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Lighting the Way

10 Mar

The world is filled with all kinds of people in different places, situations, locations, and cultures. Although we will never meet them all, we may be aware of the magnitude humanity encompasses. There are people all around us most of the time. We see them at work, at play, and in passing. There may be periods when we’ll be completely alone but much of the time someone else will be nearby. Although we don’t have close and intimate relationships with everyone around us, we are far more connected as human beings than we may realize. We feel pain when someone else gets hurt, we feel sad when others are suffering, and we rejoice when good things come to those around us. What we do every day impacts the world in some way. If we are rude and hateful, and mean to those we come in contact with, our influence will be negative and may cause those with whom we interact to suffer. Conversely, if we are kind and welcoming, and offer help when needed, we may bring great blessing and light to the world around us. We can do anything we like, but whatever we choose will leave an indelible mark on where we’ve been. If we choose to light the way forward through our kindness and good example, we will bring goodness and virtue that will enhance those around us and the world as a whole. Every choice we make will bring a result. There is greatness is us all and by choosing wisely, we can share all the gifts we have to offer. We are more important and powerful than we think we are. By expressing the best we have within us, we can bring intense light and blessing to everyone around us.

We can spend our lives thinking about what’s in every decision for us, and only see our own personal road. We can focus only on our own achievements, and live in ways that exclude others from our plans so we can do everything exactly the way we like. There’s nothing wrong with keeping our eyes on the goals we want the most, but it’s impossible to build personal connections if all we see is ourselves. Building relationships requires us to think about others, and consider their needs as well as our own, which isn’t always easy. But strong friendships and relationships enhance our lives is very positive ways, and teach a lot about ourselves and the world around us. By sharing our journey forward, we will be enriched and find great comfort and happiness.

We may think we’re insignificant and it doesn’t matter what we do. Although we may not be famous or wealthy, well known or publicly recognized, our influence will still make an impact. Others see us and what we’re doing, and our choices and examples may alter how they choose to proceed. If they see us help someone out of a car, or open a door, they may offer to help someone else. There is no way to know how much our actions change what comes next. We can change the world for the better simply by choosing well and lighting the way ahead.

Today think about the choices you’re making. Choose the best options moving forward and be a shining example for good. You can bring great blessings to the world around you. Be the best you can be, and every door ahead will open. The road will be paved with good works moving forward, and you will reach every success.

One Tiny Star

16 Feb

We experience all kinds of ups and downs as we go through our lives. There will be many different situations and we’ll be happy, sad, stressed, relieved, scared, irritated, and thousands of other possibilities. We can’t see beyond where we are and there is no way to predict what will happen next. Everything may be moving along well when suddenly there is a turn, something changes, and everything is upside down. We’ll all face times of difficulty and grief, and when it’s extreme, the darkness may be pervasive and intense. When things are going wrong, when we’re alone and bereft, when it seems there is no hope, we may be overwhelmed and convinced we will not survive. It’s hard to believe in light when all we can see is darkness ahead. But even on the darkest night, even when it feels like all is lost, there will still be one tiny star, one glint of brightness still visible in the distance. There will never be a time, no matter how bad things get, when everything is black. There will always be something good waiting in the wings. By focusing on the one small thing that’s going right, we will find the courage we need to continue on. Even if we lose everything, all our friends desert us, our lover walks away, all our money disappears, our cars are repossessed, we get fired from our jobs, and absolutely nothing is going right, it’s not the end. It may be a horrible, stressful, hard time, but it’s not the end of our lives. We’re still here, still breathing, and there is still great potential for the road ahead. Life is unpredictable, and every day will bring something new, but nothing is powerful enough to overcome us and hold us in place forever. We are stronger and more powerful than we think we are, and will find our way through whatever comes.

There are a lot of things that can go wrong, and if we constantly think about the potential for disaster, we may never extend ourselves beyond what we know. There is comfort in familiarity and routine, but we have unlimited potential and can trust ourselves to reach further. There might be complications, but we are intelligent and can manage them. There might be problems, but we are wise and will find our way.

We may suffer through loss and disappointment that’s so great we feel paralyzed with pain. Grief and despair are not easy to navigate, but they cannot last forever. Change is constant, and no matter what we’re facing today, in time, it will change. The sun will shine again, our spirits will lift, and we’ll begin to look forward with confidence. There will always be something that’s working, and by focusing on what’s going right, we can move ahead sure of success.

Today if you’re going through serious trials, and it’s dark and threatening, look at everything objectively. There is still one tiny star shining light for you. Stand strong and take a step forward. Nothing can hold you down when you’re ready to move. Be wise and confident. Every blessing and every success is still there for you, and nothing can keep you from them.

Perfect Timing

16 Sep

Our lives are complicated and busy, and we often have many things we want to accomplish. Everyone has their own personal goals waiting to be achieved, and although we may think about them often, because of other commitments, they may get pushed aside. We may think we’ll wait until things settle down, and we have more time to address them. After all, we have a lot to do and we’ll get to them eventually. Responsibilities tend to be constant, and there will always be something else to attend to. Waiting for the perfect time, and watching for a window when everything is settled and our time is wide open to do the things we want the most, is a fool’s game. The chances of ever reaching a complete pause are close to zero. Everything is constantly changing and until we pro-actively set time aside to address our own personal goals, we will likely never reach them. There will always be something that needs to be done, but our lives are important and we deserve complete happiness. By valuing the destinations we most want to reach and then setting time aside to move toward them, we will find great satisfaction and happiness. We own our lives but we must take control of them. If we don’t, time will pass and we may find years have gone by and we’re still standing in the same place. We deserve complete happiness, and by carefully planning and making our dreams a priority, we will have it. Nothing is beyond our grasp and with clarity and confidence, we can achieve anything.

