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Golden Goose

13 Aug

Throughout the world, there are all kinds of expressions of wealth. For some, wealth is represented by the time they spend in the natural world, communing with nature. For others it may be the time they spend with family and friends, exploring life and getting close to one another. Many of us appreciate those things but also understand that having some financial wealth is necessary for us to live effectively and comfortably. We all need shelter, clothing and food, and it takes money to get them. Despite what you may hear, nothing, absolutely nothing, outside of fresh air, is free. Someone will always have to pay for whatever is wanted or needed. How much money we have depends on a lot of factors, and doesn’t usually just come to us just because we need it or want it. We’ll have to do what is necessary – whatever that may be – to get it. No matter how much we acquire, we may feel we want more. Money can’t buy happiness, but it’s an excellent lubricant to make the things we want to do easier to achieve. If we become consumed with acquiring financial success, we may do anything to get it. Excessive wealth may look very appealing, and if we’re determined to have it, and don’t actually have a goose laying golden eggs, we might forsake anything and everything that stands in our way. We may neglect our personal relationships, impact our health by working excessive hours, and focus only on the next dollar we can earn. There is nothing wrong with amassing wealth, but if it’s our only focus in life, we may miss out on the connections and time with others that will bring us deep satisfaction and happiness. Our lives are ours to design, and by keeping our perspective, deciding what we want, and what’s most important to us, we can make good decisions that bring us both comfort and contentment. Money is great, but nothing is more valuable than our personal happiness.

The world values money and places great importance on it. We are often bombarded with messages that we should have more, and get more of it. Being rich might be nice, but it doesn’t equate to being intelligent, kind, insightful or anything else. It just means there is money available, which is just a tool that can open more doors and allow a little more freedom to accomplish certain things. It allows us to pay bills, buy products, and if we want to, donate to others. It cannot solve problems, heal a broken heart, mend a relationship, or bring us lasting happiness.

It’s easy to envy others who have more monetary benefit than we have. They can do things and go places we may not be able to afford. It all looks great from the outside, but true, lasting happiness can only come from within. By doing the things we want most to accomplish, building strong, healthy relationships, and striving to be the best we can be, we will achieve a level of happiness that money can never bring.

Today, think about what brings you the greatest satisfaction. Value your relationships and build great connections. Choose the road ahead that brings you the greatest joy. Focus on your personal happiness, instead of wealth, and you’ll be richer than you can imagine.

Powerless

4 Jun

We are all entitled to make our own decisions and decide how we’ll live our lives. We always know what we want most and can make choices that help us achieve our goals and go where we want to go. Sometimes things go smoothly and we arrive at our destinations with little trouble, but other times things may go awry and we may struggle to press forward. We live in the world with billions of other people. Although we’ll never see them all, there are many around us who are making their own decisions, which may complicate our choices moving ahead. We may face a time when no matter what we do we’re stuck in place and nothing works out. Feeling powerless and unable to move is frustrating and difficult. But we are smart, and there are endless roads to every destination. If the one we’re on gets blocked, we can choose another. If none of the roads will work right now, we can set the goal aside for a time, and return to it when our situation changes and the way ahead clears. Life is full of possibilities but they won’t all be available all the time. If the goal we’ve chosen is locked away right now, it doesn’t mean it’s hopeless and we can’t achieve it. It’s still there for us, but unattainable for now. Life is long and with patience and determination, when things change, we can be ready to begin again. Every goal is possible and nothing will be out of reach indefinitely. Nothing is powerful enough to hold us in place forever. Our dreams are already there for us. By trusting our instincts and preparing for success, we will reach every destination we desire.

When we’re young our dreams reflect what inspires and impresses us. We want to be superheroes, high fashion models, race car drivers and every other exciting idea. As we mature and begin to understand who we are, we start to comprehend how the world works and what we really want. Our ideas change as we grow and we learn about complications and obstacles. There are few paved roads to the destinations we desire. Many times, we’ll have to work hard to get there, and go through many adjustments and revisions, but we are in control and can reach success. We are strong and capable, and always have everything we need to prevail.

