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Reflection

10 Jan

Each day we make many decisions, and every decision we make takes us somewhere and tells the world who we are. We can say anything we like and act out in different ways, but our lives are the true reflection of the decisions we make. We can choose anything we like at every opportunity. If we’re rushed or desperate, we might make a bad choice simply to get out of a difficult situation. Bad decisions may bring immediate gratification and quick relief but they cannot provide lasting happiness. If we choose badly, chances are we’ll pay a big price for it. Sometimes, we may go the wrong way because we only consider ourselves and our own personal interests, and may not think of the impact the decision may create on those around us or what will happen next. We are responsible for the lives we have. If we find we’re continually tangled up in complications and distrust, odds are the decisions we’re making are putting us there. We are capable of living strong, noble, happy lives but we must create them. Nobody gets a paved road with all the answers provided in advance. We must weigh each situation carefully, look at all the options before us, consider where our choices will take us, and then decide. Our best decisions won’t always be the easiest to make but we are capable of choosing wisely and doing what is needed to live happily and peacefully. By making good, sound decisions that take us where we most want to go, we can have the lives we desire.

People lie for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it’s because the truth is hard to face, or because the lie will get them something they desire. Lies can camouflage facts for a time and may make the road ahead a little easier – at first anyway. The first time we tell a lie we may feel great remorse and disappointment but if we lie again, it’s easier to look the other way. Repetition relieves guilt and if we make lying a pattern, eventually we may do it without even thinking. But truth is powerful and no matter how we bend it or manipulate it, will always rise and become obvious. There is nothing worth sacrificing our integrity. There is no goal worth selling our honesty to achieve. If we are truthful in all things, we’ll have the lives we want the most and the trust and respect of those around us.

There is an old saying that “the ends justify the means.” If what we’re seeking is very important to us, we may be tempted to do anything or make any decision, even a bad one, to get it. The “ends” may seem critical but nothing is worth giving up our personal integrity to get it. We can achieve anything we desire by making excellent choices. Each decision we make defines who we are, and with patience and wisdom we can become the people we most want to be.

Today if you’re considering a bad decision to get out of a difficult situation, think carefully before you act. Every decision you make reflects on who you are. Make choices that show the world your personal integrity and honest principles. Embellish and augment every situation by choosing wisely. You are a blessing to us all. Share your best with us, move forward with confidence, and every success will follow.

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Radiating Outward

3 Dec

We live in a world filled with people and everywhere we go there are others around us.  What demeanor we project and how we interact with them has influence over every situation.  If we’re feeling bad we may emanate sadness or ill will out to our environment, and if we’re happy our influence may be very different.  We are integral to every situation and there is no way to eliminate the influence we have over our surroundings.  When we’re distracted and busy we may not be aware of how we’re impacting those around us.  As we rush from one thing to another we may not notice how our behavior changes the atmosphere or feelings of others but everything we do changes something else.  We own every decision we make, even those we make without thinking.  If we are aware of our presence and do what we can to make our influence positive, our lives and the lives of those around us will be embellished and enhanced.  We can improve any situation we’re in and if we’re welcoming and accessible many new doors will open for us.  Our demeanor can define our position and we can change everything with a smile and a kind word.  We don’t have to pretend to be happy when we aren’t but can be mindful that the messages we send out have consequences.  People will react to what we do and say.  We can be open and honest, and receptive to those around us and pave the way forward with good intentions.  Every goal we want is attainable and when we’re agreeable and kind, all the doors ahead will open.

Some people are very stoic and keep their feelings hidden and tucked away.  Others wear their hearts on their sleeves for everyone to see and every emotion they experience is clearly visible.  No matter what type of personality we have our behaviors impact those around us.  If we’re abrupt and secretive it may be hard to develop close connections.  If we’re very emotional we may make those around us uncomfortable.  We’re always in control of ourselves and can behave in ways that bring others closer and build strong alliances.  The connections we create and the bonds we form will help us moving forward in everything we do.

