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Looking For It

6 Oct

Most people are good. They try to be kind, pay their bills on time, do an honest job, and don’t look for ways to cause contention and strife. Although there are varying degrees of goodness, there is nobility in everyone. We all possess the ability to do good in the world. Some people strive to be the best they can be and their contributions are obvious. But if we run into someone who is mean, and rude, who calls us nasty names, or picks on us, it can be hard to see anything good in them or how they are benefitting anyone. They may cover their innate nobility with prejudice, hatred, anger or other displays. Perhaps their lives have been very difficult and they feel persecuted, or someone somewhere hurt them badly, or they just have a terrible attitude. Whatever their reasons for acting out in problematic and damaging ways, their influence can be detrimental and hard to manage. It’s difficult to find anything noble in what they’re doing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Keeping something deeply hidden and denying its existence doesn’t make it disappear. It’s still there. It may be tiny and undeveloped, but the potential exists. Potential is powerful, but until it’s realized, and we move closer to excellence, it will lie dormant and wait. We can do anything we like. We can cause trouble, stir up anger, create chaos and make a mess of every situation, but nothing will be gained until we choose to honor the best within us. By choosing the better part of every situation, we will find great satisfaction and success. Every opportunity is there for us, and nothing can keep us from success.

Some people love drama. They embellish situations to create intrigue and distrust, and tell stories that complicate and confuse. They may suffer from low self-esteem and feel powerful when they’ve gained control of a situation and caused things to go awry. It’s perverse to set traps for others and then stand and watch while everything falls apart. We never have to participate in their web of contention and grief. We can step back and look at everything objectively, and then decide how we will proceed.

They say misery loves company. When some people are unhappy, they want everyone around them to be miserable as well. Instead of looking for ways to manage whatever problems they’re facing, they prefer to create scenarios that bring others down with them. Acting out in destructive ways diminishes the goodness that lies within. Being mean to others when we’re suffering will never negate our own experience. No matter what our circumstance is, we can choose to be open, honest and kind, and focus on moving toward resolution and success.

Today if someone is causing trouble and creating distrust, step back and see everything clearly. Goodness and light are there. Look for them, and let them lead you forward. You are amazing and intelligent. Nothing can hold you in place. Be strong, wise and confident, and step forward. All your dreams are possible, and you will succeed.

Exempt

5 Oct

We share the world with billions of other people, and there will always be people coming and going in and out of our lives. They interact with us, work with us, share families with us, or just see us in passing. Everyone is different and we’re all doing different things. In an effort to make things go more smoothly, there are rules for civility and politeness that help us all get along without increasing friction. Most of us try to be pleasant and polite, and don’t get up in other people’s faces just to annoy them. We try to get along and be positive, but there is always the exception. No matter where we are, there may be someone who is rude and difficult, who may make our lives miserable. They have bad manners, interrupt us when we’re speaking, leave a trail of trash behind them, and ignore any suggestions for improvement. They don’t care how they affect others or if they degrade those around them. It’s very hard to deal with people like this. They can complicate our days and when they come around, we may try anything to avoid them. People will do what they will do, but we can hold fast to the standards we set. There will always be many roads to get to our goals, and we can find ways around any problem that arises. We can be polite even if those we encounter are not. The road to success is rarely paved and clear, but we have everything we need to move ahead, no matter what is standing in the way.

Some people are very good at telling others what they should do, how they should act, and where they should go. They constantly preach and pontificate, giving instructions regarding whatever is happening around them. They are great at explaining the rules and demanding compliance, but because they see themselves as set apart on a higher plane, feel they are exempt from following them. They simply do what they want, and expect others to accept it. It is never appropriate to set standards for others we do not intend to follow. We are all part of the whole, and if one must comply, we should all comply.

We are all human beings sharing the planet at the same time. Although some may have fame and fortune, some may have privilege and power, nobody is more worthwhile than anyone else. Our circumstances do not determine our value. We are precious and priceless because we are unique, and there isn’t anyone now, nor has there ever been anyone who can offer the gifts we have to give. We deserve complete happiness, and can do what is necessary to achieve it. Every blessing is there for us, and every dream is possible.

Today if you must deal with someone who is unpleasant and rude, remember how valuable you are. Set the example for excellence and step forward with confidence. You know what you want and nothing is out of reach. Be the best you can be, and every destination will be yours.

Easy Peasy

13 Aug

Everyone is different and we all have our own perspectives and ideas. Much of what we believe and how we act is a reflection of all the experiences we’ve had so far. If we’ve suffered through several serious losses, we may be hesitant about the future. If we’ve been betrayed, we may be cautious about building close relationships. Everything we do has a result and the struggles of the past may influence what we do next. Some people have a very laid back attitude and can take most things in stride. If something goes wrong, they just navigate through it. Others feel things differently and what may seem easy to someone else, may be very difficult for them to endure. We’re all unique and nobody gets all the same experiences. The choices we’ve made so far have brought us to where we are now, but we don’t have to stay here. The goals we want to achieve are always possible, but our understanding of them, and our ability to do what is necessary to achieve them may be impacted by what we’ve already been through. Life is unpredictable and we never know what lies ahead. If we’ve been hurt, or suffered extreme loss, we may not trust ourselves or anything else. We must believe success is possible before we can reach it. It doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past, or what’s gone wrong. The past can never predict the future. Each day is a new beginning – a clean slate to start again. We have all the courage and wisdom we need to move forward, and reach any destination we desire. We are strong, and we are powerful. Every success is there, waiting. With confidence and clarity, we can step forward and claim it.

