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Holding On

25 Feb

Everyone wants an easy, happy life where nothing terrible happens and each day is filled with sunshine and joy. But we live in the real world, and nothing is perfect. We will all have precious moments of bliss where everything goes well, but they will never be permanent. Things will change, complications will come, and we’ll face problems and trouble. Everything can change in a moment. The bottom may fall away, and we may be left suspended in confusion, afraid of what will happen next. When everything goes sideways, and the road ahead is dark and filled with uncertainty, we may doubt we can survive. We may believe this is it, this is how we’ll end. But no matter how bad the situation becomes, or how dark it gets, it cannot last forever. If we hold on, and think clearly about what’s happened, the answers we need will appear and we will be able to step forward. Sometimes the only difference between success and failure is the ability to hold on just a little longer. There will never be a situation with no way out. The answers will always be there for us, and if we look, we will see the road ahead. Hard times will come to us all and we may face something we don’t believe we can survive. But we are stronger and more powerful than we imagine, and nothing, absolutely nothing, can overcome us. It may get dark, and the tempest may threaten, but there is sunshine above and if we hold fast to the way forward, it will shine through. Life is full of challenges and tests. We may be pushed to our limit, but we will not be conquered. With patience and faith, we will find every answer we need to prevail and move ahead. Nothing is strong enough to hold us in place forever. We already have everything we need to win.

When pondering life, we may identify some things we don’t believe we could ever survive. The death of someone dear, the betrayal of a lover, the devastation of home and family, and endless other scenarios. Terrible things can and may happen, and there may be moments when all we can count on is ourselves. It may seem impossible to endure at first, but we are stronger than we imagine and will get through. By trusting ourselves and taking things one step at a time, we can manage anything that comes.

Some experiences are so painful they change us forever. When we’ve suffered through something devastating, our view of life and our part in it may be different as we move forward. It doesn’t mean we’ve lost anything, but that we’ve gained a greater understanding of where we are and the world around us. Change is constant, but we are still in control of our lives and can determine our future. We are intelligent and wise, and with patience and time, we can overcome any disappointment or calamity that has befallen us.

Today if you’re going through a very difficult time and it’s hard to see the road ahead, trust yourself. You are wise and powerful, and nothing can hold you down. Stand firm and look ahead. Every blessing is still there for you. Nothing can keep you from success, and you will prevail.

From Behind

12 Feb

We have millions of different experiences as we go through our lives. Each one teaches us something that we take forward with us. When we learn something valuable, it enriches us and helps us move ahead with increased confidence. But not every experience is positive, and there will be times when things go wrong, and we get hurt. We can heal from anything that happens, but the memory of the experience will remain. Our personalities and identity reflect everything we’ve seen and learned as we’ve progressed through our lives. As we move forward, we carry everything that’s happened so far with us. If we’ve been through serious and devastating trials, or if we’ve been deeply hurt, the echoes of those memories will stay with us and when we least expect it, may surface and come up from behind to color our decisions moving forward. The past can never predict the future but may influence the decisions we make moving ahead. Bad memories may rise and make us doubt ourselves or the situation we’re in. If we’re afraid of repeating an old mistake, or getting tangled up all over again, we may decide to stay in place instead of stepping forward. We can do anything we like but standing in place will never move us ahead. What’s passed is over and can never be changed, and has no control over what we do or where we go. Nothing can keep us from any destination we desire. We are strong and capable, and can be confident and sure we will succeed. Every single dream is possible, and we will make them ours.

There are lots of people around us who may offer their opinions and advice, whether we ask for them or not. If they’ve seen us stumble in the past, they may tell us we cannot accomplish something we’re striving for. We can listen to any advice we’re given, but we don’t need permission or agreement to live our lives any way we choose. We know where we want to go and can find the answers and tools we need to get there. Our futures are determined by the choices we make, and we can go anywhere and do anything. Nothing can hold us in place when we’re ready to move, and we will succeed.

