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Sidewalk Cracks

17 Apr

As we’re walking briskly along, we might see a tiny flower poking through a sidewalk crack. It’s amazing to imagine how anything could ever take root in the middle of a concrete path but there it is – a tiny, perfect flower – raising its head to the sunshine determined to survive. Sometimes our lives feel like that. We’re surrounded by others busily going about their duties and fulfilling their various roles and responsibilities, and we may feel we’re pushing up through an endless concrete road trying to survive. We may seem insignificant and overlooked compared to the seemingly obvious accomplishments of others, and it can be hard to feel important and valued. If others are louder than we are or garner more attention than we do we may fade into the background, unsure of ourselves. But we are here and we are important. We have so much to offer, and everything we do changes the world around us in some way. There is no way to know how much impact our decisions have over others and as we go through our days, choosing well, we bring light and goodness. We are worth more than we can imagine and our influence brightens every situation. Like that tiny flower pushing up through the sidewalk, our very presence can bring joy and delight. Nobody else can give the gifts we have to offer. The world is a huge place with billions of people, but there isn’t anyone else like us anywhere. Our influence is critical and we fill an important role. We can be confident that we’re essential and valuable, and nobody can ever take our place.

When we’re baking cookies, there are a lot of different ingredients we need to add to get the results we desire. If we leave even one item out of the mix, the cookies won’t come out the way we want them to. The recipe may call for a tiny amount of salt and we may think it’s so small we can just ignore it. But then when we taste the cookies, we discover that even though the amount of salt was small, omitting it has changed the entire flavor and the cookie isn’t as good. We don’t have to be the main focus to be important. Even if our voice is small, it’s valuable. Our influence makes everything better, and brings variety and richness to the world around us.

There are so many big, amazing things happening around the world all the time. There are great discoveries being made, great accomplishments being completed, and it’s easy to feel we don’t mean much to the overall scheme of things. But if we weren’t here, all the relationships we have with others and all the good influence we bring would disappear. The world would be left with a void where we offered our help and encouragement. Our influence is imperative to the success of everything around us. We are valuable and worthwhile, and bring positive energy and light to the whole world.

Today if you feel insignificant and irrelevant, remember there isn’t anyone else like you anywhere. You have gifts and blessings to offer nobody else can give. You are priceless, and bring a light to everything around you. Be confident. We need your presence, and the whole world is blessed because you are here.

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Just a Moment

1 Apr

There’s a lot going on in our lives all the time. We have responsibilities to attend to, things that need to be done, people asking for our help, appointments we need to make and the list is never ending. We have a lot of priorities we want to get done, and as we rush around and accomplish so much, our personal needs may get pushed aside. The time we need to recharge may get shorter and shorter, and before we know it, we may be burned out and exhausted. Once we deplete all our resources, we can do no more. There will always be more than we can accomplish all at once. No matter how hard we work or how fast we go, there will always be another task waiting. Before we rush headlong into the fray, we can look at everything before us and make a reasonable plan for completion. Whatever we don’t accomplish today can be done tomorrow. Pushing ourselves beyond our limits and setting unrealistic goals will only lead to fatigue and defeat. There is plenty of time to do what is most important. The rest can be managed later. As we move through our list of projects, it’s important to allow time to take a break and refresh ourselves. Just a short walk, or a few minutes of quiet reflection can help us navigate a busy and demanding day more effectively. Allowing ourselves a moment of rest to look around and enjoy our day will rejuvenate us and give us the energy we need to succeed. Every day is a blessing. We can accomplish much and still find time to reflect on what’s most important. We are strong and capable, and can do anything we desire. Remembering to value our personal time as much as our tasks will help us find balance and happiness. We know what we want and what we need. We can take care of business and still take care of ourselves.

There are a lot of people coming in and out of our lives all the time. They may be family members, co-workers, friends, acquaintances and some we’ll interact with once and never see again. They may ask us for help with something and we may certainly agree. Our time is ours to manage, and we can give them as much as we like. If we’re mindful of all our responsibilities and our personal needs, we will be able to serve effectively and still have the time we need to take care of ourselves. Constantly replenishing our well will ensure we always have enough to keep going and still share with others.

