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Forever Different

26 Aug

Life is filled with all kinds of experiences. We never know what tomorrow will bring or what will happen next. When things are going well and we feel happy and settled, it’s easy to keep moving ahead and focus on our goals. But life is fickle, and just when it seems the way ahead will be smooth and unobstructed, something may happen that changes everything. When the road turns, people let us down, destinations suddenly disappear, or anything else comes that turns our world upside down, we may be confused and unsure about how to proceed. Everything we experience changes us in some way. If we must face a very difficult and extreme situation that is painful and intense, we may learn many hard lessons and be forever different than we were before. When everything is fine, we may wish nothing would change, but it’s impossible to keep our lives the same indefinitely. Trouble will come to all of us, and nobody gets a free pass from hardship or heartbreak. When we’re suffering and miserable, pushing against a strong and challenging wind, it’s hard to see how it’s benefiting us, but trials and tribulations teach us about ourselves and the world around us. Looking back, we’ll realize we are much stronger than we thought we were, and more capable than we imagined. When the contest is over, we’ll know more than we knew before, and have greater insight for moving ahead. Life is full of challenges and tests. We can trust ourselves to face whatever comes, and have faith that no matter how hard things get, or how convoluted the problems become, we will find our way. Nothing is strong enough to overcome us. We have all we need to succeed.

When we’re young and think about our lives, we may dream about how wonderful it will be. We’ll be happy, everything will go well, and all our wishes will come true. Nobody dreams about a life with problems and trouble, but we’ll likely have times when nothing works out, and we get stuck. There is no genie waiting to grant our wishes, and what comes, will come. We are intelligent and wise, and can trust ourselves that if the bottom falls out, we’ll be able to find the answers we need, and reach success. Every dream we desire is possible, and we can reach them.

There is no one perfect way to live life. As we grow and learn more each day, our ideas about what we want to do, and where we want to go may change. Each experience brings us more information, and as we move forward, we refine where we’re headed. We can design our lives any way we like, and when we’re ready, can always start on a new journey. All our dreams are out there waiting for us. We can step forward with confidence, and make them ours.

Today if you’ve changed and want to modify your direction, decide what you want most and reset your course. Every destination is there for you. You have learned so much and you know what you want. There’s isn’t anything you can’t do, and nothing is too difficult for you to accomplish. Be sure and confident. Every dream is possible, and you will succeed.

Fresh Air

10 Aug

There are endless things we can accomplish as we move through our lives. The world is huge and there are millions of places to visit and much to see. Although there is lots of opportunity to do anything we want, we have responsibilities, and ties where we are may be hard to break. It’s easy to get into a routine of doing the same things every day and forget that there are unlimited experiences waiting for us. Our jobs, our families, our friends, and all that goes with them give us a great foundation, but they can also hold us in place. We can design our lives any way we like, and if we’re comfortable and content staying where we are, we can. But we are in control and if we want something more, it’s there for us. If we’re in a room that gets stuffy and close, we can open a door and let fresh air in. The same is true in our personal lives. If we’re in a rut and are ready from something different, we need only open a new door and let fresh, inviting new experiences into our lives. There are unlimited things we can do and places we can go. We are the only ones who can keep us from the lives we desire most. Once we decide what we really want, and then commit to doing what it takes to make it ours, we can do anything. Every single dream is possible and nothing is out of reach. The lives we fantasize about and wish for can be ours. There are lots of doors and endless roads to travel. We have all the courage and wisdom needed to do whatever we desire. We can take care of our needs, be responsible, and still move toward what we want. It’s all there for us. We need only step forward, and make it ours.

Tradition is powerful and if our families have done things a specific way for a long time, they may not be supportive if we want to change. Routines make life easy – we know what to do and pretty much know what to expect. Just because something has been done the same way for a while, doesn’t mean we must continue doing it. We are never restricted to any behavior or pattern. When we’re ready to move on to something new, the road will be there for us. Our lives belong to us, and we can live them any way we like. Every door can be opened, and we can find great happiness and success.

