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One Piece

12 Oct

There are billions of people in the world. A billion is a number so large it’s hard to comprehend. There are people on every continent and every corner of the earth. Although technology can make the world seem small it’s quite huge encompassing a vast expanse and there are people everywhere. When we think of the enormity of the view we may feel insignificant. We’re such a small part of the whole human race we may think we don’t matter. Our personal lives may seem inconsequential and unimportant. But think about a huge, enormous jigsaw puzzle with billions of pieces. Each piece is small but if you put it all together and there is one piece missing it will be a glaring deficit. It won’t be complete without every piece in place. It’s the same with us. We may feel small in comparison to the whole world, and we are, but we are an important piece of the puzzle. We count and our contributions are valuable. We make the composition whole. Without us the world would miss an integral part of its experience. Our lives may be small but we impact everything around us and everything we do makes the world what it is today. No life is inconsequential or without value. We all count. We are all worthwhile and essential. Remembering how important we are to the whole will help us cherish our lives more deeply. We are precious and priceless. Everything we do has value and our part is necessary to complete the puzzle.

There are kings, presidents, rulers and others with incredible influence all over the world. They have the power to change how things work and what happens in countries and nations all across the earth. Although we may not have those attributes in our personal lives we are powerful in very personal ways. Our impact is felt with every decision we make and everything we do. We can show great love and care to those around us and bring happiness and joy into other lives. Everything we do changes something. If we are mindful and do the best we can we may change the whole world for good.

As we go about our daily routines and our personal issues we may forget how important we are in the big picture. Our choices bring changes into our lives and impact the lives of those around us. If those choices are made well our impact will be positive. If we are careless and create problems as we move forward, we may leave behind a trail of trouble and despair. There is no way to get through life without affecting those around us. What we choose will bring joy or sorrow, and happiness or grief. If we choose to be the best influence possible our personal gifts will be precious and may change the world for good.

Today if you’re feeling like you don’t count, and your contributions are insignificant, remember your piece of the puzzle is priceless. Nobody else can fill your space. You are the only one who can do your part. Everything you do changes the world. Be confident and go forward knowing you are valuable and precious. Nobody else can bring the gifts you give. You are important and essential. The influence you bring is unique and we need you here.

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What’s Next

11 Oct

Every decision and choice we make carries with it a result.  We don’t live in a vacuum and it’s impossible to do anything without affecting something else.  Sometimes the results of our choices are exactly what we planned and hoped for, but other times due to forces outside our control, information we don’t have, or the influence of others, things go another way.  We can’t always see what’s coming next even if we plan effectively.  The world is filled with people and each one is making constant decisions.  We may be aware of some of them but many times we don’t know what those around us are doing.  If we reach a point where our choices and theirs collide we may end up with a result we didn’t plan on.  We can only control our own actions and have no dominion over the choices of other.  However, if we take the time we need to consider all the possibilities we can see, often our decisions will take us where we want to go.  We can’t read the future but with careful planning we have the best chance of success.  Rushing and jumping to decisions will definitely take us somewhere but it may not be where we want to go and the results of a hasty choice may not bring us the benefits we seek.  There is no decision we can’t make well.  We are wise enough to choose the way forward that will take us to any destination we desire.  Every choice is ours to make and we can make them well.

There may be times when we’re faced with a situation where we cannot see a good option going forward.  We may be in a place where there are seemingly no positive choices available.  If there are no good answers we can still choose wisely.  We can evaluate all the possibilities and outcomes for each scenario, and then choose the one that best agrees with our desires moving forward.  Once that decision is made we can plan the way ahead step by step until we are on better footing and the road to the goal we seek is clear.

If we must face a difficult decision and are unsure of the outcome we may be tempted to set it aside and ignore it for a time.  We may hope the situation will simply change on its own and we won’t have to face it.  Unfortunately it’s unlikely anything will change unless we do what is needed to change it.  We can take the time we need to think about the decision but avoiding it altogether will not help us move forward.  We can face any decision we must, look at all our options and choose wisely.  There isn’t any puzzle too hard for us to solve and with patience and careful consideration we can make the best choice possible.  We are strong and capable, and there isn’t anything we can’t manage.  We can do our best to ensure the outcomes of our decisions are positive and move us forward toward our destination.

Today if you’re facing a difficult decision and you don’t know what lies ahead, review all the possibilities and weigh them carefully.  You know where you want to go and you have everything you need to succeed.  Plan well, choose wisely and you will reach your destination.  There isn’t anything you can’t do.  You are strong and powerful.  Be confident.  You know what to do.