When we’re facing a difficult challenge, we may reach out for help and advice. Some people may be very helpful, but not everyone will offer good suggestions. Someone may disagree with the choices we want to make, and may discourage us from proceeding. While it’s nice to get agreement, we don’t need it to do anything we desire. Even if the road ahead is hard, and there will be many complications and challenges, we can make the journey and reach success. Nothing can keep us from anything we want to do.

Life is easier when we go along with everyone else. Traveling the paved, common roads will rarely give us heartburn or difficulty. But following others can only take us where they are going and will never lead us to the destinations we most desire. We can always take the easy way out, but there is greatness in us, and incredible success awaits. We can trust our own intuition and push our limits until we reach the goal. Everything is possible, and we will prevail.

Today if there’s something you want to do but feel unsure, remember how strong and capable you are. Nothing is powerful enough to hold you in place indefinitely. You have all the wisdom and courage you need to do anything you desire. Step forward with confidence and trust yourself. Every blessing is possible, and you will succeed.

Not Ready

10 Aug

We can do anything we want in life. Some things will come easily and be simple to accomplish. We may achieve them with little effort, and feel happy and confident. But not everything can be achieved without serious work. We may choose something that will require a lot of concentration and effort. If it’s going to be complicated and require our complete attention, when we look at everything that will be required to accomplish it, even if we really want it we may think we’re not quite ready to tackle it. Nobody is perfect but we may believe we need to be somehow better than we are right now or the situation needs to perfect before we begin. Waiting for the perfect time to start a journey is always an option, but if we put things off until everything lines up, everyone around us is in agreement, and someone is there to help us pave the way ahead, we may stay where we are indefinitely. We don’t have to do anything until we’re ready, but waiting until everything is perfect may work against us. Perfection in life is the exception, not the norm. Most of the time there will be something that isn’t working, or someone who’s complaining, or something that doesn’t exactly mesh with our plans. None of that matters if we’re ready to move and achieve the goal. No matter what’s going on around us, we can find a way forward and untangle anything in the way. We just have to take a step forward, and then take another until we reach the goal. Life is uncertain, and we never know what will happen next. We are in control of our own destiny and can go anywhere and do anything despite what is happening around us. Every single dream is possible, and with focus and determination, we can reach them all.

No matter what we want to do, there will always be someone who thinks we can’t achieve it. Some people don’t like change in their own lives, or the lives of those around them. They want everything to stay the same so they know what to expect. Everyone has their own choices to make, but we never have to change ours just because someone else doesn’t agree. We can listen to their objections and advice, and then choose our own way forward. We already know what we want, and have everything we need to get it. We can begin any journey as soon as we’re ready and be sure of success.

We may face a time when the road ahead is very different than we anticipated. There may be unexpected complications, or others involved who make the journey difficult. Facing an unforeseen problem isn’t a sign that we must stop. Although we can never see the entire journey before we begin, we can be confident that no matter what we face, we’ll have what we need to continue forward. Few roads will take us directly from where we are to the destination we want. There will likely be twists and turns, delays and detours, but if we are patient and persist, nothing can keep us from the goal.

Today if you’ve been waiting for everything to be perfect before starting toward a goal, look at the situation objectively. You are amazing and intelligent, and can manage anything that comes. Trust yourself to prevail and step forward. Every destination is there for you, and every goal is possible. Be confident and begin. Nothing can keep you from success and you will win.

Move Closer

6 Aug

Although we share the planet with billions of other people, our experiences are personal to us. They come from where we are, what we’re doing, and what’s happening around us. Everyone wants an easy life filled with happiness and pleasure, and although we’ll all surely have great moments of joy and peace, we will also experience trials and adversity. The future is unknown and there are millions of variables that could materialize at any time. Trouble comes to us all and when it arrives, what we do determines what happens next. If we’re facing a serious challenge that is difficult and deeply troubling, and we’re not sure what to do, we might withdraw into ourselves and try to hide. Like a turtle tucking into its shell to evade capture, if we feel the problem is just too much to handle, we may close ourselves off and try to keep a low profile until it goes away. Hoping our problems will solve themselves is like hoping we’ll win the lottery. Yes, it might happen but the odds are sorely against us. Some things are hard to face, but we are smart enough and strong enough to manage whatever comes. Instead of hiding away and trying to become invisible, we can step up and move closer to the issue, look it smack in the face, and begin to solve it. Every problem has a solution and there isn’t anything so complicated and horrible it can escape resolution. By being confident, and refusing to look away, nothing will overcome us. We are strong and powerful, and can do anything. Nothing is capable of holding us in place. We can trust ourselves to find all the answers we need, and no matter what we’re facing, be sure of success.

We can never see the end of a road from the beginning, and when we face hard challenges, we may not know going in how hard it will be to find the answers and prevail. We may struggle and be confused for a time about how to proceed. But we are intelligent and nothing is too difficult for us to figure out and find our way forward. Even if there are a lot of details and complications, or difficult people involved, we already have everything we need to get through and find resolution. We are smarter than we think we are, and nothing is out of reach.

We have no control over what comes to us or what happens around us. We may make excellent decisions, and choose wisely, and still everything blows up in our faces. There may be people making decisions we know nothing about that impact us, circumstances out of our control, or the long dreaded result of a bad decision we made some time ago may finally appear. Nobody wants to suffer or face hard times, but we live in the real world, and trouble will come. We are wise and capable, and can unravel any complication or problem that arises. We can arm ourselves with confidence and we will prevail.

Today if something has happened that threatens to overcome you, stand strong and move closer to it. You are a rock, amazing, immovable and strong. Trust yourself and be confident. Step forward and claim your place. Every success you desire is there for you and nothing can keep you from it.