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14 Mar

When we want to learn something new, or accomplish something we’ve been pondering, we might look at others who have already completed the goal and see how they did it.  We may try to emulate them in an effort to find success.  It’s possible to accomplish something by copying someone else’s choices, but that doesn’t always work.  We might find no matter how hard we try, what worked for them doesn’t work for us.  Sometimes a change in timing, or expression, or even location may make what worked before impossible now.  We can keep hammering away at the issue but if it’s not going to work no matter how hard we try, we may be stuck.  There are always many roads to any destination.  If what we’re doing isn’t working, we can reroute our direction and start again.  We can revise our plans, take a look at all the options available and carve a new road going forward.  We can go anywhere we want to go and no matter how far the road is or how convoluted the path may be, find our way.  All destinations are possible but we may need to carve a new path to get there.  We are certainly capable of creating a new road any time we need one.  If we keep our eyes on the goal and focus moving forward we will reach it.  There is nothing too difficult or too far away.  We are powerful and wise and nothing is impossible.  Success will come when we’re open to new possibilities and keep moving ahead.

Sometimes it may seem as though everyone around us is having success with something we cannot accomplish.  Everyone is different and our understanding of each situation is unique.  We know who we are and what we need to be successful.  We can change our methods and chart our own course.  There are infinite roads to every goal, and we can find the path that brings us success.  Our interpretations and expressions belong to us alone and by doing things our way we enhance the world around us.  We can forge our own path and find the way to any goal we desire.

The world is filled with differences everywhere we look.  There are many ways to view any situation and there will always be more than one answer possible.  Our ability to see things differently than those around us will enrich our experiences and bring fresh perspectives to every situation.  We are all individual and every new idea opens our understanding to new possibilities.  We don’t have to copy others to be successful.  We can choose our own path and create unique lives that reflect who we are and what we bring to the world.  Life is an incredible gift.  Being completely ourselves blesses us and those around us.

Today if you’ve been following someone else’s patterns in an effort to find success, remember how unique and wonderful you are.  You have so much to offer the world just as you are.  Look at all your options and choose the road that reflects your individuality and personal choices.  Every success is possible and nothing is out of reach.  Share your unique perspective.  The whole world is blessed because you are here.



Have Mercy

12 Mar

Everyone makes mistakes from time to time.  We don’t know everything and sometimes we choose the wrong path for many different reasons.  When we choose badly and hurt those around us, we may ask for forgiveness in an effort to move forward more easily.  It’s good to forgive others when they’ve hurt us.  Carrying around anger from an issue in the past can hold us back and rob our freedom.  If we hold onto anger and disappointment it may keep us from happiness, and the weight of the load may make us miserable.  Forgiving someone for something egregious doesn’t justify or excuse their behavior, but allows us to let go of the pain and be free of the anger.  It’s good to have mercy on others when they’ve erred, and shake away anything holding us in place.  When we’ve been hurt or offended, when someone has done something to diminish us or harm us, we may forgive them knowing the act of forgiving them is for us, to release us from the pain.  Mercy is an act of compassion and kindness, and we can have mercy even when it’s difficult.  Everyone is responsible for every decision they make and mercy will never remove accountability or justice.  Even if we’ve been forgiven, we must answer for every choice.  Nobody is perfect and there will be times when we all make mistakes.  We can only control our own decisions and if we’ve been hurt, we can forgive and move on.  Life is long and we have unlimited experiences as we navigate forward.  We need not carry any pain along with us.  We can have mercy, let go, and trust that justice will prevail.

Revenge seems like a good idea when we’ve been hurt.  It seems fair to even to the score and inflict on someone else what they’ve done to us – or worse.  We all want life to be fair, and may try hard to make sure we’re always fair and appropriate with those around us.  If we’ve been treated badly, we may be tempted to strike back in an effort to make things right.  But lowering our standards to those who have done something wrong will only prove we can do what they’ve done.  It will never elevate us, or make us better.

