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Another Breath

9 Jan

Life is filled with challenges and trials. Every day brings something new and we never know when we’ll have to face something that tests us and pushes us beyond what’s comfortable. Sometimes things move along smoothly and we feel confident and sure, and then out of nowhere, a wrench gets thrown into the mix and we struggle to figure out what to do next. If the problem is far-reaching and intense, it may take a lot of energy and time to work out. As we navigate through each entanglement, we may tire of the struggle and the complications that keep us from moving forward. If the situation is overwhelming and acute, and we’ve been trying to work through it for a while, we may feel it’s hopeless and begin to consider just giving up and walking away. Our success will be decided in that moment of despair. We can change our plans any time we like, let go and find another way around, but if we hold tight and continue, we have the great chance of succeeding. Another breath, another minute to hang on, and another step forward may change everything. We never know what’s around the next corner or what the next development will bring. We may be on the last required step before success. If the goal is important and we want to accomplish it, no matter what comes we will have all the temerity and courage we need to achieve it. There isn’t anything powerful or complex enough to hold us in place. If we’re tired, we can take a break. We can step back from the fray, catch our breath, and consider every option ahead. When we’re ready we can start again and continue forward. Every success is possible and nothing is too far or too difficult. We are powerful and wise, and will always find our way.

We might go through periods of calm where the road ahead is clear and unobstructed, and cruise forward without worry or concern. It’s great when life is easy. But there may be times when it seems every turn is blocked and we are beset by trouble and torment. During those moments we may be confused about what is happening and wonder why it’s happening to us. There may be a lot of noise and we may get disoriented for a time, but we are strong and capable, and will find our footing and the way ahead.

A whirlpool catches everything floating near it, and secures it in its endless spin. Like being held captive in a spiral of torment, we may feel caught up when extreme difficulties enter our lives. It may seem everything is out of control, but if we are anchored and positive, and trust ourselves to overcome whatever we’re facing, we will find the answers we need to prevail. We are amazing and powerful, and have everything we need to get through anything we must.

Today if you’re in the midst of a difficult trial, and the road ahead is dark and cloudy, trust yourself. You already have everything you need to find the way forward. Take your time, and explore every possible option. The answers are there for you and with patience and determination, you will find them. You are incredible and strong, and nothing is too powerful for you to manage. Be confident and step forward. Success is just ahead, and you will reach it.

Not Yet

30 Dec

We have many experiences as we go through our lives. Mostly we manage whatever comes but we may face a situation that is extremely painful, and so invasive, it changes the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Terrible things can happen and we may suffer greatly as we push through a situation that leaves us bereft and shaken. Pain and suffering will happen, and if we’re devastated and heartbroken, we may feel lost and unable to move for a time. Those around us may try to help by telling us we’ll get over it, and we undoubtedly will eventually find a way to continue on. But how long that will take can’t be predicted and depends on a lot of factors. There is no way to rush grief. It takes as long as it takes. We can do things to try to heal more quickly, get counseling if we think that will help, or talk to those we trust for advice, and in the end, healing will come. While we’re suffering and in pain, it can be hard to believe we’ll ever feel whole again. Situations remind us how our lives were before things changed, and we may yearn and wish that somehow everything could go back to how it was. Of course, going back in time is never possible, no matter how much we desire it. There is no way to revise the past and life continues on. We can take the time we need to process everything that’s happened, and think about how we want to proceed. There is no rush to move forward. If standing still helps, we can wait, but our lives are important, and eventually we must find our way forward. Nothing is powerful enough to hold us in place indefinitely. We are stronger than anything we must face. We can trust ourselves to find the strength and wisdom we need to modify our lives in ways that bring us fulfillment, satisfaction and happiness. Every dream will always be there for us, and with patience and courage, we will reach them.

After a big unexpected upset, we may be stunned and unable to move. If our world has been shaken and what we thought was real turned out to be a mirage, it may take time for us to find our footing again. The whole world around us may change, but we are wise and powerful, and no matter what has happened, can find our way ahead. We can step back and look at everything openly and decide what we want to do. Our lives belong to us, and we have all the wisdom and intelligence we need to discern the way forward.

