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Going Under

17 Aug

Our lives are a reflection of the decisions we make. If we are paying attention, and purposely moving toward the goals we most desire, we will accomplish them and find great satisfaction. If we’re just going through the motions and following someone else, the odds of being happy are diminished. We are in control of every decision we make and can decide what we’ll do and where we’ll go. However, if we lack confidence or are unsure that we can find our own way, we may attach ourselves to someone else and instead of choosing our own path, simply mimic what they are doing. If they turn right, so will we.  If they stop and choose something else, we’ll be right behind them. That may work out if the person we’re following is choosing wisely and is noble and honest. If they are not, and we don’t take the time to think before we act, we may find ourselves in difficult and complicated situations we never wanted. If we don’t know how to swim and try to save a drowning man, we may go under with them simply because we don’t have the skills to keep us both afloat. The same is true if we attach ourselves to someone who is unscrupulous and makes bad decisions. We will never be able to stay above the fray if we blindly follow where they lead. It’s fine to have a role model or mentor and they may bring great benefit to our lives, but in the end, every decision we make is our responsibility. There is no escaping the results of our choices. If we lack information, we can get it. If we need more skills to figure out the way ahead, we can gain them. Every success is possible but it’s up to us to make them ours. Nothing is out of reach and we have all the wisdom and courage we need to do whatever we desire.

We may face a time when someone more powerful than we are asks us to forsake a relationship because it’s inconvenient for them or they want all our attention. If the relationship we’re asked to give up is not important to us or pulls us from the roads we want to travel, we may walk away. Our lives are ours to design and we can do anything we like, but nobody knows what will happen next, and the connections we sacrifice today may become crucial in the future. Instead of severing ties, we can modify our lives to preserve the relationships we’ve built and still move forward toward the goal.

Some people need a lot of support and struggle to find their way forward. They may lean on us for constant help and rely on us to save them when things go wrong. Constantly bailing someone else out will never move us forward. We can be helpful and kind, but we don’t have to do everything we’re asked to do. We can give advice and then let others discover their own answers. We know what we want and with clarity and focus, we can find the road ahead and reach every destination.

Today if you’ve been following someone else and are not headed in the direction you want to travel, stop and think about what you want the most. You already possess everything you need to go anywhere and do anything. You are intelligent and highly capable and nobody knows you better than you know yourself. Decide what you want and then take the first step forward. Every dream is possible and nothing can keep you from success. Trust yourself, and you will win.

Sudden Remorse

21 Jan

We make dozens of decisions each day and millions of decisions as we go through our lives. We are human and it’s impossible to make every single choice well. Everyone makes a bad decision at some point, and when we realize we’ve completely missed the mark, we may feel great disappointment. If we’ve deeply injured someone else, we may feel sudden remorse. When everything is visible after the fact, we may wonder how we could have said what hurt them so badly, or how we could have thought we were on the right road. Looking back, it’s easy to see all the facts and where we went wrong, but what’s done is done and cannot be erased. When we make a big mistake and the effects of our decision are far reaching and painful, we may feel horrible and wonder how to proceed. It may seem impossible to continue on, but a bad decision isn’t the end of our journey. Even if what we’ve done is destructive and terrible, there will be things we can do to amend what has happened. If we are truly sorry for what we’ve done, we can start by apologizing to those affected and ask for forgiveness. Depending on what’s happened, forgiveness may come right away, or it may take time. Hurting someone deeply erodes their trust in us, and it may take considerable time to re-establish it again. Nobody is perfect. We all fall down from time to time. By understanding what we’ve done and choosing ways to heal what’s been broken, we can regain the trust of those we’ve injured, and continue forward together. There is greatness is all of us. If we forget our nobility for a moment, we can regain it and start again. We can do what is needed to move forward with clarity and integrity. Nothing can keep us from achieving anything we desire, and we will succeed.

