginning. At times like that, we can stop, turn around and look back at how far we’ve already traveled. We may be amazed that we’ve come much further than we thought and gain strength from what we’ve already accomplished. Even if we can’t see the goal just ahead, we may be on the very edge of success and only steps away from the destination. We don’t know what’s around the next turn and may be surprised to see we have arrived and reached the goal. Our lives are ours to design and we can change our minds about anything at any time. If we don’t want to continue forward, we don’t have to. We can let go of the goal and move onto something else, and choose to quit, but stopping will only guarantee we will not prevail. We can’t move forward and stand still at the same time. Every goal is possible and if we’re determined to succeed, we will win. It’s all up to us. We can go the very edge of triumph and walk away, or continue forward and gain the prize. Nothing is out of reach if we’re willing to do what it will take to get it. There isn’t anything that’s too far away or too difficult for us to achieve. We can have the lives we desire and make all our dreams come true.

Once we’ve decided on a goal and are determined to make it ours, we can begin the journey. We know what we want and are ready to do what it takes to achieve it. But as time passes and we overcome one obstacle after another, we may begin to waver. If the road is harder than we imagined at the beginning and longer than we expected, we may begin to doubt we can succeed. If the goal requires more determination and commitment than we possess, we may falter. We must decide if we really want to reach it, and if we do, press forward with confidence and conviction.

They say the darkest hour is just before dawn. When we’re in the midst of pushing forward and seriously focused on the next step ahead, we may not notice how close we are to success. We may be at the very edge of realizing our goal before we look up and see it there. Even the longest, most daunting journeys reach conclusion. We are powerful and strong enough to complete any journey before us and every goal is possible. There is nothing we can’t do and we will find great success and happiness.

Today if you’re pushing through a long, and difficult road trying to get to a goal you are determined to reach, be confident. Everything is waiting for you and all your dreams are ready. Keep walking forward. Nothing can keep you from success. You will prevail and find great satisfaction and happiness.

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.

What They Said

23 May

Our lives are busy as we’re focused on attending to our responsibilities, taking care of what’s pressing, and trying to get everything that’s important done on time. As we interact with others, situations will undoubtedly arise where our input or suggestions are requested. If we’re interested in what’s going on, we may spend valuable time thinking about it and how to navigate through it. But sometimes, when we’re busy, even if the issue is important, we may be too distracted to offer anything and simply go along with what everyone else wants. Going with the flow of those around us is easy, doesn’t require any time or thought, and sometimes everything works out just fine. However, when things go wrong, we may stand back and shake our heads at the calamity around us and feel blameless, because after all, it wasn’t our decision. That’s not entirely true. If we choose to go along with what others are doing, we’re making a conscious decision to agree. That means we own it as well as everyone else. If things go awry, we’re just as responsible as the others involved. We are always accountable for everything we do, even if all we do is coast along with others. Casting blame on those who had the original idea when the plan falls apart does not exclude us. Life is filled with opportunities to learn and grow, and each decision we make teaches us something valuable going forward. Even when we don’t make a choice, we are choosing. Everything we do has a consequence. Owning our part in our decisions and then doing what is needed to correct them will take us where we want to go and make us the people we want to be. We are wise and capable of making excellent decisions and with determination and purpose, can achieve anything we desire.

If we ride in the backseat of a car, we aren’t driving. We aren’t deciding which turn to take or even what the destination will be. But if we get in the car, there is a tacit understanding that we agree to accept wherever it goes, and where it ends up. The same applies if we go along with other peoples’ decisions. We may not make the choice ourselves, but aligning ourselves with them implies our acceptance and agreement with it. Everything we do has a consequence. We can ensure we end up where we want to go by weighing each decision carefully before we choose.

If we’re in a situation with someone who has authority over us who decides we’ll do something we don’t agree with, we may feel we can’t object. Like being caught in a slipstream gliding along, we may feel powerless to escape. We can always express our concerns over any issue. We can positively speak up with clarity and respect, and share our viewpoint. Then if we must participate, we can move forward with confidence that we did our best.

Today if you’ve been taking a backseat to the decisions around you and going along with what others have decided, remember your life is important and your choices are valuable. Speak up and share your viewpoint. Every step will take you somewhere. Make sure it’s where you most want to go. Be confident and proceed with determination. Create the life you want the most and all your dreams will come true.