There are many influences around us all the time. Some are positive and encouraging, and others may pull us away from what we want. Nobody controls our lives but us, and we never need to give up our power to choose because someone else is stronger or louder than we are, or wants to manipulate our lives to match their interpretation of what they think we should be doing. We are never truly powerless and always have the right to choose our own way. Nothing can keep us from our dreams. With determination and clarity, we can go anywhere and achieve anything.

Today if you feel powerless and unable to move forward because of a situation around you, remember how strong and capable you are. You have overcome many challenges already, and have everything you need to do anything you desire. Be confident and step forward with certainty. Every dream is possible, and nothing can keep you from success.

Waiting

16 Jan

Our lives are often busy and we sometimes have a lot to accomplish in a short period of time. When we’re pressed for time, we may find ourselves in a situation where we must wait for something. Waiting is a common fact of life, and if we’re impatient, may be hard to endure. Sometimes we have to wait in line, which isn’t too bad if those ahead of us are efficient and quick, but that’s rarely the case. Everyone has their own pace and sometimes there are delays. If we feel those in front of us are wasting our time, it can be maddening. Nobody wants to wait to get their tasks completed, and if we’re in a hurry, it may very difficult to stand still while the minutes tick by. We may not be able to do anything to move ahead physically, but we are always in control of our thoughts. We can get impatient and frustrated, and let our anger rise, or we can take a deep breath and try to think of something else. Accepting the situation, even if it’s not where we want to be, and taking a step back to relax and let our minds rest will help us until we’re ready to move. There will be time to accomplish our tasks and if not, it’s not the end of the world. We can modify our plans to accommodate any delays. Nothing is so important it’s worth losing our self-composure over. We are capable and wise, and no matter what’s in our way, will be able to reach success. Each moment is a blessing, and we can manage every step with confidence and control until we reach our destination.

We have lots of different kinds of relationships. We have families, friends, co-workers, lovers, acquaintances and others. Each has a level of attention and interaction needed for them to grow and strengthen. Being continually put on hold by someone we’re attached to may damage our connection. If they’re too busy to get to us, or we can never reach them, the bonds that hold us close will diminish. Over time, if nothing changes, chances are the relationship will fail. Valuable connections need attention, and time to build. We can manage our personal relationships so they are healthy and strong, and enjoy the benefits from building strong alliances and friendships.

When we’re trying to accomplish something that requires the help of others, it’s important that everyone acknowledge the importance of communication. When we talk to one another and share our perspective, whatever we’re doing is enhanced and our understanding increases. If we hold others back and make them wait because we aren’t comfortable or want to have control over the situation, progress will be stalled. Success often depends on everyone sharing and doing their part. We are wise and capable, and can be confident in everything we do. We are important to everything we’re involved in, and with patience and cooperation can reach any goal.

Today if you’re in a hurry and have to wait, instead of getting impatient and frustrated, take the time to think about your plans and modify what is needed to accommodate the delay. You are incredibly smart and will always know what to do. Be confident and calm. Every goal is possible, and you will succeed.

My Mistake

13 Nov

We make thousands of decisions as we go through our lives. We try to do our best in each instance to make sure we’re headed in the right direction and choosing well. Most of the time we succeed and things move along the way we want them to. However, we’re not perfect and there is no way to see what lies around the next curve, and sometimes we’re going to falter. Decisions may blow up in our faces, or we may choose roads that take us to places we never, ever wanted to go. If there are others involved and we make a bad choice, we may impact them as well. It’s uncomfortable to realize we’ve hurt others by our own actions, and we’ll need to find a way to make things right again. Many things can be changed or altered, but some things are so defined and permanent, once they happen, there is no going back. If we’ve created a mess, and there’s no way to stop the train, we will have to endure the situation until it resolves. If we try to deny our involvement or lie about what we’ve done in an effort to escape, we will only make things worse. Truth always rises and cannot be held back indefinitely. We might be able to hide for a while, but in the end, we’ll have to answer for our actions. Although we may be embarrassed and feel very uncomfortable, it’s far better to stand up and own our part in the problem. We can admit we made a mistake, and then get to work correcting the issue. Nothing is permanent and no matter what’s happened there will always be a way forward. We may have to give up something we want, and it might take a lot of time and effort, but we can find resolution and continue moving ahead with confidence. Mistakes will happen and we have all the wisdom and intelligence we need to correct them and reach success. Every dream is there for us and we will prevail.

