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Wearing the Coat

6 Jun

Everyone has their own defined ideas about life and how things should go, and we interpret everything we experience through our own personal filters. What looks a certain way to one person can seem entirely different to another. There is no definite right or wrong in the way we translate what’s happening around us and we each decide how we’ll incorporate the outside world into our own personal understanding. If we’re able to be objective, we often find it easier to process whatever is going on, even if it’s highly charged or difficult to manage. However, sometimes our emotions get in the way and we may not be able to see past how we feel to find the way forward. If we’re intensely affected by developments around us, we may feel overcome by our feelings and frozen in place. Like a heavy coat weighing us down, we may be so emotionally involved we can’t think straight. If we’re deeply hurt, feel betrayed or have suffered a big loss, we may feel paralyzed and unable to move. Difficult times and painful complications can burrow deep within us and before we can step forward and begin to dig out from under, we must find a way to navigate through the emotional storm we may be feeling. Deep sorrows and intense anguish take time to process, and we can take all the time we need. There is no need to rush to get back on our feet. We can stand still for a moment, look at the situation clearly, and begin to find our footing. Whatever is pressing before us will wait. We already possess everything we need to get through whatever comes. There is sufficient wisdom and courage within us to find our way forward. Life can be difficult and we may slip under water a little, but we have all the resources necessary to rise above and catch our breath. Nothing is powerful enough to hold us down indefinitely. Every road we need will appear and we will find the way forward.

There are things we may think we could never survive. However, we have all the strength and intelligence we need to overcome anything that may happen. Even if our whole world fell apart and everything we thought was true turned out to be a mirage, we would find our way through. Great sorrows may come, great disappointments may arise, and we may have to face our greatest fears. But no matter what happens we are powerful enough to find the road ahead.

When we’re overcome with emotion, the way forward may be cloudy and unclear. We can express all the sadness we need to, get it all out, and then open our eyes to the possibilities ahead. There will always be another day and another chance to find our way. There isn’t anything we can’t do and no matter how dreadful things may seem, nothing can keep us from finding happiness again.

Today if you’re suffering and are overcome with grief, trust yourself. This is just one moment. Your whole life is ahead and nothing can keep you from reaching happiness again. Every blessing will come and you will find the road you seek. Let the emotional coat fall away and take a deep breath. You are more powerful than you realize and success is just ahead. Take one step forward. Every blessing you desire is waiting.

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Paying the Piper

16 May

We make all kinds of decisions as we go through our lives. Everyone wants to make good choices that bring us the results we’re seeking. Often, we’re successful but sometimes, because we don’t have all the information or we’re pressured by someone or something to go a certain way, we may falter. If we persist in making foolish choices out of habit or laziness, or if we just don’t pay any attention before we jump, we may find we’ve complicated our lives and have no idea how to correct them. There is an old saying, that if you call the dance you have to pay the piper, meaning for every decision we make, there will be an inescapable consequence. If the result is something we don’t want or can’t face we may deny we made the decision or try to hide from the ramifications of our choice. Denials and running away will never work. In the end, we are accountable for everything we do. Once we have chosen the first step on the path, we also must accept the last. Nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. If we’ve stumbled and chosen badly, we can stand tall and face whatever happens as a result. We can admit our mistake and then do what is needed to correct our course. If others have been hurt or impacted negatively, we can address each situation and amend our actions. Life is all about learning and we never know what lies ahead. We don’t know everything and each step we take opens our vision a little further. We learn more about where we are, who we are, and where we’re headed as we move ahead. In time, any doubts will clear and we’ll find our way step by step. We can do anything and go anywhere, and we can make excellent choices. The whole world is there for us and with wisdom and patience, we can make it ours.

There isn’t anything we can’t change. Nothing in life is permanent and if we’ve made a mistake in judgement – even a huge one – we can change direction and correct our course. We aren’t doomed forever because we took a wrong turn. Even the direst of situations can be modified and amended until we find resolution. The world won’t end because we made a bad choice. Life will continue and we will survive. Nothing can keep us from success. If we’ve gone the wrong way, we can turn around and start again.

