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The Big Turn

5 Nov

Each day we live brings something new and every step we take moves us toward some destination. As we navigate ahead, sometimes we move on auto pilot, just going through predictable motions and doing what must be done. There are always things to attend to and responsibilities to meet. Our routines may become commonplace and sometimes we may feel we already know what will happen next. But life is fickle and just when we feel comfortable, something changes and our direction is altered. If we’ve just been coasting through, we may barely notice the adjustment, but if we’ve been pushing forward purposely in a specific direction and suddenly the road turns, the change may completely unravel us. We may feel confused and unsure about how to continue. Change is constant and when it comes unexpectedly and turns us upside down, finding the way forward may be difficult. Every destination is reachable but they won’t all come by traveling clear, paved, straight roads. There will be complications, things will go wrong, people will get in the way, and situations will get rearranged. What we do when the road ahead is blocked will decide if we reach our goal or not. If the change is too confusing and we’re tired of the journey, we may simply let it go and forget about the goal. We’re in control of our lives and can change direction any time we like. But if the goal is important, and we want to achieve it, there isn’t any complication or blockade that can keep us from it. If we want our dreams to become reality, we must be willing to adjust and bend when things change. It takes work to get the lives we want the most, but we are strong and capable, and nothing is out of reach. There isn’t a road we can’t navigate and nothing we can’t accomplish. We can keep our eyes focused forward and find success.

Life is messy, and there is always something that can go wrong. We may plan well, and execute our plan with precision, and still something may happen that throws a wrench right into the middle of it. We can’t control what other people will do, or developments beyond our reach, and there is no way to know what will happen next. It doesn’t matter if things go wrong or the road turns. There will always be another way forward and we are smart enough, and strong enough to find it.

How much we want to achieve a goal will determine how focused we are. If we’re attempting to move ahead on a road someone else thinks we should travel, we may start out strong but because it’s not our personal choice, our efforts may dwindle. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. Nobody can know what we need or want more clearly than we do. We can trust our own judgement and move toward any goal we desire. Everything is possible, and with determination and focus, we can make our dreams come true.

Today if the road ahead is suddenly blocked, look around. There is always another way forward. Complications cannot hold you in place, and nothing can keep you from success. Be confident and trust yourself. You know what you want, and you know how to get it. Step forward. Every blessing is waiting for you, and you will succeed.

Seeing the End

31 Oct

Every goal we want to achieve is possible. We can go anywhere, do anything, and accomplish whatever we desire. Every dream is available if we’re willing to do what is necessary to make it ours. If we can imagine it, we can achieve it. But in order to get to the end of any road and reach our goals, we must be able to visualize it. It’s impossible to reach anything undefined. If we want to actually achieve a goal, we must understand exactly what it is we’re trying to reach and see the end from the beginning. We might really desire success, but being successful is an undefined destination. Before we can reach it, we must decide exactly what we want to be successful doing, and then step forward and begin to move toward the goal. It’s impossible to reach any destination when we don’t know where we’re going. Once we define our destination, we can make a plan for the road ahead, and step forward with confidence that we will succeed. Dreams are nice and we can dream about how we want our lives to be as long as we like. However, if we want those dreams to become reality, we must clearly determine what it will take to make them happen, and then do what is needed. We are highly capable and everything we desire is possible. We can have the lives we want the most, and go anywhere we want to go. Every destination is there, waiting for us. We can trust ourselves to do what it takes to reach them, and find great satisfaction and joy in our success.

Everyone wants to be happy but our happiness is our responsibility. Other people can’t give it to us and although some situations will bring it, they are fleeting and soon gone. If we want real, sustained happiness we must design our lives in ways that make it possible. Doing things the way others expect and putting off our dreams will not create it. Our lives belong to us and we can do anything we like. Choosing paths that take us where we most want to go, and doing what we most want to do will bring us lasting and fulfilling happiness.