It’s hard to carry heavy boxes a long way. They are cumbersome and difficult, and slow us down. Carrying around past disappointments may restrict us and prevent us from reaching our most desired goals. Mistakes of the past are not like tattoos. They don’t mark us permanently and have no power over our futures. Falling down hurts, but we can learn by what went wrong, and take that information with us, leaving the pain behind. By honoring everything we’ve experienced and learning all we can, we can move ahead with confidence and increased clarity. The whole world is there for us, and we will prevail.

Today if you’re struggling because of something that happened before, stop, and decide what you want. Let go of the disappointments from the past and focus on the road ahead. Your future is yours to design. Nothing can keep you from success, and every dream is waiting for you.

Long Way Around

22 Jan

Everyone has their own plans for moving forward, and their own ideas about how things should go. If we have control over a situation, we can make all the decisions necessary to ensure it goes our way. It’s great when we can drive the train and choose the destination, but that won’t always be the case. We share the world with a lot of other people and it’s unlikely any of them will see everything exactly as we do. There will probably be times when although we’re sure we know exactly what needs to happen and how we should proceed, we have no control and must do what someone else has decided. It’s frustrating when our input is minimized, and we’re expected to follow a plan we don’t agree with. All our goals are possible, but there may be periods when we’ll have to take the long way around to reach them. Stepping further and further away from the road we want to travel is maddening. We may find it hard to interact with those making decisions that are diametrically opposed to our plans, but we have the patience and wisdom needed to manage whatever we must. Our viewpoints are valuable, and we can express them calmly and graciously. It’s important to hear all options possible and by voicing our personal opinions, we may open new doors that will take us closer to where we want to be. Some may listen to what we have to say, or they may disregard us, but speaking up allows us to at least be heard. If we can’t change the situation, we can manage it for now. Nothing stays the same forever, and in time, we’ll be able to adjust our course and get back to the roads we want to travel. By trusting ourselves, and watching for the opening we need, we can make every dream reality and reach all the destinations we desire.

Some people are very powerful and influential. They may make demands and requests we don’t understand or agree with, but if they have authority over us, we may have to acquiesce. We can do what is necessary to go along for now, but change is constant, and there will come a time when we have the chance to move on to something else. By keeping our options open and watching carefully, we will find opportunities to change course and move closer to the path we prefer.

There is no way to control our lives to prevent difficulties or hardship from coming our way. Life is full of unexpected complications and when they arise, we’ll have to deal with them. They may cause us serious discomfort and take us off track while we manage them, but they won’t last indefinitely. We know what we want, and even if we must take the long way around to get it, we can still succeed. Every opportunity is there for us, and with determination and focus, we will prevail.

Today if you must step away from your plans to do something you don’t want to do, keep your eyes focused ahead. Detours don’t mean your journey is ending. You know what you want, and nothing can keep you from your goals. Be patient and wise, and the doors ahead will open. You will reach every destination you desire and find great success. There is great happiness ahead, and you will achieve it.

Turning the Page

15 Sep

We’ll all have good times and bad times, things will go well or we may fail, we’ll rejoice or experience heartbreak. Good experiences lift us and bring greater joy and hope for the road ahead. Hard times filled with worry, concern, or sadness, help us gain greater stamina and strength. If we have a very extreme event that hurts us deeply or completely changes our direction, we may feel stunned and unsure. When the world turns upside down, it’s hard to find our footing. We may stumble and get lost for a time, and begin to think we’ll never survive. But we are stronger and more resilient than we think we are, and as each moment passes, our confidence will increase and we’ll find our way forward. We can modify our plans for the future and stay where we are, or decide to completely change direction. Like turning the page in a book, we can change everything and start again somewhere new. The world is a huge place. There are endless destinations, and things to do. We are never restricted to where we are and what we’re doing. We don’t need agreement or permission from those around us to change our lives in any way or at any time. A new location with new opportunities opens the door to different experiences that expand our thinking, and bring the possibility of great happiness. We’re always in control of our lives, and never need suffer longer than we want to. If we’re ready to move on to something new, we can. Every option is possible and nothing is out of reach. The book of life is long, and we can turn the page to a new experience at any time. We deserve complete happiness, and with determination and confidence, will have it.

