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Tea Leaves

19 May

Every day we make lots of decisions, and each choice for good or bad, changes something. Some things go exactly the way we want them to, but that doesn’t always happen. We are capable of achieving many successes in our lives, but chances are we’re also going to experience some failures. If we’ve taken a wrong turn and fallen hard, and everything has gone haywire, we may struggle to figure out what to do to straighten our course. Nobody is perfect and there is no way to see the end of any road at the beginning. We’re all going to face failure at some point but that will never be the end of the journey. Some people may criticize, pointing out our failures as proof that we will never succeed at anything. They may believe the past will predict the future, but a previous disaster doesn’t mean nothing will ever go right again. Being superstitious, reading tea leaves to see the future, or believing previous mistakes will hold us down forever is just fiction. Like any good book of fiction, once we put it down, it can be forgotten. No matter what’s already happened, we can trust ourselves to do anything we like. Success will always be possible, and with persistence and focus, nothing is out of reach. We can always find the way forward, and achieve any goal. We are more powerful and wiser than we think we are, and can accomplish anything we desire.

Life is a constant process of learning. Everything we do teaches us something, and when things go wrong we learn what doesn’t work. If we learn all we can from each experience, and take that knowledge forward with us, it will increase our ability to understand the world more clearly and see the road ahead. There will always be countless complications and unforeseen developments that take us by surprise and upend our plans. Change is constant, and when the way forward turns or gets blocked, we can step back, look at everything objectively and choose the best options to proceed. Problems may come but that can’t stop us from reaching success. We are intelligent and wise, and will prevail.

Our personal behaviors may be an asset or a liability depending on what we express. If we have a quick temper and are easily angered, it may be harder to see solutions when things go wrong. If we’re vindictive and judgmental, it may be difficult to get agreement and support from those around us. We can pave the road ahead with wisdom and clarity, or complicate it by making choices that hold us back. We are all responsible for our own lives, and the decisions we make will either move us forward, or create obstacles. We know what we want and can do anything we choose. By being wise and thoughtful and doing what is needed to move ahead, every success will be possible.

Today if you think a past failure will prevent you from gaining success, stop and think again. Learn everything you can from what’s already happened and step forward with confidence. The past can never predict the future, and every goal is within reach. Decide what you want the most and begin the journey to make it yours. You are strong and wise, and nothing is out of reach. Every happiness is there for you, and you will reach them all.

Lots of Rocks

13 May

When there is a field we want to plant, before we can start anything we must first take a good look at what’s on and in the ground. There may be lots of rocks that will prevent us from planting, and we may need to go through and remove them. If the terrain is very rough we may have large boulders that must be taken away and tons of smaller but unworkable stones that must be removed. It may be a long and hard process to get them all moved off before we can begin tilling up the soil and planting. In our lives we may have many plans for things we want to do, but just like in that field, before we can begin we’ll have to make sure whatever is standing in the way is moved aside or we can find a way around it. It’s impossible to move forward if there’s an obstacle in our path blocking our way. Some goals come easily and the road to success is clear and open, but others take more time and planning to resolve problems and complications. There may be lots of rocks, but we are intelligent and highly capable and can find our way around anything we must. Every goal is possible but they won’t all come easily. If we’re committed and determined, there isn’t anything we can’t overcome and move through to get to the destination. We can be confident that we will find all the answers we need, and trust ourselves to figure out whatever comes. Every success is possible and with focus and clarity we can reach every goal.

We’ve all heard the story about the magic lamp and the genie who will grant us our wishes. But this is real life and sadly, there are no real genies. We can wish and hope for lots of things, but wishing and hoping will never bring them to us. Daydreaming about what could be will not change our situation. We are in control of our lives, and if there’s something we want we can achieve it but we’ll have to do what is needed to make it ours. It may take a lot of time and effort, it may be harder than we thought at the beginning, and the road may be long and difficult. But success will always be possible and we can achieve anything we desire.