Allowing those who choose badly to be accountable for what they’ve done instead of trying to punish them is appropriate.  When we’ve been hurt we can determine to continue to be the best we can be and live up to the personal standard we’ve set.  Our lives belong to us and what we do is our responsibility.  Instead of evening the score when we’ve been hurt, we can choose instead to overcome it.  There is nothing more important or powerful than our personal integrity.  Choosing well, despite the choices of others will bring us satisfaction and happiness.

Today if someone has hurt you or done something untoward or hateful to you, remember who you are and honor your personal standards.  You are capable of greatness and nothing is more important than your personal integrity.  Rise above contention and choose nobility.  Nothing can diminish you or hold you in place.  Move forward with confidence.  You are amazing and incredible, and there is great success ahead.


9 Mar

There are limitless opportunities in life to try new things and push ourselves further.  Each situation pushes us and teaches us new things.  If we go on a canoe trip down a slow moving river and come upon a set of rapids, we may feel concerned and intimidated.  The water may be deep, the current may be powerful, and the rapids may be threatening.  No matter how rough the water, we can navigate through it, and when we reach the other side will feel victorious, having overcome something challenging and new.  Rough water and unexpected turbulence may seem sinister and looming at first, but we are strong and capable of managing whatever we must face.  We can set out to seek new horizons and chance the rapids of the unknown instead of holding onto routine.  When we do, we stretch beyond our current boundaries and discover new things about the world, and about ourselves.  There are millions of new experiences awaiting us.  Every situation teaches us something new and as we push through them and reach further we will gain personal strength and greater confidence moving forward.  We are capable of much more than we recognize and can trust ourselves to manage any new situation and find the way forward.  Life is a great blessing and each time we try something new, we gain a greater understanding of how the world works, and our place in it.  We can look ahead with confidence and reach further to stretch beyond what is comfortable.  We can take new chances, and overcome any obstacle before us.

There are countless roads to travel as we go through our lives, and stepping off our current path may be unsettling at first.  New situations and interactions may feel uncomfortable at the beginning.  Unknown territory presents new situations but if we remain for a time, we learn about it and find a way to work within it.  Once we understand a new situation, it becomes ours and is no longer strange and uncomfortable.  We have the capacity to understand everything.  As we learn new things and they become familiar, we can make them a part of our lives.

Sometimes we want to do something new but don’t think we have enough wisdom or courage to do it.  We don’t have to know everything about a new endeavor before we begin.  We only need the desire to do it and the willingness to learn about it.  Our capacity for learning is unlimited and anything we want to do is possible.  We can begin a new journey at any time.  We can face the rapids that may come and overcome any challenge before us.  Life is an incredible blessing.  Living it to the fullest and taking every opportunity to learn and grow will bring us great satisfaction and happiness.

Today if you’ve been wanting to do something new but have been afraid you might fail, do it anyway.  If you fail the first time, do it again.  Success is always possible and you will prevail.  There isn’t anything you can’t do.  You are strong and capable, and everything is within reach.  Go forward with confidence, embrace the challenge, and you’ll find success.

Defining Bravery

6 Mar

Everyone has heard stories of amazing bravery and incredible courage. Fire fighters who run into burning buildings to rescue children, people who stand up to vicious criminals and save themselves and those with them, and people who risk their lives to go back for someone left behind in a flood. There are countless stories of incredible strength and courage in the face of terrible odds and sure disaster. Although we may have the opportunity to experience events like these, many of us will go through our lives without facing them. We may wonder how brave we really are if we never get the chance to face insurmountable odds and prove ourselves. It may seem courage requires extreme conditions to show itself, but that isn’t true. Sometimes the quietest lives exhibit amazing bravery. Quiet courage is no less impressive than extreme examples. The determined decision to do our best no matter what comes and the willingness to endure difficult situations with grace and dignity are examples of bravery and courage. When we choose the best choice in a difficult situation and must step away from what is comfortable and easy, we are valiant. When we refuse to let anger overcome us and remain calm in the face of serious conflict, we are noble. Every decision we make decides who we are. Life is filled with endless challenges and each time we take a step toward what is right, each time we refuse to be overcome and stand strong, we are brave and courageous. There is nothing we can’t do and do well. Understanding our true power will help us move forward and give us the wisdom we need to prevail.