We can’t control what happens to us, what others will do, or how most things will roll out. We only have control over our own decisions and the choices we make define who we are and where we go. We can listen to the counsel of others and take whatever advice we like, but our choices belong solely to us. The road ahead is determined by the decisions we make. We can create our own future by making choices that take us where we most want to go. Nothing is too far to reach. Every success is possible and with determination and focus, we can go anywhere and do anything.

Today if you’ve been going along with what others think is best for you, step back and look at every possibility. You can have the life you dream about. Envision the destinations you want to reach, and then take the first step toward them. You are amazing and strong, and can do anything you desire. Be confident and move ahead with clarity and determination. Your life is yours to design, and complete happiness is there for you. Step forward, and claim it.

Life Preserver

29 Oct

Our lives are filled with all kinds of unexpected experiences. We never know what will happen next or what tomorrow will bring. Sometimes everything rolls out about the way we think it will, and other times we may be overcome by something we never expected. It’s like we’re treading water peacefully and suddenly something comes along and shoves us under. We may panic at first trying to figure out what’s happened and having no idea what to do next. As we grasp for purchase, and hope for air, we may struggle and weave trying to push up and out. In our desperation and confusion, we may pray for someone to come along with a life preserver to save us, and fix the situation so we can breathe. Hard times come to us all and it’s possible someone might come along at just the right moment who can rescue us from our trial and pave the way forward, but those moments are few and far between. Mostly we have to find the way ourselves. We must continue on even when we’re lost and unsure. We may be uncertain we can succeed, and the way forward may be difficult to see. However, the answers will always be there for us, even if we’re under water, even if it’s dark, and even if we’re standing all alone. There will never be a time when we won’t be able to find them, and open the doors that will lead us to success. We don’t need anyone else to save us. We already have everything we need to find the way ourselves. We are stronger and more capable than we may realize and absolutely nothing is powerful enough to hold us down indefinitely. There will always be a way ahead and we will find it.

Everyone has their own opinions about things. When we’re facing a difficult challenge, some may say we should give up, there’s no way we can prevail. Others may be more encouraging and try to advise us and assist. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about our capabilities or how difficult the problem is. We can always find the answers we need to move forward and solve any issue before us. The road is long and as we step forward, the solutions we need will rise and we will find them.

Nobody wants to suffer and when hard times come, instead of facing them head on, we may try to hide from them or pretend they don’t exist. Ignoring a problem will never solve it and trials will not simply disappear because we don’t want to look at them. Everything will remain the same until we decide to address the issue, take it apart, and resolve it. We are intelligent and wise, and there isn’t anything we can’t untangle. We know what we want and will find the road ahead. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage and we will succeed.

Today if something has seriously gone wrong and you have no idea what to do, take a moment to look around and let the answers rise. They are already there for you. You are smart and capable, and can solve any problem you must. Be confident and step forward. The road ahead will open and you will reach your goal. Nothing is beyond your grasp and success is just ahead. Trust yourself. Everything is possible.

Down and Out

24 Oct

Life is filled with all kinds of experiences. Some days are great and everything moves along well, but other times things go wrong, sometimes terribly wrong. We may experience serious loss, intense grief, and fierce disappointments. There may be moments we feel overwhelmed by sorrow or sadness, and it’s hard to look ahead. Things happen and when something happens that takes our breath away, it can be hard to manage. However, each moment that passes, as we continue on, we gain more strength and confidence. The world isn’t going to end just yet. Time will help us process whatever changes have occurred, and we will recover. Just how much time that takes depends on many factors. We don’t have to push faster than we’re comfortable and if we need time away, we can take it. Our lives are valuable and we are a blessing to the world around us. We can sit things out for a while and when we feel stronger, can step back up and move forward with renewed confidence and courage. When we break a bone it’s painful and it takes time to heal. But after the healing is complete, the bone will be stronger and more resilient than it was before we broke it. The same is true of our spirits. We may go through terrible trials and have to face very hard challenges. They may test our mettle and push us to the limits of what we think we can handle. But in the end, after we’ve survived everything, we will be stronger and more secure than we were before everything happened. We can trust ourselves to face anything and prevail. We are powerful and nothing is strong enough to hold us down indefinitely. No matter what happens we can continue forward and find success.

