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Over and Over Again

11 Feb

Everyone makes their own decisions. If we think about our actions before we make them and don’t simply react to what’s going on around us, we have a better shot at choosing things that will move us forward. We all have the right to choose anything we like but we only have control over ourselves. Others may do what they will, and we cannot prevent their choices from affecting us. If someone hurts us, we can learn from the experience and pay closer attention to our dealings with them. If we could look at only the facts and make our decisions clearly and without influence, everything would be simpler. However, we’re human, and our emotions are part of everything we do. If we get hurt by someone we love, we may let them close enough to hurt us again. Everyone is responsible for their own actions and if we’re involved with someone who is mean and hateful, they will be accountable for those choices. But we’re accountable for what we do as well, and if we continue to allow them to hurt us, that’s on us. The old saying, “Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice, shame on me,” is valid. If we allow others to hurt us over and over again, we are partially responsible for the pain we suffer. We never have to stay in any situation that isn’t beneficial. We can always step away and move on to someplace new. If we remain in place, and allow ourselves to continue to be abused, we own that choice. There isn’t any situation powerful enough to hold us down indefinitely. We always have the ability to change. We are more powerful than we imagine, and can do anything we desire. We can have the lives we dream about by making choices that take us to it. Every day is a blessing, and we can reach any goal and find complete happiness.

Promises are sacred commitments. If someone makes a promise to us, we hold it close and fully expect them to fulfill it. If the promise is broken, so is part of our trust. If they continually make promises and never keep them, we learn their word is worthless. If we continue to trust them, we will likely be disappointed. We can say anything to get what we want. We can promise the moon and everything that goes with it, but unless we fully deliver, our word means nothing. Deciding to keep our commitments and always follow through will open valuable doors for us, and pave the way toward success.

If we’re caught in a situation where we’re suffering but there is no easy way out, we can decide what we want the most. No matter where we are, we can move. The road may be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. We are powerful and intelligent, and no matter what’s going on, can find our way forward. Our happiness is important. We can move away and start again. Every dream is possible and we have all the courage and wisdom we need to make them ours.

Today if you’ve been hurt, step back and look at all your options. You never have to stay anywhere you don’t want to be. There are endless opportunities possible, and you have everything you need to find the way forward. Be strong and trust yourself. Every blessing is possible and you will succeed. Be confident. The best is just ahead.

Hear What I Say

10 Feb

We communicate constantly in many different ways. Although most of our communication is non-verbal, what we say counts a lot. Good communication skills can open many doors for us and when we’re open and state exactly what we want and how we feel, those around us will understand us more clearly. What we say not only communicates to those around us, but has a great impact on us as well. If we’re feeling awful and express that, our words may reinforce our feelings. Each time we tell others or ourselves out loud how badly we feel, we are listening. Our verbal expressions tell us again what’s going on. If we continually talk about how awful things are, or that we’ll never get through whatever is happening, we are teaching ourselves to believe it. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about our feelings – we should – but we need to remember that each negative statement not only communicates how we feel to others, but tells us as well. We hear everything we say. Repetition secures our memory, and if what we’re learning is we’re unhappy, we won’t likely forget it. Nobody lives in nirvana and there will be times when our lives don’t go the way we want them to. Bad things will happen and we will struggle. As we’re navigating through a hard time, we can pay attention to the messages we give ourselves and remember how strong and capable we are. We can trust ourselves to overcome whatever we’re facing and find peace and happiness once again. If we say things that boost us up, the road will be easier. There isn’t anything we can’t handle. We can be confident and clear that no matter where the road goes, we will prevail.

How we phrase our concerns can have an impact on how they affect us. When we’re facing a difficult challenge, we can say we’ll never manage it and it’s impossible. Telling ourselves we can’t handle a situation may construct roadblocks ahead and keep us from finding solutions. It’s impossible to look for answers when we’re focused on failing. No matter how hard the issue is, we are smart enough to figure it out. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage, and we have all the tools we need to do anything.