Nobody can read the future and it’s hard to see what lies ahead. Stepping toward a new goal may take us into foreign territory. When everything is new and unknown, we may feel unsure at first. But with each step forward, we will gain more confidence, and with determination, if we stay the course, we’ll reach the prize. We are stronger and more capable than we imagine. There isn’t anything powerful enough to keep us from what we want. We can trust ourselves, and go anywhere we desire.

Today if you’re ready to open a new door, decide what you want and take the first step. There are unlimited destinations waiting for you and you have everything you need to reach them. Trust yourself and be confident. There isn’t anything you can’t accomplish. Nothing can hold you in place, and you can have the life you desire. Every dream is possible, and with courage and determination, you will make them yours.

Rubber Hammer

22 Jun

Every day brings us something new, and with each step we learn more about ourselves and the world around us. It isn’t always a picnic, and we will all face trials and problems that need to be solved. As we work through each issue, we gain additional insight and understanding. We might find ourselves in a situation where we can’t make any headway, and move forward. It might be because we haven’t yet gotten all the information we need to solve the issue, or it could be that we don’t currently have the tools we need to get the job done. If we have to pound a big nail into a hard piece of wood, a good strong hammer will help us accomplish it. But what if the only hammer we have is made of rubber? A hammer is a hammer right? Rubber isn’t steel, but it seems like it would work eventually, so we pound away and pound away, and make minuscule progress, but success is far away. We could stay in place and work the problem indefinitely with the tool we have, or we could get a better hammer. A heavy, steel hammer would enable us to complete the task quickly and easily, and move on to something new. Sometimes all we have to do to reach success is get a better tool. But if we like the tool we’re using, are attached to where we are and what we’re doing, and are concerned about making any changes, we may end up pounding away indefinitely, hoping what we already possess will be enough. Life can be hard and the choices we make will either make it easier or more difficult. Having a rubber hammer when we need a steel one won’t help us advance. We are intelligent and can look at every situation objectively and see what we need to reach success. By choosing the tools that help us move forward, and working hard to get to the goal, we will succeed.

When we set out to complete a goal, we design our way forward and choose the method and road we desire. We try to choose well, but we might find the road we’ve chosen has a lot of detours, switchbacks, and roadblocks. We’re moving forward but the pace is very slow and cumbersome. If we’re very attached to the original idea, we might hold on hoping that even though there is no indication of change, somehow, it’ll eventually work. Like hammering in a nail with a rubber hammer. Every goal is possible and we can be flexible enough to alter our plans if needed. Nothing can keep us from success when we’re ready to move, and we will prevail.

Everyone wants a life of ease and comfort. Being comfortable in our choices is important, but an easy road won’t always move us ahead. If we aren’t advancing, we can stop and look at all the possibilities. There will always be another option and we can choose the one that will take us to our destination. Every single goal is there for us and all our dreams are possible. We have everything we need to find our way forward, and reach success.

Today if you’re stuck and aren’t moving forward, look at all the options available. There are many roads to every goal. Choose the one that will take you to success, and step forward with confidence. You are powerful and wise, and can accomplish anything you desire. Trust yourself. Every dream is there for you, and you will succeed.

One Small Victory

8 Jun

We can do anything we want to do. We can live our lives any way we want and go anywhere. If we’re happy, we can keep things the way they are, or if we’re not happy, can change anything we like. Change is always possible but it won’t just happen because we want it. We have to stop doing something and start doing something else. It sounds easy but it isn’t always simple. Changing our behaviors takes diligence and constancy. If we really want to change, we have to dedicate ourselves to the new behavior and stick to it, over and over again, until it replaces the behavior we want to lose. Deciding we want to change is only the first step. After we’ve made the decision, the work must begin. It will take focus and time, and like turning a ship, instead of taking one big step that changes everything, we may have to take many small steps to get to success. Today we may make one decision that brings us one small victory that moves us closer to the destination. If we want to lose weight, today we may turn down a second helping. If we want to be more fit, we might take the stairs today instead of the elevator. Small victories may seem insignificant when looking at the big picture, but they add up and bring us greater confidence to do even more. Every step forward, no matter how small, is a win. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and change won’t happen overnight, but with diligence and focus, we can do anything. One small step forward each day will take us to success. Nothing is too difficult for us to accomplish, and with persistence and determination, we can have the lives we want the most.

