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Clearing It Away

16 Nov

Our lives are busy and there is often a lot that needs our attention. We have relationships to nurture, jobs that need our time, chores to take care of, people to consider, and the list goes on and on. Every experience we have teaches us something, and they may also leave us with unfinished business. Unresolved issues will linger and hang onto us until we face them, and do what is needed to take care of them. We can try to avoid thinking about them but like static electricity, they cling to us and continually remind us they are there. There may be unresolved feelings from a former relationship, or conversations we need to have in an unsettled situation. Whatever the issue, carrying it around will never bring us freedom or peace. Until we clear it away, we may feel burdened and get stuck unable to move ahead. It’s not easy to open painful doors and look inside, but the only way to let go of whatever is holding us down is to bring it all out in the open and address every unfinished aspect. We have everything we need to face anything we must, and already possess all the courage and wisdom necessary to find our way through. By being completely honest with ourselves and those around us, and taking the time to work through any issue, we will find great release and satisfaction. All the answers we need will be there for us, and we will find the road ahead. Success is waiting, and by looking at everything clearly, and stepping forward with confidence, we will reach it.

There is an old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind.” That works with some things but simply looking away from trouble will never fix it. Hiding from something we don’t want to face changes nothing. No matter how long we look away and pretend things are different than they are, the problem we’re avoiding will wait until we turn back around. There is no need to run from trouble. We have all the courage and wisdom necessary to solve whatever comes. By trusting ourselves, and taking control, we can solve any complication and find the road ahead.

We may face an issue that is so complex and difficult we struggle to get through. Everyone has different experiences and chances are someone around us will have information and ideas that will assist us in finding the answers we need. By reaching out to others, and being open about what’s happening, we can get the help needed, and reach success. Nothing can hold us in place, and we will prevail.

Today if you’ve been holding onto unresolved feelings and conflict, stop and look at everything openly and objectively. Let go of any unfinished business and clear away any unsettled issues. Close the books on the past, and start again. You are amazing and capable, and bring great light to the world. Trust yourself and be confident. There is great success just ahead, and nothing will keep you from it.

Ending and Beginning Again

5 Nov

Nothing is permanent in life and change is constant. We all have dreams and goals we want to accomplish, and may work hard to make them ours. Sometimes things will go well and we reach our desired destinations as planned, but life is uncertain. Things can get in the way, people may make decisions that hold us back, and we might find ourselves facing a complete stop with nowhere to turn. For reasons out of our control, what we want may not be possible. Maybe the parameters needed to make it happen aren’t there, or it requires something we don’t have and can’t get. Our dream of success may face an insurmountable complication that prevents us from proceeding. If there is nothing more we can do, and we must accept the end of a journey, we may feel devastated and sad that we cannot prevail. The world around us may seem bleak and we may feel overcome with failure. Endings can be hard but the end of one road doesn’t mean we are done. When a door closes, we can take whatever time we need to adjust to our new reality, and then look ahead to something new. When we’re completely focused on moving in one direction, nothing else matters. When that changes, every other road is possible. Ending one thing opens the way for beginning something else. There are unlimited destinations out there, and once we decide how we want to proceed, we can start on our new journey. Saying goodbye isn’t always easy, but when we’re ready, the whole world is there for us. We have endless potential and can reach great success. By remaining confident, even in defeat, we can forge ahead toward whatever destination we desire, and with focus and determination, reach the goal.

The past does not predict the future. If we’ve faced a situation where our plans haven’t worked out, it doesn’t mean we are incapable of achieving success. There will never be a time when every goal we desire is out of reach, and all the doors ahead are locked. We can decide what we want the most, and then carefully and thoughtfully make a plan to achieve it. When the timing is right, we can step forward and move closer to success. We know what we want and with persistence and determination will prevail.

Reaching the end of a road gives us time to think about how we want to proceed. When there is no pressure to push forward, we can consider every option we desire and decide how we want to move forward. Taking the time we need to evaluate all the possibilities enhances our chance for success. We are highly capable and more powerful than we realize. By trusting ourselves and keeping our eyes on the destination ahead, we will succeed.

