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Choosing Kindness

17 Apr

We make millions and millions of decisions as we travel through our lives. Some are inconsequential and don’t impact us, and others are more important and can be far reaching. It really won’t matter in the long scheme of things which shirt we decide to wear today, but our lives may be intensely impacted by who we marry, where we work, and with whom we affiliate. If we’re careful and take our time to make the best decisions we can, we may avoid complications, but even then, unexpected things may arise that give us heartburn for a time. Everyone has their own ideas and opinions regarding what they’re doing and what’s happening. If we feel others are missing the mark and we have the right answer, we may disregard them and push them aside. Everyone has something to offer, and nobody knows everything. If it’s important to us that others accept our opinion, we may insist that our idea be the one chosen. We might have the best answer and we might not, but one thing is certain. If we demand that our views are the only ones permitted, we’ll never get the chance to see what others have to offer. We’re entitled to our own opinions, and so is everyone else. Being right might be important, but if we must choose between being right or being kind, what we choose will determine what comes next. Our relationships are important and how we treat them often sets the tone going forward. If we value everyone’s point of view, and treat them with kindness even when we disagree, we will keep the lines of communication open, and protect our connections. We can share our own viewpoints, and be confident in allowing others to share theirs.

Our ideas are important, but not everyone will agree with us. We don’t need permission to do anything we desire, and we don’t need others to align with our choices. However, if we’re in a situation where we must follow someone else’s lead, and we disagree, we can still move forward with grace and patience. We don’t always have to be in control. Everyone has good ideas and there are many roads to every destination. If we must go along with something we didn’t choose, we can do so with determination and focus, and reach success.

If being right is the most important thing to us, in the rush to make others agree, we may forget how important our relationships are. We all want to be heard, and nobody wants to be bullied or pushed around. If we’re sure we have the answers, we can express our opinion with patience and kindness, and then ask for support. Others will be more interested in hearing our proposal if we’re considerate and open to their opinions as well. We are smart and capable, and with patience and grace, will accomplish all our goals.

Today if you’re sure you have the best idea for moving forward, share your thoughts with those around you and allow them to contribute. Be kind and open to other opinions and reach consensus that involves everyone. You are amazing and talented, and can accomplish anything you desire. Build connections as you move forward, and you will reach every destination. Nothing will stop you from achieving success.

A Little Longer

14 Apr

Life can be difficult and we may face very trying times. Our plans may fail, things may go wrong, we might be impacted by someone’s else’s bad decisions, or we may be held in place because of a difficult or dangerous situation. It can be exhausting to try to accomplish our goals when we’re stuck. We can try different things in an attempt to move forward, and we may make some headway but it may be very difficult. Getting to our desired destination may take far longer than we’re comfortable with and if we tire of the struggle, we may decide the goal isn’t worth all the effort, and simply give up. We may feel it’s too hard to keep pushing against the blockade and decide to quit. We can always change our plans and stop any journey we’re on, but if the goal is important to us and we still want it, we can hold on a little longer. Nothing in life is permanent, and no matter where we are or what’s going on, it will eventually change. No detour lasts forever, and when the situation modifies, the doors ahead will open again. While we wait, we can prepare for our next steps and be ready to jump forward when the storm passes. The way forward will still be there waiting for us. Lots of things may block us from time to time, and we may not be able to achieve our goals the way we first thought we would, but a different road can still take us to success. We are smart and capable, and can be patient enough to plan for the journey when it becomes available again. Nothing can keep us from our goals indefinitely. We will be able to move ahead and succeed. All our dreams are possible and with determination, and focus, we will make them ours.

We make lots of good decisions, and can often move forward as planned. But nobody is perfect, and if the information we have isn’t accurate, or we don’t have all the facts about the road ahead, we may get tangled up and lose our way. Change is constant, and we never know what will happen. We can’t always see the end of the road from the beginning, and sometimes things won’t go as planned. If we’re flexible and patient, no matter how convoluted or confusing things get, we will find the way ahead. The goal will be possible, and we will reach it.