When someone does something that pierces us deeply and hurts intensely, our relationship with them will suffer. Nobody wants to be around those who purposely make them feel bad or wound them emotionally. We never have to stay anywhere we don’t want to be. It doesn’t matter who the offending person is, what their status in our life has been, or how much influence they have over us. We are worth more than we imagine, and the whole world is embellished and blessed because we are here. If we don’t want to continue any relationship in our lives, we can step away.

Big mistakes in judgement may bring not only emotional pain but also physical danger. If we follow someone else’s example and it turns out badly, we cannot blame them for what happens. Not realizing what would result is no excuse for our actions. We are responsible for taking care of ourselves, and solely accountable for everything we do. We have what we need to make excellent, strong decisions, and with patience and focus, we can do what is right, and reach success.

Today if you’ve made a big mistake and feel intense remorse, do what is needed to repair the situation and re-gain the trust of those around you. There is greatness in you. Every goal is possible, and nothing is out of reach. Be the best you can be, and step forward with confidence. We’re all blessed because you are here. Show us your light, and every success will follow.

Worth

22 Dec

The world is a big place with billions of people. Customs and cultures are different and what we value changes depending on circumstances and where we are. Some things are worth more in one area than another. If we live in a snow-covered wasteland, fresh fruits and vegetables are highly valued and desired. However, if we live in the topics where the temperatures are always intense and food grows virtually on its own, ice is treasured. Worth is used to indicate value, and there are endless examples of placing value on things, but what about us? Does our value change depending on where we live or what we do? Are we worth less if we live a simple life than if we we’re rich and famous? Does it depend on how many friends we have or what we’ve accomplished? We are the only person exactly like us in all of creation, since the beginning of time and until the end. We are rarer than the rarest diamond, more precious than the finest gold, and worth more than anything in the whole world. Our worth is limitless and infinite. Nobody can replace us, and without our presence everything would be different. Even the meekest among us possesses inestimable worth. Knowing that, we can have great confidence that we are important and necessary. We don’t have to prove our worth to anyone. We are valuable simply because we are here. Everything we do embellishes our lives and the lives around us in some way. Each action enriches us and teaches us something new, and we can step forward with confidence and surety. Our influence brings depth and variety to the world around us and deepens the experiences of others. We can trust in our own personal worth, and step forward toward any destination, confident we will prevail and reach the goal.

Some people have very high opinions of themselves, and think they have the answers for everyone around them. They may tell us what they think we should do, where we should go, how we should dress, and a thousand other suggestions. We can always listen to any advice we’re given, but nobody is more aware of our desires or needs than we are. We are perfectly capable of designing our own lives in accordance with our own choices. Nothing can keep us from anything we desire, and with focus and determination we can do anything.

We may be in a relationship where someone belittles us and tells us we are nothing. They point out our flaws and exaggerate their power over us. Nobody is perfect and we all have things we want to change or modify. That doesn’t mean we are defective in some way – it only means we’re human. We’re all important and nobody is worth more than anyone else. If someone else doesn’t believe that, that’s their loss. We are valuable and perfect, just as we are, and nothing can diminish our worth.

Today if you feel small and insignificant, remember you are unique and a gift to the world. You are amazing and valuable, and we are all blessed because you are here. Let your light shine and step forward with confidence. Every single dream is there for you and you will make them yours.

Still There

20 Jul

There are unlimited experiences we’ll have as we navigate through our lives. We can’t read the future and there is no way to anticipate what will come next. Each day brings new challenges and we may be amazed and surprised at the things we must face. Even if we try to plan effectively, something can happen unexpectedly that completely knocks us off course. If we must face several difficult challenges one after the other, we may tire, and if another appears, we may believe we have nothing left. We might think we’ve used up all our courage and stamina, and there is no way we can manage anything more. If we’re overwhelmed, we may decide to just give up. Even if we’ve been through an extreme situation, and feel it has pulled everything we have within us, we will still have what we need at every turn. We will never use up all our courage and wisdom, or run out of intelligence and insight. No matter how hard the road has been, or how long we’ve been struggling, we will always have what we need to continue forward. Our capacity to prevail will still be there. Life is filled with uncertainty, and we may get lost a time or two, but with focus and determination, we will always find our way forward. The road we need ahead will be there for us, and we will succeed. Things will go wrong, we may get knocked down and run over, and we might face desperate moments we aren’t sure we can survive. But nothing can hold us down indefinitely or keep us from moving ahead. We can unravel any situation that conspires against us, solve any problem that arises, and find the road forward. Every success is there for us already. We need only trust ourselves to continue, and claim it.