Caring for ourselves is our responsibility. We can’t expect anyone else to know what we need or how much rest we require. Making sure we’re at our best will help us accomplish everything before us. It’s impossible to be as effective as possible if we’re sleep deprived, hungry or overwhelmed. If the beginning isn’t working, we will never reach the ending. We can take what we need and be strong and effective. Every blessing is possible and with planning and care we can reach every destination.

Today if you’ve been rushing around and neglecting yourself, remember you are the most important person in your equation. Give yourself what you need and you’ll be strong and effective. You can do anything if you plan effectively and take care of yourself. Every destination is possible and you will prevail.

Chink in the Armor

15 Mar

Most of try to do the best we can every day. We try to make good decisions, be helpful to those around us, and set a good example. It takes constant attention to choose well and we apply ourselves to the task in an effort to succeed. Often the right choice is easy to see but sometimes the waters get muddy and it’s hard to determine which way to go. At times like that, all we can do is make the best choice possible and see what happens. If every day went well and we never experienced stress, time pressures or confusion, our chances of making a good decision would be enhanced. But life is rarely like that. Most often there’s a lot going on around us, others may press us to hurry, we may have many balls in the air at once, and the time it takes to see everything clearly is lost. We may make a decision out of desperation or frustration and just deal with the results when they come. Nobody is perfect and sometimes we all make mistakes. Even when we’re trying hard, we may get a chink in our armor from a bad choice. We may end up going the wrong way, we might impact others negatively, or shut doors we need to move forward. If we’ve gone far from where we need to be to continue ahead, it may take time to get back on track. We can focus on where we want to go and do what is needed to find our way. A chink in our armor is just a momentary delay. It cannot keep us from progressing or prevent us from reaching success. We have everything we need to be successful in any endeavor. There is sufficient wisdom and courage inside us to take us anywhere we want to go. Every destination is possible and with focus and determination, we will prevail.

Lots of things can go wrong when we’re pushing ahead. We may get the wrong impression, go the wrong way, or get lost completely. Fortunately, nothing in life is permanent and we can always correct anything we need to start again. Nothing is written in stone and everything can be modified. There is no need to despair if we’ve made a mistake in judgement. We can learn everything possible from what’s happened and use the knowledge we’ve gained to move forward with confidence.

Everyone has their own opinions and ideas about how things should go. Some may tell us to go one way, some another, and some may tell us the goal is too difficult and we should give up and stop. Although we may listen to any advice we value, we don’t need approval or permission to do anything. We can design our lives any way we choose and go anywhere we want. Even if everyone else is going south, we can set our journey going north. We know what we want, and with faith and determination can succeed at anything we desire.

Today if you’ve made a big mistake that has set you back and feel like you’ve failed, be confident and trust yourself. Mistakes teach us what doesn’t work and give us more information to help us in the future. Be positive and fearless. You can do anything you desire. Every dream is possible. You are stronger and wiser than you imagine. Nothing can keep you from success and you will reach your destination.

The Missing Piece

7 Feb

It’s disappointing to do a jigsaw puzzle and get to the end only to discover we’ve lost a piece. Every piece is in place except one. No matter how many pieces fit into the design the last one missing ruins the picture. There’s a hole glaring at us that can’t be filled. It’s obvious and undeniable. In our lives there may be times when we feel insignificant, or that somehow, we don’t count or don’t matter. It can be hard to feel important, especially if we’re in a group of outspoken and powerful people. If we’re quiet and timid, we may drift into the background and all but disappear. But each of us is unique and offer gifts to the world nobody else can offer. Our lives matter, and are important. Each of us is like a piece of the puzzle. We’re all needed. If even one is missing, there will be a loss. Our voices are critical to the entire piece and even if they’re soft, we need to hear them. The world is huge, and can be overwhelming. There are billions of people, and we might feel there’s no way we could possibly make a difference. But each time we extend ourselves to help someone else, each time we speak up, and each time we step forward, we change the world around us. Like a pebble in a pond, our actions extend far beyond where we are and make the world a better place. Everything we do changes something. We can participate, be confident and share our thoughts and opinions. The world needs our ideas and we are integral to everything that’s happening. We can be confident we matter and remember our importance each day.

