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On the Clock

1 Sep

Everyone is different and each of us has our own, unique style for how we live and what we do. There are endless versions of humanity, and no two people are exactly alike. Although everyone understands this, we may face a time when someone tells us we should be doing things more like them. If we’ve suffered through a painful experience or disappointment, we may feel devastated and upset. How long it takes us to get over it and feel confident again is specific to the experience and our personal feelings. If it’s taking a while to regain our footing, someone may tell us to “Get over it!,” as though that will fix everything. They may have a timeframe they believe is sufficient for us to grieve and then expect us to jump back in, all fixed up and ready to go again. Although they may be on the clock in their own lives and set defined boundaries for personal experiences, our own choices and expressions may be very different. It is not our job to make everyone around us comfortable with our decisions. What we go through and how we manage is unique to each of us. If we need time, we can take it. If we need to step away, we can. We are the only ones who know everything we’re experiencing, and we never have to conform to anyone else’s ideas about how we should process anything. Some adjustments are difficult, and we don’t have to rush through them in order to comply with anyone else’s ideas. When we’re ready to start again, the road will be there for us. Every opportunity is possible, and we can trust ourselves to step forward, and claim them.

We may go through a difficult passage, when it seems no matter what we do, we fail. It may feel like the planets have aligned against us, and there is no hope. If we are overwhelmed and sure of defeat, we may think the only option is to give up. Just let go of our dreams, and fall down into an endless cycle of misery. No matter how it feels, there will never be a time when success will not be possible. Hard times will come, we may run into a big wall in front of us, and the road may get seriously hard, but nothing lasts forever. With patience and persistence, we will find our way through. All our dreams are waiting, and we can make them ours.

There is no timeframe for grief. It takes as long as it takes. We can’t rush it but we can work to understand it, and regain our footing. Holding onto pain and disappointment will never change what’s happened. We are strong enough to look at everything objectively, learn what we can, and begin to look ahead. Standing still gives us time to think, and plan for what we want to do next. When the clouds begin to clear, and we feel the sun again, we can move toward the destinations we most desire. We are more powerful and capable than we imagine, and nothing is out of reach.

Today if you’ve been suffering through a difficult situation and can’t see the end of the road, trust yourself. Take the time you need to heal and find peace, and when you’re ready, start again. You are amazing and bring great light to the world around you. Be confident, and believe in yourself. Every single success is there for you, and you will reach them all.

Worthless

11 Jun

We share the world with billions of people. No matter where we are or what we’re doing, chances are there will be others around us. They may not intersect with us except in passing, or they may be intertwined in our lives. Everyone has their own opinions about how things should go and what we should do, and it’s easy to get along when everyone agrees. But that will not always be the case. We’re all individuals and what we think is best for us may be completely opposite of those around us. That doesn’t mean anyone is wrong. There isn’t any one perfect way to live life. There are endless roads to travel and unlimited options before us. If we have a close relationship with someone who disagrees with our plans, and we refuse to acquiesce to their views, they may ridicule and criticize, and tell us we are wrong and worthless. Some people are very confident they have the answers not only for their lives, but for the lives of those around them, but that can never be true. Nobody has our personal inspiration or knows what we really want but us. Our worth is not measured by how much we agree with those around us. We are unique and valuable. There has never been, nor will there ever be anyone who will have the gifts we have to offer. We are precious and rare, and are worth more than we can imagine. Everyone is entitled to their own choices and can live their lives any way they choose. We already know what we want and have everything we need to achieve any goal we desire. We don’t need the approval or agreement of others to chart the course ahead. The whole world is there for us and when we’re ready, we can go anywhere and do anything we choose. There is greatness in us, and great success ahead. By trusting ourselves, and stepping forward with clarity and confidence, nothing can keep us from it.

Some people love to put others down. They ridicule their choices, make fun of their appearance, and question their actions at every turn. If there is someone like that in our life, it may be difficult to interact with them. We never have to stay in any situation that is uncomfortable, and no matter who they are or how much power they have, we can step away from them and move onto a new road. Our lives are ours to design, and we can choose our own way ahead.

The world is full of ideas about what represents success. There are constant exhortations that we need more wealth, more possessions, more influence and more of everything to prove we are successful. People can say anything, but we define our own personal success. We are a blessing to the world, and don’t need to prove our worth to anyone. We can chart our own course and move toward the goals that will bring us satisfaction and lasting happiness.

Today if you’re feeling like you don’t count because you are different from those around you, remember you are unique, and a blessing to us all. Your influence brings great light and goodness to the world. You are amazing and incredible. Trust yourself and be confident. The whole world is blessed because you are here.

Money and Fame

19 Mar

The world has all kinds of ideas about success and what equates to value. How much money we make, who we know, how much clout we possess, how famous and well known we are, and a million other things are touted as evidence of our self-worth. Many interpretations include great perks and attributes connected to them, but what happens on the outside of our lives isn’t always a reflection of who we really are. Money and influence don’t automatically reflect goodness and light. There are lots of examples of very bad people living very affluent lives. But the world can only see what’s on the outside. We are responsible for every choice we make, and nobody knows what goes on in our own minds. Our lives and the real success we achieve is a reflection of what we think about and the decisions we make. The world will do what it will, but our lives are ours to determine and design. If we’re honest and genuine, kind to those around us, caring and considerate, our influence will be helpful and beneficial. If we choose instead to only think of ourselves, and get what we want, no matter who gets hurt in the process, our influence will be different. Our personal self-worth is determined by how we live and who we are. It’s nice to accumulate money, and fame always has its allure, but what we do in the quiet moments, when nobody is watching, will define who we really are. There is greatness in all of us, and we all have the potential to bring great light and goodness to the world. Our choices are ours to make and each step we take will take us somewhere. Whether it’s where we most want to go, or we end up in never land depends on what we decide. Life is a precious experience. By choosing well, and holding fast to our personal nobility and integrity, we can create a life that brings us great satisfaction and joy. We know what we want, and where we want to go. We can accomplish anything we desire and be a blessing to the world.