Let Me

3 Oct

Life is unpredictable and our situations can change in an instant. One minute we may be traveling along confidently and then suddenly something may happen and everything is completely overturned. We cannot predict what will come and we never really know what lies ahead. If we’re forced into a new reality without warning that has upset our stability and foundation, we may be unsure or concerned about how to proceed. If our lives have been upended and we can’t find our footing, the simple offer of help from someone else can feel like a lifeline going forward. When someone steps in and says, “Let me,” we may feel enormous relief. The offer from someone else to help, to lift, and to assist can be priceless when we are overcome. Nobody can do everything all the time and we all face moments when we need help. The gift of service from those around us can make even the darkest moments lighter. We’re all in this together. In times of crisis, in moments of doubt, and situations of uncertainty, the gift of someone willing to walk with us, to hold us up, and help us face whatever is before us, is the most treasured gift we could receive. Letting others in when we are overcome, and allowing them to help us move forward will enable us to withstand any storm or trial. There isn’t anything we can’t do but we all need help from time to time. That help will allow us to move forward with confidence and enable us to aide others once our trial has passed. Life is all about learning and each experience teaches us valuable lessons. We can move through every challenge with others standing beside us and find success together.

We are all connected far more deeply than we may realize. The depth of our connection is often visible when disaster strikes and people are suffering. There are countless stories of selfless heroism in the face of danger. When we see others in challenging situations who need help, we can stand firm and say, “Let me.” Offering our strength when others are weak will enlarge us and make us equal to the task. We have so much to offer and sharing it with those around us sustains them through the trial and enriches us.

When we serve others, our lives are enhanced and refined. The act of giving often returns more to us than anticipated. The blessings of service are limitless and our compassion for those around us will increase when we serve. Trouble comes to us all. Offering our help and receiving help from others builds our connections and makes our world stronger.

Today if someone near you is struggling, offer your help and assistance. Do what you can to encourage and support. Strengthen your connections to others through service. If you’re facing a trial and feel overwhelmed, allow others to lift you and help you through. You are never alone and all the help you need is there for you. Be strong, be brave, and go forward with confidence. There isn’t thing we can’t do together.

Owning It

26 Sep

Nobody is perfect and although we try to get things exactly right, sometimes we falter. There are a million reasons why our plans may go awry and many of them may be out of our control. When things go wrong and we don’t want to look foolish, we may look for someone or something else to blame. We can blame anything we desire for what went wrong but nothing will ever change the truth. If we’ve made an error, and our best laid plans have failed and the whole thing went up in smoke, we own it. Blaming everyone else will never solve the issue and pushing the responsibility off will never change what happened. Things sometimes go wrong and we stumble. It happens to us all and when it does, the best we can do is step up and take responsibility for our actions. There isn’t anything so disastrous we can’t face and find a way around. When we own our actions, even when they blow up in our faces, those around us will learn they can trust us to be truthful and honest. Facing our lives as they are and continuing to move forward will bring us greater confidence and clarity. We are strong and capable and if we fall we can get right back up again. Life is filled with challenges and problems. We have everything we need to find the best answers and continue on. Success is always available to us and we will find our way to it.

Nobody can read the future and know everything that will happen ahead of time. If we plan well and do everything we can to ensure a good outcome, and still things don’t work out, we can try again. We have unlimited chances for most things we face in life. There is rarely only one time we can make a decision for any challenge or issue we’re facing. If the first choice doesn’t work, we can choose again. If there is a timing issue, or we need more information, or something out of our control changes unexpectedly and things go awry we can alter our course going forward. We are resilient and intelligent enough to find another path ahead until we reach the desired goal.

It’s okay to make mistakes. They don’t mean we can’t choose well or succeed. We make decisions based on information available to us at the time. If we don’t have all the facts or there are complications of which we are unaware, we might choose a path that fails. But failing does not mean the end of the journey. It’s just a detour we can navigate around. There are endless bumps and complications in life but no matter what we face we can see our way around it and reach our destination. There is nothing too strong for us to overcome or powerful enough to stop us. We will continue on and succeed.

Today if your plans have fallen apart and nothing has worked out like you anticipated, instead of blaming others find another way ahead. There are endless roads to every destination. Look at all your options and choose the best way forward. There isn’t anything you can’t do. You know where you want to go. Chart a new course and begin again. Success is always there for you and you have everything you need to achieve it.

One Inch

22 Sep

We can live our lives any way we choose.   We can do what we want, go where we want and make any decision that brings us what we’re seeking.  If we aren’t as happy or satisfied as we want to be we can change our plans.  But change can be difficult and we may hesitate, unsure that we will succeed.  Big changes in our lives don’t usually happen all at once.  Change comes step by step as we modify our behaviors and make different choices.  If we want to be more active we don’t have to go out and try to run five miles our first day, but we could choose to take a longer walk.  If we want to write a book we don’t have to complete it in a week.  We could write it one page at a time and day by day get closer to the goal.  We don’t have to change everything all at once.  We can take it step by step.  Every desired change can come into our lives if we move closer to them each day.  We can turn just a little, move forward one inch at a time and before we know it the change we sought will be within reach.  We can have the lives we dream of if we’re willing to do what is needed to achieve them.  Like turning a large ship, degree by degree we can adjust our trajectory forward until we’re headed in the direction we want the most.  There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish.  We have all the wisdom and courage necessary to make changes that bring us complete fulfillment and happiness.  It’s all up to us and we can do anything.

Although we are in charge of our lives there may be times when others and situations around us take control.  We may find ourselves in routines and patterns that weren’t planned but evolved as we made one decision after another.  Over time if those routines don’t bring us satisfaction and joy we can change them.  We can alter how we move forward, modify how we interact, and decide on a new destination.  We can figure out exactly how we want things to go and if others are involved we can navigate around their needs.  Our lives belong to us exclusively and we can design them any way we choose.  We can do what makes us happy and brings us contentment.

