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Flawless

18 Mar

The natural beauty of the world is all around us. It’s incredible in its scope and diversity, and we may stand amazed at the landscape before us. There’s so much variety and color, and so many lovely scenes it’s impossible to take it all in. We hear the song of a bird and it lifts our spirits. We see the waves crashing on the shore and feel renewed. Everything looks so beautiful and perfect, and we may be swept away. But there is no perfection in nature. Despite all its loveliness, each item is imperfect in some way. When we see the entire scene, everything fits so well together that we don’t notice anything amiss. But imperfections are there in everything before us. They make the scene more beautiful and richer than if it were immaculate and flawless. The imperfections create more definition and interest, and pull us in closer. It’s the same with us. Nobody is perfect and each behavior and personality trait define us individually. We may strive for perfection and do everything possible to be the best we can be. But our imperfections, our personal interpretations and foibles make us unique and desirable. The very things we may think take away from perfect beauty are often the characteristics most attractive to others. We can value and appreciate who we are, just as we are. Perfection in the worldly sense isn’t possible, but we can express it our own way. We can be sincere in our endeavors, and do our best with everything we have. There will always be something more we want to accomplish, or another trait we want to improve, but we are wonderful and desirable just as we are today. We are worthwhile, lovable, and important. We have so much to offer and are a great blessing to the world.

Perfection may be nice to think about but when everything is predictable and exact, there is less interest and desire. It’s boring to be able to predict exactly how things will go every single time. The unexpected complications and surprises may be annoying but they bring depth and clarity to our experience. We reach further and learn more when there are twists and turns. We can navigate any development and when we do, our understanding is increased and we gain a richer awareness of those around us.

They say love is blind and when we’re in the throes of infatuation, that’s often true. If we’re enthralled with someone new, we may only see all the great qualities they possess. As time passes, we begin to see them more clearly and every aspect of their personality becomes apparent. There is great satisfaction is learning about someone close to us and seeing them clearly, warts and all, brings great depth to the relationship. We accept them as they are and as we move forward together, find great satisfaction is sharing our lives openly and honestly.

Today if you feel you should be perfect, remember how amazing you are now. There isn’t anyone else in the entire world exactly like you. You bring specific gifts no one else can share. Be confident and remember you are important and valuable. The whole world is blessed because you’re here. You are incredible just as you are.

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Imperfection

1 Mar

There are many things to do in our lives and when we want to accomplish something, we try to do it well. We may strive to get everything right, every time. Perfection may be the goal, but we’re only human and it’s unlikely we’ll reach it very often. There are a lot of loud, outside influences that don’t always reflect reality. Pictures are photo-shopped to make them look more ideal and we’re bombarded with the idea that we should look like them and our lives should be exceptional and exemplary in every way. We may feel pressured to perform without error and look unblemished to fit into the world’s expectation. Perfection may be our goal but probably won’t be our reality. There isn’t now, nor has there ever been, one flawless individual. We will be successful in many arenas but if we expect to do everything absolutely perfectly each time, we may suffer great disappointment. It’s good to set high goals but if we aim beyond what is possible, we will fail. Allowing others to determine where we should be and how far we should go will not bring us happiness. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We know what we want and can define our own personal success. We can decide our destination, and chart our own course going forward. We can be confident we have enough persistence and determination to reach our goals. Worldly ideas of perfection need not impact us. Our lives belong to us and we can choose our own path. Each decision we make takes us closer to where we want to be. Nothing is beyond our reach and we can have the lives we want the most.

The world’s definition of perfection isn’t absolute. Our interpretation of what it means is up to us. One person’s ideal may include a high-powered career, where another’s might be a simple job that allows them more time at home. We can define the perfect scenario for our lives, and then do what is needed to achieve it. We’re all individuals and there is no one best way to live. There are countless variables and interpretations and they’re all worthwhile and possible.

