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Learning

22 Aug

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”  Helen Keller

Life is filled with ups and downs, successes and failures, joy and disappointment and endless diverse experiences.  Nobody wants to suffer needlessly and we may imagine we would be happiest if our lives always went well and nothing ever failed.  It’s easy to be happy when things go the way we want them to and we have enough of everything we need.  But life is all about learning and it’s impossible to understand what true happiness is if we never struggle.  Joy is defined as the absence of sorrow.  In order to truly feel joy we must have some understanding of what it’s like to feel sorrow.  There would be no reason to be courageous if everything was easy and no need to be patient if all we wanted was immediately provided, but that is rarely the case.  We have the opportunity to experience disappointments and challenges that teach us new ways to see things and help us understand ourselves and the world.  Every obstacle has something to teach us and as we push forward we learn everything we need to find success and true happiness.  Life isn’t always easy but it is always precious and every single day, no matter what we face, is a gift.  We have everything we need to understand what is required to continue forward and we can overcome any problem or complication we face.  Each day we persevere we become stronger and wiser, and gain a better understanding of who we are and how to live happily.

We are strong and capable and even during times of serious struggle and challenge we can find a way through.  We can exercise patience and take problems apart piece by piece until we figure out how to proceed.  If the situation is very difficult we can take our time to discern what needs to be done.  Every turn and challenge teaches us something new and all the skills we learn stay with us.  We may draw on all the lessons we conquer as we move ahead.  There isn’t anything we can’t do and nothing we can’t overcome.  Taking our time and being confident will help us solve any issue before us and move us forward successfully.

We may dream of a perfect life where everything is easy and we have all we want and need.  But life is messy, there are other people making decisions that may affect us, there is traffic, bad weather, and countless other things that complicate our vision of a perfect existence.  It’s good to learn new things and test our strength and courage.  We can learn to be patient while we wait and endure while we struggle.  Testing our courage will bring us confidence and overcoming trials will bring us joy.  Life is a great blessing and we have everything we need to live successfully.

Today if you wish a problem before you would simply disappear, you have everything you need to navigate through and find joy.  You are strong and capable and nothing is too difficult for you to overcome.  Learn all you can and go forward with confidence.

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Breaking it Down

16 Aug

As we push through challenges in our lives and move forward we learn a lot about who we are and how the world works.  Not every problem is easy to solve and sometimes we may be in situations that are so complex and difficult we may not see the way through.  We may feel the answers are beyond us or too far to reach, and become discouraged.  We may stop in our tracks and decide we can’t go forward.  Unresolved problems don’t go away on their own.  They will inevitably reappear demanding our attention.  Although they may sit dormant for a while they will not disappear, no matter how much we wish they would.  If we are overwhelmed by something and unsure about how to solve it we can break it down.  If we want to run a marathon we don’t start by running all 26.2 miles the first day.  We begin with one mile and then day by day add more distance to our practice.  Instead of seeing the entire 26.2 miles we can work on running one mile 26.2 times in a row.  Step by step and mile by mile we’ll reach the destination.  There is nothing we can’t accomplish if we continue to move ahead and keep our eyes focused on the goal.  Even the most difficult of challenges will be overcome by breaking it down piece by piece and solving each step along the way.  We have everything we need to manage anything that comes and we are smart enough and wise enough to find our way through.

There may be times when our lives unexpectedly change and suddenly everything is foreign and unknown.  It may seem the world has turned upside down and everything we thought we could count on has disappeared.  Change is a constant and we cannot predict what will come to us, but we can trust in our ability to navigate even the most difficult of challenges.  When the bottom falls out and we’re struggling to find something to hold on to we can remember how strong we are and how many trials we’ve already succeeded in solving.  We have enough courage and wisdom to get through whatever we must face and nothing is strong enough to overcome us.

