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Finally Enough

14 Jul

Our lives belong solely to us and we can do anything we like. Everyone has an idea of how they want things to go and what they want to do, but the desire to accomplish something isn’t always enough motivation to get us moving. We may really, really want to lose weight, but somehow find a way each day to sabotage our efforts. We might truly want a new career, but don’t take the time we need to start looking for other options and preparing for something new. Desiring something is only the first step toward getting there. Whatever we want to achieve is possible, but we must follow through on what is necessary to make the dream reality. There is enough wisdom and intelligence in all of us to do whatever we want, but we have to decide once and for all that it will be ours, and then focus clearly on doing what is needed to obtain it. If we’ve wavered for a long time, and have experienced several failures to follow through, it’s not too late. Once we finally decide we’ve had enough delaying and putting it off, we can begin the journey forward. People are complex and there will always be a thousand reasons to wait on any decision. We might be really busy, and have a lot of projects going on right now. Or our relationships may require a lot of attention. Or we don’t feel at our best, or it’s raining outside. If we want an excuse to stay put and do nothing, there will always be something available. There are lots of reasons why we may not pursue what we want, but if we really want to accomplish the goal, nothing can keep us from it. We just have to decide what we want the most. Once we’ve decided, we can do what is needed to take the first step. We can have the lives we want the most if we’re willing to take control and make them ours. Nothing is out of reach, and we will find our way to success.

Nobody sets out to take a trip without deciding where they’ll go. If we simply get in our cars and drive all day with no planned destination, the odds of ending up where we want to go are slim to none. We can live our days simply following along and taking whatever comes and hope we’ll end up with the lives we desire most, but that isn’t likely to happen. If we want to be happy, we must decide where we’ll go and what we’ll do, and then begin forward with purpose. Every destination is there for us, and with clarity and determination, we can make them ours.

Most things are achievable but not everything will come easily. Getting fit and losing weight takes constant diligence and focus, gaining a new career will require research and maybe additional education. If we determine that the cost to achieve the goal is worth the benefit once we get there, we can make a plan and step forward. Everything is possible and nothing is too difficult or too far away. We know what we want, and have everything we need to get it.

Today if you’ve been putting off a goal you want to achieve, decide what you want the most. There isn’t anything you can’t accomplish. Make a plan and step forward with confidence. Every dream is possible and with focus and patience, you can make them yours.

100 Miles

7 Jul

There are many challenges in life. Some days are very difficult and there may be times when the trials we must face seem insurmountable. The road ahead may be long and treacherous, and may look like a hundred miles of trouble and complications. We may doubt our ability to traverse it. When we’re facing a seemingly impossible test, we may feel completely overwhelmed, sure we’ll never survive. Some roads are very hard, some things will test us mightily, and we may suffer great pains of doubt and discomfort. We may struggle with every step and get lost as we try to advance. There may be some seriously wrong turns and the road ahead may be dark and threatening. Some decisions may falter, and we may get turned around and confused, but life isn’t about living perfectly. It’s about living with intention. Where we are right now does not define our future. The direction we’re headed determines what comes next. We might face failure as we try to push forward, but if we don’t give up and continue moving ahead, we will prevail. Everyone wants a life that’s easy with roads that are paved and flat, but it’s the climb that defines us and gives us depth and wisdom. It’s natural to feel unsure when we’re facing foreign territory that’s daunting and difficult. We can’t see everything from the beginning and there are a lot of unknowns. There is no way to clearly see how we’ll get through. But each step will lead us to the next, and if we persist and keep our eyes focused on the road ahead, we will be able to advance. Life is complicated and we will surely be tested and face things we don’t imagine we can overcome. But we are stronger and far more capable than we think we are, and nothing can keep us from success. If we just take one more step forward, and then another, we will find our way and reach the goal.

Sprints are quick and fast. We can jump early and run fast to reach the destination. If we try to live our lives like a sprint – get in, get it done, and get out – we might succeed at some things. But the important lessons come through the test of time. The most valuable and insightful blessings are gained from the marathons we endure, not the quick races we overcome easily. A long journey through unknown territory that tests us and pushes us to our limits, will give us great knowledge and understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Nothing is powerful enough to overcome us and with courage and calm, we can conquer anything.