Personal heartbreak is very painful. When someone we love walks away, they leave a big hole in our happiness. If we’re devastated, we may think we’ll never get over it, and will be emotionally destroyed for the rest of our lives. That will never happen. No matter how much pain we’re in now, tomorrow will be better. Each day will bring healing, and in time, however long it takes, we’ll be whole again. We can trust that no matter how hard things seem right now, the road will straighten and we’ll be able to move ahead with clarity and confidence. Nothing can hold us down indefinitely. Every dream is still there for us, and we will reach them.

There can be great comfort in routine. We know what to expect and are used to how things work. However, if our lives are upended by something unexpected, everything may change. The road we were on may turn and we may find ourselves headed toward something we no longer want. There are endless roads possible and we can change direction at any time. We are more valuable and precious than we can imagine, and can do anything we desire. Despite what’s happened, nothing can keep us from success, and we can have the lives we want the most.

Today if your life has suddenly changed, and you’re unsure about how to proceed, trust yourself. You are powerful and strong. Decide what you want the most, and take the first step forward. You deserve complete happiness and nothing can keep you from success. Be confident. Every dream is there for you, and you will make them yours.

Overdrawn

23 Aug

Most of us don’t have unlimited amounts of money and are so rich we don’t have to track or be concerned about what we spend. Generally, we have to carefully watch our expenditures so we don’t get overdrawn in our accounts and cause problems. There are unlimited things to buy and it takes continued diligence and attention to make sure we stay solvent and manage our transactions. Everyone understands this idea when it comes to money but we may not see it when it comes to our personal well-being. There is give and take in everything and no matter what’s involved, if we give away more than we take in we’ll be overdrawn. If we are working hard at our jobs and doing the best we can and yet our superiors never recognize or thank us for our efforts, we may feel unappreciated and unvalued. In our relationships, if we give our time and consideration to someone who never follows through or reciprocates in ways that show they love us, we may feel unfulfilled and unhappy. In every situation if we’re giving our time, efforts, and attention and receive nothing in return, eventually we’ll feel the loss and may give up altogether. We’re all valuable and important and if those around us fail to notice or show their appreciation for what we’re doing and who we are, we can change the situation. We never have to stay anywhere we aren’t happy and can move forward in a new direction. Our lives are precious. We can do what we need to find complete happiness and satisfaction in every arena. If we’re overdrawn, we can stop spending our assets and move forward with confidence.

Some people are natural givers. They like to serve others and help whenever they can. It’s normal for them to offer their time and energy when they see a need, and they find great reward in serving others. It’s noble to help others and reach out in kindness, and when we can our lives will be enriched. But there is a tipping point in every scenario and if we reach the place where we’re giving and giving and still there is more need, we can step back and realistically evaluate how much more we can offer. We can sacrifice our time and still recognize and honor our personal needs. We need not give to the point of complete exhaustion. We’re in control and can ensure we aren’t giving so much to help others that we’re hurting ourselves in the process.

Our personal needs are important and deserve our attention. Taking care of ourselves is the most important thing we do every day. It’s difficult to serve others when we’re exhausted and worn out. If we take the time we need to be healthy, rested and strong we will be more effective and helpful. We can always take time to restore and recharge. By being wise and mindful not to overdraw our personal account we’ll ensure we are ready when a need arises and prepared to help.

Today if you’ve been giving too much in a situation and feel drained and worn out, step away and take the time you need to restore. You are important and valuable, and there isn’t anyone else like you in all the world. You are a great blessing and bring amazing gifts to us all. Be wise and take the best care of yourself. You’ll feel better and stronger, and more confident moving forward.