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Blinking Lights

2 Dec

We live on a big planet with billions of people. There is always a lot going on everywhere, and endless distractions that capture our attention. When we’re trying to accomplish a goal or get to a specific destination, if we take our focus away from the road ahead, whatever we’re doing will likely take longer or be pushed completely out of reach.  Like colorful blinking lights, there will always be unlimited things that may distract us and pull us away from what we’re doing and what we want to achieve. We may swerve a little here toward some shiny object, or little there toward a new attractive idea. We can do anything we like, and can stop and spend all the time we desire doing whatever we want. But one thing is certain – if we aren’t moving down the road we want to travel, we will never reach success.  There is no way to reach any destination if we don’t purposely move toward it. Just taking things as they come, and going with the flow is easy, but will not take us where we most want to go. We already know what we want, and have everything necessary to make it ours. There isn’t anything out of reach if we’re determined to achieve it. We can have the lives we most desire and go anywhere we like. By focusing on the goal, planning the way forward, and staying on track, we will succeed. 

Our relationships with friends and family are important. We can spend all the time with them we like, and may do many fun things together. It’s good to build strong relationships but there is no need to sacrifice all our free time for them. Our personal goals and desires are important, and we can find the best balance between doing what others want and still have time to move toward what we most want to accomplish. We will find great satisfaction by managing our time in ways that allow us to spend time with those we care about and still pursue the destinations we desire.

We never need agreement or permission to do anything we like, and we never have to conform to anyone else’s plans or ideas. We are unique and can choose any road we desire. By deciding what we want, and then doing what is needed to make it ours, we will find great happiness and success. Everything is possible, and by keeping our eyes focused on the goal ahead, we will reach every destination.  If we are determined to prevail, nothing is too far away or too difficult. Success is there for us, and we will make it ours.

Today if you’ve been distracted by what’s going on around you and have lost track of the road ahead, decide what you want the most. Look at everything possible and make a plan to proceed. You are more capable and powerful than you imagine, and nothing is out of reach. Step forward with confidence, and move closer to the goal. There is great success ahead and it will be yours.

Please Stop Talking

2 Nov

Everyone has their own ideas and we all have something to contribute. If we’re confident and out spoken, we may offer our opinions without being asked, and comment on things as we see them. It’s good to have ideas and viewpoints, but if we value our own thoughts above those around us, we may push them out of the way to get our point across. We may sit impatiently while they voice their suggestions and ideas, and instead of listening to what they’re saying, may instead simply wait for them to stop talking. When they’re done, finally, we may jump up and inform everyone that we have the answers and know what needs to be done. Being confident is generally an asset, but disregarding those around us because we think we have all the answers will not pave the road ahead. We may have great ideas, but we aren’t the only ones. Everyone has their own perspective and others may see things we didn’t notice and be able to point out ideas we haven’t yet considered. Instead of waiting for them to stop talking so we can take charge, we can really listen to other viewpoints, and then find the best way forward. Everyone has something to offer. Being open to every idea and considering every possibility will open new roads ahead and help us find success. We are intelligent and wise, and by listening carefully, will find the best way forward.

Nobody likes a know it all. It’s impossible for anyone to know everything, and it’s hard to deal with someone who is always sure they have all the answers to every situation. Everyone sees the world a little differently, and there is no way to know absolutely everything all at once. Even if we’re sure we know exactly what needs to be done, listening to other perspectives will help us see everything in a new light. Success is possible and we’ll achieve it more easily if we’re open to new ideas and different directions.

Nobody is perfect and we’re all going to fail at some point. If we’ve made a mistake in judgement that has caused difficulty for others and upended our plans, we may feel terrible. Instead of denying our part in the error, we can accept the situation, and then do what is necessary to correct our course and start again. The destination is still possible, and with careful planning and thoughtful attention, we will reach the goal.

Today if you’ve been impatient with the views of others, stop and listen to what they have to offer. By being open to everyone’s ideas and suggestions, you will find the best plans for moving ahead. There is great success ahead. You have everything you need to reach any destination you desire. Be confident and wise. Every blessing awaits, and you will make them yours.

Slide

28 Oct

There are many diversions, distractions and unforeseen developments that occur constantly throughout our lives. There will always be many possibilities for every road we take. Some will benefit us and give us assets to carry forward, and others will simply get us to the goal as quickly as possible. If all we see is the prize, we may make a decision that gets us to the destination fast, and ignore the costs to our honesty and integrity. We are in control of our lives and can do anything we like. We can decide to bend the rules or cheat in an effort to reach a goal more quickly. If we’re exhausted and overwhelmed, choosing to cheat, just this once, may seem like a viable option. Stepping away from what we know is right just once doesn’t seem like a big deal. We may justify the decision because we believe we’re mostly honest and if nobody knows what we’ve done, nobody will get hurt. The slide from integrity to shame is often easy and paved. If all we see is the goal we desire, we may do anything to reach it. Even if nobody else knows what we’ve done, the sting of our dishonesty will remain with us. There is no way to change the past, and once we do something, it’s done forever. Stepping away from honesty can make some things a lot easier, and once we’ve broken the seal of our integrity, it’s not difficult to do it again. “Just this once” may become our standard practice, and we may lose our self-respect. We are valuable and important, and what we do matters. By choosing the better part and deciding to be the best we can be, we will find great reward and satisfaction. There is greatness in us all. By honoring our personal worth, we can make excellent decisions, and reach every goal with determination and valor.

