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Fated

3 May

Every day we make lots of decisions. We can never read the future, and although we try to choose well, there will be times in everyone’s life when things don’t work out. We may take a wrong turn and end up far from where we want to be, we might choose something that hurts us or those around us, or we may make a decision that makes our lives miserable. We all know when we’re on the wrong road, but because of circumstances, we might not immediately turn around and redirect our course. Life is complicated and if we’re tangled up in a situation with others it may be difficult to free ourselves and walk away. If we continue forward and it turns out we made a disastrous decision, we will pay the price, whatever that may be. We may lose friends, disappoint family, hurt those we care about, or damage our credibility. We can never change the past, but where we’ve been cannot define what we can become. We aren’t fated to failure because we’ve made a mistake. Our lives are in our control and when we’re ready to change direction and start again, we can. Nothing can keep us on a journey we don’t want to make. When we’re ready to change, we can stop where we are, look at all the options possible and choose the best road moving forward. Our past mistakes are not indelible ink, permanently tattooed on us. We can repair damage from a bad decision, rebuild relationships and forge ahead. It doesn’t matter what’s behind us. What counts is what lies ahead and how we move forward. There is great success waiting, and we can do what is needed to reach it. No goal or destination is too far or too difficult to achieve. We can change anything at any time and move toward the lives we want the most. What’s gone is gone, and the future is ours to design. Nothing can keep us from anything we desire, and we will succeed.

There are people all around us most of the time, and when we falter, chances are others will notice. Some may simply see what’s happened and move on. Others may hold onto it and try to use it to hold us in place. They may remind us of where we went wrong in the past, and continually bring up our shortcomings. Nobody is perfect and we all have things we need to work on. There is nothing to be gained by constantly rehashing past mistakes. By learning as much as possible from where we’ve been, we can take that knowledge with us to help us as we move forward.

Personal pain can be very difficult to overcome. If we’ve gotten hurt badly by a choice that tilted us in the wrong direction, it can be hard to let go of the disappointment. We may think we should have known better, but nobody can see the end of the road from the beginning. We are intelligent and can trust ourselves to make the best choices moving forward. We can have faith that no matter what comes, we will prevail.

Today if you’re struggling over a mistake you made in the past, and it’s holding you down, think about all the things you’ve done well. You are good at many things and nothing can keep you from success. Trust yourself and step forward with confidence. All your dreams are ready and waiting. There is great success ahead, and you will reach it.

Now What?

30 Apr

Life is full of surprises. It would be great if they were all happy events like an unexpected party, found treasure or an unforeseen promotion, but we don’t live in fantasy land and sometimes the surprises that come are unwelcome and difficult. Our whole world may be turned upside down in a moment and everything we depended on and thought would happen may go up in smoke. The road we were happily pushing forward on may disappear, and the rug may be pulled out from under us. “Now what?” we may wonder. How are we going to proceed when the way ahead is gone and we are standing alone, bereft, and confused? We may struggle to see through dark, difficult days, and believe life will never be good again. It may seem as if everything is over, this is it, and we are done, but that will never be the case. We may be dumbfounded and feel lost, and unsure how to proceed. Hard times will undoubtedly come to us all, and our worst dreams may materialize before our eyes. It doesn’t matter what goes wrong, it doesn’t matter how bad the situation gets, and it doesn’t matter if at first, we can’t see any way out. The answers will be there for us. We are intelligent and highly capable, and we’ll find them. There are limitless roads to every destination. If the bottom falls out of our plans, we can make new ones. If we can’t move forward where we were, we can adjust our course and start again. Nothing is powerful enough to end our progression or hold us down forever. Nothing. Every single dream is still there for us, and we can reach them. We already have all the courage and wisdom we need to do anything we desire. We can stand firm, look at all the possibilities and then decide how we want to proceed. Storms will come, and dark clouds may press, but they cannot continue indefinitely. With patience and determination, we will find our way through and reach success.