There are some who have little control over their emotions and spread them all over those around them.  If they’re unhappy, mad, or upset, they may gripe and complain and smear their ill will everywhere.  Misery loves company but only because it justifies bad behavior.  If we’re miserable, making those around us feel bad will never solve anything.  We all have bad days from time to time but we can manage them without bringing others down in the process.

Today if you’re struggling with something and don’t feel happy, try to manage your feelings in ways that will improve your situation.  If you need help, get it and find your way through.  You are stronger than you think you are and nothing is powerful enough to hold you down.  Lift your head and move forward with confidence.  Every blessing you hope for and every destination you dream about is there for you and you will reach it.

Showing Up

30 Nov

There are a lot of different things we can do with our lives, many activities we can become involved in, many goals we can achieve and many connections to build.  Everything we want to do is possible but we will never accomplish anything unless we show up and become part of the experience.  It’s fine to dream about the things we want to do and we can talk about them forever but until we actually start doing something it doesn’t mean much.  The old saying that “talk is cheap” is correct.  We can talk about who we want to be, what we want to do and how we’re going to live indefinitely but until we put action behind our words they are empty and meaningless.  We can pretend to be moving forward without doing anything, we can talk a good game about all the things we’re planning to do and we might fool some people but we’ll never fool ourselves.  Our lives belong solely to us and what we do with them is our responsibility.  We can sit and dream or we can get up and move forward toward our goals.  Nobody will make our dreams come true for us and there are no fairy godmothers who will appear with a magic wand to make everything different.  It’s all up to us.  If we’re unhappy where we are, we can complain about our lot in life or we can step forward and change it.  It’s easy to stay in the same place and bemoan our situation but that will never bring us real happiness.  Life is an incredible gift and we can do anything we like but if we want to make the most of it, we have to do what is needed to move forward.  There isn’t anything out of reach and with determination and commitment we can achieve anything.

It’s important to be honest in everything we do including being honest with ourselves.  If we tell lies to others we damage our integrity and may lose the trust of those we care about.  Lies always bring disharmony and complications and if we lie to ourselves about what we’re doing and who we really are, it can hold us in place and keep us from moving forward.  We have incredible potential but potential is unrealized expectations and can’t become reality until we do what is needed to achieve it.  We are capable and wise and nothing can keep us from our goals if we are committed to accomplishing them.  We can make our dreams come true by being honest and changing what is needed to bring us success.

Everything worth having is worth working for.  No matter what we want to do, we can find a way to accomplish it.  Some things come easily and we move forward quickly but others may take a lot of time, planning, preparation and work.  Success is always possible but we must show up and do what is necessary to make it happen.  We can make all our dreams come true and have the lives we want the most.

Today if you’ve been thinking about a change you want to make but haven’t done anything to move toward it, take the first step.  Your life is yours to design and you can achieve any dream you desire.  Decide what you want the most and start moving toward making it a reality.  You are amazing and deserve every happiness.  Step forward and create the life you want today.

Compared To

26 Oct

There are endless objectives and goals we can pursue as we travel through our lives and we may try many of them.  We can do whatever we like and if we’re focused and determined will achieve many things we desire.  But no matter how far we go or how much we get, there will always be one more thing we want to do.  It’s impossible to do everything and we might compare what we’ve achieved to those around us.  There will always be someone who has done more or has more than we possess and comparing ourselves to them is not likely to bring us happiness or peace.  Our lives are not a competition.  It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing or what they’ve accomplished.  Our personal choices are ours to make and we determine how far we’ll go and what we’ll do.  We don’t need to compare ourselves to anyone else.  Maybe we don’t have a million dollars, but we have enough money for our needs.  Maybe we don’t own an  expensive sports car, but the car we have is reliable and takes us where we want to go.  When we open our closet perhaps it’s not filled with designer labels but the clothing there is clean and fits our taste.  Everyone’s choice is theirs to make and we need only concern ourselves with our own.  We can have any kind of life we desire and find satisfaction in where we are even if we’re on the road to somewhere else.  Every dream is possible and with determination we can make them all come true.  Being happy as we push forward will bring us great comfort and courage to continue.

