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How Did I Get Here?

20 May

Our lives are often busy. We have a lot of things to do, places to go, people to meet, appointments to keep, and endless responsibilities to monitor and keep track of. One thing leads to another and it’s easy to get caught up in our everyday activities and chores and push blindly forward. Time may get away from us and when we finally stop and look up, we may be amazed at how much time has passed. We know our lives belong to us but there are lots of influences and people around us all the time pressing for our attention. They may want us to do things for them, go here and go there, and help them with one thing and another. Our lives are important and what we want to accomplish is essential to our personal happiness. If we rush from one task to another and only see what’s next on our list, we may lose sight of the big picture. We may forget about our own journey and the destinations we most want to reach, and find ourselves somewhere we never wanted to go that’s far from the goals we wanted to achieve. “How did I ever get here?” we may wonder. Of course, looking back we can see clearly how we ended up exactly where we are. One turn leads to another and then another, and before we know it, we may be going in the opposite direction of where we intended. Getting the lives we want the most is always possible, but it requires focus and attention to get there. We can take care of our responsibilities, and do all the things we must, and still keep our eyes clearly centered on the road ahead. Our dreams are there for us and with determination and clarity, we can make them reality. If we are resolute in our desire, we can achieve any goal or destination, and nothing is out of reach.

There is no time limit for success. If we’ve wavered off course, and find ourselves far from where we want to be, we are not doomed to remain. We aren’t stuck forever somewhere else. We have unlimited chances to correct our course, and when we’re ready, can move toward any goal we want. We are never too old, and it’s never too late to modify our plans. The whole world is there for us and there are unlimited possibilities waiting. We can design our lives any way we like, and make our dreams come true.

Some people are happy with mediocrity. It’s easy to keep doing what we’re doing and going along with whatever is happening. Routines are comforting in their sameness, but our lives are important, and if we want to reach further, nothing can hold us in place. Change is always possible. We don’t have to settle for what’s common and easy, and instead, can reach for extraordinary and amazing. We have all the courage and wisdom we need to reach any goal we desire. Everything is possible, and nothing is too far or too difficult for us to achieve.

Today if you’re somewhere you don’t want to be, decide what you want and take the first step forward. You are amazing and can do anything you desire. Trust yourself. You already have everything you need to find great success. Be confident. Step ahead and get the life you want the most. Every destination is possible, and you will reach it.

Best Friend

29 Apr

Everyone has their own ideas about how things should go and what they should do. Most of us want to be successful completing what’s important to us and try to move forward a little every day toward the destinations we desire. Life is complicated and sometimes our progress doesn’t exactly go the way we hope it will. Problems arise, we make decisions that don’t always work out and it seems we have to continually modify and adjust to push through. We might get to a point where we think we should be further down the road than we are or that somehow, we should be doing better in some way. We may set our personal standards very high and if we don’t meet them, become critical of our performance. There is always room for improvement no matter what we’re doing, and we can always do a little more, but we can honor how far we’ve come and what we’ve already accomplished. Berating ourselves for not getting to the goal fast enough, or doing everything perfectly isn’t helpful. We aren’t perfect – nobody is. We learn with each step we take, and as long as we keep stepping forward, we’re winning. It’s fine to have high standards and want to do our best, but we only have control over our own decisions, and things we know nothing about may derail us. We can learn to accept complications and the delays they may cause without tearing ourselves down for not getting to the goal fast enough. We know what we want and have everything we need to get it. We can do anything we like, but we can’t do it all today. Trusting ourselves as we push through, and being patient when there are detours and setbacks will give us the confidence we need to succeed.

If our best friend comes to us upset because they didn’t reach a goal as planned, instead of ridiculing them for not getting it done, we probably would offer them support and kindness. Because we care for them, we may encourage them not to get discouraged, and help them start again. However, we are often harder on ourselves in the same situations. We expect more of ourselves than we expect of others, and that can work against us. Learning to allow the same patience and support we give to others for our own individual struggles will bring us great relief and encouragement. There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish. We can trust that no matter what comes, or what goes wrong, we’ll find our way forward.