Tradition is a powerful influence.  If we’re in a group where things have always been done one way and we decide to try something new, there may be dissension.  Even if someone knows us very well, nobody knows what we want and need better than we do.  We don’t have to go along just because it’s the way things have been done in the past.  We can go our own way, choose our own path and design our futures to fulfill our unique desires.  We are all precious and valuable, and deserve every happiness.  We can take control and do what is needed to achieve the things we want the most and find complete fulfillment and joy in our lives.

Today if you feel like you’re on a path that isn’t taking you where you want to go, change your direction and plan your way forward.  Every goal is within reach and there isn’t anything you can’t do.  Modify your course and direct it to the things that will bring you complete fulfillment and joy.  This is your life and you deserve every happiness.  Every door is there for you to open.  Move forward with confidence and all your dreams will come true.

Connections

14 Sep

There are billions of people on the earth. We will never meet them all but we are connected to them in many ways. We influence each other constantly as we navigate our lives. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we change every situation we’re in just because we’re there. We have more influence on those around us than we may realize. If we’re happy and feel good, our positive energy will show and those who see it will be drawn to us. We have the power to lift others by our example and can be a great influence for good. Conversely, if we’re struggling we may push others away. The impact we make is up to us. Our connections to those around us may be invisible but will always be present. We can be mindful of our influence and remember how important we are in everything we do. We can share ourselves in ways that are comfortable and allow others to share with us in return. When we keep our connections strong we feel more confident and supported. We’re all in this together and that bond can be the glue that takes us from trial to success. We have millions of brothers and sisters around us who can help us through difficult trials and rejoice with us when things go well.

We all process trouble differently. Some people like to talk things out with others, some people bury themselves in activity as a way to get through, and some of us just want to be left alone. Being alone can give us the space we need to clear our heads and find the answers we seek. It can be helpful for a time but being locked away will also keep the influence of others away. Everyone has different experiences and someone near us may know things about our situation that are helpful. We can reach out to those we trust and allow them to share their advice with us. A different perspective may open new options we hadn’t considered and those options may help us find our way forward more easily.

There is a grove of over 40,000 aspen trees growing in a forest that are not individual organisms but in essence all one tree. They share the same network of roots and each tree is a clone of the one next to it. In some ways, we are like that grove of trees. Although we are all individuals, as people we share a common ancestry and even though our desires are different our needs are the same. We can lean on each other in times of discomfort and enjoy each other’s company when things go well. Remembering and strengthening our connections to those around us will bring us comfort and confidence, and help us find new ways forward to success.

Today if you’ve set yourself apart and are facing a problem alone, remember the help available from those around you. Reach out for answers and let others in. We’re all cheering for your success. You’re a valuable member of the team and we’re glad you’re here. You deserve the very best of everything. Strengthen your connections to those around you and let them help you make your dreams come true.

 

Night and Day

12 Sep

We will all face hard days as we navigate through our lives. There may be dark nights that keep us awake with concern and worry as we face problems and difficulties that confuse or confound us. Life can be complicated and there will be times when all of us will face complex issues that make our lives worrisome. We may feel lost trying to overcome what lies before us. In the small hours of the night as we lie awake pondering our situation we may feel hopeless and overwhelmed. We may believe we will never find the answers and we will fall, unable to stand. But no night lasts forever and no matter how long the night may be, the day will rise and we will have another opportunity to begin again. Even if we can’t count on anything else, we can count on the sun rising again and the start of a new day. Each day brings with it new opportunities and interactions with others, and we will find the answers we seek. There is no problem too complex for us to unravel and no matter how arduous the journey, we will find our way through. If we feel lost, we can seek help from others. If we need advice, we can request it. Everyone has trouble from time to time and we can draw on the strength of others until we feel sure. Every answer we need is available to us and we will find the direction forward. We can be confident and trust in our ability to find our way with strength and courage. There is greatness within us and we can reach for it and rise.

It’s easier to manage problems when they come one at a time. We have the space to review them and take them apart to find the way forward. But sometimes an avalanche of trials may present all at once. It’s far more difficult when there are many things that need our attention and we are pulled in many directions to solve more than one issue. It may feel like there is too much to face and we may be overwhelmed. We can step back and look at the situation objectively and take it apart one piece at a time. We have all the wisdom and knowledge we need to solve any problem and there is nothing we can’t accomplish.

Sometimes we may get a lot of suggestions or advice about an issue we’re working on. If we want the help we may be grateful but there may be times when we need to do things our own way. We already know where we want to go and what we need to do. We have everything necessary to succeed and we can do it in ways that work best for us. We don’t have to do things the way others think we should. We can choose our own path and find the way forward. Success is always there for us and we will find it.

Today if you’re worried and concerned about a serious issue and don’t know how to move forward, step back and look at the situation objectively. The answers are already there for you. Be open to all the options available and you will find your way through. Every night ends and brings a new day. Be confident and trust in your wisdom. You have everything you need to succeed and you will win.