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Wrong Way

31 Mar

Life is complicated and we’re constantly bombarded with decisions that must be made. Some are inconsequential but others may have far reaching consequences. Before we decide anything, we can look at all the options available, and the possible results of whichever choice we make, and then decide what we want to do. We’re responsible for every decision we make and have everything needed to make them well. But there are lots of others around us who may influence us to go in one direction or another. Their suggestions may be beneficial, or they may try to push us in a direction that might not benefit us but serves their purposes. If they are very loud and powerful, they may manipulate and coerce us to follow their promptings. If we do, we may end up going in the wrong direction and complicating our lives moving forward. It’s very disappointing to realize we’ve chosen badly because of someone else’s influence. Trying to point the finger at them when things fall apart will never change the fact that the choice was ours to make, and we own the results. Nobody is perfect and we’re all going to stumble from time to time. That doesn’t mean we can’t correct our course and start again. When big decisions are upon us, we may listen to any advice that’s offered, and then trust ourselves to choose what is best. If we are pressured to go in a direction we don’t want to travel, we can decline and take the road we desire most. There are many roads to every destination. We may get waylaid, turned around, or have to backtrack and start again, but we will find our way. If one direction doesn’t work, we can adjust our trajectory and move ahead in another. Every success is possible, and we have everything we need to go anywhere and do anything.

Every decision we make takes us somewhere and alters our life in some way. We hardly pay attention to the mundane daily choices we all make, but even though they are seemingly inconsequential, if we make them badly, we may suffer. What we choose to wear may seem like nothing except for the day we have that big meeting with someone we really want to impress. We may not pay attention to what we’re eating until some health issue arises. We don’t live in a vacuum, and everything will have a result. Being mindful, even of the small things, will enable us to move forward more confidently and successfully toward any goal we desire.

Some people are very confident and think they have all the answers to every situation. It’s annoying to have them continually tell us how we should proceed, and what we should do. They may know a lot about many things, but nobody can possibly know us better than we know ourselves. We can listen to any advice, and then choose what’s best for us. Just because a road they choose is paved and easy doesn’t mean it’s the right road for us. We know what we want and will reach every destination we desire.

Today if you’re facing a big decision, trust yourself. Every answer you need is there for you and you have everything you need to choose well. Decide what you want the most and step forward with confidence. Every success you desire is within reach, and you will make them yours.

Money and Fame

19 Mar

The world has all kinds of ideas about success and what equates to value. How much money we make, who we know, how much clout we possess, how famous and well known we are, and a million other things are touted as evidence of our self-worth. Many interpretations include great perks and attributes connected to them, but what happens on the outside of our lives isn’t always a reflection of who we really are. Money and influence don’t automatically reflect goodness and light. There are lots of examples of very bad people living very affluent lives. But the world can only see what’s on the outside. We are responsible for every choice we make, and nobody knows what goes on in our own minds. Our lives and the real success we achieve is a reflection of what we think about and the decisions we make. The world will do what it will, but our lives are ours to determine and design. If we’re honest and genuine, kind to those around us, caring and considerate, our influence will be helpful and beneficial. If we choose instead to only think of ourselves, and get what we want, no matter who gets hurt in the process, our influence will be different. Our personal self-worth is determined by how we live and who we are. It’s nice to accumulate money, and fame always has its allure, but what we do in the quiet moments, when nobody is watching, will define who we really are. There is greatness in all of us, and we all have the potential to bring great light and goodness to the world. Our choices are ours to make and each step we take will take us somewhere. Whether it’s where we most want to go, or we end up in never land depends on what we decide. Life is a precious experience. By choosing well, and holding fast to our personal nobility and integrity, we can create a life that brings us great satisfaction and joy. We know what we want, and where we want to go. We can accomplish anything we desire and be a blessing to the world.