Everybody stumbles from time to time, and we’ll all face challenges that try us and push us against our limits. Rome wasn’t built in a day and we don’t have to solve everything right away. We can take a break when we need it, and as our minds rest, new answers will appear. Everything we need to succeed is there for us. We can step forward with clarity and be confident we will prevail.

When we’ve been enduring a difficult situation for a while, and no matter what we do it continues, we may believe it will never end and we are doomed. Change is constant, but it isn’t always immediate. Nothing can stay the same forever, and we have everything we need to endure and manage whatever we must until our situation resolves. We are strong enough to handle any issue or problem, and will find our way through.

Today if you’re going through a difficult challenge and are struggling to find the way forward, trust yourself. You are smarter and more powerful than you imagine. Decide what you want, and step forward on the road that will take you there. Nothing can overcome you. Every success and every dream are possible, and they will be yours.

Whisper

21 Apr

Difficult challenges and trials are a natural part of our experiences here on earth. Nobody gets a continually charmed life where everything always goes well, and they never suffer. There are ups and downs in every life, hard times and easy times, and we may face extreme and serious problems. When trouble comes, and we feel pushed to the limit and unsure we can endure another moment we may believe we are doomed, and failure is inevitable. In those moments, even if we’re convinced we will not survive, there will be a tiny whisper in the back of our minds that tells us we can take another step. It may be small and quiet, but it will be there, always ready to comfort and cajole us to keep trying. No matter how sure we are of imminent disaster, there will always be the possibility of success. Even if it’s dark and the clouds above us are black and threatening, even if the wind is punishing and it’s hard to see, the road will still be there for us beckoning us forward. There isn’t anything powerful enough to hold us in place forever. We may need to stop and take a breath, we might need to rest and regroup, but with determination and focus, no matter how hard the journey is, we can prevail. Hard times will come, and we will surely be tested. We may have no idea at the beginning how we will get through, but we don’t have to see the end of the road to trust that it’s there for us. We can take one small step forward, and then take another. As we unravel each complication, we will get stronger and the road ahead will open a little more. In time, however long that takes, we will get through and the sun will shine on us once again. Every problem has a solution and every trial will end. No storm can last forever. We are stronger and more courageous than we think we are, and nothing, absolutely nothing, can overcome us. By trusting ourselves and believing we will prevail, we will succeed.

Some people delight in the suffering of others. They may laugh when we fall down, and ridicule us because we’re struggling to work through something difficult. It’s hard to understand what their motivation is, but their words mean nothing. Support from those around us is certainly beneficial when we’re trying to overcome a hard challenge, but if we don’t have it, we can manage whatever comes on our own. Every answer is already there for us, and with patience and determination we will find the way ahead.

We may face a situation that takes a long time to resolve. No matter what we do, we may not be able to improve things quickly. It’s hard to endure suffering for a long time, and we may grow weary. We can always give up and walk away, letting go of whatever it is we’re trying to accomplish, but turning away from success will never bring it to us. If we need to rest, we can, and then start again when we’re ready. Every single destination is there for us, and we have everything we need to win.

Today if you’re facing a big challenge, and aren’t sure how you can survive, trust yourself. You are stronger and more powerful than you imagine. Listen to that whisper that says you can prevail. Be confident and stand strong. Take one step forward and stay focused the road ahead. Every success is waiting, and you will reach it.