Some people like to play the blame game. When someone does something wrong, they continue to hold it against them and refuse to trust them again. That is their decision and belongs solely to them. If they cannot move beyond what’s happened, we can still continue forward. Blame belongs to those who carry it and cannot keep us from progressing. We can continue on with confidence and make choices that will take us where we want to go until we reach the destinations we desire.

Today if you’ve made a big mistake and it’s caused serious disharmony and disruption, look at the situation clearly and change direction. Mistakes don’t control your life. Correct your course and forgive yourself. You are wise and capable, and can make excellent decisions. Every challenge is manageable and you will find your way. Be confident. You have so much to offer. Step forward and find success.

All Alone

16 Apr

When we want to accomplish something difficult, it’s helpful to have the support of those around us. When our friends and family back our ideas and cheer us on, we feel stronger and bolstered up when the road gets hard. It’s great to have others on our side, especially when we’re struggling or are up against complications, but it doesn’t always happen. There may be times we want to do something that those around us either don’t agree with or don’t think we can accomplish. If they’re concerned about us failing, they may try to dissuade us from pursuing the goal or even stand in our way when we try to push forward. Everyone has their own opinions and we won’t always agree, but we don’t need anyone’s permission to go after something we want. It would be great to get agreement and support, but if not, we can stand alone and go our own way. Our lives are ours to design and we don’t have to go along with anyone else’s ideas of what we should do. Every road is open and the possibilities are endless. We can swim upstream or take a new direction any time we choose. If we must go alone, we can. Nothing can keep us from any goal we desire. It doesn’t matter if nobody else understands what we’re doing or why we’re doing it. We’re all unique and every personal expression is valuable. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We know what we want and can pursue anything we desire even if others don’t agree. We have all the wisdom, stamina, and insight we need to accomplish anything. The whole world is there for us. Nothing can keep us from success and every dream is possible.

Staying in the same routines and doing the same things every day may make us feel safe. It’s easy to live a predictable life and stay within the lines we understand. But there are unlimited experiences awaiting us and we can step forward and try something new. Our lives are only as small as we make them. We’re capable of doing great things and if we trust ourselves to reach further, will accomplish goals we never thought possible. We can do anything we desire. Nothing is too far away or too difficult for us to manage. The lives we dream of are always waiting for us and with confidence and determination we can make them ours.

Just because something hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it’s not possible. We can accomplish more than we imagine and if we trust ourselves and push forward will achieve greatness. We are only restricted by our own choices. Every option is possible and we can go anywhere and do anything. We have all the courage and wisdom we need to find the way ahead and make the goal ours. We can have the lives we want by stepping forward and choosing the roads that will bring us success.

Today if you want to do something and nobody else agrees, remember your life is yours to design. You have everything you need to accomplish anything you desire. You can stand alone and reach the goal. Step forward and claim the life you want. Every blessing is there for you and with patience and determination, you will succeed.

Save Yourself

8 Apr

There are endless things that can happen each day. Sometimes things go right, sometimes they don’t and sometimes everything goes haywire and gets tangled up and confused. We only have control over our own decisions and most things are out of our hands. Our lives may be confounded in ways we never expected because of something we knew nothing about or a decision we couldn’t anticipate. When everything gets turned upside down and we’re trying to figure out what’s going on and what to do next, our survival instinct may kick into high gear. Although our lives may not actually be in danger, in the midst of the turmoil we may feel great stress and anxiety. We may desperately hope someone will come along to save us and help us through, and that might happen but more likely it’ll fall on us to find the way. As we try to unravel the problem, and get more information, we’ll find the answers we need. No matter how convoluted and crazy the situation may be, we’ll find the way through. There isn’t anything too difficult or complicated for us to figure out and if we take things one step at a time, we’ll prevail. Life is unpredictable, and lots of things can go wrong at any time. But we’re intelligent, wise and capable. With patience and persistence, we can always reach a successful outcome. There is never a reason to believe we can’t survive. We have everything we need at every moment. We can trust ourselves and be confident. We are stronger and more powerful than we realize, and nothing can hold us down.