Perfection may be our goal, but it’s not likely to be our achievement. There is no way to know everything, and there are endless situations that may enter our lives and disrupt everything we have going on. Learning to bend when things go wrong, and keep our eyes on the goal, even when the road turns, will help us reach success. We are stronger and wiser than we think we are, and nothing can keep us from our goals.

Today if you’re disappointed in yourself because you haven’t gotten as far as you think you should, stop and look at how far you’ve already come. You are amazing and nothing is beyond your reach. You know what you want, and each step takes you closer to the goal. Be confident and continue forward. Every success is there for you and you will prevail.

Not There Yet

20 Apr

Every day we live we experience something new. We learn more about the world and as we progress, we learn more about ourselves. When something goes wrong and we get hurt, it can be hard to figure out how to get through and move forward. If the pain is great and we are heartbroken, we may believe we’ll never be right again. Probably we will all experience serious heartbreak at one point in our lives. It can be devastating and knock us down hard. When we’re in the midst of great suffering and sadness, it’s very difficult to see how things will ever get better. But pain and turmoil cannot stop time, and we may be surprised that we actually survive day after day. Despite the pain, we will continue to breathe and go through the motions of our responsibilities and tasks. Our lives will continue, but there is no timetable for when the pain deep inside us will heal. If it takes longer than we expect, we may think it will never end. Every journey has an end, and nothing can stay the same forever. Each moment we live we heal a little more, and eventually we’ll get to the other side. We may not be there yet, and we may hurt badly, but we are strong, and will prevail. Nothing, not even something that devastates us, can hold us back forever. Each moment we are moving a little closer to where we want to be. As we heal and embrace our personal strength, we learn more about ourselves. Bad things may happen, we may be knocked down and feel overcome for a time, but we are more powerful than we know, and will stand again. We can trust ourselves to find the way forward. Every gift is possible and all our dreams are still there for us. With patience and determination, we can overcome any adversity and reach success.

Some people love surprises. They like not knowing what will happen next, and enjoy the anticipation of unexpected developments, but some surprises may bring difficulty and heartache. An abrupt breakup with someone we love, the sudden loss of a job, or something we didn’t expect that hurts us deeply may shake us and bring confusion. Life is unpredictable, and we can only control our own decisions. Things will happen we can’t foresee, and they may hurt us. No matter what comes, we will go on. The sun will continue to rise, and even if we’re unsure at first, we’ll find our way.

We’re all different and how we react to what happens is unique to each of us. Some people storm through difficulty and ignore the pain. Others feel pain deeply and struggle to stand. Recovery takes as long as it takes. There is no set timetable for getting over any disappointment or sadness. While we navigate through, we can be confident that in time, no matter how much time it takes, we will prevail. We are still capable and strong, and can do anything we desire.

Today if you’re struggling with a serious, painful situation, remember how strong you are. Nothing can overcome you, and you will find your way. Be patient, and trust yourself. Your future holds every promise and your dreams are still there for you. Nothing can hold you down. You will prevail, and find enormous success.

Full Stop

18 Mar

Life is filled with unexpected developments and unforeseen complications. We can’t read the future, and each day there’s a chance something will stop us in our tracks. Maybe it’ll be something personal, or maybe it’ll be something huge, like a world-wide virus that is beyond our control and prevents us from moving ahead. Things happen and sometimes they get in the way. We have complete control over our own lives and the decisions we make, but everything else is out of reach. People make choices that affect us, illness strikes, disasters come, and we may find ourselves standing still, unable to move. When we’re facing a full stop and there is no way to move, we can take the time we need to see everything clearly and decide what we want to do. If we can’t move, we can still use our time effectively. We can evaluate all the possible options and prepare ourselves for when things change, and we can begin again. Nothing ever stays the same indefinitely, and soon our situation will change and we’ll be able to start forward again. Life is uncertain, nothing is written in stone, and we never know where the road will take us. But with confidence and clarity, no matter what happens or what problems we must face, we can always find our way. We have all the patience and wisdom we need to manage whatever comes. We can trust ourselves to find the answers we need, and be ready when the door opens again.