Even when things are going wrong, we can have faith in our abilities and the future ahead. Terrible things may happen, we might fall down, and everything we thought was real may disintegrate. But we will still be here and nothing can hold us in place forever. The sky is never going to fall. Darkness will lift, and the sun will rise again. We are incredibly capable and nothing can keep us from success. We already have everything we need to do anything we desire. Every dream is possible and with determination and focus, we will make them ours.

Today if you’re facing a very hard challenge and feel overwhelmed, remember how many obstacles you’ve already conquered. Remind yourself that you are powerful and nothing is too hard for you to manage. Stand strong and step forward with confidence. You are amazing and can accomplish incredible things. Be confident and trust yourself. Nothing can hold you down, and you will succeed.

Around the Corner

5 Feb

When we’re on the road toward a goal, what’s right in front of us is visible. We can see where our very next steps will take us and with inspiration and focus, can move forward. If we’re careful and thoughtful, often times our plans work out and we reach the destination we’re seeking. Although we can see what’s coming up next, there is no way to see what lies around the corner further on. We can try to guess based on what’s happened in the past, but nobody can read the future and it’s impossible to know for certain what will happen next. If we’re determined to reach a goal no matter what, we may blunder ahead without looking and simply hope that by being forceful and confident we’ll be able to push through whatever is in the way. That might work sometimes, but if serious problems arise, trying to muscle through without acknowledging them will likely cause more complications. Blind ambition may ultimately keep us from achieving the goal. There is no way to be prepared for unexpected and unknown eventualities. But we can be open and look at everything clearly, and acknowledge when the road turns and we need to modify our plans. We never know what will happen next, and if what we’re doing now no longer works, we can adjust our plans and try something new. Our original plan may have been good, but it’s not the only way forward. There are always many roads to every destination. If the one we started on has stopped, we can look at all the other possibilities out there, and find one that works. Every goal is reachable and we are smart enough to figure out how to reach them. Success will always be possible, and we will prevail.

Some people have very defined ideas about how life should go. They may believe there is only one right way to do things, and make their plans accordingly. Life is filled with surprises and unexpected developments. Nothing is permanent and what worked in the past may no longer be viable. There is never only one way to accomplish anything. Failure is never the goal, but if we hold onto our original idea and it doesn’t work, that’s what will likely happen. We are smart, and can be open to every option. Looking at all the possibilities will help us choose the way forward, and ensure our success.

We make our decisions based on the information available to us at the time. Nobody tries to make bad decisions or mistakes on purpose. Sometimes things change or we get more facts we didn’t have when we started out. Being flexible and allowing our plans to change will help us adjust to any turns in the road, or detours ahead. We are intelligent and wise, and have everything we need to prevail. We can trust ourselves to find the way forward, and with determination and focus, reach any goal.

Today if your plans aren’t working out the way you expected them to, step back and look at everything openly. You are wise and intelligent, and nothing can hold you in place. You can change direction and choose the best way forward. Be confident. Every answer you need is already there for you. Nothing can keep you from reaching your goal and achieving great success.

Still Down

31 Jan

Disappointments are a normal part of life. Everything doesn’t always go the way we want it to, or how we think it will. Small disappointments are easy to overcome and we navigate through them without much distress. But some things impact us greatly and alter how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. If we’ve suffered through a devastating development that has left us feeling broken and deeply hurt, we likely won’t sail through it quickly or without serious discomfort. Heartbreak, betrayal, and intense, serious setbacks can be very difficult to overcome. We’re capable of managing anything that comes to us, but when we’ve had the emotional air knocked out of us by an acutely painful event, it may be impossible to immediately bounce back. We’ll need time to understand what’s happened, and find our footing again, but no matter what happens, our lives continue forward. Even when we’re suffering, life goes on. There are things we have to take care of, places we need to be, and responsibilities that must be tended to. We must continue forward despite how we feel. Intense sorrow and grief are not permanent and cannot hold us indefinitely. Time will help, but there is no way to know how much time it will take. Each day will bring a little more relief, and moment by moment, we will move forward. No matter what’s happened or how badly we’ve been hurt, we will eventually find our way through. It won’t happen overnight, and we may have many days of despair before we heal completely, but we have everything we need to find our way back to full confidence and peace. Life is complicated and there will be trouble. But we are strong, and nothing can hold us down forever.