There are endless roads before us and we can go anywhere and do anything. Even if everything goes wrong, the world turns upside down, or the road ends before we reach our destination, we can find another way around. Every challenge and disappointment teach us something new, and give us additional strength to continue forward. We know what we want, and nothing can keep us from it.

Today if you’ve suffered a terrible setback, and feel unsure about what to do next, take the time you need to decide exactly what you want. Every destination is still there for you and nothing can keep you from success. Trust yourself and be confident. You can overcome anything, and you will prevail.

Possible

20 Aug

Our lives are a reflection of every decision we make. If we’re focused on where we want to go, and make choices that move us closer to our goals, we’ll get to the destinations we want. But life is busy and complicated, and there are endless things that can distract us and pull us away from doing what is needed to find the success we’re seeking. People are constantly coming and going in and out of our lives demanding our time and attention, and countless unpredictable events can push us off track and hold us in place. If we’ve been trying to do something for a while and haven’t made any progress, we may begin to believe we can’t achieve it. Some things may not be available at this moment in time, but everything we desire can be accomplished if we keep our eyes on the goal and take advantage of opportunities as they present. We may have to wait until a better time arises, or we may have to take the long way around to get there, but everything is possible. There will always be a road to the destinations we want. We’re capable of handling details that get in the way, and can find another route if the road we’re on doesn’t work. Our lives are ours to design, and nothing can keep us from what we desire if we’re willing to do what it takes to get it. It doesn’t matter if the goal is hard to reach – we are strong and capable. It doesn’t matter if the road ahead is long and difficult – we are wise and can endure whatever is needed to succeed. All our dreams can come true and we can have the lives we desire most. Nothing is too hard for us to manage or too far away. Every destination is there for us and with determination and focus, we will reach them.

When we’re doing something new or trying to put something together, it’s helpful to consult the instructions. They help and give us added confidence when we get confused or can’t figure out the next step. Unfortunately, our lives don’t come with an instruction manual and when we’re stepping into something new, we’re on our own. There may be others willing to help or we might need to step ahead into the darkness alone. We already possess everything we need to do anything we want. We are more powerful than we realize, and nothing is out of reach.

There are endless reasons not to do something we want. It’s too hard, it’ll take too long, we aren’t sure we can succeed, or it’s Tuesday. If we really don’t want to do something, any excuse will do. But if we want to succeed, and truly desire the goal, nothing can keep us from it. There is no detour big enough to keep us from moving forward, and no complication difficult enough to hold us in place indefinitely. We can do anything. Nothing is too far away or too hard to reach. We can make our dreams come true and have the lives we desire.

Today if a thousand things have gone wrong and you’re starting to believe you can’t succeed, remember how powerful and strong you are. Complications will come but you are smart enough to find a way around them. Your life is in your control and you can do anything you want. Look up and step ahead. Every dream is possible, and you will make them yours.

Treasure

2 Aug

Everyone has their own opinions about everything in life. We like certain things, we understand other things, and we deal with what we don’t appreciate. We make our own personal judgments and we’re entitled to our own ideas and interpretations. We’re all unique and see things through individual filters. What one person sees as a benefit another may view as a problem. There are endless perceptions and the world is filled with differences. We may find ourselves in a situation where someone sees us in a negative light. They may not appreciate our point of view, or how we look, or present ourselves, and they may deride or criticize, telling us we are worthless. Their comments may pierce us deeply and hurt, and if we aren’t confident, we may believe what they say. Everything we do and everything we say expresses who we are, either positive or negative. Some people find satisfaction in belittling others and making them feel small and insignificant. They like to muscle over them, deriding and humiliating as they push them aside. People may do and say anything they like, but they can never change the truth. No matter what someone may think or how demeaning they may be, we will still be valuable and worthwhile. Nothing can change that. We are unique treasures, here to give gifts to the world only we have to offer. There are no words or actions that can take that away. The opinions of others don’t diminish our influence or our goodness. Each of us is priceless and of unlimited worth. We can be confident and strong, and bring light to those around us. The world is blessed because we are here, and nothing will ever change that.

