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Changing Everything

3 Jul

We all have our own personal responsibilities, details, chores, and worries. As we go through our days, getting things done and working on what’s next, we might share our lives with those around us. If we’re close, we may share our personal worries and concerns, but if we’re very private we may keep everything to ourselves. If we’re having a personal issue that’s weighing on us, we may be distracted and concerned. If we’re good at hiding our feelings, others may not notice we’re struggling. But in the midst of getting through our days, everything can change in a moment if someone reaches out a hand and offers a kind word. Suddenly we may feel lightened and lifted, and the next step forward is a little easier. They don’t have to know the whole story, and we don’t have to share more than we’re comfortable with. Just the simple act of showing they care can ease our burden and we can feel strengthened and more confident. Small gestures of kindness can turn everything around. We never know what those around us are going through, we can’t see inside their private thoughts, but we can express our gratitude for them and show we care. A smile, a comforting word, or a moment to share some insight or encouragement, may change everything for someone else and make their journey easier. It doesn’t take much time or effort, and we can reach out to those around us in many different ways. We don’t have to pry into their personal affairs, and we don’t need to know the whole story. We can just be there, be aware, and offer comfort. We’re all more connected than we may realize. By reaching out and supporting those around us, we can change the world. We have so much to offer and with patience and caring, can be a blessing to others.

Nobody has a perfect life. Everyone gets trouble from time to time, complications arise in all our lives, and the road ahead is rarely clear and paved. We may have no idea of the suffering someone close to us is enduring. Everything may seem fine on the outside and there may be a tempest roiling on the inside. A kind word, a caring touch, or a gentle smile may mean more than we can imagine to someone who is struggling. It may change darkness to light in an instant, and be what they’ve been hoping for.

The world is a huge place with billions of people. When we’re going through difficult times, it’s easy to feel isolated and disconnected. It may seem everyone else has a better situation than we do, but we all have problems and challenges. When we feel alone, and problems surround us, we can reach out to someone we trust and share whatever we’re comfortable with. We can ask for support and find relief through sharing. Talking about our trouble may alleviate some of the stress and help to find answers moving forward. We’re all in this together. We can share our lives with those around us, ask for help or offer kindness, and when we do the whole world is better.

Today if you’re carrying a heavy burden and feel alone and sad, remember those around you. Share your feelings with someone you trust and let them comfort you. You are an amazing gift to the world and nothing is too difficult for you to manage. Reach out and be encouraged. We’re all blessed because you are here.

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The Highway

19 Jun

We all have our own ideas and opinions about how things are and how they should go. We are each unique and our lives are colored and influenced by the experiences we have and the people with whom we interact. Although our own personal interpretations may be diametrically opposed to someone else’s, it doesn’t necessarily mean one is right and the other is wrong. There are many roads to travel and no one perfect way to live life. If we’re strong willed and think our ideas are the only correct way to proceed, we may struggle to get along with others who think differently. If we believe the old adage that “it’s my way or the highway,” we may have trouble understanding others and our personal relationships may suffer. One way of doing things is just that – one way. It will never be the only way to get things done and if we’re not open to hearing other opinions, we may have to travel it alone. We may feel some ideas are not acceptable, repugnant, or completely insane, when in reality they are only different. We can design our lives any way we want but that’s where our control ends. We can’t expect others to follow our example or pattern their choices after ours. Everyone gets to choose for themselves. They may choose roads we would never consider, adopt beliefs we cannot understand, or go in the opposite direction we choose, despite our efforts to convince them otherwise. There is unlimited variety in human expression and we’re all entitled to our very own version. Our lives belong to us and we can live them any way we choose. We can be confident in our own personal views and still respect and honor differences in others.

When we’re convinced we have the right answers and know the best way forward, we may want others to listen to us and follow along. If they don’t agree with us and refuse to adopt our beliefs or plans, we could ridicule and belittle them, call them names, and disparage them to others in an effort to bring them in line. But putting others down will never convince anyone to follow us. It will only damage our credibility and may make it harder to find alliances in the future. We can state our position positively, and then allow others to make their own decisions. We can respect differences and build partnerships going forward.