Nobody can know our deepest feelings or the full extent of anything we’re going through. If we’ve been struggling over something difficult for a while, those around us may have lots of ideas and advice. They may give us suggestions and recommendations for moving forward. We can listen to and try anything they offer if we feel it will help, but we know ourselves better than anyone else, and know what we need. We have all the courage and strength necessary to overcome anything. In time, we will find peace and comfort, and be sure of the way ahead.

When we’re trying to get over something difficult, we may feel we should be further down the road than we are. Grief has its own timetable, and although we may try to rush it, will take the time it takes. By being involved in the world around us we can improve our outlook, and refresh our thinking. There are endless goals still possible and we can accomplish anything we desire. A setback may be difficult, and it may hurt, but it isn’t the end of the road. It’s just a pause, and there is great success ahead.

Today if you’re suffering from a painful event, and feel disconnected and lost, remember how strong and powerful you are. Nothing can hold you down indefinitely. There is still light. Give yourself time to heal and be confident. Look ahead, and step forward. You are amazing, and every dream is still there for you. You will find the way ahead, and reach great success.

Carrying It With Us

27 Jan

We all want an easy life filled with happiness, comfort and fun. It would be wonderful if everyday brought something good to us, and we never had to worry or stress about anything. It’s good to dream about, but that isn’t reality. Life is filled with all kinds of experiences, and we never know what will happen next. We may face a serious time filled with trouble and sorrow. Pain is a natural part of life, and will likely come and go many times as we navigate ahead. Anything can happen, and if we’re surprised by something difficult and troubling, we may feel overcome and lost. Nobody wants to suffer but if we must walk through the fire of pain or loss, we have everything we need to survive. The pain may be intense while we’re going through it, but nothing can last forever, and in time, things will improve. After the situation is behind us, how we manage moving forward is up to us. We can hold onto the disappointment, take it with us, and allow it to color our lives indefinitely. If we do, every choice we make moving forward may be impacted by what’s happened in the past. There is no way to go back and change anything, but we don’t have to let painful memories influence our next steps and prevent us from finding happiness in the future. Letting go of sorrow and grief doesn’t mean we won’t remember where we’ve been. We will always carry every experience forward with us, but they don’t have to control our next moves. We deserve to be happy and can make choices that enrich us and take us where we most want to go. Our lives are important and we can make them any way we like. We can set our sorrows down, and move forward with confidence that we can succeed.

Painful experiences may take time to overcome. If we’ve been deeply hurt by someone or something, we may need to step back for a while until we know how we want to proceed. There is no rush, and we can take the time we need. Nothing is insurmountable, and even when we feel overwhelmed, can trust that we’ll find our way through. We are stronger than we think we are, and nothing can hold us down forever. We will find our footing again, we will know what to do, and be able to stand and walk forward. No matter what’s happened, our dreams are still there for us. We’ll find the answers we need, and prevail.

When we’re going through a difficult time, it may seem nobody could possibly understand what’s happening to us. We’re all individuals and feel things in unique ways specific to our own experiences and understanding. But we never have to suffer alone. There will always be someone willing to help and offer encouragement. We can reach out and get the help we need. Trouble comes, and when it does, we need not worry. We are wise and capable, and will always find the way forward.

Today if you’re going through something difficult and feel overwhelmed, remember how many times you’ve prevailed in the past. You are intelligent and strong, and nothing can overcome you. Have faith and step forward. Your dreams are still there, and every success is possible. Be confident. You are amazing, and you will win.

