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Marionettes

4 Nov

A lot of things will happen to us as we go through our lives. We are in control of our own decisions, but that’s where our control ends. We have no idea what will come next of what awaits around the next corner. It might be something wonderful, or something difficult, or something we already know. There is no way to tell the future or predict how things will go. Some people believe we are subjects of destiny and everything we do has already been pre-planned and arranged. If that’s true, why would we do anything? We could just sit around and wait for our lives to roll out exactly as planned. We would be like marionettes, just waiting for our strings to be manipulated to what we will do next. This, of course, is nonsense. If destiny, or whatever it’s called, is in charge, what would be the purpose of having a brain? Why would we ever need to make any decisions? The fact is, we are the ones in control of our lives, and if we don’t do something, it won’t happen. We decide what we’ll do and where we’ll go, and if we don’t like where we are, we can change. There is no master planner directing our decisions and choices. It’s all up to us. When we make mistakes, we own them, and when we succeed, we own that too. There are unlimited ways and unending roads to choose and once we decide what we want, nothing is powerful enough to keep us from it. The whole world awaits, and every dream is possible. We need only decide what we want, and then do what is needed to make it ours. Nothing is off limits or out of reach. Every success is possible, and we can make them ours.

When things go wrong, or we’re facing a very difficult challenge, we may yearn for someone to come along and take it from us. An all powerful solver, who can simply change what’s happening and make us happy. It’s hard to face trouble and trials and we all get tired from time to time, but no matter what is going on, we have everything we need to get through. There is no problem without a solution, and no question without an answer. We can step back and take the time we need to look at everything objectively, and find our way forward. We already possess all the wisdom and courage we need to face anything.

There are all kinds of people in the world, some are helpful and others not so much. If we’re struggling with a complex issue, someone may tell us to give up, that it’s too hard to solve and we should just surrender. We are all entitled to our own opinions, but nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. All the information we need to find the answers necessary to solve the issue is there, and with focus and determination we will find it. Life is complex, and we may face very difficult and challenging moments that test us and push us to our limits. But we are stronger and more powerful than we imagine, and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if you’re facing a very difficult issue and you feel unsure about how to proceed, stop and take things one step at a time. The road ahead is there for you, and you have all the wisdom and intelligence needed to find it. Be confident and sure. You are amazing and have so much to offer. Look forward with clarity and be confident. Every dream and success are possible, and with patience and determination, you will make them yours.

Rescue Me

8 Sep

Nobody gets a perfect life where everything goes as planned, there are no problems to overcome, and they always look good. Life is filled with unexpected complications and even when we try hard to prevent them, problems will arise. Most of the time we can take them in stride and solve each one as it comes, but there may be a time when it seems the planets have aligned against us and everything we touch goes wrong. Sometimes it may seem we can’t get anything right and we’re doomed to a life of despair. When we feel defeated and can’t see any way out, we may hope and pray for someone to come along and magically save us. Maybe someone with a cape and super powers who can rescue us and create our brand new trouble free life with a fabulous new job, a closet full of amazing clothes (that fit perfectly), all the money we want and a loving family that doesn’t complain.  Yeah, we can hope for that and if we lived in fantasyland it might happen. But we live in the real world and we are the only ones who can rescue us and fix our lives. There will be few times when everything falls into place perfectly. Most of the time there will be some kind of issue, or complication, or problem or someone who’s really annoying who gets in the way. But we are intelligent and able to figure out any problem and find our way through. It might not be easy, and it might not come quickly, but with determination and focus, there isn’t anything we can’t overcome. It doesn’t matter what the issue is. We have all the courage and wisdom we need to move forward and reach success. Everything is possible, and nothing can keep us from the prize.

Fear is part of our survival mechanism. It tells us when danger is near so we can prepare to fight or run. But not all fears are a matter of life or death. If we’ve had a bad experience in a certain situation, when that same situation arises again, we may be afraid of what will happen. We may be uncertain around people who are very powerful or loud, and we may shy away from new experiences because we don’t know what lies ahead. But we can be afraid and courageous at the same time. Just because we aren’t sure we can succeed, never means we shouldn’t try. There is no way to know what we can accomplish unless we put ourselves out there and give it a shot. There is greatness in all of us, and by being confident and standing strong, no matter the circumstance, we will achieve amazing success.

Some problems are very complex and difficult to understand. We share the world with lots of other people and if we need help we can ask for it. Everyone has different experiences and it’s possible someone we know has already been through what we’re dealing with and will have helpful information and guidance. It isn’t weak to seek support – it’s wise. Everything problem has a solution, and with patience and clarity, nothing is beyond our ability. We are powerful and strong, and will find our way through.