The world sets very high standards for what we accomplish.  We may hear messages that we should be more beautiful, more involved, more wealthy, and buying more things will bring us more happiness.  The idea of “more” has never been as pronounced as it is in our current society.  It’s easy to feel inadequate if we compare our lives to the seemingly perfect models being projected but we can remember how successful and productive we already are.  Our lives belong to us and we define them.  Living honestly and true to our personal values will bring us great satisfaction and happiness.

Everyone has their own idea about how life should go and what we should do.  We may face criticism if we don’t match the standards others think we should be striving for.  They may encourage us to do more, to be more, and to have more but we can decide what’s best for us at every turn.  We are unique and individual and can create the lives we want the most, even if they are very different from the choices being made by those around us.  We don’t have to fit any model or idea.  We can do things our way and express ourselves in ways that reflect our true ideals.  This life is a great blessing.  We can find happiness and satisfaction living it exactly the way we want and make all our dreams come true.

Today if you’ve been comparing yourself to the achievements of those around you, remember your life is unique to you alone.  You can make whatever choices you desire and do anything you like.  Show us your individuality and share who you really are.  You are amazing and incredible and we all want to know you.  Be happy being yourself and remember what a great blessing you are to us all.

Out in the Cold

9 Oct

The friendships and relationships we build as we go through our lives give us great comfort and a sense of belonging. It’s wonderful when we are part of a community, and when we have close connections to those around us we feel validated and supported. But we may face a time when we choose something different than what those around us think we should do. We may take a different road or start a new journey that takes us away from where we are and those we love. As we step forward, if our current companions stay in place, the distance between us will stretch and if we don’t hold onto to our connections we may become separated. We can always make any changes we like and go anywhere we want to go but sometimes if those we love don’t choose to go with us, although we are happy with our decision, we may feel left out in the cold alone. We are certainly capable of finding our way forward in any endeavor and have all the resources and courage we need to go anywhere we choose. But even if we’re happy with the choices we’re making, being alone can be unsettling for a time and we may question our decisions. Although it’s nice to have concurrence when we choose a new path and it’s fun to have our friends with us, there may be times when what we want must be accomplished on our own, all by ourselves. In those situations, we can be confident in our choices and trust that we have everything we need to succeed. We know what we want and are capable of doing whatever is needed to reach happiness and success.

There may be great power in a group situation. When several people join together in a common cause they may overcome great obstacles and find many answers. Although there are many benefits to working as a team, there will be times in our lives when what we want to do must be done alone. We are always free to choose the direction of our lives. Sometimes that may be what everyone else is doing, but other times the road we choose is set apart from those around us. We can take any path to any destination at any time. If we must go alone, we can. Every destination is possible and we can travel anywhere we desire.

Every choice and decision is ours to make. If we like, we can have the lives others design for us and follow any direction we’re given. But if we want complete happiness and satisfaction we must choose our own path. Nobody knows what we want better than we know ourselves. We can be confident in our decisions even if they differ from those around us. We know where we want to go and what we want to accomplish. Life is a great blessing and we don’t need the agreement of anyone to create the lives we want the most. Every destination is possible and every dream can come true.

Today if you’ve decided to turn away from the path you’ve been traveling and there is opposition around you, remember your life is yours to design. You can do anything you like. If you must travel alone, you will find your way. All options are possible and there isn’t anything you can’t do. Step forward and create the life you want the most. Every dream is possible and you can make them all come true.

Shape Shifter

1 Oct

There are endless possible expressions we can adopt in our lives.  We’re exposed to all kinds of people doing all kinds of things all the time.  It’s like shopping in a huge, diverse shopping mall with unlimited variations to every situation we could imagine.  There are many types of behaviors and interpretations, and when we come across something we like we can make it our own.  We can create any type of life we desire, fit into a group we admire, adjust our appearance to look like those we want to emulate and make any other changes we want at any time.  It’s possible to project any image we like even if it doesn’t represent ourselves accurately.  Modifying to fit in or go along so we can get something we desire is always an option.  We can live any way we choose and pretending to be something we’re not may get us where we want to go at first but being authentic about who we are is the only option that will bring us lasting happiness.  Shapeshifting to match those around us will only make us more like others.  It will never clarify our most personal desires or help us find our unique way forward.  We aren’t like anyone else in the world and are the only ones who can share our personal expressions and gifts.  If we choose to set our individuality aside in an effort to blend in, the world will never know all the blessings we might bring.  Our individual worth is priceless and everything we do brings something new to the world.  We don’t have to change who we are to find success.  We are valuable as we are and can be confident, even if we’re different, that our input and interactions will bring benefit and joy to those around us.