When we’re striving to do our best and things go wrong, when we make mistakes and falter, it’s easy to berate ourselves and criticize our actions. We are often harder on ourselves than we would ever be on anyone else. Mistakes will happen and there will be times when we’ll go the wrong way, but each misstep teaches us something we can carry forward. We learn as we go. Learning to accept errors and make the most of them will increase our confidence and open the way ahead. Life is filled with all kinds of experiences and we gain knowledge each day. We have everything we need to do anything and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if you feel you should be perfect at something, remember how capable you are. Each step you take teaches you something new. If something goes wrong, alter your course. You know what you want and nothing will keep you from it. You are amazing and can do anything you desire. Be confident. Every blessing is possible and you will reach it.

Making an Impact

28 Feb

Nobody lives in a bubble exclusive to those around them. We’re all part of the world and everything we do has an effect on something around us. Newton’s Third Law of Motion states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Everything we do causes something else to happen. The response may be small and we may not notice anything different but it’s impossible to live our lives without creating some sort of change. Each decision causes a ripple effect that may create a new situation somewhere else. What kind of effect we have depends on the decisions we make, and our behavior influences everything around us. If we have a happy demeanor and positive outlook, we may bring light to others. Conversely, if we’re rude or grumpy, angry or curt, we may bring something else entirely, and if we’re vengeful or manipulative, may sow seeds of discontent and distrust. Every choice will produce some sort of response. We aren’t responsible for the feelings and choices of others, but we are responsible for the way our behavior and decisions impact their lives. We are part of the whole and whether we acknowledge that or not is irrelevant. Each step leaves an imprint and it’s up to us to decide what that will do. We can be mindful of every decision and think about all the possible ramifications before we act. We have everything we need to live happily and successfully. We have so much to offer, and with patience and careful consideration, can bring light and joy to those around us.

Nobody lives in nirvana and sometimes disappointing things happen that hurt us and change how we feel about the world. When things go wrong and we’ve been hurt, we may decide we’ve had enough and determine to seclude ourselves from others. We have a lot to offer but it will be impossible to share our gifts if we lock our lives away because of pain or disappointment. We can manage anything that comes and find our way back to happiness. We are capable, strong and wise, and nothing can keep us from the lives we desire.

Happiness comes from our actions but some people think they can find it by hurting others out of spite or maliciously causing problems for those around them. Their motivations will never justify the hardship they create and, in the end, they may find themselves angry and alone. The law of the harvest is inescapable. If we sow seeds of discontent, we will never reap joy. Everything we do takes us somewhere. We can make excellent choices that take us where we want to go and bring us great happiness.

Today, think about your decisions before you act. Make sure they will bring you the results you desire. You’re in control of your life and can do anything you choose. Make choices that will take you to the destinations you want the most and bring happiness into your life. You are a blessing to us all and have so many gifts to offer. Share them with us and make the world a better place.

Winding Road

26 Feb

As we go about striving for the goals in our lives, each step takes us closer to where we want to go. Life is long and each day we discover something new we want to accomplish. It’s an ever-changing view that winds around again and again. Once we choose our next adventure, we can take the first step forward. The road may require many adjustments as we push through, and we may have to turn around a time or two. There will be few times when what we want is right in front of us and requires little thought or effort. Generally, we’ll have to plan and begin, take a turn, redirect, and plan again. Often, we can’t see the end of the road from the beginning and we’ll have to make the best guess possible until we get more information. The road we started on may turn out to be going in the wrong direction to get us there, and we may need to regroup and try another way. We can do anything we desire if we keep our eyes open and focused on where we’re headed. Every goal is possible and if we watch carefully, can adjust our trajectory with each step to ensure we find success. It won’t always be easy but it will always be possible. Nothing is out of reach. We can accomplish any goal we desire if we’re willing to do what is needed to reach it. We are powerful and capable, and can go anywhere and do anything. The lives we want the most are there for us and nothing can stop us from making our dreams come true.