Life is fickle and change is constant. We may try to accomplish something that seems to get harder instead of easier as we move along. There may be constant problems and seemingly endless complications, but anything worth having is worth working for. We are stronger and more powerful than we think we are. Nothing is too difficult or complex for us to figure out and if we need help we can get it. Every single dream is possible, and if we continue to step forward undaunted, we will succeed.

Today if there are a lot of obstacles blocking your way forward, do not despair. You are amazing, wise and powerful. The road may be long and complex, but you have everything you need to succeed. Trust yourself. Every goal and destination are waiting. Stand strong and step forward with confidence and clarity. Nothing is too difficult for you to overcome and you will prevail.

Shoulda Woulda…

5 May

Everyone’s experiences in life are different. We make our decisions and choices based on what we’ve learned, what we want, and how we feel. Some things go exactly the way we expected, and others, not so much. Most of the time we try hard to choose the best path moving forward. We don’t know what we don’t know and there is no way to have every single fact about every single situation. We must work with what we have and deal with the consequences. If we’ve had a stumble and something we did blew up in our faces, there may be others around us willing to give us their opinions about what happened. They may tell us we should have done this or that differently, or maybe if we’d asked them they would have had all the answers. Uh huh, sure. It’s very easy to armchair quarterback and see everything clearly after the fact. We can look back with all the knowledge we now possess and see where we made the wrong turn, but using insight and knowledge we didn’t have at the beginning to judge our actions is a fool’s game. It’s always easy to see the road after we’ve traveled it, but there is no way to see the end at the start. No matter what’s happened, we don’t need to demean ourselves thinking we should have done things differently. We can learn from what’s happened, and take all that knowledge forward to help us in the future. What’s done is done and there is no way to change the past. We are intelligent and completely capable of making excellent choices. By trusting our own personal wisdom and doing everything we can to move ahead with clarity, we will reach success. Nothing is permanent and we have everything we need to do anything we desire.

Most of us have met someone who thinks they know everything. They tell others what they should do, where they should go, how they should dress, and everything else they have an opinion about. We can certainly take any advice we’re offered, but we know who we are and what we want. We can listen to suggestions and then move forward according to our own desires and decisions. There isn’t anything we can’t manage or figure out, and with patience and focus, we can achieve every goal.

When things go wrong, someone may tell us if we’d only done it their way everything would have worked out. Maybe they think they have more insight into our personal lives than we do, which frankly is impossible. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. If something goes wrong, it’s not the end of the road or the end of our journey. Mistakes are just detours that tell us what doesn’t work, which is valuable information. We can stand strong and step forward with confidence, continuing on to success.

Today if your plans have gone awry and didn’t work out, do not despair. Learn everything you can from the experience, and take all the wisdom and insight you’ve gained forward with you. You are amazing and have greatness inside you. Trust yourself and be confident. Nothing is out of reach and every destination is waiting. Step forward and make them yours.

Broken Apart

19 Apr

Everyone wants an easy life filled with fun, and smooth sailing. We all love the good times when everything goes well and we have no worries or concerns. When nothing is too hard or overwhelming and the sun is shining on us, we feel invigorated and happy. But life isn’t constant and nothing stays the same forever. There are always things going on we can’t see or anticipate, and trouble eventually comes to us all. There may be something that is so painful and extreme, what we have to face may make us feel broken inside and unable to stand. There’s so much heartache and distress, we may think we can’t survive. Our strength may be pushed to the limit, our patience may fade, and we may be exhausted trying to get through. If there is no end in sight, and the road forward seems endless, we may be sure of defeat and think of simply surrendering and giving up. A broken bone cannot tolerate any weight. It will hang useless and dangling. But if we correct its alignment and build a cast around it for support, in time it will heal, and thereafter be even stronger than it was before the break. We are the same way. Hard times will come and we will surely be tested, sometimes beyond what we believe we can tolerate. But with faith and determination, we can hold things steady, learning as we go and gaining the tools we need to correct the situation and continue forward. All the lessons we learn as we heal will go forward with us, making us stronger and wiser. Being broken apart is difficult and painful, but we have everything we need to find every answer and prevail. Nothing can hold us in place forever. We are strong and powerful, and every success is there for us.

