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Who’s In Charge

10 Nov

There are lots of people in our lives. Everyone is unique and they all have their own ideas about how things should go. If they are very confident they know what’s right, they may share their opinions with those around them, whether they ask for them or not. Those who are loud and confident may press us into following them and doing what they say. If we let them, they may take control of our decisions and we may end up far from where we want to go. It can be hard to stand up to someone in authority whose ideas are different than our own. We may start out going along just to keep the peace, but if we continue to follow along, we may end up simply making choices without thinking. Every road has a destination and we’ll eventually end up wherever it leads. Chances are we’ll be fine whatever happens, but being fine isn’t the same thing as being happy. It doesn’t matter what those around us want, and it doesn’t matter where they think we should go. We are in control of our lives, and when we’re ready, can take charge of the journey and move toward what we want the most. Our lives are ours to design. We don’t have to do anything like anyone else. We can choose where we want to go, and then do what is necessary to reach every destination. There is greatness in us all, and with focus and determination, we can have the lives we want the most.

The influence of family can be great. There may be intense pressure to keep certain traditions and do things that are agreeable to everyone. We can certainly do anything we like, and if we want to avoid conflict, can keep a low profile and just do as requested. We own every decision we make and are responsible for our own happiness. If we want something different, we can have it. We can be polite and honor the decisions of others, and then make our own choices. Every dream is possible, and when we’re ready, nothing can hold us in place.

Life is like a box of crayons. Just like all the colors, there are many different ideas and expressions possible. Everyone doesn’t have to be blue, or red to fit in. We can express our own individual desires and dreams, and choose the roads we want the most. Our differences bring great richness and depth to our lives. We’re in control of our own destinies, and can reach any goals we desire.

Today if you’re being pressured to follow someone else’s road, remember how unique and extraordinary you are. You bring great light and blessing to the world just as you are. Decide what you want the most, and begin your journey. Be confident and strong. You are amazing and powerful, and every success is there for you.

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.

Making It Ours

14 May

Strong, healthy relationships embellish our lives. It’s good to build connections with others and share our lives with them, and when we do, we may find great comfort and satisfaction in their company. Most people are kind and welcoming, will value our friendship and association, and treat us with respect. But there are all kinds of people in the world, and we may get involved with someone who is unpredictable, unreliable, or dysfunctional. If we build relationships with them, and spend a lot of time interacting with them, they may create trouble and bring havoc into our lives. If we care for them, we may find ourselves excusing their bad behavior and even taking the blame for them when they act out. Making their issues ours will never fix the problem or bring us happiness. When we first get to know someone and they let us down, we may excuse it because we understand they’re struggling. As time goes by and they fail to follow through again and again, we may continue to give them additional chances and try to be patient. It’s noble to be patient with others but it’s not appropriate to constantly excuse bad behavior if it hurts us. We are valuable and should be cherished and treated with the utmost care and respect. If someone close to us continually breaks promises and leads us along time and again, it is appropriate to step away. Nothing can be gained by being constantly let down and hurt. We can be polite and kind, and let others own their problems by removing their negative influence from our lives. Dysfunctional relationships never work. We deserve complete happiness and can make decisions that will bring it to us. By valuing ourselves, we can step forward with confidence and choose the best roads moving forward. Happiness is there for us, and we have everything we need to reach it.

When we’ve been in a relationship for a long time, it may be hard to walk away even if we’re unhappy. We may feel the weight of history, friends and family may encourage us to tough it out and stay, and we may not want to hurt the other person’s feelings. A lot of things may come into play, but there are no valid reasons to stay in a relationship that isn’t working. Nothing is worth the price of our happiness. Changing direction and starting over isn’t simple, but we are smart enough and strong enough to change anything at any time.

Nobody knows the details of any relationship, but the parties involved. What people see on the outside is just a small representation of the whole picture. Our lives belong to us and we don’t need to feel compelled to explain any decision we make. We know what we want and have everything necessary to reach any goal. We are stronger and more powerful than we imagine and can do anything we desire. By trusting ourselves, and doing what is necessary to be happy, we will find great comfort and satisfaction.

Today if you’re not happy in your current situation, make a plan to change. The future is yours to design, and you deserve the best of everything. Be confident and trust yourself. Every single blessing is there for you. You are amazing and powerful, and every dream is waiting. Step forward on the road that will make them yours.

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.