It’s good to be helpful and serve others. We can serve in our communities, at work, within our personal circle of friends and family, and countless other ways. Helping others is noble and worthwhile, but we can be helpful and still make time for our own desires. It isn’t selfish to think of ourselves and push toward the destinations we want to achieve. Our desires are important and we can find ways to be helpful and still move toward our own dreams.

When we’re busy and overwhelmed it’s hard to think about our own wants and needs. If we’re stressed and it seems everyone wants a piece of us, it’s difficult to consider our own desires. There are lots of people around us and many may want our time and attention, but we are in control of our lives. We decide how much we can give, and can handle whatever we must and still take time for ourselves. We are important and our dreams are important. We can have the lives we want the most by managing our time in ways that allow us to move closer to our dreams.

Today, remember that you are the most important person in your life. Nobody will make your dreams come true but you. Plan your time in ways that lets you accomplish what you must and still move toward your personal goals. Every single dream is there, waiting. Step forward, and be confident. You are wise and capable. Nothing is out of reach, and you can claim the life you want the most.

Not Moving In

2 Apr

We all have ups and downs in our lives and will suffer from disappointment or discouragement from time to time. Life can be challenging and difficult, and if we’re suffering, we may find great comfort in sharing our despair with someone who cares. Getting support and sympathy from someone else can make us feel better and help us continue on. Others may come to us for encouragement when they’re struggling, and we can be there with a listening ear and a kind word. Being supportive is helpful, but it doesn’t mean we’ll take the burden away and carry it ourselves. We can visit and share the load, but we don’t have to move in and take over. Those who are suffering may want to hand the issue over to us and leave it behind, but we all have trouble, and nobody wants to take on more. If we care deeply about them, we may really try to help, but everyone is responsible for finding their own answers and solving their own problems. It’s not fun to suffer and go through hard times, and we may face very difficult issues, but we gain much as we unravel and untangle them and find the way through. Our greatest lessons come from adversity, and as we solve each problem we are enriched and learn more about ourselves and the world around us. We have everything we need to do anything we must. There isn’t a problem too complex or too difficult for us to solve. We are highly capable, and can trust that no matter what is happening, no matter how convoluted and twisted the issue is, we can find the way through. Life is filled with possibilities and nothing can hold us down forever. We are stronger and wiser than we may imagine, and every answer is already there for us. By being confident in times of discomfort and despair, and trusting ourselves, we will prevail. Every goal is possible, and nothing is out of reach.

Some people get overwhelmed more easily than others. When things go wrong, they become unsure of themselves, and struggle to keep going. They may worry they will fall and never be able to rise again but that will never be true. Even in our darkest moments, there will be light ahead. No storm can last forever, and the sun will always rise again. Difficult times will come to us all, and we may be overwhelmed and unsure for a time, but with focus and clarity we will find the road ahead. All our dreams will still be there waiting for us, and we can step forward and claim them.

If we’re in a relationship with someone who needs a lot of support and attention, we may spend all our time helping them get through and sacrifice our own desires and goals. It’s good to be helpful, but we’re all responsible for our own lives. If we fix every problem for someone else, they lose the opportunity to learn and grow by solving them themselves. Instead of opening all the doors for them, we can stand side by side and encourage them to step forward on their own.

Today if you’ve been leaning on someone else to get through a personal issue, trust yourself. You are powerful and strong, and nothing can overcome you. Be confident and stand tall. Every answer is there for you and you will find the way forward. All your dreams are possible, and there is great happiness ahead.

Pause

30 Mar

Everyone has their own dreams and goals they want to accomplish. They are personal to our own individual journeys, and we decide where we want to go and what we want to do. If we were all alone and there were no obstacles to impede our progress, we could accomplish everything as soon as we desired. But life is full of diversions, distractions, unexpected developments, other people making all kinds of decisions that impact us, and a million other complications. We may run into something that stops us and blocks the way forward that requires us to pause in our pursuits for a time. It’s frustrating to have to wait when we want to move, but if we must endure an interruption, we can find ways to make it beneficial. As we wait, we can use the time to review how far we’ve come and look at all the possibilities for the way ahead. Answers may appear that we overlooked while we were pressing forward, and we might discover better methods for accomplishing our goal. Taking a pause in our progress doesn’t mean we must forsake the goal. Time out is not the end. It’s just a break from the road to address something else. While some goals may be time sensitive and stopping might prevent us from achieving them now, most of the time what we’re after can wait while we take care of other things. We can manage what needs our attention right now, take care of it, and then resume our journey forward toward our own personal goals. We know what we want, and there isn’t a detour powerful enough to keep us from it. Our lives are ours to design and we can do anything we desire. Every goal is possible, and with patience and focus, we will make them ours.

Those around us may ask for our time and assistance. If they have authority over us, we may not be able to decline whatever they request, but if not, we can decide what we want to do. It’s good to be helpful and share our talents and time with others, but if we continually pause our own journey for the sake of someone else’s, we will not achieve the goals we most desire. We can judiciously decide how much time we can offer, be helpful, and still continue forward toward our own goals.

We may be in a relationship with someone who needs a lot of support and guidance, and who continually asks us to do things for them. If we always do everything they ask, we may find it difficult to accomplish our own goals. We’re all responsible for our own lives. It’s impossible to reach our own goals if we give all our time to someone else. We are important and our dreams matter. We can be supportive and kind, and help out, but we need never sacrifice our entire lives for someone else’s comfort.

Today if you’ve been stopped from moving toward your own goals because of the needs of others, look at everything objectively. You are amazing and valuable, and your dreams are important. Be supportive and helpful, and serve in ways that allow you to move forward toward the goals you desire most. You are in control of your life. Every dream is waiting for you, and you have everything you need to make them yours.