There are all kinds of people and there will likely be times when we interact with someone we don’t like. Maybe they grate on our nerves, or annoy us with their behaviors, or we don’t understand their views. It’s normal to have differences from time to time, and it may be difficult to deal with someone. We’re all unique and we won’t always blend well together but even when we don’t, we can still honor them. There is nothing to be gained by pointing out flaws, or demeaning anyone because they don’t match our way of thinking. We can be respectful and kind, even when we disagree, and extend the hand of friendship.

If someone has made it clear they don’t think much of us, and takes every opportunity to explain how we don’t measure up, it’ll be hard to interact with them. They can have their own views, but we don’t need to internalize them and make them ours. We can remember how valuable we are, and continue forward with confidence, trusting that we are making a positive impact on the world around us. There is greatness in all of us, and we are worth more than we imagine.

Today if someone has made you feel insignificant and worthless, remember there is nobody else like you in the entire creation. You are a unique and valuable treasure, and we’re all blessed by your influence. Your voice is important and you bring richness to the whole world. Be strong and go forward with confidence. You are a gift to us all, and everything is better because you are here.

Coming Back

26 Jun

Every day brings opportunities for us move forward toward the goals and destinations we desire. There are endless decisions we can make and unlimited places to go. With every opportunity there is the chance for success, but there are often challenges attached to each choice. There may be many distractions and sometimes if our focus wavers, we may wander away from the road that will take us to our goal. The world is a huge place and there’s a lot going on all around us much of the time. It’s easy to get waylaid by interruptions or attractions, and if we aren’t paying attention, may find ourselves going in the wrong direction away from what we want to accomplish. Additionally, there are lots of people coming in and out of our lives and they may ask for our time or attention. They might have ideas about how we should be spending our time and encourage us to follow them instead of moving forward with our own plans. We can do anything we want to do but every accomplishment requires determination and attention, and if we want to succeed, need to keep our eyes trained on the road ahead. We can design our lives any way we want and if we’ve strayed from the path, we can regroup and start again. There are endless places to go and lots to see, and if we aren’t careful, we may spend all our time watching everything around us and go nowhere. Every goal is possible and if we’ve wandered away from it, we can come back. The destination will still be waiting for us and we can move ahead confident of success. We can do anything and go anywhere. By keeping our eyes on the goal, we will win.

It’s easier to accomplish something if there are no distractions and we can stay with it until we’re finished. But life is complicated and we can’t predict what will happen that may divert us or get in the way. There may be times when because of circumstance we must move away from a goal until our situation changes. Stepping away doesn’t mean giving up and we can come back to our plans when the time is right. We never have to sacrifice anything we truly desire. We can return and continue to move forward with determination and focus, and reach every goal.

There may be times when we get caught up in others around us and what they’re doing. We may spend our time watching them or helping them achieve their goals. It can be fun to work with others and it’s good to be helpful, but we are responsible for our own lives. If we spend all our time doing things with others and neglect what we want to accomplish, we will never reach our goals. We deserve to feel fulfilled and happy, and making our personal dreams a reality will bring us great satisfaction and joy.

Today if you’ve wandered away from the road to your chosen destination, stop and think about what you want to accomplish most. Direct your course toward the goals you desire and make them yours. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is out of reach. Be confident and be wise. Every dream is possible and you can make them all yours.