No matter where we are in life we can set any goal we choose.  We can completely change our lives and our circumstances if we want to move in a new direction.  If we want to change in any way we can be successful by planning our way forward and doing everything that is needed to reach the goal.  Nothing can hold us where we are if we want to move.  We have everything we need to overcome any obstacle no matter how great, and we can have the lives we want most.  There is nothing out of reach and every dream can become reality.

Today if you’re facing a big challenge and you aren’t sure you can manage it, remember you have everything you need to overcome anything.  You are strong enough to handle any difficulty and smart enough to solve any problem.  The world belongs to you and there is nothing out of reach.  Break the situation down and see all the options available to you.  The answers are there and you will find them.  Success is just ahead and you will reach it.

Getting Back Up

9 Aug

Life is unpredictable.  No matter what we’re going through today, chances are tomorrow will be different.  We take life as it comes one step at a time and sometimes things happen that knock us down.  We may face serious disappointments we didn’t expect or someone may do something that hurts us and knocks us off course.  Life rarely happens in a straight line as we travel along.  There are generally all kinds of curves, detours and complications we must navigate moving forward.  If we’ve suffered a big setback and the wind has been knocked out of us there may be some confusion about how to get back on track.  We may feel disoriented and lost for a time and if the break has been severe enough, we may doubt our ability to continue forward.  Getting knocked down happens but it’s never a permanent situation.  It doesn’t end our journey and no matter what has happened, no matter how painful it is or how desperate we feel, we can get back up again.  We can rely on our internal strength even when the wind is fierce against us.  We can trust that no matter what comes we’ll overcome it and continue forward.  We may have to choose another road, or adjust our trajectory and there may be many obstacles to conquer to continue again.  It doesn’t matter what needs to be done.  We have all the courage, wisdom and strength to solve any problem and resolve any issue that is holding us down.  Nothing will stop us from standing up and moving forward.  There is a lot to be learned from conflict and we can take all the lessons we’ve gained forward with us.  We are strong and mighty, and nothing is too hard for us to overcome.

If we’ve had lots of success and have kept our eyes focused on our goals we may not see trouble brewing ahead.  When it comes we may try to figure out what went wrong as we attempt to unravel the problem before us and if we are responsible for the setback we will learn a lot by reviewing what happened.  But sometimes things change because of the decisions of others or developments out of our control.  When problems come and we get stuck, no matter what caused the situation, we can find our way forward again.

Learning to get back up after being knocked down takes determination and courage.  It doesn’t matter how difficult it may be to find our way again or if we have to go alone.  If we are determined to continue forward we will manage the complications and find our way.  We have all the courage we need to get up and keep going.  We are stronger than we think we are and nothing can stop us.  Success is always there for us.

Today if you’ve been knocked down and you feel lost and aren’t sure you can continue, get back up.  There isn’t anything strong enough to hold you down.  You have everything you need to succeed and nothing can stop you from winning.  The wind may be strong but you are stronger.  Keep going forward.  Everything you desire is waiting for you and you will have it.

Worth the Time

12 Jul

There are ups and downs in everyone’s life.  There are unexpected developments we can’t prevent and sometimes others do things that complicate our situation or cause us distress.  When someone hurts us or causes us problems we may be angry and decide to give the same behavior right back to them.  After all, they negatively impacted our lives and we might think it’s only fair we return the favor.  We can do anything and there are limitless ways we can get back at others for things they’ve done.  But is it worth our time?  Each day is a blessing and we don’t have unlimited time to live our lives.  If we use the time we have doing things out of spite or revenge we miss the chance to do something of value.  Each minute will pass no matter what we choose.  We can use them to build up our lives and love those around us, or we can get down in the dirt and get even.  When we get to the end of our lives and review our most precious moments it’s doubtful we’ll treasure the times we wasted on retribution.  Our time is the most valuable asset we possess.  If we use it to continually move forward, care for ourselves and deepen our love for those around us we will find great joy in our experiences.  We cannot control the choices of others but we can control how we respond to them.  We can choose to value ourselves and our time as precious and refuse to give it up for things that are meaningless.  We are priceless and unique and deserve every happiness.  Making the best choices with our time will help us find the joy and peace we seek and bring us every success we desire.