There is no way to prepare for the unknown and we might get caught off-guard by something we feel unready to face. Nobody knows everything, but we are intelligent and capable of managing whatever comes. If we’re overwhelmed and fall down, we can be still until we’re ready to get back up. All the answers we need are there for us, and with confidence and clarity, we will find our way. Nothing is powerful enough to keep us in place. We know what we want, and can achieve it, no matter what comes.

Some events are so devastating and disastrous, they change our lives. We may see things in a completely new light, and may dramatically alter our course moving forward. Change is constant and unpredictable, but changing course doesn’t mean we have to give up our dreams. The destinations we desire will still be there for us, and when we’re ready, we can move toward them. We are stronger and wiser than we imagine, and can prevail through whatever we must face. Every goal is possible, and we will succeed.

Today if you’re facing a very difficult situation and it seems everything has changed, trust yourself. Nothing can hold you down and all your dreams are still possible. Look at everything objectively, and decide how you want to proceed. You are powerful and amazing, and every success is there for you. Step forward with calm and confidence. You have everything you need, and you will win.

The Last Mile

15 Jul

Working hard to complete a difficult goal can be exhausting. Some things take a lot to accomplish, and we can’t know when we start how convoluted or complex they may become as we progress. If it’s taken a long time to move ahead, and each step has been fraught with complications and problems, it may seem we’ll never prevail. When we’ve been working hard to reach a specific destination, and we’re tired, there may be times we feel like it’s just too much. We’re worn out, and the end of the journey still seems far away. Unfortunately, we can’t see the end of the road at the beginning, and even though we’re progressing and moving forward, solving issues as they arise, it might seem the struggle is endless. It’s impossible to see into the future, and although we may not be able to see it, we may be on the very last mile of the road. The end may be only steps away. Success depends not only on enduring the road moving ahead, but actually completing the journey and arriving at the destination. If we quit before we get there, we will carry everything we learned forward with us, but we will never win the fight. We are always in control of our lives and can do anything we like. We can turn our course at any time, and let go of any goal we desire. If the road is too long and cumbersome, and we don’t want to continue, we can change direction and move on to something new. But if we really want to reach success, no matter how hard it’s been, we will always have enough strength and wisdom within us to continue forward. Today may look bleak, filled with trials and endless worry, but tomorrow is coming, and success is just ahead. We are more powerful than we know, and nothing can keep us from anything we desire. By trusting ourselves, and taking one more step forward, we will prevail, and claim the prize.

Building a house takes a lot of time, planning, and organization. We can get all the materials we’ll need assembled together, but just having them loaded up into a pile will not create the house. We must begin assembling each piece in order, starting with the foundation and working up from there. The same is true when we’re working hard to reach a goal. We must plan as we move forward, untangling each complication and solving each problem along the way. Step by step, with determination and persistence, we will be successful in pushing ahead. We are capable of achieving greatness, and nothing can keep us from our goal.

When we’re working hard, fatigue may become an issue. It’s impossible to be at our best if we’re tired and unfocused. Stepping back and taking time away to recharge will help us find clarity and open new ideas that will pave the road ahead. We are intelligent and can do anything we desire. We have all the stamina and wisdom we need to keep moving forward, and reach success.

Today if you’ve been on a long road, and are beginning to feel you will never prevail, step back and decide how you want to proceed. Every answer is already there for you. You are capable of greatness. Stand strong and step forward. Success is just ahead, and nothing can keep you from it.