Everyone has a past. We can’t control the circumstances we’re born into, who our parents are or who raises us. Some of us have better situations than others, but our beginnings can never control where we go. All the roads are there for us, and every destination is possible. We already have all the courage we need to accomplish anything we desire. By planning carefully, and continuing forward no matter what happens, we can reach any goal. The road doesn’t have to be paved for us to travel forward. We are more powerful than we realize, and we will succeed.

Our dreams are important, and possible. It would be nice to be born into privilege and wealth and money can pave difficult situations for us. But money is just a tool that greases the wheels. We must be the driver to get us there. We control our own destinies. If we don’t like where we are, we can move. Change is always possible. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish if we’re willing to do what is necessary to make it ours. Every destination is waiting, and we can achieve greatness.

Today think about who you are and what you want. Decide how you want to live your life moving forward. You can reach any goal or destination you desire. Trust yourself and be confident. The whole world is there for you, and you will win.

Feeling It

4 Feb

We make lots of connections with others as we go through our lives. We build relationships and find satisfaction and pleasure in sharing our time with those we value. Good, healthy relationships can fill our lives with joy and give us a greater sense of inclusion with the world around us. They bring us depth and interest, and benefit us in ways we don’t always recognize or comprehend until we lose them. If we want a strong connection, we must be willing to make it a priority. Getting close to someone else, learning about them and gaining their trust takes time. If we constantly put them off for one thing or another, and forget to spend time with them talking and sharing, the connection will be weak. By taking the time to listen and learn about who they are, their dreams and desires, and share our own, we’ll create strong and durable relationships that will enrich our lives. We can tell someone we love them, and they will understand the statement, but if we show them, through our time and actions, they will feel our love. Once they feel how close we are, our relationships will deepen, and we’ll get even closer. Strong bonds accentuate our lives and increase our confidence. We can always stand alone and proceed all by ourselves, but if we have others who care about us cheering us on, the road will be easier and when trouble comes, they’ll be there to offer support and comfort. We share the world with billions of people, and we’ll never know even a small fraction of them. But we can know those close to us and build connections that will lift and embellish our lives. No man is an island unto himself. We’re all in this together. By taking the time to get to know those around us and create relationships that will pave the way ahead, we’ll find great satisfaction and happiness.

Being independent is a positive asset. When we’re confident forging ahead and doing the things we want to do without needing help and support from those around us, we can accomplish much. There is a difference between being independent, and choosing to live our lives completely alone. We can have strong relationships with those around us and still be in control of our lives. The connections we build don’t dictate what we choose to do, but they can enrich our experiences as we move forward. Letting others in and sharing our lives with them will give us great benefit and deep satisfaction as we step ahead.

If we’ve been hurt by a relationship in the past, we may be hesitant to get close to anyone else – ever again. Bad things may happen, and we may suffer from time to time, but the past can never predict the future. We are wise and capable, and can learn from our experiences, and still proceed forward with confidence. Our future is ours to create, and with patience and focus, we can have the lives we want the most.

Today if you’ve been keeping to yourself and avoiding those around you, think about sharing your life a little more. There are people who care about you and want to know you. Open your life to them and let them see you shine. You are a gift to the world. Show us your light. We’re all blessed because you are here.

Blasted

29 Jan

Every single adult has a past. It’s permanent and there is no way to remove anything we’ve ever done or said, or any relationship we’ve ever had. Nobody is perfect and we all do things that later we feel we could have managed better or made a better choice. But life is all about learning and we can only do the best we can at the time in each situation. There is no manual to consult to show us what our decisions may bring. There will be times when we take a wrong turn, say the wrong thing, or do something that brings complications and problems to our lives. We may get involved with someone who takes us down a road that leads to disaster. It happens, but nothing is forever, and we can change direction at any time, and in any place. When we realize we’re going somewhere we don’t want, we can turn around until we’re facing the sun again. We can let go of relationships that are difficult or damaging and move on, but life has a way of looping around, and we might find that despite our best efforts, those involved find their way back to us. It could be by design or chance, but either way, it probably won’t be comfortable. When we’ve changed our journey and have left someone behind to move forward in a new direction, our sights are set on a new road. If they return like a blast from the past and remind us of someplace we’d like to forget, we’ll have to find our way around. History is unchangeable but does not predict the future. We can move forward any way we want and go anywhere we choose. A reminder of where we’ve been is only that. It’s not a command to return to the past. Nothing can keep us from the journey we’ve chosen. We can keep our eyes focused on the road ahead and achieve anything we desire. We know what we want, and with determination and patience, will make it ours.

Sometimes it’s easy to see where our decisions will take us, but other times if the situation is complicated or there are a lot of other people involved, we may have no idea how it will turn out. There are always a lot of variables and sometimes things will go wrong. Bad decisions can stick to us like glue for a while, but as we continue to choose well, they will fade away as we move forward. We are capable of making excellent choices, and as we do, we’ll get closer to the destinations we want the most.

We may have a situation in our past that is so difficult we try to keep it secret. Trying to keep a secret may work, but information has a way of making itself known. Truth will always surface, and when it does, we will find a way to handle it. There is no situation so terrible or difficult we can’t manage it and manage it well. We are strong and have all the courage and wisdom we need to navigate anything.

Today if someone has returned from a difficult time in your past and you are unsettled, trust yourself. You’re on a new road and the past is behind you. Stand strong and look ahead. Every single dream is still there for you and nothing can hold you down. Be confident and sure. You will reach the goal you desire, and claim the prize.