Being committed to our personal choices need not make us intolerant of the decisions of others. Every road has benefits and challenges, and there are endless options possible for every choice. We can decide what we want and how we want to move forward regardless of what others are doing. The roads we choose are ours to travel and each decision we make reflects our personal desires and ambitions. Life is filled with possibilities and we may embrace any path we want to get to any destination. It’s all up to us and us alone to design our lives and accomplish the goals we desire.

Today remember your personal choices are important and belong solely to you. Hold them close and respect the choices of others. You are wise and capable, and able to accept differences of opinions with grace and dignity. You are such a blessing to us all. Set the example for good, and step forward with confidence.

Cotton Clouds

20 May

We go through all kinds of experiences in our lives. Everyone dreams of an easy life where everything goes well all the time and we never have to suffer. That’s nice to think about but far from reality. Sometimes things go well and we enjoy easy comfort, and then everything goes awry. We’re happy and sad, we may be content, or we may suffer. The scope of what can happen is very wide and all encompassing. Every day is different and each experience teaches us something new to carry forward. If we’re timid or unsure, we may try to avoid new circumstances and attempt to keep our lives even and undisturbed. We might find some success, but nobody lives on a cotton cloud all the time. Things will go wrong and we will face difficulties. There will be conflict and disagreement, and we may struggle to find our place. Every trial brings us the opportunity for growth and increased understanding, and each time we overcome a challenge we gain something positive. Easy times are great, and we enjoy them, but we learn little while we coast through clear and open roads. We gain our truest knowledge and deepest strength when we are pressed against trouble and complication. Life is all about learning and we can make the most of every challenge we face and use it to help us moving forward. There isn’t anything we can’t manage and we are capable of unraveling even the most complex issues and finding the way ahead. Bumps in the road are opportunities to be creative and flexible. We can find every answer we need and each trial makes us stronger. Every destination is possible and we are powerful and wise. All options are there for us, and nothing can keep us from success.

If we lack confidence or feel intimidated by change, we may try to stay away from others who have different views who may ask us to do something new. We can keep our lives small and isolated and we might avoid some issues, but that will also prevent us from taking advantage of the many opportunities possible. We can’t go where we want to go by staying locked in place. We are brave enough to open new doors that will take us to the things we desire most.

Foreign ideas may seem threatening at first, but if we take one step toward them, we may find they are exactly what we’re seeking. What seems strange at the beginning may become what we want the most. Stepping beyond what we know and reaching further than we can see will open new ideas and opportunities we never imagined possible. There are endless destinations available and we can go anywhere we choose.

Today if you’ve been keeping a low profile and focusing only on the roads you know, look up and see what else is possible. There are unlimited options available and endless opportunities waiting for you. Take a chance and open a new door. You have all the courage and wisdom you need to find your way. Every destination is possible and nothing is out of reach. Be confident. You can have the life you dream of and you are wise enough and strong enough to claim it.

Changing Everything

29 Apr

There are a lot of people in the world. The scope of our planet is huge and there are billions of others sharing it with us. As we go through our days, managing our responsibilities and taking care of our lives, we may feel insignificant to the overall scope of everything. We may not be out climbing mountains, or curing diseases, or inventing new items that revolutionize how things work. If we’re not powerful and persuasive in sharing amazing ideas that enlighten and educate, we might think our influence means nothing and that we’re inconsequential and unnecessary. It’s easy to feel like we don’t count as our days come and go. We’re not in the news, or the subject of great and important discussions, and our contributions may feel inadequate or unimportant. While we may not do things that bring great fame and attention, everything we do changes something in the world around us. It might seem our influence is inconsequential and doesn’t matter, but it’s far more valuable than we may think. Every time we say hello and smile at someone else, we bring light into the world. Every time we reach out to help, we turn the tide toward goodness. The smallest ripple of kindness or charity, can change everything. The ramifications of good works are greater and more far reaching than we imagine. One good thing leads to another. When we set an example of courtesy, forbearance, and gentleness we spread goodness in everything we touch. Like a pebble thrown into a still and placid pond, the ripples continue forward unabated and changing everything in their path. We are more influential and valuable than we think we are. Everything we do alters everything around us. We are unique in our ability to shine, and the whole world is blessed because we are here.