We don’t have to be fearless to be brave. Fear is a natural response to threat and may present itself under many different situations. We will undoubtedly feel fear when we have a near miss that endangers us but it may also be present when someone confronts us or we must do something new. When we stand strong and choose the right, we exhibit great courage and strength. We are more powerful than we know and every time we make an excellent choice, our power increases. We have everything we need to be brave even in the most challenging situations, and each step we take forward brings us greater strength and ability.

Personal strength is something we may continually work on as we go through our lives. We all want to make our dreams come true and increasing our courage and temerity will help us. We can do anything we really want to do. There really isn’t anything strong enough to keep us from any goal if we are determined to make it a reality. Recognizing the power we hold as we push forward and remembering how capable we are will enable us to overcome any obstacle in our way and find success. The whole world is available to us and we can go anywhere we desire.

Today if you don’t think you have the courage to do something, remember how powerful you are. You are braver and wiser than you realize. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Forge ahead and push through anything in your way. All your dreams are there for you and you will reach them. The road ahead is wide open and waiting.


5 Mar

How we are perceived by others is sometimes the result of what we’ve done in the past.  Our personal behavior as we move through different situations may color what other people think of us and how much influence we carry.  We often hear about personal branding and how important it is to make sure ours represents what we want it to portray.  It’s a complicated issue and people may use all kinds of measuring factors regarding it.  We may have no idea how we’re being judged, and who we really are may have nothing to do with the impressions others may assume.  It’s dangerous to label people, and although we can’t prevent anyone from assuming things about us, we can refuse to judge those around us the same way.  Branding is important in business, and how successful we are managing it will sometimes decide whether we are entitled to some opportunities.  But in our personal lives, branding may be harmful and destructive.  Although we need information to make good decisions, basing any judgement on hearsay, or rumor, or assuming people will do anything before they have the chance to try will never bring us success.  We learn about people as we interact with them.  Every time we meet with them, talk to them, or work with them we learn more about them and as we get to know them can decide how our relationship will be defined.  The world is a big place and there are infinite human expressions and experiences.  Instead of believing what we hear, we can allow others to show us who they are, and trust our personal wisdom moving forward to make the best decisions.

Everyone judges situations and those around them.  It’s a natural reflex and when we see someone who is very much like someone else we’ve known we may make assumptions about who they are.  We may instinctively assign all kinds of traits to them simply because they remind us of a previous situation.  If we don’t have much interaction with them, those reminders may stay in place indefinitely.  But everyone is different.  Even people who look alike or act alike are not the same.  Assumptions are dangerous and are sometimes based on fiction.  We are wise enough to set aside any pre-conceived ideas about anyone and let them show us who they are.  We can be open to building relationships going forward.

There may be times in our lives when we may be judged or excluded from something we desire because of a previous situation.  Perhaps we didn’t manage something the way others felt was best, or we got caught up in some drama where there was no way to win.  Life is complicated and sometimes we end up in places that convolute our path for a time.  We all go through unexpected situations, but nothing is permanent.  Change is constant, and we learn as we go.  No matter what has happened in the past, we can be confident moving forward that we will make excellent decisions and choose the right road.  We can find success ahead and achieve any goal we desire.

Today if you’ve judged someone without knowing them, let them show you who they are.  Be welcoming and keep the doors open.  There is great blessing in sharing our lives with others.  Refuse to brand and label those around you, and learn about them as you go.  Your life will be richer, and your relationships will be stronger.

Hold Me Up

1 Mar

There are times in everyone’s life when things get complicated and we feel unsure.  The way ahead may be confusing, we may stumble trying to find the right road, and might feel we can’t succeed.  When we feel weak or lost we may be tempted to latch onto someone else and depend on them for strength.  It’s good to rely on others and work together when life is difficult but there are limits to how much that will help.  Our lives belong solely to us and every decision is ours to make.  If we need help we can find it, and if we need support those around us may give it.  But ultimately, we must stand on our own and choose the next steps forward.  If we lean on someone for too long and let go of our ability to decide on our own, we will ultimately fail.  Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves.  Expecting anyone else to know what road we should travel isn’t workable.  Everyone’s experience is different and what seems right to one may be the wrong choice for someone else.  We can’t expect anyone to hold us up indefinitely.  We have all the power and intelligence we need to find our way ahead and we can step forward with confidence making the best choices possible.  Everything we desire is there for us.  We can achieve anything if we’re willing to do what is needed to accomplish it.  The possibilities are endless, and our power is limitless once we decide what we want.  Life is a great blessing.  Standing strong and trusting ourselves will help us move forward and find success.