We may think by keeping our lives small we will avoid serious complications and trouble. We have a lot to offer and keeping to ourselves out of fear will never allow us to reach the destinations we most desire. There is always a risk when we step out and try something new, and move into foreign territory. But the rewards when we succeed will outshine any risks we may take, and will enrich our lives beyond what we can imagine. There is greatness inside us and with courage and confidence, we can achieve any goal we desire.

If we cause a problem and refuse to acknowledge our actions or admit we’ve erred, we may try to skip away and never look back. Every choice we make takes us somewhere. We cannot become the best versions of ourselves and reach our most treasured goals by being dishonest or unethical. By choosing well, and owning every choice we make, standing firm in faithfulness and integrity, we will reach every destination we desire.

Today if you’ve made a big mistake and everything has gone wrong, stand firm, admit the error, and then do what is necessary to turn things around. You are intelligent and wise, and nothing is too difficult for you to manage. You know the way ahead, and nothing can hold you back. Step forward, be confident, and trust yourself. Every goal is possible, and with patience and focus, you will make them yours.

Burned and Raw

8 Nov

As we go through our lives, we will have all kinds of experiences. There will be situations that bring us intense happiness, some that bring sadness and sorrow, regret and disappointment, others that are boring and tedious, and we may even face severe and crippling disaster. The scope of life is very wide and each of us has a different and unique journey. Sometimes our days roll out evenly, and most things move along the way we expect them to but change is constant, and suddenly everything may turn and we find ourselves in a completely different situation. If the change brings hardship, has been painful and troubling, and we’ve been hurt, it may be hard to know what to do next. When the rug has been pulled out from under us, we may stumble and have trouble finding our footing. We may feel burned and raw, and unable to stand. Serious problems are not easy to navigate and at first, we may not know how to proceed, or what to do. Hard times come to us all and can knock us down for a time. It may seem we’re lost in darkness and there is no light ahead. It’s okay to stop and wait. We can take the time we need to understand what’s happened and look at everything before us. No matter how devastating the situation seems there isn’t anything we can’t manage. Every answer we need is already there for us. We can rest and think about all the options possible, and then, when we’re ready, we can stand again and step forward. There is nothing powerful enough to hold us down. We are stronger than we imagine, and can find our way through any complication. The darkness cannot last forever and light will return. Every success is always possible and we will prevail.

Everyone has their own ideas about how life should go. We make plans for our futures, and move forward with confidence. It would be wonderful if every plan worked out without any distractions or worries, but that’s not often how life works. Things change, situations are modified, and the way ahead may disappear. It doesn’t matter what goes wrong or how complicated things become, we are wise enough and patient enough to find our way through. We have everything we need to solve any problem, and continue forward.

We can’t know everything, and there will always be something going on of which we are unaware. If others are making decisions that block our progress, or our situation turns unexpectedly, it may seem we will never reach our goal. It’s hard to find the way forward when there are a lot of things in the way. If all we can see is the next step ahead, we can take it. And then the next will open, and we can take that. Step by step we can continue to move ahead until we reach the destination we desire. If we are determined to succeed, nothing can keep us from our goal.

Today if you’re facing a difficult situation and don’t know what to do, stop and think about what you want the most. Look at all the possibilities before you and decide on your next step. You have everything you need to reach any destination you desire. Be confident and stand strong. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing can keep you from success. Trust yourself. Every dream is there for you, and you will reach it.