Our presence in every situation brings an impact and influence. There is no way to interact and not create a change of some kind. We may never know how much we impact others or how much effect we have over far reaching decisions or choices. A single word can change the direction of where we’re headed. Everything in life is connected in one way or another. We can recognize the power of our decisions and understand the potential of our influence.

Sometimes things go wrong and decisions don’t turn out exactly how we planned. When the bottom falls out and disaster is looming, we can accept our role in the choices that were made. Everyone makes mistakes and there is no shame in taking a wrong turn. We can accept every decision and learn more as we move forward. There is great nobility in holding fast to our integrity and honestly admitting when we’ve erred. Nothing is permanent and we can change our course whenever necessary to reach our goals and find success.

Today if you feel insignificant and that your input is meaningless, remember you are the only person in the whole world who can give the gifts you offer. There is nobody else like you. Your influence is meaningful and important. Be confident. You are amazing and valuable, and we’re all blessed because you are here.

Sidewalk Cracks

17 Apr

As we’re walking briskly along, we might see a tiny flower poking through a sidewalk crack. It’s amazing to imagine how anything could ever take root in the middle of a concrete path but there it is – a tiny, perfect flower – raising its head to the sunshine determined to survive. Sometimes our lives feel like that. We’re surrounded by others busily going about their duties and fulfilling their various roles and responsibilities, and we may feel we’re pushing up through an endless concrete road trying to survive. We may seem insignificant and overlooked compared to the seemingly obvious accomplishments of others, and it can be hard to feel important and valued. If others are louder than we are or garner more attention than we do we may fade into the background, unsure of ourselves. But we are here and we are important. We have so much to offer, and everything we do changes the world around us in some way. There is no way to know how much impact our decisions have over others and as we go through our days, choosing well, we bring light and goodness. We are worth more than we can imagine and our influence brightens every situation. Like that tiny flower pushing up through the sidewalk, our very presence can bring joy and delight. Nobody else can give the gifts we have to offer. The world is a huge place with billions of people, but there isn’t anyone else like us anywhere. Our influence is critical and we fill an important role. We can be confident that we’re essential and valuable, and nobody can ever take our place.

When we’re baking cookies, there are a lot of different ingredients we need to add to get the results we desire. If we leave even one item out of the mix, the cookies won’t come out the way we want them to. The recipe may call for a tiny amount of salt and we may think it’s so small we can just ignore it. But then when we taste the cookies, we discover that even though the amount of salt was small, omitting it has changed the entire flavor and the cookie isn’t as good. We don’t have to be the main focus to be important. Even if our voice is small, it’s valuable. Our influence makes everything better, and brings variety and richness to the world around us.

There are so many big, amazing things happening around the world all the time. There are great discoveries being made, great accomplishments being completed, and it’s easy to feel we don’t mean much to the overall scheme of things. But if we weren’t here, all the relationships we have with others and all the good influence we bring would disappear. The world would be left with a void where we offered our help and encouragement. Our influence is imperative to the success of everything around us. We are valuable and worthwhile, and bring positive energy and light to the whole world.

Today if you feel insignificant and irrelevant, remember there isn’t anyone else like you anywhere. You have gifts and blessings to offer nobody else can give. You are priceless, and bring a light to everything around you. Be confident. We need your presence, and the whole world is blessed because you are here.