Everyone has a past. We can’t control the circumstances we’re born into, who our parents are or who raises us. Some of us have better situations than others, but our beginnings can never control where we go. All the roads are there for us, and every destination is possible. We already have all the courage we need to accomplish anything we desire. By planning carefully, and continuing forward no matter what happens, we can reach any goal. The road doesn’t have to be paved for us to travel forward. We are more powerful than we realize, and we will succeed.

Our dreams are important, and possible. It would be nice to be born into privilege and wealth and money can pave difficult situations for us. But money is just a tool that greases the wheels. We must be the driver to get us there. We control our own destinies. If we don’t like where we are, we can move. Change is always possible. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we’re willing to do what is necessary to make it ours. Every destination is waiting, and we can achieve greatness.

Today think about who you are and what you want. Decide how you want to live your life moving forward. You can reach any goal or destination you desire. Trust yourself and be confident. The whole world is there for you, and you will win.

Programmed

17 Mar

When we’re children, we see what our parents and other adults around us are doing and watch the decisions they make. We may begin to pattern our lives around their example because we don’t have much to compare them to. As we get older and begin to step away from the family unit more and more, our understanding of different ideas and interpretations broadens, and we begin to see that not everyone does things the same way. Everything we see changes us a little and we start to form our own ideas about how we want to live our lives and what we want to do. As we mature, we may think we’re on a completely different road than the one our parents taught us, and then we realize we’ve made a decision exactly the same way as they would. We may believe we really haven’t changed at all, and think we’re programmed to continue making the same choices and the same mistakes we saw our first family make, and there’s nothing we can do about it. While it’s definitely true that what we learned and saw as a child may have influence over what we do as adults, nobody is destined to repeat history. We all have our own agency and can do anything we like, but we must consciously decide what that will be. It takes effort to live “on purpose” instead of just going through the motions. Each of us is an individual and we can all design our lives any way we like. There is no destiny keeping us from making our own choices. It’s all up to us. If we want to turn in a different direction, we can. If we want to go down a new road, we can. Everything is possible. Nothing can keep us from achieving any goal we desire. By deciding what we want, and then doing what is needed to make it ours, we can have the lives we want the most. Great success is possible, and we will prevail.

Some families stay very close to tradition. They follow the same rules the generation before followed and hold firm to the habits and customs of the past. Just because something has always been done one way doesn’t mean it cannot be done differently. Despite tradition, we are in control of our own lives. We can continue to follow the traditional behaviors if that’s what we want, or we can forge our own way forward. We know what we want and have everything we need to achieve it.

It takes courage to live our lives according to our own personal desires and aspirations. The pressure to follow along with the norm can be great, but it’s impossible to make our own dreams come true by following what others are doing. We are entitled to complete fulfillment and happiness, and by following our personal desires and doing what is needed to make them ours, we will achieve it. Every single dream is possible, and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if you want to move in a different direction but have hesitated, decide what you want the most, and take the first step forward. Every destination is there for you and you have everything you need to reach them. Be confident. You are amazing and powerful, and have all the courage you need to succeed.

Dump Site

4 Mar

Most of us want to be kind and helpful to those around us. We might offer to lend a hand when someone is in a bind or take on another’s chores when they are overwhelmed. The old saying, “Many hands make light work,” is true. When we all pitch in, even huge, difficult tasks become easier. Being open to giving our time and efforts is generally appreciated by those around us. We can be there when needed and share a part of the load. But there is a difference between being helpful and becoming someone else’s dump site. Some people may try to take advantage of our kindness and take all the stuff they don’t want to do and just dump it on us. They can do whatever they like but we don’t have to take on more than we want. We aren’t responsible for completing anyone’s tasks and responsibilities but our own. Just because someone hands us something they don’t want doesn’t mean we must accept it. Everyone is responsible for their own stuff, and if they try to push all the unwelcome and difficult tasks over onto us, we can politely and firmly decline, and step back. Being a team player means just that – being part of a team. It doesn’t mean we have to carry the entire load or do all the heavy lifting by ourselves. If we get into a situation where we’re expected to do more than is comfortable, we can decide how we want to participate. We’re always in control of our own lives and know what works best for us. We can be charitable and help in ways that benefit those around us and don’t wear us completely down. There is always more to do than one person can accomplish. By carefully planning our time, and doing our part, we can feel confident in our assistance, and ensure the success of any project. By doing what we can to help those around us, we can share our light with others, and make the world a better place.