Reaching our most desired goals will take effort. We can’t expect change to happen simply because we’ve decided that’s what we want. We must be willing to align our actions to enable us to move forward in the direction needed. It’s easy to keep doing what we’re doing but change will always require focused action and determination. It may seem awkward and difficult to modify our behaviors at first, but with practice and time we can make new patterns comfortable and forge the way ahead. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage, and with patience and persistence, we can do anything.

Some goals take a lot of effort and concentration. They may require us to make difficult modifications to our lives in order to achieve them. If we decide it’s too much work, we can always choose to let it go. But if the goal is important and we really want to achieve it, we have everything we need to succeed. We can take our time and process each step along the way until we feel confident. Every goal is possible and nothing can keep us from what we want the most.

Today if you’ve been pushing forward and the road has been complicated and long, and you’re beginning to question your decision, decide what you want the most. If the goal is still important, take another step forward. You can achieve anything you desire and have everything you need to reach success. All your dreams are possible and nothing can hold you down. Be confident and trust yourself. You can have the life you want. Take another step. Success is just ahead.

Smoke

6 Feb

Everyone wants a happy life. Nobody wants to suffer or be in situations that make us feel downtrodden and miserable. We are always in control of our lives and if we don’t feel comfortable where we are or with what we’re doing, we can change. We can turn toward the things that bring us joy and make decisions that take us where we most want to be. However, change takes action and may require us to alter our behaviors or location, or the people in our circle. It’s not always easy to modify our lives and if we aren’t sure, we may decide to simply wait and see if things work out on their own. We can do that, but waiting for someone or something else to fix our situation probably won’t work. Our personal happiness is our responsibility. Nobody can provide it for us or pave the way forward so we can reach it. We must pursue it on our own and do what is needed to make it a reality. We deserve complete happiness and fulfillment in our lives but we are the ones responsible for achieving it. By defining what we want and then doing what is needed to reach our most valued goals, we’ll find happiness and satisfaction. Everything is possible and we can do anything we choose. We can direct our lives forward toward what is most important to us, and make our dreams come true. We have everything we need inside us to achieve anything we desire. Complete happiness is always there waiting for us and with focus and determination, we will find it.

People have all kinds of opinions. They may tell us what they think we should do and where we should go, and share lots of ideas about how we should live our lives. If they don’t agree with a choice we’re making they might try to dissuade us from proceeding. They may say we aren’t smart enough to get there, or it’s too hard, or we don’t have what it takes to achieve the goal. We’re all entitled to our opinions but they are only that – opinions. They don’t control us or have any power over the choices we make. We can do whatever we decide and move forward toward any destination we desire.

If we’re unhappy and feel the situation we’re in is too difficult to change, we may sit and wait as our lives drift past. Happiness may seem like smoke floating above us. We can reach it but it slips between our fingers and we can’t grasp it. There may be a feeling of hopelessness as we try to manage what isn’t working. No matter where we are or how defined the circumstances, we always have the power to move. We can step away from any situation that’s holding us down and begin walking in a new direction. Our lives belong to us and if we don’t like where we are, we have everything we need to change. Every dream is possible and every destination is within reach. We can step forward with confidence and find joy.

Today if you’re in a situation that’s holding you back, decide what you want and turn your focus toward where you want to go. You deserve every happiness and all your dreams are possible. Step forward with confidence. You are amazing and powerful. Nothing can keep you from your goals, and you will have the life you desire.

Where We Are

20 Dec

As we go through our lives, we make countless decisions. Each choice takes us somewhere and affects us in some way. Although we try to make the best choices at each opportunity, things don’t always go the way we think they will or take us where we thought we were headed. One thing leads to another and if we aren’t mindful, before we know it, we may end up doing things we never planned on in places we never intended to go. We may find ourselves living lives that don’t agree with what we want the most, wondering how we ended up where we are and how we can change direction and get back on track. Our lives belong to us but if we don’t pay attention to where we’re headed and simply let things roll out on their own, they may reflect someone else’s ideas and goals instead of our own. If we aren’t living the way we want to or are on roads that won’t take us to the destinations we desire, we can step away and start again. No matter where we are or how far we’ve gone, we can change direction. We can make our personal goals a priority and re-chart the way forward to achieve them. Every option is always possible and we can begin toward our dreams no matter how long we’ve been away. Life is a great blessing but how we live it is up to us. We can coast through and be happy enough, or we can purposely move toward our dreams and find complete satisfaction. We deserve every happiness and by making mindful choices can do what is needed to get it.