We share the world with lots of other people. It may be important to us that they see us as honest and wise. What we do when others are watching does affect our lives, but who we really are is expressed by what we do when nobody is around. Will we keep the extra change because the clerk didn’t notice? Will we break the speed limit when no cops are around? Will we look at the test answers when the proctor steps away? Our personal integrity is our responsibility. When we choose the best path forward, no matter what we’re doing, we will gain greater strength and wisdom, and find amazing success.

Every decision we make defines who we are. If we don’t care about our integrity, and choose whatever will get the job done fast, we relinquish the growth possible by working through difficult challenges and finding the best answers. There is no substitution for excellence. When we strive for it and push ourselves to do the best we can possibly do, we will reap great rewards and gain a greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

Today if you’ve been making questionable choices in an effort to get done fast, think about who you most want to be. There is greatness in you, and you are more capable and powerful than you imagine. Choose to be excellent and take the best roads forward. You have so much to offer, and can bring great light to the world. Be noble and wise. Every success is possible, and by choosing well, you will make them all yours.

Perfect Timing

16 Sep

Our lives are complicated and busy, and we often have many things we want to accomplish. Everyone has their own personal goals waiting to be achieved, and although we may think about them often, because of other commitments, they may get pushed aside. We may think we’ll wait until things settle down, and we have more time to address them. After all, we have a lot to do and we’ll get to them eventually. Responsibilities tend to be constant, and there will always be something else to attend to. Waiting for the perfect time, and watching for a window when everything is settled and our time is wide open to do the things we want the most, is a fool’s game. The chances of ever reaching a complete pause are close to zero. Everything is constantly changing and until we pro-actively set time aside to address our own personal goals, we will likely never reach them. There will always be something that needs to be done, but our lives are important and we deserve complete happiness. By valuing the destinations we most want to reach and then setting time aside to move toward them, we will find great satisfaction and happiness. We own our lives but we must take control of them. If we don’t, time will pass and we may find years have gone by and we’re still standing in the same place. We deserve complete happiness, and by carefully planning and making our dreams a priority, we will have it. Nothing is beyond our grasp and with clarity and confidence, we can achieve anything.

It’s good to be helpful and serve others. We can serve in our communities, at work, within our personal circle of friends and family, and countless other ways. Helping others is noble and worthwhile, but we can be helpful and still make time for our own desires. It isn’t selfish to think of ourselves and push toward the destinations we want to achieve. Our desires are important and we can find ways to be helpful and still move toward our own dreams.

When we’re busy and overwhelmed it’s hard to think about our own wants and needs. If we’re stressed and it seems everyone wants a piece of us, it’s difficult to consider our own desires. There are lots of people around us and many may want our time and attention, but we are in control of our lives. We decide how much we can give, and can handle whatever we must and still take time for ourselves. We are important and our dreams are important. We can have the lives we want the most by managing our time in ways that allow us to move closer to our dreams.

Today, remember that you are the most important person in your life. Nobody will make your dreams come true but you. Plan your time in ways that lets you accomplish what you must and still move toward your personal goals. Every single dream is there, waiting. Step forward, and be confident. You are wise and capable. Nothing is out of reach, and you can claim the life you want the most.

Candy Coated

14 Sep

There are billions of people on the planet earth. They come in and out of our lives continually and as we interact with them, our connections may be positive, negative or somewhere in between. Everyone thinks they are good judges of character and some of us can spot phony baloney from 30 paces. But it isn’t always easy to recognize someone who is pretending to be something they aren’t. If someone wants something from us and doesn’t care how they manipulate us to get it, they may be very good actors. They may look the part, say all the right things, and convince us they are on our side when the truth may be very different. If we take a spoonful of mustard and freeze it, then roll it in a ball and dip it in chocolate, we could set it in a box of chocolate bon bons and it would blend right in. Nobody would know it wasn’t a delicious fudge filled truffle until they actually took a bite and got a mouthful of bitter, strong mustard. Candy coating can cover a lot of blemishes and can hide what lies inside. Flattering words, considerate gestures, and smiling agreement can make us believe something that isn’t real. We are intelligent and if we dig just a little deeper and scatch the surface a little more, we will get more information that will help us understand the situation as it really is instead of how it appears to be. People will do what they will do, but we are in control of our lives and can be wise as we move forward. We are extremely capable and smart. Nothing can fool us indefinitely and we will uncover the truth. By taking our time to see everything clearly, we can make excellent decisions, and build strong connections that will lead us to success.

It’s very pleasing to have someone else’s admiration. When they tell us we’re brilliant, or beautiful, or look at us with unwavering devotion we may be swept away. It all looks so wonderful, and it might be. But there are opposites in everything and we may face a time when someone we thought was angelic turns out to be the devil himself. Okay, maybe not THE devil, but someone who is intentionally leading us astray in an effort to get us to do something or take something from us. Nobody can do anything perfectly, and even the most practiced liar will stumble. If we don’t get caught up and pay attention, we will see things as they truly are, and be able to make wise decisions about our next step.

Most people are good and it’s good to trust those around us. We don’t have to be suspicious of everyone’s motivations, but we can keep our eyes open and listen carefully. Nobody is going to look out for us like we look out for ourselves. Truth is powerful. It can be hidden for a time but it cannot be help back forever. We are intelligent and wise, and with patience and focus, we will discover it, and find success.

Today if you have doubts about someone near you, trust your instincts. Look for the truth in every interaction. You are wiser and more powerful than you imagine, and will find the best way forward. Every single blessing is waiting for you, and every destination is possible. Be strong and stand firm. Step forward with clarity, and take charge. All your dreams are there, and you can make them yours.