Not Enough

4 Apr

Everyone has something to offer those around them. Nobody knows everything and we all have a unique perspective and insight that brings depth and richness to the world. What we see and how we express it is individual to each of us, and the variety of personal interpretations is endless. Without the creativity we offer, the world would be a very bland and boring place. We bring value and our own particular impressions to every situation. It’s good to have different opinions and ideas but there are some people who believe their ideas are the only ones acceptable, and if we don’t agree, we are worthless and insignificant. If our ideas don’t conform to theirs, they may criticize and demean us, implying because we are different, we are stupid. Such arrogance is never helpful, and having a different viewpoint does not mean we aren’t smart enough or good enough to participate. We are entitled to our own ideas and they are as valuable and worthwhile as anyone else’s. There is no one perfect road ahead. There are endless varieties of every choice and all have value. We can be confident even if we don’t agree, and embrace our individuality even if it’s different from those around us. Every color in the spectrum is beautiful in its own way. We don’t have to be blue to fit in. We can be green, or red, or yellow, or anything else we desire. Listening to and accepting other viewpoints will enhance our understanding of every situation and teach us more about the world around us. We can be confident in our own ideas, and still be open to the ideas of others. The way forward isn’t determined by one road only, and we can embrace new directions and concepts that will enrich our knowledge and awareness. Every road has its benefits and we can explore them all.

People sometimes project their own insecurities onto those around them. If they are struggling with feelings of self-doubt and insecurity, they may imply others aren’t good enough or smart enough. They may feel stronger by making those around them feel small. Masking our own issues by belittling those around us will never solve them. Instead, we can look openly at what’s bothering us and work on resolving whatever’s in the way so we can be confident and successful moving forward.

There is no way to know everything and if we’re in a situation where we don’t have the knowledge we need to move forward, we can step out and find the information we need to proceed. We can take the time necessary to get the facts and determine the best options for finding success. Every answer is always available to us and if we look carefully, we will find whatever we need to advance and get to the goal. Nothing is out of reach and we are smart enough, and wise enough to accomplish anything we desire.

Today if your ideas don’t match those around you, trust yourself and be confident. You don’t have to conform to anyone else’s viewpoint. Your interpretations are valuable and worthwhile. You bring a unique perspective that enhances every situation. You know what you want and you know how to get it. Speak up and let others hear your voice. You are amazing, and the whole world is blessed because you are here.

Flawless

18 Mar

The natural beauty of the world is all around us. It’s incredible in its scope and diversity, and we may stand amazed at the landscape before us. There’s so much variety and color, and so many lovely scenes it’s impossible to take it all in. We hear the song of a bird and it lifts our spirits. We see the waves crashing on the shore and feel renewed. Everything looks so beautiful and perfect, and we may be swept away. But there is no perfection in nature. Despite all its loveliness, each item is imperfect in some way. When we see the entire scene, everything fits so well together that we don’t notice anything amiss. But imperfections are there in everything before us. They make the scene more beautiful and richer than if it were immaculate and flawless. The imperfections create more definition and interest, and pull us in closer. It’s the same with us. Nobody is perfect and each behavior and personality trait define us individually. We may strive for perfection and do everything possible to be the best we can be. But our imperfections, our personal interpretations and foibles make us unique and desirable. The very things we may think take away from perfect beauty are often the characteristics most attractive to others. We can value and appreciate who we are, just as we are. Perfection in the worldly sense isn’t possible, but we can express it our own way. We can be sincere in our endeavors, and do our best with everything we have. There will always be something more we want to accomplish, or another trait we want to improve, but we are wonderful and desirable just as we are today. We are worthwhile, lovable, and important. We have so much to offer and are a great blessing to the world.

Perfection may be nice to think about but when everything is predictable and exact, there is less interest and desire. It’s boring to be able to predict exactly how things will go every single time. The unexpected complications and surprises may be annoying but they bring depth and clarity to our experience. We reach further and learn more when there are twists and turns. We can navigate any development and when we do, our understanding is increased and we gain a richer awareness of those around us.

They say love is blind and when we’re in the throes of infatuation, that’s often true. If we’re enthralled with someone new, we may only see all the great qualities they possess. As time passes, we begin to see them more clearly and every aspect of their personality becomes apparent. There is great satisfaction is learning about someone close to us and seeing them clearly, warts and all, brings great depth to the relationship. We accept them as they are and as we move forward together, find great satisfaction is sharing our lives openly and honestly.

Today if you feel you should be perfect, remember how amazing you are now. There isn’t anyone else in the entire world exactly like you. You bring specific gifts no one else can share. Be confident and remember you are important and valuable. The whole world is blessed because you’re here. You are incredible just as you are.