Today if the road ahead is blocked and you can’t move forward, consider all the options possible. The end of one road is just the beginning of another. Decide what you want the most and take the first step toward the goal. You are amazing and can do something incredible. Trust yourself and be confident. Every success is yours for the taking. Step up and claim them.

Feathers

13 Sep

Life is long and we’ll experience many, many different things as we navigate our way through it. There will be wonderful times filled with laughter and fun, precious moments that stay with us, difficult and challenging experiences that teach us, and we may suffer greatly at some point. We might experience some things we do not dream we could survive and surprise ourselves by not only living through them, but conquering them. There will be countless emotions and feelings as we push forward. We can’t predict what will happen next but no matter what comes, we will have what we need to get through. Living successfully often requires us to let go of something. Maybe it’s someone who has left us either by choice or death, maybe it’s sorrow we’ve suffered through but can’t seem to release, or countless other things that may happen. Holding onto what’s gone can feel safe. It may make us believe that somehow, despite the facts and all the odds, we’ll be able to reverse what’s happened and make things different. But life is always moving on. There is no way to go back in time, or change the past. Birds have a lot of feathers. Sometimes one falls away but that doesn’t keep them from continuing to fly. It’s the same with us. Letting go of pain and sorrow is like losing a feather. We can release it and still be confident of our strength moving forward. Setting the past down and walking away will never weaken us or prevent us from reaching success in the future. Trouble comes to us all. There is no need to hold onto it any longer than we must. We can let it go, look ahead, and walk forward, confident and sure. Nothing can keep us from anything we want to accomplish and every destination will always be waiting. By trusting ourselves, we will find great satisfaction, happiness and success.

When we’re struggling through something difficult and painful, it’s hard to see anything positive. We may feel overwhelmed, overcome, and defeated. If we’re dealing with a loss, we may suffer through intense grief and sorrow. The whole world may seem dark and oppressive, but no storm can last forever. Change is constant, and no matter how heavy the clouds are, no matter how hard it is to see ahead, the sun will still be there, shining brightly above it all. It will always be there for us and in time, the light will break through and we’ll find relief.

Every experience teaches us something. We learn more during hard times than we could ever gain when we’re having fun. That old saying, “No pain, no gain,” is right. When we have to push hard, and suffer through complicated problems and difficulties, we learn more about ourselves and the world around us. There is something good to be gained from every challenge. We are tougher than we think we are, and nothing is powerful enough to hold us down forever. We can stand firm, and step forward with clarity and confidence, that no matter what lies ahead, we will prevail.

Today if you’re facing a serious and difficult issue, trust yourself. This is just one feather. It is not the end. There is light above you, ready to shine down and show you the way. Be confident. All your dreams are possible and nothing can keep you from making them yours. You are amazing and powerful, and you will succeed.

Gutters

22 Jul

People are complicated. There are endless expressions, ideas, emotions and personal experiences that color our behaviors and how we act and react to the world around us. No two people are exactly the same. We all have our own ideas about life and chart our own courses, making individual decisions that take us to various destinations and bring endless results. Two people can have the same exact experience and yet come away with entirely different perspectives. We may feel things intensely or be able to brush off what happens with little thought. We’re all different, and those differences bring great depth and richness to the world, but can also cause complications. If we’re not confident and disagree with those around us, we may hold our feelings in, and try to keep a low profile in an effort to prevent conflict or intense disagreement. That might work, but pretending we’re fine when we’re not, or going along with something we believe is wrong will eventually work against us. It’s like having clogged gutters on a house. They look fine from the outside and as long as the weather is nice there are no problems. But when a storm comes and the rain is intense, the water will not flow away and protect the house from flooding. Instead, it will build up and splash over the sides, soak the wood nearby and may cause great permanent damage. The same is true if we hold in how we really feel. We may look fine on the outside, but keeping our real thoughts to ourselves may cause us great stress and inner turmoil as we try to get through a difficult situation. It’s hard to feel good when we’re not being our true selves. Being open and allowing our honest opinions to flow will enable open communication and allow for greater understanding. We are entitled to our own opinions even if they’re different from those around us. We can be confident in expressing ourselves truthfully and making choices that reflect our own personal standards. Our input is important and the whole world is better because we are here.