It’s often easier to get along as a group if everyone is the same but if we’re all exactly the same there will be nothing new to learn.  There are unlimited expressions and interpretations possible and being willing to explore them, listen to them, and embrace them will bring great depth and understanding to our lives.  The world is filled with differences and each person has something important to offer.  We don’t have to be the same as everyone else to be valued.  We can be ourselves and trust that we are not only good enough, but excellent and an important part of the world around us.

When we want to do things differently than those around us, we may keep our opinions to ourselves in an effort to prevent disharmony.  We can hold our cards close to the chest for as long as we like but eventually our differences will show.  When they do, if we’re challenged, we may confidently express our viewpoints and move forward even if we’re in opposition.  Our lives are ours to design and we may live them any way we choose.  We never need to become someone we aren’t and are entitled to our individuality and independence.  Variety brings refreshment and wonderment, and we can be exactly who we are and move forward with confidence.

Today if you’ve been shapeshifting in an effort to blend in, remember your personal uniqueness brings great value to those around you.  Be confident and be yourself.  Show us who you really are and share your unique individuality.  The gifts you bring are yours alone to give and the world is blessed because you are here.

Throwing Paint

17 Sep

We can do anything we want with our lives.  We can make good choices or just do things because we can, hoping it’ll all work out.  If we don’t think about the decisions we’re making, sometimes things will work out but other times the choices we’ve made may complicate the way forward and cause problems.  Success will not simply be handed to us and it takes effort to live well.  We’re in complete control of our lives and what we do is our responsibility.  We can lie about what we’re doing but if we lie about the actions of others, we impact the world in negative and hateful ways that may bring extreme pain and despair.  Lying about someone, saying they did something they didn’t or in other ways impact them dishonestly, may taint them until the truth comes out.  It’s like throwing paint around.  Wherever it lands it leaves a mark.  But paint is temporary and can be removed.  When the truth comes out, as it inevitably will, things will change and the mark left by our dishonesty may be removed as well.  Truth is powerful and nothing we do or say can hold it back forever.  It will always rise and if we’ve been dishonest, in time our actions will be uncovered and open for all to see.  We are a reflection of everything we do.  If we want the best lives possible we must choose well.  Every success is there for us if we do what is needed to achieve it.  We can have the lives we dream about if we carefully and honestly move forward.

There are times in everyone’s life when things go wrong.  If we’re in a situation where we’re desperate for things to change we may consider saying or doing something underhanded.  Desperation may make us think about options we wouldn’t normally contemplate.  If we lie or manipulate others to get out of the situation, it may work but the dishonesty will follow us.  We’re accountable for everything we do and at some point, possibly the worst possible moment, the deception will be exposed and we will answer for it one way or another.  It’s hard to manage difficulty and nobody wants to struggle.  When trouble comes if we get through it with virtue and nobility, once it’s over we can move on and there will be no unpleasant reminders of what we’ve done and nothing to clean up afterward.

It isn’t always easy to take the high road and hold fast to our ethical and moral standards.  There are unlimited excuses for the decisions we make.  We’re always free to choose but we are never free to choose the consequences of those decisions.  Everything we do impacts our lives in one way or another.  By choosing well despite the inconvenience or effort, we have a better chance of getting the results we desire.  Choosing to be the best we can be in every situation will bring us satisfaction and happiness and pave the way forward to the lives we want the most.

Today if you’re in a situation that seems unbearable and you’re considering a lie to get out of it, think again.  Your integrity is valuable and precious.  You can handle anything and nothing is too powerful for you to navigate.  Stand firm in your honesty and hold tight to your values.  Great success lies ahead.  You will reach it by being true to the very best you have to offer.