When we’re facing a big challenge, instead of facing it head on, we may try to wait and see if everything will fall into place and solve itself. Some things will naturally work out over time, but those instances are rare. Looking away from a problem will not help us find the resolution. We have everything we need to overcome anything we must. Every single blessing is already there for us and we have what is required to make it ours.

Today if you’re facing a big challenge and aren’t sure you can survive it, trust yourself. You already possess all the courage and intelligence you need to overcome anything. Stand strong and step forward with confidence. Every destination is possible, and you will succeed.

Masquerade

6 Jul

Lots of people continually come in and out of our lives. We build many different types of relationships and connections with them, and when they’re positive, our interactions may be helpful and enjoyable. We may have some very close friends with whom we share our most private dreams and desires. If they care for us and value our friendship, they will be trustworthy and loyal. But sometimes things aren’t exactly as they seem, and we may have an experience where someone we thought was a true friend turns out to be something else. They may manipulate us into believing they are on our side and support us, and we may believe they are looking out for our best interests. We may trust them with confidential information and feel we can rely on them. If we care for them, they may use it to their advantage. Truth always rises and although we may be fooled for a while, nobody can keep up a masquerade forever. If they are unworthy of our friendship, in time, however long that takes, their true colors will surface, and we will see them for what they really are. Once the charade is exposed, we may suffer great pains of betrayal and disappointment. How could we ever have believed them? How did we fall for the lies? We are never to blame when others abuse us. It’s good to trust those around us and give them the benefit of every doubt, but we never have to stay in any relationship that isn’t working, no matter how long it’s been going on or what others may advise. We deserve complete happiness and can do what is needed to correct anything in our lives. We can’t change the past, but we are in control of where we go next, and can decide how we’ll proceed. Our lives are ours to design. If something isn’t working, we can change direction and start again. There isn’t anything we can’t do. By trusting ourselves, and moving toward the goals we most desire, we will reach success.

Physical beauty can be a great deceiver. If we’re attracted to someone because of their amazing outward appearance, we may gloss over signals that they aren’t exactly as they seem. But infatuation cannot last indefinitely. As time passes, cracks will appear in the veneer and we’ll be able to see things more clearly. External beauty has nothing to do with internal valor. We are intelligent and wise, and can see beyond the packaging to what lies beneath. We can trust ourselves to build good, strong relationships with others that will bring light and blessing into our lives.

If we’re in a relationship with someone who says all the right things, we may believe in them and wish to be close to them. Words are easy but without follow through, they mean nothing. We can say anything, but if we don’t show how we feel through our actions and decisions, the words we say will mean nothing. It’s like putting a fresh coat of shiny new paint on a ruined car. It looks good from the outside and we may be fooled in the beginning but when we try to move forward, the truth will be easy to see. We are intelligent, and can trust ourselves to uncover what isn’t real. True happiness will always be there for us, and with determination and focus, we will find it.

Today if you’ve discovered you have been manipulated into believing a lie, be confident. Everyone gets fooled sometimes. You are more intelligent and wise than you imagine. Trust yourself and step forward. There is greatness in you and nothing can keep you from every success. Stand strong and be wise. You will prevail.

Endless

1 Jul

Our lives belong to us. When we’re young and in the care of our families, we are taught many different ideas about how things should go, what we should do, and how life operates. We may retain some of those ideas, and others we’ll change in favor of other options. Everyone has their own interpretations about how things should go and what is best. We can listen to every suggestion and then decide what we want. Getting the life we desire most is always possible, but it won’t just appear one day out of the blue. We must look at all the options for achieving it, make a plan and then work continually to make it ours. Life is unpredictable and once we begin, there will likely be problems that come up and complications that stand in our way. We might have to let our plans go for a time because of uncontrollable circumstances we can’t get around. Things may go awry, and we might take a wrong turn or fall down. If things get so complex we can’t move, or we have failed again and again to move forward, we may think our chance of success isn’t possible. It doesn’t matter how many times we get stopped, or how often the road ends before we reach the goal. There are endless chances to start again. We will never reach the last possible option. Change is constant, and what was blocked last year may be wide open and welcoming now. The only way to fail is to quit trying. If we continue on and try again, we will reach success. The road we’re on may get blocked, our current plans may not work, and we might have to turn around and regroup. But every success is possible and nothing can keep us from accomplishing anything we desire. There will always be another road, another choice and another chance for success. All we have to do is keep going. We are stronger and wiser than we think we are, and nothing can hold us in place. We can be sure and confident, and move forward until we reach the destination.