Some goals take a long time to accomplish. If they are very complex, they may require a lot of planning and preparation. If we miss a step or something unexpected happens, we may find we have to change direction, or move in reverse to get back on track. There is no rush to reach success. We can take things as they come, and wisely choose our next move. Every goal is there for us, and we can trust ourselves to find the way forward. With patience and determination, we will prevail.

Today if the road you’ve been on is blocked, and you’re tired of struggling to reach a particular goal, decide what you want the most. You are strong and capable, and even if things get complicated and difficult, you can hold on a little longer. There isn’t anything out of reach. Choose your next steps carefully. Every dream is there for you, and nothing can keep you from success. Trust yourself. You know what you want, and you will have it.

Static

9 Apr

There’s a lot going on all around us all the time. There are people going here and there, talking about endless subjects, continual decisions being made, and lots of activity. We live in a world with billions of others and each has their own viewpoints and objectives, and make an impact wherever they are. Like static on a radio, the background actions and noise are constant, humming along no matter where we are or what we’re doing. If we tune into everything that’s happening and try to hear every word, it’ll be impossible to keep our eyes focused on our own goals. We don’t have to know what everyone else is doing or thinking in order to get ahead, and living our lives as a reflection of others is unlikely to bring us happiness. We can reach out when we need to and still keep our eyes focused on our own lives. If we get distracted by what others are doing, we may lose our footing for a time. There will always be another story and another event to pull us away from where we’re headed. We can get involved in anything we like, but if we want satisfying and fulfilling lives, it’s important to remember what our own dreams and desires are, and work on accomplishing them. True happiness will be ours when we do the things that are most important to us and take us where we most want to go. There will always be noise and distractions, and situations will pull on us and take us off track. But we’re in complete control of our lives, and can redirect our focus to our own personal journey. Life is an incredible gift. Creating the lives we truly desire will bring us great contentment. We can do anything, and all our dreams are possible.

Some people think they have the answers for everyone around them. They may try to instruct us about how they think we should live our lives. We can certainly listen to any advice we receive, but we can make our own choices. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We know what we want and have everything we need to achieve any goal we desire. We don’t need anyone else’s agreement to do whatever we choose. Every option is possible and we have everything we need to reach any success we seek.

There are unlimited opinions for everything we can imagine. They may be interesting but they aren’t necessarily based on fact or even reality. They’re just ideas formed by personal experience and interpretation. Everyone is entitled to their own perceptions but we don’t have to share them. There will always be lots of different possibilities and roads to travel, and we can choose our own. We can make any decisions we want, and live our lives according to our own personal preferences and choices.

Today if you’re being pulled in different directions because of all the noise and activity around you, remember where you want to end up. You are in control of your life and can do anything you desire. Focus on what you want the most, and move forward toward the goal. You are intelligent and amazing, and nothing is out of reach. Every goal is possible, and you can have the life you want the most. Step forward with confidence. You can make all your dreams come true.

Heavy Load

26 Mar

The things we must face change every day. There can be unexpected developments that suddenly alter the road ahead, and make it necessary for us to change our plans. When things don’t work out the way we thought they would, or something serious goes wrong, there may suddenly be more to carry than we planned on. Problems arise, details get in the way, and complications creep in that make the way forward, if not impossible, certainly more difficult than we want. We already have responsibilities and things we must attend to, and when there’s a change in the road ahead, it may make getting them done more difficult. Let’s say there’s a huge field covered with rocks and it’s our job to pick them all up and move them. All we have is a big bag to carry them in and each rock we pick up and add makes the load heavier. After a while, the bag may become too heavy to carry and we have to drag it behind us, until in the end, we can’t move. When lots of things go wrong and we have to navigate through, it’s like picking up rocks along the way and trying to manage them all. If we can’t solve the problems as they arise, we add them to the bag, until we get to a point where we can’t handle any more. But we never have to carry a load that’s too heavy for us. We don’t have to solve everything right away. We can carefully evaluate what we can do, and if we can’t resolve an issue right now, instead of carrying it along with us, we can set it aside for later. When our situation clears, we can go back to the issues waiting for us and begin to unravel them, one at a time. We can decide what’s most important, and let the others things wait. With patience and wisdom, we will make the best decisions moving forward, and reach the goals we most desire.