Mediocrity is easy to achieve. We need only do the minimum required to get through and go along with everyone else’s choices. We don’t have to come up with new ideas or plans, and can sit in the back seat indefinitely, allowing others to drive us where they will. It takes no effort to live a common and expected life. However, if we want to make the most of our days and see how far we can go, and if we want a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, we must do more. We have incredible potential but must act to unlock it. We will never know what we can do unless we push ourselves beyond where we are and test our limits. The whole world is there for us and every dream is possible if we’re willing to do what it takes to make it ours.

Nothing is permanent in life and change is constant. Even if we’ve been in the same position for a long time, we can move. There is no glue holding us in place and every option to explore is possible. We are the only ones who can make our dreams come true. There is no magic wand or genie in a bottle to grant our fondest wishes. We have all the power we need to do anything, and by taking control of our decisions and stepping forward toward the goals we most desire we can create the lives we want. Every happiness is possible and we have everything we need to get there.

Today if you’re unhappy with where you are or what you’re doing, decide what you want the most and take the first step toward achieving it. All your dreams are possible. You are powerful and strong, and nothing is out of reach. Begin forward and design the life you want. Every blessing is waiting for you. You have everything you need to reach any goal you desire and succeed.

True

8 Nov

There are unlimited things we can do with our lives. We can go along with everyone else and coast through the years without paying much attention. Or we can live on purpose and actually do the things we dream about. Our lives belong solely to us and what we do with them is our responsibility. We are always in complete control of our decisions and can do anything we choose to. Of course, not everything will come easily but the challenge is to continue forward even if the road gets rough. There will always be complications and unforeseen developments and some of them may block our path from time to time but if we’re determined we can reach any goal we set. It’s all up to us and in the end we all get the lives we wanted the most. If we aren’t happy where we are, we can change. We can do anything and go anywhere. We just have to decide but before we set out to make our dreams come true, we need to figure out who we are and what we really want. It sounds easy but for most of us really uncovering what we want to do with our lives takes some thought. The dreams we had as children may no longer apply. We’ve grown and matured and gotten a taste for what we do and don’t like. The ballerina of yesterday may strive to become the CEO today. The childhood race car driver now wants to be an engineer. Dreams change as we learn about life and grow into adulthood and when they do if we want them to become reality we must change as well. We can choose any path we want to travel and if we keep our eyes focused on the goal, will reach it.

Our parents taught us many things as they raised us and we learned what their beliefs were, how they thought life should go, their opinions about food, religion, politics, and many other topics. We don’t have to do things the same way our parents did, we don’t have to fulfill their dreams or follow the same roads they chose. We are free to create our lives any way we desire but adopting a new lifestyle can be challenging. If we want our dreams to come true, we cannot allow fear of the unknown to hold us back. Nobody knows everything. There will always be uncertainty but we can manage it and move forward anywhere we want to go.

We aren’t like anyone else in the entire creation. We’re the only person exactly like us and we can express that individuality even if it’s different from those around us. Defining who we are and what we want is the first step toward a satisfying and contented life. We don’t have to wish for the lives we dream about. We can create them through careful planning and continued diligence. Everything is possible. Nothing is out of reach and we can do anything we truly desire.

Today decide what you want most in your life. Define exactly where you want to go and what you want to achieve and then take the first step forward. You are powerful and wise and nothing is too far to reach. Every road is open to you and success is possible. Choose your future and start walking toward it. You are amazing and strong, and every dream is there for you.