Every choice we make has a result. If we are kind and approachable, those around us will be more open and welcoming than if we are rude and aloof. A sealed box hides what’s inside until we open it. If we shut ourselves off from those around us, they will never know who we are or what we can offer. However, if we’re open and receptive to letting others in, we can build a great network of personal connections that can embellish and enhance our lives. We have so much to offer. Allowing others to share it will bring us satisfaction and happiness.

Small gestures of kindness and support can bring great results. A reassuring smile can help someone through a difficult day. If our attitude is one of friendship and understanding, we can bring great benefit to our lives and to those around us. Others will learn they can rely on us when they feel unsure and we’ll build a feeling of companionship and support. We’re all connected more deeply than we realize. We can be the one piece that turns everything around toward a happier and more complete result.

Today if you feel you’re insignificant and don’t count, remember your voice is a piece of the great puzzle. You are important and valued, and we all need you. Nobody can give the gifts you possess. Your voice is important and we want to hear it. You bring a unique and valuable perspective. Speak up and let us know who you are. The whole world is blessed because you are here.

Courage

17 Jan

There are a lot of unknowns in life. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, we don’t know how people will react, we don’t know when things will change, and sometimes we don’t know what to do. We don’t have access to all the facts all the time and must work with what we know at every given moment. It can be hard to figure out our next steps when we aren’t sure what will happen and must exercise courage to push ahead despite our doubts. Some people are naturally courageous and nothing seems to affect their ability to move forward, no matter what happens. Others of us may struggle with insecurity and feel more cautious about proceeding. We all have enough courage inside us to do whatever we want to do, but we must be confident enough to reach deep and pull it forward. Stepping into the unknown can be terrifying and if our lives suddenly change and everything is different, we may need time to process what’s happening before we can move forward. Serious changes such as a sudden breakup, the death of someone close, the loss of a job, or other personal events may upend our confidence and stop us in our tracks. If we’ve never traveled the road ahead, we don’t know what it holds or where it will take us. But foreign territory is only foreign until we make it ours. We have everything we need to face anything we must. We can trust ourselves to succeed and find our way forward in every situation. Relying on our personal courage and wisdom, we can step forward sure we’ll prevail.

Nobody likes to go through hard times. We all want lives filled with ease and happiness, and to sail through without fracture or failure. Although it’s nice to dream about a life like that, it has no basis in fact or reality. Life brings challenges and when we’re struggling it may be hard to find any blessings in what we’re going through. But each problem teaches us something new, and we learn to be brave by facing failure. When things go wrong and we have to stand against the wind, we increase our courage and temerity. We become bold when we push against adversity and gain strength as we step forward.

When we’re facing something extremely difficult, we may believe we can’t survive it. We may not think we have enough courage or stamina to get through and find the answers we need to move forward. But we are stronger and more capable than we may realize and once we determine we will prevail, nothing can keep us from success. We can overcome any problem or complication before us. Everything we need is inside us already and we can step forward with courage and confidence to find our way.

Today, if you’re facing a very difficult challenge and don’t believe you can get through, trust yourself. You already have everything you need to prevail. You are wise and powerful, and every answer is there for you. Be strong and have courage. Every step will take you closer to your goal. Nothing is out of reach and you will succeed.