Lots of people have lots of opinions about the way things should go. They may tell us we should be able to handle more than we’re managing, or that we need to solve every problem as soon as it appears. They are entitled to their opinions, and even if they are important to them, it doesn’t mean they must be important to us. We don’t need agreement or permission to set our own course. We have all the intelligence and inspiration we need to find the way forward, and reach any destination.

There may be times when we must deal with a lot of complicated, difficult pieces to a hard situation. When there’s a lot going on it can be challenging to find the answers we need. If we step away from the fray and take some time to see the situation objectively, our vision will clear and we will see the road ahead. We are completely capable of handling anything that comes to us. There isn’t anything that can hold us back indefinitely. We can trust ourselves to find all the answers we need, and manage every situation competently, and move forward toward success.

Today if you’re dealing with a lot of complex and difficult issues and you’re confused and concerned about finding your way, step back and look at the situation openly. All the answers you need are already there for you. Let your vision clear and the road ahead will arise. You are incredible and strong, and will always find your way. Nothing is out of reach, and you will succeed.

Do It My Way

23 Mar

There are all kinds of people in the world and we all have our own opinions and ideas about how we think things should go. It’s nice to have different points of view and they may bring a broad spectrum of ideas that help us decide on the way forward. But with difference sometimes comes conflict. It’s one thing to be offered an opposing viewpoint, and quite another to have someone tell us we’re wrong and we need to do things their way. Some people are very sure they have the answers and if we aren’t following along, may try to force us to into compliance. If they don’t agree with the way we’re doing things, and they have authority over us, they may stop us and make us comply with their views. We are always in control of our lives, but there may be times when because of circumstance we have to follow someone else. It’s frustrating when we can’t chart our own course and hard to feel important if we feel we’re treated simply as minions. If we must submit to someone else’s plans, we may have to tread water for a time, but can still express ourselves and be open about our own ideas. Offering a suggestion may open the door to change and allow us more control as we move forward. We are smart and capable, and have a lot to offer. Everyone has something of value to share. Life is all about change and whatever situation we’re in now will eventually modify. When it does, we can choose the road we want to travel, and move ahead with clarity and confidence. Success will always be there for us, and we will achieve it.

Some people are very smart and know more than others about specific situations. If we’re working with them on something and they share information that helps, we can take advantage of their knowledge and expertise. Or we can thank them for their suggestion, and continue forward on our own road. Just because someone knows something doesn’t mean they have all the answers for us. We already know what we want and where we want to go. We can listen to any advice that’s offered and then choose the way ahead.

If we see someone struggling and have information that may help them, we may offer it. If we’re sure they’re headed in the wrong direction, we may suggest an alternate course but then we must let them choose for themselves. We’re all in control of our own lives, and may do anything we desire. We can choose the way forward, even if it’s different than what everyone else thinks we should do. We don’t need permission or agreement to do anything. By honoring that privilege in ourselves, and respecting it in others, we can decide on our next steps and move forward toward success.

Today if you see someone struggling and are sure you have the answers they need, you may offer any suggestion you like. Explain your point of view and then let them decide for themselves. We can all choose our own way and travel our own roads to get to any destination we desire. Chart your individual course and decide what you want. You are incredibly wise and capable, and nothing is beyond your reach. Every dream is possible. Step forward with confidence, and you will succeed.