We can’t read the future and may be blindsided by unexpected developments. If what’s happened is far beyond what we ever imagined, it may take time before we fully understand what’s going on. If we’re shocked or stunned by our situation we can stop and step back, and look at everything to get a clear understanding of where we are and begin to formulate what to do next. There may be a lot of moving parts to consider and we might have to take small steps until we fully grasp what needs to be done. Every problem has a solution and we are certainly smart enough to find our way through anything.

If what we’re facing is very intense and we’re completely overwhelmed, instead of trying to manage, we may want to run. Getting away from a crisis may take it out of sight, but will not solve it. No matter how far we go or how long we stay away, it will be waiting for us when we return. We are responsible for solving our own problems. Even if everything has gone wrong and we feel completely lost, the answers will come. We’ve successfully navigated many difficult situations already, and have all the skills we need to get through.

Today if your plans have completely fallen apart and you’re facing a complicated and confusing situation, step back and take a moment to see everything clearly. Take the time you need to find the answers. You can figure out anything and will get through. Don’t give up. Everything is already there for you. You are wise and capable, and nothing is too complex for you to solve. Be confident. You will succeed.

Old Love Letters

20 Feb

Change is constant in life. We never know what each day will bring but one thing is certain, whatever we’re experiencing today will inevitably change. If the change is positive or something we’ve been striving for, when it finally occurs, we feel satisfaction and relief. But we don’t always welcome the developments that come and if they are hard or heartbreaking, it may take us some time to recover. It’s hard to let go of something we really want. We may hang onto the old feelings and try to find a way to revisit the way things used to be. Like taking old love letters out of a box and re-reading them, hoping to capture one more time the tender feelings that once enveloped us. Life is a great blessing, but it isn’t always easy.  Letting go of a dream is painful, and we may need time to consider everything that’s happened and find the way forward. How long that takes is different for everyone and every situation. We don’t need to rush through to the next thing in an effort to forget. We can take our time, learn everything possible from the experience, and then when we’re ready, step forward. Time is always on our side and with patience, and perseverance, we will begin again. We can manage anything that comes and have everything we need to push through any disappointment. There isn’t anything powerful enough to hold us down indefinitely. Every destination and goal are always possible and no matter what has happened in the past, we will succeed in the future. We can trust ourselves to overcome any disappointment and move forward with confidence. Our dreams are still there for us, and with determination we can make them come true.

Everyone’s needs and understanding are different. What comes easily for one may be very difficult for another. Some people are pragmatic and recover quickly when they face a big disappointment. Others are more sensitive and need more time to get back on their feet and start again. There are many ways to manage every situation and one person’s perspective doesn’t work for everyone. We can recognize our own personal needs and do things our own way. We can overcome anything and find our way ahead.

Disappointments can be difficult to manage, but they bring with them an optional view of what could happen next. When the road we’re on ends and we can’t move forward, we can look at all the options before us. We can do anything and go anywhere. The possibilities are limitless. We can choose another direction and begin toward a new goal. Our lives are always in our control and when one plan fails, we can start on another. Success is always there for us, and with determination and confidence, we’ll reach it.

Today if you’re getting over a big disappointment and aren’t sure what to do next, look around at everything possible. You are strong and capable, and nothing can hold you down. Take the time you need to reassess what you want, and then begin again. The whole world is there for you. Open a new door and step forward. All your dreams are possible, and you will succeed.