We all want lives filled with sunshine and roses, but that’s not how it works. Bad things are going to happen and we are going to be tested. It’s the nature of life. Unexpected developments may knock us off course and at first, we may fall down under their weight. Being down will give us a moment to rest and adjust, and when we’re ready we can rise and begin again. Nothing can overcome us. We will always have everything we need to move forward.

Everyone has their ideas about how things should go, and when we’re suffering, we may get lots of advice and direction for getting through it. We can take any advice we like and follow any prompting we think might help, but the way forward is our decision. If we need help, we can find it. Every answer will always be there for us, and with patience and determination we will find them and be able to continue ahead with confidence and faith.

Today if you’re overwhelmed with despair over something that’s happened, give yourself time to think and process everything that’s occurred. You are wise and capable, and will find the next steps forward. There isn’t anything you can’t manage. You are amazing and strong, and every success is there for you. Deep breath. Success is still possible and you will reach it.

Stand Still

22 Oct

There are all kinds of people in the world. Many of them are nice, and we make a lot of friends and acquaintances as we go through our lives. Most people try to do their best and are helpful to those around them, but some have an agenda that doesn’t include being kind to others. If we come in contact with someone who is mean or rude, who despitefully uses us to get something they want, it will be difficult and unpleasant. We may try to navigate the situation with grace but we don’t have to stand still and let someone abuse us. We’re in control of our lives and if we’re in a situation that is uncomfortable, we can step away. We never have to remain anywhere we don’t want to be. No matter who we are, what we do, where we live, or what our roles are, we are important and deserve respect. If someone around us isn’t honoring that respect, we don’t need to stand still and endure it. Walking away doesn’t mean we’re weak or can’t handle conflict. It means we value our worth and will protect it. We are responsible for ourselves and know what we need and where we want to go. Being proactive when problems occur and doing what is necessary to ensure we manage the best way possible, will move us forward and help us reach our goals. There isn’t anyone else like us in all of creation. We are unique and have gifts to offer nobody else possesses. We can ensure the connections we build take us where we want to go and provide positive influences that help us move ahead. Every goal is possible and we have everything we need to manage whatever comes and find success.

Some people are very strong willed and internally focused. They have great confidence in their decisions and choices, and want others to follow along. We may certainly go along with anything or anyone we choose, but we need never sacrifice our own initiative and creativity. Nobody knows everything and we can offer our ideas and suggestions to those around us. We are wise and capable, and can find the road to any destination we desire. Others may choose their own roads, and we may choose ours. All the answers we need to reach success are always available to us, and we will find them.

When we’re around a powerful person who dominates the situation, if we don’t agree we can speak up. Power doesn’t always equate to success. Being loud and forceful doesn’t mean we have all the answers. If our choices are being constrained and held back because someone else wants us to do things their way, we may decide to step out on our own. Our viewpoint is important and if we can’t express it where we are, we can move. Our lives belong to us and we can do anything we want. We can have the lives we dream about and reach every goal we desire.

Today if someone is telling you how to live your life and you want something different, step away and begin again. You know where you want to go and have everything you need to get there. Trust yourself and move forward. Nothing is out of reach and you can make all your dreams come true. Be confident. You’re amazing and we’re all blessed because you are here.

Crap Happens

15 Oct

Nothing is permanent in life. No matter what’s happening or what we’re going through today, it’s guaranteed to change. We go through good times, bad times, upheavals, and placid moments, and each day brings us something new. Everything is continually moving forward toward something else. That’s a great blessing when we’re going through difficult periods or facing a terrible crisis, but when things are going well, we may wish everything would stay the same and time would stand still. However, holding our lives in stasis is never an option. We can’t read the future and it’s impossible to prepare for something we can’t predict. When something terrible happens or our lives turn in ways that bring disharmony and distress, how we react will often determine how well we manage the problem. If we jump to anger or hysteria, it will be harder to concentrate on the issue and fully understand what’s happening and what we should do. We will all face difficult days and unfortunate challenges. When they are extreme, we may feel overwhelmed and completely lost, but in fact, there isn’t anything we can’t manage and manage well. If we keep our heads when disaster strikes, we have a better chance of finding the answers we need. Nothing can be gained by screaming and kicking, or refusing to look at what we feel is intolerable or unacceptable. Crap happens and sometimes it happens to us. When everything turns and we’re in the dark and feel buried alive by trouble, we can be still and allow ourselves time to think and process what’s going on. Nothing will come that we can’t handle. We are stronger and more courageous than we think we are, and in our darkest moments, can find the way ahead. We can trust ourselves to be wise and careful, and step forward with confidence. Trouble may come, problems may confound us, but we will prevail.