Learning a foreign language takes a lot of effort. We must learn a new vocabulary, figure out how to put together sentences, and pronounce new words. Even if we’re highly motivated and intensely interested, fluency won’t happen quickly. It will require hours of dedicated practice, and patience. Today we may only memorize a few new words and just begin to understand the correct syntax, but tomorrow we’ll do a little more, and in time, if we stick to it, we’ll succeed. Each small step will take us closer to the goal, and we will reach success.

The road to some destinations is short and we can reach them quickly. It’s nice to claim the prize at the end, and we all want to succeed. But some roads are long, and difficult, and take more time than we imagined at the beginning. If the goal is important, we can stay the course and trust ourselves to prevail. If not, we can let it go, and work on something else. We decide what we’ll accomplish and what we want to do. When we’re focused on something we desire, every single movement in the right direction takes us closer to the goal. Some days we’ll go far.  Other days, it may seem we’re standing still, but as long as we stay on the road, we are winning.

Today if you’re working toward a goal but it seems you can only move a tiny bit closer each day, trust yourself. Every step ahead, no matter how small, is a victory that moves you forward. You are amazing and can accomplish anything. Be confident and keep your eyes focused on the road ahead. Nothing is beyond your reach, and every step takes you closer. Stay on course, and you will succeed.

Not Me

7 Feb

Nobody is perfect and although we try to always make good decisions and choose well, sometimes we’re going to make mistakes. It’s the normal course of life. We might decide to do something that seems good at the beginning but turns into a complete mess, screwing up our lives and anyone else involved. It happens to everyone and nobody is exempt. We’re going to go the wrong way from time to time, and what we do after that will determine what happens next. When the bottom falls out and we’re left holding the bag, we can try to deflect the blame onto someone else. We could say it wasn’t us, we weren’t involved, nobody told us about it, and a million other excuses that won’t change anything. Pushing the blame for something we’ve done onto someone else will never help, and will reflect badly on us going forward. Many times, everyone already knows who was involved when things go wrong. Pretending to be invisible or making sure we’re somewhere else when it all hits the fan won’t fix anything. We’re accountable for everything we do and every decision we make. Hiding, deflecting, pretending or trying to dodge our involvement will only delay the inevitable. It’s far better, no matter how bad things are, to stand tall and admit our involvement. It’s only a mistake, not the end of the world. Nothing is permanent and no matter what’s happened there will be a way to correct our course. We are intelligent and can find the way forward no matter how convoluted the situation may seem. With confidence and courage, we can address any misstep and make whatever changes are needed to point us in the right direction. Every destination is possible and we will find the way ahead.

It’s impossible to know everything about everything. When we’re making decisions, there may be something we can’t see or some fact we don’t know about. We can only use the information available to us at any time, and if we discover later there is more to the story that affects the way forward negatively, we can modify our plans. If we’re flexible and open, we can still find our way to the goal despite any complications. Life is filled with possibilities and there will always be another way ahead. With focus and planning, we can reach any destination we desire.

There may be times when we might be blamed for something we didn’t do. It’s difficult to feel the scorn of others for something we’re not responsible for and we may certainly stand up for ourselves and protest our innocence. If doubt still remains, we can continue forward making the best choices possible, and in time, truth will prevail. We can make excellent decisions that show the world who we are, and that take us where we want to go and help us achieve our most valued goals. We are strong and powerful, and we will prevail.

Today if things have gone wrong from a decision you’ve made, own your part and do what is needed to correct the situation. Mistakes happen and you can change direction. Look at everything openly and decide on the best course of action. You are wise and intelligent, and all the answers are there for you. Trust yourself. You will prevail.