The Missing Piece

7 Feb

It’s disappointing to do a jigsaw puzzle and get to the end only to discover we’ve lost a piece. Every piece is in place except one. No matter how many pieces fit into the design the last one missing ruins the picture. There’s a hole glaring at us that can’t be filled. It’s obvious and undeniable. In our lives there may be times when we feel insignificant, or that somehow, we don’t count or don’t matter. It can be hard to feel important, especially if we’re in a group of outspoken and powerful people. If we’re quiet and timid, we may drift into the background and all but disappear. But each of us is unique and offer gifts to the world nobody else can offer. Our lives matter, and are important. Each of us is like a piece of the puzzle. We’re all needed. If even one is missing, there will be a loss. Our voices are critical to the entire piece and even if they’re soft, we need to hear them. The world is huge, and can be overwhelming. There are billions of people, and we might feel there’s no way we could possibly make a difference. But each time we extend ourselves to help someone else, each time we speak up, and each time we step forward, we change the world around us. Like a pebble in a pond, our actions extend far beyond where we are and make the world a better place. Everything we do changes something. We can participate, be confident and share our thoughts and opinions. The world needs our ideas and we are integral to everything that’s happening. We can be confident we matter and remember our importance each day.

Every choice we make has a result. If we are kind and approachable, those around us will be more open and welcoming than if we are rude and aloof. A sealed box hides what’s inside until we open it. If we shut ourselves off from those around us, they will never know who we are or what we can offer. However, if we’re open and receptive to letting others in, we can build a great network of personal connections that can embellish and enhance our lives. We have so much to offer. Allowing others to share it will bring us satisfaction and happiness.

Small gestures of kindness and support can bring great results. A reassuring smile can help someone through a difficult day. If our attitude is one of friendship and understanding, we can bring great benefit to our lives and to those around us. Others will learn they can rely on us when they feel unsure and we’ll build a feeling of companionship and support. We’re all connected more deeply than we realize. We can be the one piece that turns everything around toward a happier and more complete result.

Today if you feel you’re insignificant and don’t count, remember your voice is a piece of the great puzzle. You are important and valued, and we all need you. Nobody can give the gifts you possess. Your voice is important and we want to hear it. You bring a unique and valuable perspective. Speak up and let us know who you are. The whole world is blessed because you are here.

Grinding Through

22 Oct

We go through endless scenarios as we navigate through our lives. Some are predictable and easy to process, some are annoying, and some are very difficult to understand and cope with. When we’re in an uncomfortable situation and there’s a lot going on that we either don’t understand or don’t want to be involved in, we may find ourselves grinding through just to manage it. There may be times when we’re somewhere we have to be but don’t want to be and every second we endure can seem like forever. Endurance may take every bit of patience we possess as we endeavor to get through. We can manage anything that comes, even if it tries us and pushes us to the end of what we believe we can tolerate. There really isn’t anything powerful enough to overcome us and we can manage whatever is required at any time. But when we’re in the midst of an unpleasant and difficult situation it may be hard to stand strong. It’s not easy to be still when everything inside us is telling us to run. In situations like that we can pull strength from deep inside and withstand whatever we must to get through. We are stronger and more capable than we may think we are and can manage anything we must. We can trust ourselves to process any situation and move forward. Every answer we need is there and as we walk through each step we’ll find our way through whatever is causing us hardship.

There are all kinds of people in the world. Some we’ll enjoy, some we’ll tolerate, and some may be difficult for us to manage. When we struggle to get along with someone else it’s often because of a difference in perspective. We all see the world through our own filters and we may struggle to understand the beliefs and ideas of someone whose perspectives are very different from our own. There are limitless ways to live life and we can express our own views while respecting whatever differences we’re up against. Compromise is always possible and with patience and understanding we can find a way to manage disagreement.

We may be in situations where we feel like the odd man out. Perhaps we’re different in ways that don’t fit with those around us and we may feel like a square peg trying to squeeze into a round hole. We may worry we’ll never be accepted for who we are. It doesn’t matter what those around us are doing or how they’re accomplishing their goals. Our expressions are valuable and worthwhile even if they’re different. We are the only person like us in the entire world and the gifts we offer express our individuality and personal worth. We don’t have to fit any model but the one we choose. Success comes in all varieties and is always available to us. We can be confident in our uniqueness and move forward with clarity and determination.

Today if you must get through a difficult situation that feels overwhelming, remember how capable and strong you are. You are wise and can understand even very complex issues. Take things one step at a time until you get through to the other side. There isn’t anything you can’t manage and manage well. All options are possible and you’ll find the way forward. Be confident. You have everything you need to prevail.