If we like routine, we may try to set our lives up in ways that prevent too much change from entering the picture. That might work in some ways but we aren’t in control of anything but our own decisions and behaviors. Everything else is out of our hands. Others may make choices that impact us, our situations may change instantaneously without warning, and we may end up somewhere we never planned to go. With patience and faith, we can process any changes that come, and continue forward with determination and certainty.

When we’ve been struggling with a problem for a while and it feels like nothing is changing, we may begin to believe we will be stuck forever. But even when we don’t notice, change is happening. Each step we take moves us closer to where we want to be. There may be many steps necessary before we’re in the clear, but as we press forward, success is assured. We are powerful and wise, and will always find our way forward.

Today if you’re in a terrible situation, and you’re struggling to find your way out, remember how many times you’ve already prevailed. Continue to press forward and all the answers will come. You are amazing and strong, and nothing can keep you from success. Be confident. Every blessing is waiting for you, and you will win.

Troubled Waters

7 Oct

There are endless things that can go wrong every moment of every day. Complications may come, we might take a wrong turn, someone might do something that blocks us, the train might be late and we miss our appointment, or dozens of other scenarios. Some days it can seem like we’re in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle and nothing works. There is always trouble somewhere and eventually it will visit us. We may struggle to figure out what to do next and how to stay afloat as the waves crash overhead and we keep going under. Troubled waters will come but nothing stays the same forever. Life is constantly changing and as we tumble and twist trying to find our way, the answers will be there for us. We will untangle any mess or confusion, and the road ahead will open. We are strong and capable, and there isn’t anything we can’t comprehend and manage well. If we lose our footing, we’ll find it again. If we fall, we’ll climb back up. We are invincible and unbeatable. Nothing can hold us down indefinitely. Trials will come, mistakes will happen, and for a moment we may be caught up in confusion and disarray, but that is only temporary. We know what needs to be done, and where we want to go. Even in the midst of trouble, we can keep our focus. Our lives are a long journey, filled with experiences both good and bad. Learning as we go will give us the tools we need to move forward with confidence and reach any destinations we desire. We are powerful and wise, and nothing can keep us from our goals. Troubled waters are only a passage to the roads we most want to travel. Every dream is there for us. We will find them, and make them ours.

Nobody wants to suffer and we might wish for a life full of ease and happiness, where nothing ever goes wrong and we are always content and satisfied. That’s nice to think about but unfortunately, that isn’t how life works. There is a constant tug and pull as we push forward toward our goals. Sometimes things will go well, other times there will be complications and difficulty. There are always a lot of balls in the air, and some will inevitably fall, sometimes right on top of us. It doesn’t matter if things get complex and the road gets rough. We are strong and capable and can find our way through anything that lies ahead. Nothing can keep us from success and we will prevail.

When trouble arises, if we allow it to stop us from stepping forward, we will never achieve the goals we desire. It’s impossible to stand still and move ahead at the same time. We have everything we need to overcome any distress or adversity. If the road ahead is blocked and we cannot move forward, we can find another road. There are endless options possible and we can find our way to any goal we desire. Nothing is out of reach, and we can have the lives we want most.

Today if you’re in the midst of trouble and there are complications keeping you from advancing, step back and look at all the possibilities before you. There are endless roads to every destination and you will find the way forward. Nothing can keep you from success. You are wise and strong, and will find your way. Success is there for you, and you will win.