Some people are very forceful and demanding, valuing their own importance, and diminishing the time of others. If we must interact with them, they may push projects onto us that require serious work and effort to accomplish. If they have authority over us, we may need to comply, but if not, we are not compelled to complete anything they arbitrarily assign to us. We can decide what we will and will not do, and express our decisions with grace and clarity, choosing the best road forward.

Offering our time and effort is noble, but we don’t have to give ALL our time and effort to serve those around us. Every moment we give is valuable, and we can determine how much we may offer. We can serve others and still have time for ourselves and what is important for our personal well-being. Sharing what we can, will benefit those around us and enrich our lives and experiences moving forward. We have so much to offer, and our gifts bring great light and goodness to the world.

Today if you’ve been helping others but the requests are more demanding than you can manage, determine how you want to continue. Whatever you can offer will be a blessing to those around you. Be wise and confident. You know what you need and where you want to go. You are a great gift to the world, and we’re all better because you are here. Make the best decisions moving forward, and you will find great joy.

Even Keel

2 Feb

We have complete control over every decision we make. We can do anything and go anywhere, and at times our plans go exactly as hoped. But we don’t have control over everything. There are millions of people making all kinds of decisions we know nothing about that may impact our lives negatively. We may be sailing along thinking everything is fine and then boom, it all falls apart because of something out of our control. It takes effort to keep everything in balance, but no matter what we do, there will be times when unknown forces will prevail. Everything may go sideways, and the road we were on may suddenly come to a full stop. When sudden changes happen and keep us from moving forward, it can be hard to figure out what to do next. There are unlimited roads to every destination but finding the right one in times of stress isn’t always easy. It’s like going to the old-fashioned video store. When we walk in, we know we want a movie but after seeing the thousands of options possible, it may be so overwhelming, we may walk out with nothing. When we suddenly must decide on a new way forward, we may have no idea how to proceed. There may be lots of suggestions from those around us and we can certainly listen to any advice given, but in the end the decision is ours. Trying to keep things on an even keel when everything is up in the air can be quite a trick. No matter what happens or stands in the way right now, every destination is still there for us. We are smart, and by taking our time and looking at everything objectively, will find the way. There isn’t any problem so complicated or complex we can’t figure it out. There isn’t any goal too far away or too hard to reach. We can trust ourselves to find the answers we need and reroute our course until we’re back on track. We know what we want and have everything necessary to get it. By stepping forward with confidence and clarity, we will succeed.

Nature is consistently balanced. There are no planets wobbling around the universe in uncontrolled motion, and nothing happens before its time. Green leaves don’t start sprouting in the fall, and the sun doesn’t rise at midnight. When facing a difficult situation, we could try to re-invent the wheel in an effort to slip through and take the easy way out. That might work, but if we align our decisions and actions around what is possible in our current circumstance, we will prevail.

We’re often busy and it’s easy for our personal lives to get out of balance. If we give too much away, we may struggle from personal neglect or fatigue. If we take too much from others, our relationships may suffer. By being mindful and keeping our priorities in sight, we can be successful at accomplishing much and still maintaining an even keel. There will always be more to do than we can complete. We can use wisdom and patience, and keep moving forward toward success.

Today if everything has suddenly changed, and all your plans are no longer possible, look at all the options possible. There will be a way to continue forward to your goal and you will find it. Trust yourself and choose the best road ahead. There isn’t anything you can’t accomplish. Success is there for you and you will reach it.