Never Happen

23 Jan

We’re all individuals and have our own specific goals and dreams we want to accomplish. There are unlimited choices possible, and we can design our lives any way we like. We can choose what kind of life we’ll live at every step. If we want to, we can keep things close and stay within a small boundary, enjoying the comfort of routine and sameness. Or we can push ourselves beyond where we are and do amazing, incredible things that bring us great satisfaction. Our lives belong to us and we can do anything we desire. We can do what is needed to achieve any goal, and work toward any success. Our goals are ours to choose, and it doesn’t matter what those around us are doing or what they think of our decisions. If the goal we’ve chosen is very hard and will require a lot of work and serious dedication, others may not agree with us and doubt that we will succeed. They may tell us it’ll never happen and we should just stop and enjoy where we are. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but opinions are not predictions. We can take any advice we like, but if we want something, and are willing to do what is required to get it, we can ignore any discouragement and continue forward. Every goal is possible. We always know what we want, and even if something is difficult to achieve, we are strong enough and wise enough to get there. We’re more capable than we may realize, and every opportunity is there for us. We never need permission or agreement to do what is important. Our dreams belong to us and we can make choices that bring great fulfillment and happiness. There are no limits to what we can do, and we can fill our lives with whatever brings us the most satisfaction. We can have the lives we want the most, and make all our dreams come true.

Some people don’t like change. New experiences may be intimidating to them, and they prefer that everything stay the same, where they know what to expect and feel comfortable. When we’ve been in the same situation for a while, we know the players and can pretty much predict how things will go. Staying in the same place has its benefits, but can never bring us the great satisfaction of opening new doors and reaching new destinations. The whole world is there for us, and we have all the courage and wisdom we need to go anywhere and do anything.

No matter where we are or what we’re doing, chances are there will be someone telling us we can’t succeed. We can listen to them and stand still, but we will never know what we can accomplish unless we try. Just because we’ve never done something before doesn’t mean we won’t succeed in accomplishing it. We are powerful and capable and can accomplish incredible things. We can do anything we want, and reach any goal we desire. Our lives are ours to design, and we can make them successful and fulfilling.

Today if you want to achieve something but others are telling you it isn’t possible, make your plans and move toward the goal. You are intelligent and wise, and can do anything you desire. You have everything you need to succeed. Trust yourself and step forward with confidence. Everything is possible, and you will win.

Another Breath

9 Jan

Life is filled with challenges and trials. Every day brings something new and we never know when we’ll have to face something that tests us and pushes us beyond what’s comfortable. Sometimes things move along smoothly and we feel confident and sure, and then out of nowhere, a wrench gets thrown into the mix and we struggle to figure out what to do next. If the problem is far-reaching and intense, it may take a lot of energy and time to work out. As we navigate through each entanglement, we may tire of the struggle and the complications that keep us from moving forward. If the situation is overwhelming and acute, and we’ve been trying to work through it for a while, we may feel it’s hopeless and begin to consider just giving up and walking away. Our success will be decided in that moment of despair. We can change our plans any time we like, let go and find another way around, but if we hold tight and continue, we have the great chance of succeeding. Another breath, another minute to hang on, and another step forward may change everything. We never know what’s around the next corner or what the next development will bring. We may be on the last required step before success. If the goal is important and we want to accomplish it, no matter what comes we will have all the temerity and courage we need to achieve it. There isn’t anything powerful or complex enough to hold us in place. If we’re tired, we can take a break. We can step back from the fray, catch our breath, and consider every option ahead. When we’re ready we can start again and continue forward. Every success is possible and nothing is too far or too difficult. We are powerful and wise, and will always find our way.

We might go through periods of calm where the road ahead is clear and unobstructed, and cruise forward without worry or concern. It’s great when life is easy. But there may be times when it seems every turn is blocked and we are beset by trouble and torment. During those moments we may be confused about what is happening and wonder why it’s happening to us. There may be a lot of noise and we may get disoriented for a time, but we are strong and capable, and will find our footing and the way ahead.

A whirlpool catches everything floating near it, and secures it in its endless spin. Like being held captive in a spiral of torment, we may feel caught up when extreme difficulties enter our lives. It may seem everything is out of control, but if we are anchored and positive, and trust ourselves to overcome whatever we’re facing, we will find the answers we need to prevail. We are amazing and powerful, and have everything we need to get through anything we must.

Today if you’re in the midst of a difficult trial, and the road ahead is dark and cloudy, trust yourself. You already have everything you need to find the way forward. Take your time, and explore every possible option. The answers are there for you and with patience and determination, you will find them. You are incredible and strong, and nothing is too powerful for you to manage. Be confident and step forward. Success is just ahead, and you will reach it.