Singing

13 Apr

Life is full of unexpected developments.  We never know what will happen next and we may be sailing along, everything going fine, when suddenly something changes, and we’re smack up against a huge hill we must overcome.  Even if we’re strong and ready for a challenge, climbing isn’t easy.  It takes strength, determination, and endurance.  As we struggle to push ourselves ahead and reach the next plateau, we may feel overwhelmed and exhausted.  We may grumble and complain, despairing at how hard the journey is.  We may obsess over every negative complication and be completely miserable, wondering why this had to happen to us.  We will all go through hard times, and it’s not easy to face a huge hill, but our attitude as we climb will either help us or make the journey harder.  It cannot change the size of the hill, but it will change how we feel as we step forward and how we process problems as they arise.  We can complain as we push on or we can choose to sing.  The climb will be the same either way, but how we see it may be dramatically different.  If we sing and remain open to whatever the road brings us, we may uncover answers we couldn’t see before.  Life can be hard, and we may face serious and complex problems that try us and push us to our limits.  We can’t control what will come to us, but we can control how we manage it.  By focusing on what is going well and choosing to be positive, we will be able to more effectively handle any complication or problem that arises.  We are more capable and powerful than we imagine, and nothing is strong enough to overcome us.  Every single answer is there for us and with determination and focus we will uncover them all.  Life is full of challenges, but it is also filled with blessings.  If we focus on being the best we can be, every door will open.

Change is constant and nothing stays the same forever.  When we’re suffering, and the trial has continued for a long time, it may seem the pain will never end.  Life may seem dreary and we may feel hopeless that anything will ever improve.  But nothing is permanent and in time, no matter what we’re going through, everything will change.  The sky will open, the clouds will clear, and finally, the sun will break through.  No storm can last forever, and we will prevail.

Although every situation is different and unique, problems and complications may appear.  We can focus on what isn’t working or what may go wrong and allow the possibility of trouble to hold us in place.  No road is completely paved and clear.  There will always be some obstacle to overcome.  It doesn’t matter what goes wrong or stands in our way.  We are intelligent and will uncover whatever answers we need to get through.  Every destination is there for us, and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if you’re facing a huge challenge and feel overwhelmed and discouraged, remember all the times you’ve already overcome difficulty and prevailed.  You are amazing and can do anything you desire.  Set your sights on the destination and start singing.  Nothing can keep you from success, and you will win. 

New Roads

8 Apr

Nothing is permanent in life and change is constant. We go through many different passages and each day brings something new. As we develop and grow, our preferences and desires modify. What was important and captivating in the past may no longer interest us, and we may step forward onto something new. Opening new doors is exciting, but it also means we’re leaving where we were behind. We may change our jobs, our location, relationships, personal associations, or anything else in our lives at any time. If there is contention, it may be easier to walk away and not look back, but if we’re happy where we are but our focus has changed, and we want to go in a new direction, it may be painful to let go and move on. Nothing can stay the same forever, but that doesn’t always make the transition from one road to another easy. Even if we know we’re making the best choice for us, leaving what is familiar can be difficult. We all want to be comfortable but it’s impossible to experience something new by staying in the same place. The world is filled with opportunities and possibilities. There isn’t anything we can’t do if we’re willing to step away from where we are onto a new road. We have all the courage and wisdom to accomplish any goal and reach any destination, but if we want to move forward, we must be willing to let go of where we are. Our lives are ours to design and nothing is out of reach. By trusting ourselves, deciding what we want the most, and then doing what is needed to make it ours, we will gain great satisfaction and happiness. Everything is possible. Every dream can be ours. We can step forward with confidence and clarity and move toward the lives we desire. The whole world is there for us, and we will succeed.

Routines are comfortable. When we do basically the same things every day, we know what to expect and it’s easy to continue. We can keep the same jobs, live in the same place, and follow the same patterns we’re accustomed to for as long as we like. But if we yearn for more and want something new, we must be willing to step onto a new road. Foreign territory can be intimidating, but it’s only foreign until we make it ours. We know what we want, and by stretching beyond where we are, we can reach any goal we desire.

There are no guarantees in life, but some things are predictable. If we do the same things over and over again, nothing will change. Trying something new can be uncomfortable at first, and we may be unsure we can succeed. The first step may be tremulous, but each successful step forward will bring more confidence and determination. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we continue forward and keep our eyes on the goal. Every gift is possible, and we have everything we need to succeed.

Today if you want to try something new but are unsure, trust yourself. You are stronger and more powerful than you imagine. There is greatness in you, and you can accomplish anything. Step onto a new road and move toward the goal. Every single dream is possible, and you will make them yours.