Some people see life as a big scorecard.  If something good happens to them they get points in the positive column and if something goes wrong the points go into the negative.  Scorecards are great for sports and games but not so effective in our lives.  We cannot control what each day will bring and there may be times when we face challenges that bring us down.  But everything always changes and no matter what is happening or who is involved it’s not permanent.  Problems and hard times aren’t always negative experiences.  There is always something to be learned and gained as we navigate them and sometimes the hardest moments of all teach us everything we need to go forward successfully.

It hurts when we’re treated badly and it isn’t fair when others are inconsiderate, rude or mean to us.  If we remember the responsibility and accountability for bad behavior belongs to those who exhibit it and not those who receive it we will have a better understanding of the best way forward.  We can always choose to do what’s right no matter what those around us are doing.  Our lives are ours to design and we can make decisions that will bring us every blessing.

Today if you’ve been treated badly and are pondering revenge, remember how precious your time is.  You have so much good to offer and are a blessing to the world.  Choose the path that takes you where you want to go to become the person you most want to be.  You deserve every happiness and success.  Your excellent choices will bring them to you.

Grounded

9 Jun

We can do a lot of things well and accomplish many goals throughout our lives.  When we have sufficient determination and time we can generally get to most desired destinations.  But sometimes we may try to accomplish something and no matter what we do can’t seem to move forward.  When we struggle and push and still can’t get ahead it’s very frustrating.  Life is complicated and we don’t always know everything when we begin a journey.  If we truly cannot achieve what we’ve set out to do right now it doesn’t mean we have failed.  We can look at the situation objectively, see what the problem is and then revise our plans.  We may need additional information or we may need to wait until we are in a different place in our lives.  Although it’s important to try our best to reach our goals, there is no value in trying over and over again to accomplish something that cannot be accomplished right now.  Recognizing limits is important.  If we simply cannot move forward no matter what we’ve tried the timing may be wrong or we may need to wait until our circumstances have changed.  If the destination is out of reach now we can set it aside and do other things and try again later.  All planes get grounded from time to time.  Once we see what is needed to move forward we may begin again.  We don’t have to stay grounded forever.  We have everything we need to be successful and continue forward.

We only have control over our personal decisions and what we do.  Sometimes when we’re trying to accomplish something and others are involved, their decisions may derail us and push us off track.  If we must have the agreement of others to move forward and that is not forthcoming we may be stopped in our tracks and unable to progress.  If we can’t bring them into agreement we may need to find a way around them to continue forward.  If that isn’t possible it may be necessary to set the goal aside until things change.  Life is fluid and ever changing and in time our circumstances will adjust and we’ll be able to start again.

Unpredictable complications are always a factor.  We can’t know what we don’t know and sometimes there is more to the story than we are aware when we start out.  Others may keep facts from us, things may develop that stop our progress or our lives may change in such a way that we can’t continue forward at this time.  When those things happen we can revise our plans to accommodate whatever has happened and decide how we want to proceed.  We can wait if we need to and do other things until our situation changes.  Life is long and a road that is blocked today may well be clear in the days ahead.  We can prepare for the future and be ready when the time is right to start again.

Today if you’ve been working hard on accomplishing something and no matter what you do can’t move forward, stop and look at the situation openly and completely.  Revise you plans if you need to and if the timing is wrong, set the goal aside and work on other things.  Be patient and continue forward.  Although you may have to wait, eventually everything you desire will come.