Today if you’re overwhelmed and feel unsure about how to proceed, look at everything objectively. The answers you need are already there. If you need help, ask for it. You are smarter than you think and nothing is too difficult for you to manage. Remember all the times you’ve already succeeded and trust yourself. You are amazing and powerful. Be confident and sure. Success is just ahead, and you will reach it.

Jagged Edge

14 Jun

Everyone wants an easy life where things always go smoothly and nothing gets in the way. We all want to sail through our days without resistance and trouble. It’s nice to dream about but this is real life and there is always a lot going on. There are people all around us making decisions, many of which we know nothing about but could affect us anyway. Complications come, trouble happens, issues arise and things get messy. If we’ve been seriously impacted and are devastated and hurt, it can feel like we’re covered with jagged edges. Nothing is smooth, nothing is easy and we may be overwhelmed and unsure. Hard times will come to us all, and what we do with them and how we handle them will determine what happens next. If we get angry and refuse to look at the problem, it will remain unsolved and unchecked indefinitely. However, if we stand strong, no matter what has gone wrong, and face everything with courage and clarity, there isn’t anything we can’t manage. The situation might be extreme, and we may be stunned at where we are, but the answers will always be there. By taking our time and trusting ourselves, we can take everything apart step by step and find the way forward. Life is complicated and we may suffer, but there isn’t anything powerful enough to hold us down forever. We are stronger and wiser than we imagine, and will prevail. Every dream is still there for us, and with determination and patience, we will succeed.

We all have things we think we could never survive – the death of a spouse, the betrayal of a lover, the loss of our fortunes, and endless other things. Life is long and at some point our worst dreams may come true. We may believe our lives are destroyed and there is no way we can get through but that will never be true. Even in our darkest hours, even if we’re sure we’re done and there is no hope, there will still be light ahead. There will always be a way out and we are smart enough and strong enough to find it.

When we’re in the midst of despair, someone may tell us to give up and surrender, that there is no way we can ever handle what’s happening. That is only their opinion and nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. There is great courage and wisdom inside us, and when we’re pressed against the wall, we can pull from deep within to find the answers we need. The jagged edges of pain and desperation will not overcome us, but sharpen our vision and bring us clarity. We know what we want, and have everything we need to get it.

Today if you’re suffering through a very difficult passage and feel overcome, trust yourself. You are stronger and more powerful than you think you are. Stand strong and be courageous. You already have everything you need to prevail and nothing can keep you from success. Step forward and be confident. You are amazing and capable. Trust yourself. Every dream awaits and you will make them yours.

Try Try Try

6 Jun

“But just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re gonna die. You’ve gotta get up and try, try, try.” Pink

Everyone has goals they want to achieve. We all have dreams and ideas about what we want to do and where we want to go. The easy stuff doesn’t take much, we just make a plan and get it done, but some things take a lot of work and trial and error. If we’ve been pushing toward something we really want and we keep hitting roadblocks or the way ahead gets blocked, or we get off track or a thousand other things get in the way, we may begin to think we can’t do it. Trying to do something new isn’t always easy. We can’t read the future and it’s impossible to see the end from the beginning. We don’t know what we don’t know, and the first or second or third or fourth time we try, we may stumble. Every goal we desire is worth what it takes to get it, but trying takes courage and may require great stamina and focus. It’s wonderful to win and succeed and when we do we may feel jubilant and satisfied, but the winning is the reward. All the lessons and growth we gain come when we’re trying and pushing ahead. We learn what doesn’t work, we see where the pitfalls are, and we discover new things about ourselves and the world around us. Running across the finish line is igreat, but the gifts we get during the journey to get there are the blessing. We are stronger and more powerful than we think we are, and can do anything we like. Every single destination awaits, and with patience, focus and determination, nothing can keep us from success.

There may be times when the challenges we’re facing are so intense and so overwhelming we may think there is no way we can survive. The bar is just too high and the cost is just too great. We are in control of our lives and if we want to, we can let go of any goal at any time. We don’t need to justify it or make excuses. We can simply step away and do something else. But if the goal is important to us and we want to achieve it, there isn’t anything that can keep us from it. The road may be difficult, we may have to bend in ways we’ve never considered before but that doesn’t mean we have to stop. Nothing lasts forever, and if we keep stepping forward, we will win.

It’s unlikely we’ll ever be in a life or death situation where if we don’t do something exactly correct we will die. It may seem during times of intense duress that we won’t live through it, but that will never be true. If we stop and look at everything objectively and openly, we will find the way forward even in the most complex situations. We are intelligent and wise, and there isn’t anything we can’t do. We have all the courage and strength needed to accomplish any goal and reach any destination.

Today if you’ve been trying and trying to reach a goal and it’s still far in the distance, trust yourself. Every road is there for you and you will find all the answers you need. Be confident and continue forward. All your dreams are possible and they are waiting for you. Stand strong and take another step. You are amazing and will reach success.

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.