It’s always easier to navigate through decisions if everyone is on the same page. When everyone agrees on the way forward, the road will be smoother than if there is dissent. When there is disagreement, the process may take longer and be more complex, but every idea has value. The simplest answer isn’t always the best in the long run, and a paved road will not always lead to the destinations we desire most. Allowing everyone to give their full and honest opinions about the choices ahead will open new doors and allow for alternative interpretations of every situation, shining a light on a completely new perspective.

Families and traditions are powerful influences in our lives. If we want to do something different from the way things have always been done in the past, we may face serious resistance and opposition. We may be pressured to just go along even if we disagree. We can always do anything we like, but pretending to be something we aren’t is like dealing with clogged gutters. Our true feelings may be held back for a time, but eventually we’ll need to express ourselves and be honest about who we are and what we want. Every expression has value and our contributions, even if different, are important. There is great satisfaction and happiness in being true to ourselves and living our lives openly and confidently.

Today if you don’t agree with what’s going on around you, speak up. Your voice is important and your feelings are worthwhile. Stand tall and show us who you are. You bring great richness and depth to the world and your contributions count. Be confident and honest. You are amazing and powerful. There is nobody like you in all of creation and nobody else can give the gifts you have to offer. You are precious and priceless, and we’re all blessed because you are here.

Do It Again

11 Jun

As we move through our lives, we experience many different things. We push toward our goals and with persistence and patience, achieve them. Some things come easily and we accomplish them quickly, but other things take time and effort, and can get complicated and difficult. We can never see the end of the road from the beginning, but if we’re persistent and determined, we can reach the destinations we desire. We only have control over ourselves, and may face a situation where no matter what we do we can’t move ahead. There may be others standing in our way, or making decisions that keep us from advancing, or the timing may make the goal impossible right now. If we get stuck, we always have options. We can look for another way forward, or we can simply keep repeating what we’re doing, hoping somehow if we just do it again, it’ll work. Repeating the same behavior over and over will not change our situation. Persistently going over the same steps won’t move us forward. If what we’re doing isn’t working, doing it again, harder, faster or with more enthusiasm won’t fix it. Going around in the same circle over and over will only hold us in place. If we want to push ahead, we’ll need to let go of the road we’re on, and move onto another. There are always many roads to every destination. Getting attached and clinging to one that doesn’t work will not take us to success. We are intelligent and can look at any situation objectively and openly, and find the answers we need to succeed. Every destination is there for us, and with wisdom and planning, we can reach them all.

From a distance it’s hard to see all the details of any situation. What looks good from afar may look very different when we get up close. A window down the road that looks open and inviting, may turn out to be a mirror on a door that is nailed shut. We can stand and hope it will turn into the window we thought it was, or we can accept what is real, and look for another way forward. We are certainly smart enough and flexible enough to adjust to whatever we must, and find our way to any goal we desire.

Our relationships are important to us, and when they’re positive bring great happiness and satisfaction to our lives. If we’re in a situation where our connection to someone else is fraught with stress, disappointment and pain, it’s up to us to decide how long we want to suffer. Enduring a bad relationship for a long time is no guarantee that it will ever change. We’re in control of our lives and our happiness is important. We can stay in any situation we want for however long we want, but there are always other options, and we can change anything at any time. We are powerful and strong, and every success is there for us.

Today if you’ve been doing the same thing over and over hoping it will work, step back and look at all the options possible. There will always be another road that leads to success. Change your focus and try something new. You are amazing and capable, and nothing is beyond your reach. Every success is there for you, and every dream is possible. Step forward with confidence, and you will prevail.