It’s frustrating when we have a lot we want to do but because of circumstances cannot move forward. It’s hard to wait when we have a goal in mind and are eager to get to it, and it feels almost impossible to stand still when all we want to do is move. If we’ve evaluated all the possibilities before us and we still can’t progress, we can choose to do something else. If we have to remain in place, we can spend the time working on personal goals that don’t require us to move. Everything always changes, and soon we’ll be able to take control again. Until then, we can find satisfaction in doing what we can, and prepare for the future.

During times of stress and uncertainty, it’s hard to feel comfortable and safe. We don’t know what will happen next or where we’ll end up. But there is never any way to know those things, even when our lives are going well. No matter how bleak things look right now or how unsure we are, we can trust that everything will eventually settle and we’ll be able to stand strong again. No storm can last forever. The rain will stop, the skies will clear, and the sun will break through. We are resilient and capable, and nothing can stop us. We are more powerful than we imagine and in time, we will prevail.

Today if you’re unsure of the road ahead, and are worried you won’t find your way, trust yourself. You are stronger than you think you are and nothing can overcome you. Be confident and courageous. Every blessing is still there for you and with patience and determination you will reach every goal. Success is yours, and nothing will keep you from it.

Defined by the End

6 Feb

Life is long and we accomplish many things as we move forward. Being in control of our lives helps us reach any destination we desire. If we want something difficult to achieve, and the road is hard and filled with detours and complications, despite our efforts it may feel like we aren’t getting anywhere. Long roads can be exhausting, and if we think nothing counts until we reach the very end, we may start to waver. But success isn’t defined by the end of any journey. Every step we take that moves us forward brings it. The progress we make, even if it’s minuscule, is a marker of success. It’s always exciting to reach the end of a long and arduous road and claim the prize, but that alone does not define us. Our personal success is displayed every time we push through trouble and solve another problem in order to move ahead. The strength we gain as we struggle, the wisdom we realize as we find answers along the way, and the courage we demonstrate as we continue forward make us who we are. We are successful as long as we keep moving ahead. Every particle of progress is an accomplishment. Each step forward we take exhibits success. Our determination to stay the course brings us great confidence, and we learn more about ourselves as we move forward. We are enriched by the answers we find, and fortified when another door opens and we can advance. Everything we need to know we learn on the journey. We are strong and powerful, and every goal we desire can be achieved. Learning to appreciate what the road to get there gives us, will bring great satisfaction and fulfillment.

It’s possible to push through a long, hard road and never reach the goal. Sometimes things change after we start, sometimes the goal isn’t possible at this time, and sometimes there are so many complications we simply cannot advance. That doesn’t mean all our efforts are wasted. Everything we do teaches us something of value. Facing trouble and trying to find answers gives us insight and opens new ideas. We gain information and experience in every effort. If we can’t overcome everything now, when things change, what we’ve learned so far will help us start again.

There is no way to know at the beginning where a road will lead us. We can plan well, and try to get all the information possible before we start, but there is no way to predict how things will develop or what will happen. Unexpected complications will always arise and we’ll be able to overcome many of them. If we get stuck, we have all the wisdom and intelligence we need to find our way through. Focusing on the goal is important, but appreciating everything we’re learning along the way will enrich and empower us. We are incredibly capable and wise, and can carry all the wisdom we gain forward.

Today if you’re only focused on the end of the road, think about everything you’re learning as you push ahead. You are gaining important and impressive skills. Use them to enhance your journey. There are many blessings to be found in the struggle. Acknowledge and embrace them. You are amazing, and every dream is possible.