Off the Mark

11 Jun

Life takes us to many places, and sometimes our circumstances turn and suddenly we’re someplace new. If we’re far from our intended destination, we may wonder how we got there and what to do next. We can’t control most of what happens and when our situation changes without warning, and everything is modified, we may be confused and concerned about what’s happening and how to manage it. There’s no way to predict what will come to us. Because of decisions out of our control, or developments we couldn’t foresee, we may end up on a road to someplace unexpected. Nothing in life is permanent and everything is always changing. We may be way off the mark from where we want to be, and have to deal with a new reality. Our plans may not work right now, and we may have to wait, but in time, every opportunity will present itself and if we’re ready, we can turn back onto the road we desire most. Learning to be flexible and bend when there are modifications will help us manage disappointment and find the way forward. We may have to put our dreams on hold for a time, and take undesirable steps in a direction far from where we want to be. But nothing lasts forever, and if we keep our focus, when the situation changes again, we can step forward and start over. Being off the mark only postpones our ability to succeed. We will always get another chance to reach the destinations we desire. Nothing is out of bounds and we have everything we need to prevail. We can be patient in the meantime, and do what is necessary to move forward so that when the chance to break free arises we’ll be ready. Every dream is possible and with determination and patience we can reach every goal we desire.

We all have control over our decisions but there may be times in life when we must bend to someone else’s choices. Professional pressures, family relationships, and other complicated situations may prevent us from doing everything exactly the way we want to do it. If we must alter our course to accommodate a situation we can’t control, our plans may have to wait until our circumstances change. Our destinations will always be there for us and when we can take more control over our direction, we will find them.

It’s hard to be patient when we want something. It’s hard to wait for people to move out of our way or for the situation to correct itself so we can step forward. But waiting gives us time to refine our choices and decide exactly how we want to proceed. When the opportunity to start again is available, we can continue with our plans and move forward. We can achieve anything we like but we can’t achieve it all today, and there will always be a chance tomorrow. All our dreams are possible. With careful consideration and planning, we will make them ours.

Today if things have changed and you can’t move forward the way you want to, do what is necessary to take care of what’s happening and effectively manage the situation. Your chance to start again will come. Be wise, and be patient. Every dream is still possible and you will prevail.

Changing the World

20 Jul

Everyone is different and there are endless interpretations to everything we do, see, and experience. We all have our own ideas about how things should be and what is right. If we feel strongly about something and someone disagrees it may be difficult to accept their viewpoint and opinions. In an effort to convert them to our side we may speak loudly and forcefully trying to make them listen. If they don’t follow along and we’re angry, we may belittle them, criticize them, call them names or insinuate they are too stupid to see what to us is the correct point of view. There is nothing noble in demeaning others for any reason and nothing can be gained by diminishing their value. Being disrespectful and rude doesn’t elevate anyone and reduces us. We’re entitled to our own ideas and opinions but it’s inappropriate and destructive to demand that others agree with them. Each of us is unique and our decisions are ours to make. To punish those who disagree with us will never bring us happiness but will only increase suffering and disharmony, and ruin relationships. The only way to effectively influence others is through patience, kindness, inclusion and acceptance. We have the power to change the world but only by setting the example for love and charity will we prevail. Nothing is more powerful than a loving and understanding attitude. When we are accepting and kind people will be drawn to us and we can share our lives with them.

Opinions vary and we can respect the right of everyone to believe what they choose and live their lives according to their own values and desires. It may be hard for us to understand their viewpoint but we don’t have to understand everything to be accepting. We can be respectful and kind and if we disagree we may share our opinions and ideas. We’re all different and when we clash there may be conflict. We have the power to diffuse any tension through kindness and a welcoming attitude. Being patient when there is disagreement and listening openly to every idea will pave the way to friendship and inclusion.

It’s impossible to push people into agreeing with us. Everyone has their own ideas and can live their lives any way they choose. We can express what we believe and exhibit how our beliefs are beneficial. We can lead by example and display goodness and nobility, and with patience and love bring others close. There is greatness in us and by showing it to the world through kindness and charity, especially in conflict, we will prevail.

Today if you’ve been pressuring others to listen to you and trying to get them to accept your viewpoint, remember gentleness and kindness will open the doors. Be patient and loving and accept other opinions. Express your respect and love to those around you and they will draw close to you and feel your influence. Acceptance will give you power and charity will bring you success. You have the power to change the world. Be the best you can be and set the example for good.