Everyone has times when they feel uncertain.  We may be in a situation that is so daunting and confusing we wish we could hand it to someone else to manage.  While it’s always possible to push our responsibilities off onto others, if we do, we will never gain the lessons and experiences possible by taking care of them ourselves.  Everything we go through teaches us something of value to carry forward.  Our most difficult trials often bring us the greatest blessings.  We can manage anything that comes and are strong enough and wise enough to find any answers we need.  Every step forward takes us closer to our goals.

When we’re working on something difficult and complicated, if it’s taking longer than we thought it would we may begin to tire.  We can always step back and take a break.  We can move away for a time to refocus and review all the options before us.  Sometimes a short break will help us see something new that will open the way ahead.  There isn’t anything we can’t do and all the answers we need are there for us.  We can be confident in our ability to prevail and conquer any challenge we are facing.  We are strong and capable, and nothing is out of reach.

Today if you’re facing something difficult and feel overwhelmed and unsure, remember how strong and capable you are.  There is no problem you can’t solve.  Get the help you need and look at all the options available.  You will find the answers and succeed.  You are amazing and talented, and nothing is too difficult for you.  Look up and move forward.  Success is just ahead.

The Whole Story

26 Feb

It’s not difficult to get facts about anything these days.  With the internet and its connections there is a plethora of information available to us all the time.  If we want to know how something works, we can find out.  If we want to know how to do something, the answers can be located.  But there is a big difference between knowing about something and experiencing it.  It’s hard to give credence to someone telling us how to do something they haven’t experienced.  The facts might be right and the directions might be clear, but if it’s never been applied there is no way to know all the complications and unforeseen details that might arise.  It’s impossible to get the whole story from only the facts.  We must experience what may happen and how it feels to fully understand any situation.  Facts are sterile and do not contain emotion.  Experience brings enlightenment and understanding to the whole story.  People are not machines and every moment is colored by interpretation, insight, and expression.  Nobody experiences the same event the same way.  If we want to know how things really work, we must be willing to experience them for ourselves.  Life is filled with endless opportunities to learn and grow.  When we want to do something we can step forward and begin discovering all the parameters of the situation for ourselves.  Our lives will be enriched and our understanding of how things work will increase as we learn new things.  We have limitless possibility, and can do anything we desire.

Some rules and laws in our lives are immutable.  For instance, we can’t eliminate gravity, we can’t stop breathing and continue to live, and everything we do will have some sort of reaction.  There are basic structures that can’t be ignored or changed, but outside of those, anything is possible.  Some may tell us what we want to do can’t be done, simply because nobody has ever done it before.  Or we may be told something is too difficult to change because there are so many parameters involved.  We are unique and capable, and it doesn’t matter what has happened before.  If there is something we want to do, we can do it.  All options are available, and nothing is out of reach.

It takes courage to attempt something new outside our areas of comfort, but there are endless experiences to capture if we are willing to step into the unknown.  We can go anywhere and do anything, and the unknown is only foreign to us until we make it ours.  There is no experience too frightening or intimidating to conquer if we want it in our lives.  We can open doors to new experiences and gain a deeper understanding of who we are, and where we’re headed.  Life is an incredible gift.  Experiencing it to the fullest will bring us amazing blessings and benefits.  There isn’t anything we can’t do, and we can get the whole story for anything we desire.

Today if you’ve been staying close to what you know but want to try something new, step forward and reach further.  There are endless possibilities to experience.  You can do everything you desire.  Be confident.  All your dreams are possible, and you can make them come true.