Rescue

17 Mar

Every day we face new challenges and experiences. We never know what will happen next, and we may be taken by surprise when something completely unexpected comes. We’re strong and wise, and can manage our lives well, but we might face a time where what we’re facing is so daunting and unsettling, we aren’t sure how we’re going to get through. If the trial is extremely difficult and we’re pressed trying to figure out our next step, we may wish for someone to come along and rescue us. It’s natural to want someone else to take away what’s hurting or causing us struggle, and we can certainly wish for that, but most of the time it probably won’t happen. Our lives are completely our own responsibility, and we must face whatever is required of us. If the situation is more than we want to deal with, we can try to ignore it. Looking away may change our view, but it will never solve the problem. Every complication will wait in place until we turn back and face it. We have all the courage we need to look at everything openly. If we need help or advice to move forward, we can find it. The guidance and support we need will always be there for us. We can find all the answers we need and are resourceful enough, and smart enough, to resolve any situation before us, no matter how difficult or complicated it may be. We have already faced and conquered many problems and issues successfully. We can be self-reliant and continue to find our way. Nothing is too hard for us to manage, and we can be sure of success.

If we’re on a boat and fall overboard, someone may throw us a life saver. We can grab onto it and it will hold us up until we’re able to get back to safety. In our lives, if we fall into difficulty we may feel as if we’ve fallen overboard and struggle to stay afloat. If there is no one to save us, we may believe we’re doomed to fail. We’re in control of our lives, and our futures are never written in advance. We will never be in a situation where there is no way to get through. There will always be a way forward, and we can trust ourselves and be confident we will find it.

Nobody starts out with all the answers. Even if we’re very smart, we will never know everything. Confusing and complex times will come, unforeseen problems will arise, and we may feel overwhelmed and lost trying to figure out how to get through. We can take the time we need to see everything clearly, and then with patience and focus, decide on the best way forward. We can rely on our wisdom and experience to guide us and trust ourselves to prevail. Nothing is really out of reach. We can be sure we will find every answer we need.

Today if you’re facing a big challenge and there are a lot of unknown variables complicating the situation, remember how capable and wise you are. Everything may look unclear at first, but you have all the tools you need to find the way forward. Be confident and trust yourself. You are amazing and strong, and nothing can keep you from success. Step forward with clarity. Everything is possible, and you will win.

Everyone Else

27 Feb

We live in a time bombarded with information. With a single touch we can open ports to endless facts, opinions, and unlimited ideas about every possible subject. It’s good to be able to find data and clues when we need them, but it’s possible to get overloaded and distracted when there is so much available. We can read unending comments and opinions from people we don’t know and probably will never meet, and if we want to, could spend all our time learning about everyone else’s ideas and thoughts. If we constantly tune into what others are saying, and spend our time reading about what they think and what they’re doing, it may leave little time for us to actually live our own lives. We can’t be in two places at the same time. If we spend hours reading about others and their lives, we lose the opportunity to get up and live our own. We can’t focus on our own personal desires and goals while we’re reading about someone else’s. Our lives are important and priceless, and deserve our attention. There are endless goals we can achieve, and incredible destinations waiting for us. We can take control, monitor our time with everyone else, and ensure we do what’s most important to us. We can have the lives we dream about if we plan for them and then do what is needed to achieve them. Instead of focusing on all the interesting things others are doing, we can turn our sights forward toward the goals we most want to achieve. There is great happiness ahead and nothing can hold us in place. All our dreams are possible and we can do anything.

Notoriety can give a false sense of importance. Just because someone is well-known or famous doesn’t necessarily mean their opinions and ideas are germane to our lives. Everyone has their own version of how they think life should go, and there is not one perfect way to live. A big microphone allows people to share their voice with many others, but it doesn’t mean they have all the answers. We can listen to any advice given, and then choose our own way forward. We know what we want and where we want to go. We can trust ourselves to find the best road ahead toward the destinations we desire most.

Our personal perceptions of life reflect the experiences we’ve had and the understanding we’ve gained about the world around us. Therefore, one person’s interpretation about how things are will be different from someone else’s. Differences don’t mean one is right and one is wrong. There are endless ways to view the same ideas and situations. All have value, and express our individualism. We can choose the kind of lives we want, and then make decisions that bring them to us. Every opportunity is there for us, and everything is possible. We can go anywhere and do anything, and with determination will reach success.

Today if you’ve been listening to everyone else’s ideas about what you should do and how you should live, trust yourself. You already know what you want, and have everything you need to achieve it. Every road is there for you and you can do anything. Decide what you want, and then go get it. Success is waiting, and you will reach it.