Some problems take a long time to resolve. They may take years to process, and we feel the weight of them at every moment. We will find all the answers we need, but they won’t all come right away. We can take things one step at a time, unraveling one piece, and then move on to the next. It’s like eating an elephant – it can’t be done all at once. It’s hard to be patient when there are lots of complications and details that make our journey slow and arduous, but every goal is possible. By keeping our eyes focused on the road ahead, with patience and clarity, we will prevail.

If there’s something about ourselves we’ve tried over and over to change – we want to lose weight, or be more patient, or let go of a bad habit – and still we hold onto it, we may begin to believe we cannot succeed. We may think there’s something inside us that’s broken we can’t fix. That will never be true. We’re in control of our lives, and when we’re ready, nothing can keep us from success. Once we decide what we want the most, we can step forward with confidence and do what is necessary to make it ours.

Today if you feel broken apart because of something you’re facing or a situation you don’t think you can manage, trust yourself. You are far stronger and more powerful than you think you are. There isn’t anything you can’t handle. Be confident and sure of success. There is greatness in you and nothing can keep you from anything you desire. Everything is possible and all your dreams are waiting. Step forward and claim them.

Standing Around and Waiting

11 Mar

There are endless things we can do, unlimited places we could go, and limitless things we may accomplish. Opportunities are possible no matter where we are or what’s happening. Nobody lives in a vacuum and there will always be another road to travel. Everyone wants an easy life filled with pleasure, wealth and comfort. If we won the birth lottery, we may have been born into circumstances that provide that, but those examples are few and far between. So if that’s not the case, we’ll be responsible for creating the lives we want the most. We already know what we want, and we can dream and think about how great it will be when we get to the goal. But if all we do is stand around and wait for it to arrive, we will be sorely disappointed. The chances of us getting everything we desire simply by wishing for it is far less than the chances of us winning the lottery jackpot. It’s not going to happen. Waiting for luck is a fool’s game, and if that’s all we’re willing to do, we’ll likely end up with what we have now and nothing more. But if we’re willing to plan for success, and then do everything necessary to make it ours, we can make our dreams come true. We are capable of far more than we may imagine and when we’re ready can begin forward toward whatever we desire. Nothing is off limits and everything is possible. We need only decide what we want, and then begin forward to make it ours. Nothing is powerful enough to hold us in place but our own choices. If we want something more, we can have it. By trusting ourselves, and being willing to push forward no matter what comes, we will reach every destination and find great satisfaction and happiness. We deserve the best of everything, and with determination and focus, can make it ours.

Mediocrity is easy to achieve. We can go with the flow, keep our heads down and do the same things over and over again for as long as we like. We can have a simple, easy life that doesn’t inspire us but is good enough to get by. Choosing that is like always having vanilla ice cream and never trying anything else. Vanilla is fine, and we know what to expect, but there are many other flavors, and great refreshment and excitement come when we try something new. It can be scary to step away from what we know, but we are strong and wise, and will find every answer we need as we move ahead. There is great reward waiting when we choose to move toward a new horizon. The whole world is there for us, and we can do anything.

Some people are intimidated by change and may encourage us to be happy with what we have. They are comfortable with things as they are and think we should be too. We can take any advice we like, but our lives belong solely to us, and we can design them any way we like. We don’t need agreement or permission to move in a new direction, and can pursue any goal or destination we choose. There is no way to know what we can accomplish until we try. Every single goal is possible and every road is waiting. By choosing what we want most and stepping forward with confidence and clarity, we will prevail and find incredible reward.

Today if you’ve been waiting for your life to change, decide what you want the most and make a plan to achieve it. Trust yourself and take the first step forward. You are wise and powerful and have everything you need to do anything you desire. Be clear and confident. Every dream is possible, and nothing can keep you from success. You can have the life you dream of and find great satisfaction. Nothing can keep you in place, and you will succeed.