There are lots of people who continually come and go in and out of our lives. If we build close associations and friendships, we may share our dreams and goals with them. Some may be supportive and encouraging, and others may not. Some people are averse to change and may tell us the ideas we have are unwise, or unreachable. Perhaps they are comfortable with our relationship the way it is, and worry that if we move ahead with our plans, they may be left behind. The insecurities and doubts of others belong to them and have no bearing on our decisions. We can choose our way forward, and pursue anything we desire.

Some goals are hard to reach and involve a lot of work and effort. If we’ve been pushing forward for a long time and still the goal is far in the distance, we may tire and begin to believe it’s unreachable. We can achieve anything but we can’t achieve everything today. We can set the goal aside for now, and focus on something else until our situation changes. The destination will still be there, and when we’re ready to move forward again, we will reach it.

Today if you’ve stumbled again, and think the goal you desire is unattainable, trust yourself. You have already accomplished many things, and you will succeed again. Look at the road ahead and decide how you want to proceed. Plan your next move and step forward. Every single dream is waiting, and you will make them all yours.

Perception and Reality

17 Jun

Life is complicated, and there may be times when our situation suddenly changes and what was possible is no longer available. Maybe we have an unexpected health issue that requires restrictions and commitments that are difficult, or a relationship that has changed that impacts us, or a thousand other things. Nobody gets a paved road to every destination, and there will be times when the going gets rough. Once we understand the situation, we may be confident we can handle it, but as each day passes, and we begin to tire, we may start to wonder if we can keep going. It’s very hard to stay focused and positive on a long, long difficult journey. If we must adapt to a situation that requires us to accept a new normal, we may feel overwhelmed and dispirited. Change isn’t easy but a lot of how we feel depends on our perception. If all we see are the things we can’t do, or the things we must alter, we may get overwhelmed. But we can look at the situation another way. No matter what’s happening, there will still be many things we can do and do well. We can find comfort once we identify what we can accomplish, even with restrictions we must acknowledge. If we’re stuck in the same location and can’t move, we can find new ways to meet others and get involved in new projects. If we can no longer participate in physical activities we love, we can find ways to modify the activity so it works for us. Life is full of possibilities, and we are the only ones who can hold us down and keep us from progressing. Things won’t always be easy, but there will always be a way to move forward. We are wiser and more capable than we think we are, and nothing can keep us from success.

Relationships are important, and when we love someone, we want to be there for them and support them. If they have an issue that needs a lot of attention and effort, and we offer our help, our lives will be impacted as we dedicate the time they need. If the situation is on-going and long lasting, we may begin to struggle with the sacrifice. It isn’t selfish to step away to take time for ourselves and recharge. Those we love are important, but we must take care of ourselves first. We can give and still make sure our personal needs are met.

If we’re facing something that requires us to make a lot of changes moving forward, we may feel unsure and overwhelmed. It’s hard to find comfort when everything we’re used to disappears, and we must continue on a foreign road with no end in sight. But we are strong and can manage anything that comes. There will always be a way around any complication, and every answer is there. We can be open to all the possibilities, and with careful thought and confidence, be sure we will prevail.

Today if the road ahead has changed, and you must modify your plans moving forward, look at all the possibilities available. There will still be a way to achieve your goals. Trust yourself and step forward with clarity and confidence. Nothing can hold you down indefinitely. Every success is still possible, and you will make them yours.