New Day

24 Jan

As we go through the many experiences in our lives, sometimes things will go well, sometimes they won’t, and we’ll have many different adventures. There is endless variety in what may come and we may be very surprised by the way things develop. We know what we want and where we want to go, and when we’re ready, can try hard to accomplish our most desired goals. If we’re very lucky, and nobody gets in the way, we may reach the destination without any delays or complications. Although that may happen once in a while, most of the time there will be some sort of obstacle to overcome or some development we couldn’t have predicted or prepared for. We’re intelligent and capable and can usually find our way around any difficulty, but we might face a time where no matter what we do, we can’t advance. Since we can’t read the future, there is no way to know how long an impasse will last. We might try to wait it out and hope for a quick resolution, but if that doesn’t happen, we may have to revise our plans. We can look at everything objectively, see all the possible options available, and then make the best decision for our next steps. Revising our plans doesn’t mean we’re giving up. We may have to set the goal aside for a time, but nothing is permanent and when things change, we can start again. No matter how bad things seem today, there will be new day tomorrow. Every goal is possible, but they may not all be possible right now. We can make a plan for moving forward, revise it when we need to, and continue on toward the goal. Nothing can hold us indefinitely. We are powerful and wise, and will find our way to success.

We may think it would perfect if we could see everything before it happened. Then we could prepare for any difficult changes coming. That is never possible, but we don’t need to see the future to handle complications when they arrive. We have everything we need already to face whatever may come. We are capable and intelligent, and there isn’t anything we can’t manage. Even if everything goes wrong, and our plans completely disintegrate, we will find our way. There are endless roads to every goal, and we are smart enough to find the one that works.

New roads bring new possibilities and opportunities, but we may be unsure as we step forward. Foreign territory can be intimidating. We have no idea what to expect, and there are many unknowns. But foreign territory is only foreign until we make it ours. By stepping forward with confidence, we own the road. There isn’t anything we can’t manage, and with courage and clarity, we can move ahead and reach our destination.

Today if your path is entangled with unexpected difficulties and complications and you cannot move, look at all the possibilities before you. There are many ways to every goal. Decide how you want to proceed, and start again. You are capable and wise, and nothing is beyond your reach. Every success is possible. Step forward. Nothing can keep you from your goal.

Measuring Up

17 Jan

Everything we do tells the world who we are. We’re all individuals with our own ideas about life, and what we should do. There is no one perfect interpretation regarding how life should be accomplished. Everyone gets to decide for themselves and design their lives any way they choose. Most people seem to accept that premise, but some may feel they are wiser and know more about us than we know about ourselves. They may try to instruct us on how we should proceed and tell us what our choices should be. The world is filled with suggestions and promptings to do this, or that, go here or there. We can certainly follow anyone else’s lead if we want to, but nobody can possibly know us better than we know ourselves. Our lives belong to us and we can do anything we desire. We always know what we want the most, and can achieve any goal or destination we like. We decide how our lives will go, and never need measure up to anyone else’s requirements. There will always be unlimited ideas and recommendations, suggestions and instructions. We can listen to all of them, and then choose the path that works best for us. We can always change, but we are amazing and unique, just as we are. The whole world is enhanced because we are here. People may have their standards and choices, and we can respect them, but our lives are our responsibility and we can live them our way. There will never be anyone else like us. The gifts we give, and the contributions we make are exclusive to us. Letting go of who we really are, and changing to fit some norm, would rob the world of our unique offering. We are beneficial to the whole creation exactly as we are.

We are often bombarded with the opinions of others. There are endless messages that we should be more beautiful, taller, thinner, richer, more affluent, etc. Most of these are sales pitches and a lot of them are very successful. We may wish we had some attribute we don’t possess, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t perfect as we are. Trying to measure up to the world’s ideas is pointless and unproductive. When we choose to do our best in every situation, and honor our unique personalities, we will find great happiness and satisfaction.

Accepting and loving ourselves is important. It’s impossible to be completely happy if we don’t think we’re good enough, or don’t like ourselves. Personal criticism can be harsh and unrealistic. We aren’t perfect, and although perfection may be the goal, it’s unlikely we’ll achieve it. We can change anything we like but our idiosyncrasies and personal expressions make us unique. We bring variety and spice to a world that would be bland and boring without us. We are important and valuable, just as we are, and the whole world is enriched because we are here.

Today if you feel like you aren’t good enough for something or someone, remember how precious and unique you are. You are amazing, and more valuable than you can imagine. Be confident. Your spark and light augment and enhance everything, and nobody could ever take your place. We’re all blessed because you are here.