One Ray

29 Nov

There are times in everyone’s life when we feel beset with problems. Sometimes many things go wrong at the same time and it’s hard to manage all the turmoil and disharmony. It’s difficult to find sunshine when there are layers of dark clouds hanging over us and we may be so discouraged we don’t even bother to look up to see if it’s there. Life is unpredictable and no matter what we do or where we go, at some point trouble will find us. It may come as a result of someone else’s decisions, or because of a choice we made, or it may come out of the blue with no explanation. Things go wrong and sometimes everything turns and we suddenly find ourselves in the midst of confusion and anxiety trying to figure out what to do next. No matter what has happened or how bad the situation is – and it might be very bad – we can trust there will always be something going right. It’s hard to focus on what’s working when many things are failing, but there will always be something that continues to work in our favor. We’re still breathing, we’re still here, and we can take a moment in the storm to identify something to hang onto. There will always be something going for us and once we recognize it our confidence will rise. Even in the darkest storm when everything is heavy and threatening, the sun is shining brightly above the clouds. It’s always there and during our darkest hours we can find the one ray of sunshine in our lives that endures. We are stronger than we think we are and there isn’t anything we can’t manage. Even if the bottom falls out and we feel lost, we will find our way. There will always be light ahead and nothing can keep us from it.

Daily frustrations come and go. We learn new skills as we go and find ways to move forward through everyday distractions and complications. But when there are serious issues looming, we may feel unsure and may believe we don’t have what is needed to get through. When we don’t know what to do next, we can stop for a moment to see everything before us. There is no need to rush through trouble. We can take some time to assess the situation completely and find the answers we need. They are already there for us and stepping back will help us see them.

No matter how complex or difficult the situation we may be facing, there is always an answer and hope going forward. There’s no need to succumb to desperation and imagine we won’t survive. We already have everything needed to manage whatever we must. We are powerful and strong and even during times of serious distress have enough courage and wisdom to find our way. We can trust ourselves and move confidently forward through any darkness. Resolution will come and we will prevail.

Today if you feel overwhelmed trying to get through a seriously difficult issue, remember how strong and capable you are. You have everything you need to find all the answers. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Be confident and push forward. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing can keep you from success.

Pushing Back

30 Oct

We’re all different and our opinions and beliefs are unique to our own personal experiences. We will not always agree with those around us, and there may be times when we face backlash because we won’t go along. Some people are uncomfortable accepting ideas and opinions that are different from their own. They prefer to have everyone in agreement and going the same way as they are. But it’s naive to believe we will all be on the same page in everything. We are designed to make our own decisions and find our own paths. The world is filled with differences that enable us to explore new ways of thinking and fresh viewpoints that enlighten us and broaden our understanding. We never need to conform if we want something different. If others try to push us into molds they desire, we can push back. We don’t have to fight or struggle but can simply state our position and then go forward embracing it as we choose. The world is filled with unlimited ideas and possibilities. Our lives are ours to design and we can live them any way we desire. We can go along with others if that suits us, or we can forge our own path in a new direction. There is great satisfaction and confidence when we live our lives genuinely, choosing each step we take. We are the only ones who can impact the world with the gifts we offer. We can be our true selves and clearly express our own individuality. Every road is possible and we can go anywhere and do anything we want.

There are all kinds or popular ideas and trends going on all the time. Often, they are only momentary infatuations and what was all the rage just a few months ago is long gone now. When something is intensely popular we may feel compelled to embrace it because of those around us even if we don’t really like it. It’s fine to go along with inconsequential ideas and trends if that’s what we want to do but we can always step back and remain true to ourselves even if we’re different. There is great value in our own expressions and we add depth and richness to the world around us simply by being who we are.

We may be in a situation where others want to do something we don’t care to participate in. We’re entitled to our own views and decisions and never need to do anything we don’t want to do. If we’re pressured and cajoled to go along we may certainly acquiesce if we choose to. Or we may gently and politely push back and decide to go another way. We always have control over our own lives and can decide what we’ll do at every moment. We know who we are and what we want, and moving forward with confidence and clarity will bring us the success we desire.

Today if you’re being pressured to do something you don’t want to do, remember your life is yours to design. You can live it your way. Choose the path you will travel and keep your eyes on the goal. You are powerful and strong and can go anywhere you choose. Every destination is possible. Live your life your own way and you’ll find great happiness and satisfaction.