Best Friend

1 May

Most of us are probably pretty good friends.  We’re supportive when others need help, we listen when they are concerned, and we try to be there when they need us.  It’s good to be a faithful friend and we all need them in our lives from time to time.  Sometimes we are better friends to others than we are to ourselves.  If we don’t do something well we may criticize our actions and disparage our decisions.  Our reactions to our shortcomings may be far more condemning than we would ever offer someone else.  When others come to us with concern over a wrong move we might be supportive and positive and offer them encouragement.  However, sometimes when we see the same situation in ourselves we are far more abrasive and critical.  We can decide to be as good a friend to ourselves as we are to others.  We can give our choices the same understanding and patience we offer so freely to those around us.  If we become our very best friend and learn to rely on our own personal support, our challenges will become easier and when we falter we’ll feel better knowing we are always in our corner.  We deserve to be treated with kindness and encouragement and we can offer it to ourselves.  Loving ourselves with the same measure of patience and compassion we give others will bring us peace in struggle and comfort in disappointment.  We are worth the very best of everything.  Remembering how precious we are and valuing our self-worth will help us achieve greatness and find success.

Nobody is good at everything or does everything right every time.  We all stumble from time to time and learn as we move along.  Opening new doors brings new experiences and sometimes we have to backtrack or turn in another direction to find the way forward.  We can succeed at anything but the road forward isn’t always straight and paved.  We may stumble along the way, but as we continue we learn what works and find the way forward.  No matter how many times we get lost we can find our way again.  It doesn’t matter if we go the wrong way.  What matters is that we continue the journey until we succeed.

Some things come easily to us and other things are hard to comprehend.  If we’re having trouble understanding we can take the time we need and get the help necessary to get the job done.  No matter how difficult the issue we can find our way through.  We have all the wisdom and determination we need to accomplish anything we desire.  When we stumble we can get back up.  When we take a wrong turn we can choose another way forward.  We can trust in our ability to succeed and we have enough courage to face whatever comes.

Today if you’ve been punishing yourself for a mistake you’ve made or belittling your judgment for a wrong turn, decide to be your best friend.  Treat yourself with the kindness you offer others.  You are precious and valuable.  There is greatness ahead for you.  Remember how important you are.  Trust in your wisdom and you will find the way forward.

Not Getting Up

27 Apr

We all experience good times and bad times as we navigate through our lives.  Sometimes it seems we can do no wrong and every choice we make brings a positive result.  Other times we may face situations that fail no matter what we try.  We all face moments when everything goes wrong.  Everyone falls down from time to time but falling down never means failure.  Failure comes if we decide not to get back up.  If we decide we’ve had enough and quit, if we turn away and give up, only then do we fail.  We can accomplish anything we want to do if we are willing to do what it takes to get it done.  Some plans don’t work out, sometimes we struggle trying to find the way through and sometimes the situation is far more complex than we knew at the beginning.  We can always change our plans and choose another road.  We are in control of our lives and if our first choice doesn’t work out we may decide to change our plans.  Making a change isn’t the same as giving up.  Giving up happens when we really want to achieve something, and quit.  It’s always possible to modify our way forward but we will never find success if we stop trying.  There really isn’t anything we can’t do but we have to be courageous enough to face the wind and determined enough to modify our direction when complications arise.  We have all the courage and determination we need and if we press forward, no matter what comes, we will win.

There is no way to know what will come to us in the future.  We can try to prepare for unplanned eventualities and complications but sometimes the road takes a hard turn we aren’t ready for.  Even if we find ourselves in foreign territory and are unsure which way to go we can regroup and take the time needed to find the way forward.  We are smarter and more capable than we think we are and we have everything we need to succeed.  If we trust ourselves and take our time we can work miracles and change the course of any path until we reach the destination.  No matter how many times we fall, we can get up and start again.

If the road has been long and difficult and we feel the fatigue of the struggle, we can step back for a time and rest.  Most goals we want to achieve don’t have stringent timeframes attached to them.  If we need a break we can take it.  After we feel restored and ready we may begin the journey again.  With diligence and continual effort forward we will reach the destination we are seeking.  We have enough strength to go keep going and we will win.

Today if you’ve been struggling trying to move forward and you’ve fallen down, get back up.  Take a moment to step back and think about the way forward.  There is no road too long for you and no complication too difficult for you to solve.  You can do anything.  You can work miracles.  Remember who you are and pull from the strength inside you.  You have everything you need to win.  Nothing can stop your success.