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Small Things

25 Apr

We make countless decisions as we navigate through our days.  Many of them are trivial and have no lasting impact on our lives, but some have far reaching consequences.  Sometimes the simplest, seemingly innocent choices can turn our lives toward something we don’t want and never planned on.  There is no way to read the future and many things are out of our control.  If we don’t pay attention we may choose quickly and move on only to end up with complications we never wanted and aren’t prepared for.  Small things may combine to become big issues and before we know it we’re tangled up in ways we never imagined.  It’s easy to coast through our lives and ignore cues that something may change.  We’re busy and sometimes don’t take time to review all the facts before we move forward.  Rushing through in order to move on in a hurry may work against us.  It does no good to do something quickly if it results in a situation that takes time to clean up.  We are capable of making excellent decisions but they require thought and preparation.  We are responsible for every decision we make and we can take a moment to look ahead and do our best to ensure we are choosing well.  We can’t blame a negative choice on those around us, bad timing, or any other convenient excuse.  We own it.  If we’ve chosen poorly and now have a mess to deal with we can face it head on, do what is needed to correct our course, and continue forward.  We can have any kind of life we desire and our choices are what create it for us.  We are wise enough to choose well and make decisions that take us where we want to go.

When things go wrong because of something we’ve done it’s easy to shift the blame.  We can say we were influenced by others around us, were having a bad day, or didn’t have all the facts before we decided.  All of these things may be true but we are the only ones responsible for the choices we make.  We have enough wisdom and patience to see any situation clearly.  We know how to make good decisions and when we do the chances of things going our way are increased.

There will be times when we’re not sure of the road ahead but if we make the best choice possible we will be able to manage any complication that arises.  Confidence comes over time as we make choices that bring us the results we’re seeking.  There isn’t anything we can do and do well.  We can trust ourselves to choose wisely and fearlessly move forward toward our goals.  Complications may come but we have everything we need to untangle any problem we must face.  We can move forward with courage and make excellent choices.  When we do, all our dreams can come true.

Today if you’re tangled up because of a choice you’ve made, take your time and see everything clearly.  You know how to correct your course and you will find the way forward.  You are amazing and strong.  Think about your next step and choose the road that will take you to your goal.  Nothing is too far away for you to reach.  All options are possible.  See the way ahead and move forward confidently.  You are wise and capable and all your dreams are there for you.

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Day One

24 Apr

Our lives take all kinds of unexpected twists and turns. We may be traveling along with everything rolling out exactly as planned and run into a complication that changes everything going forward. Sometimes it’s just a detour we must navigate around but other times it may be a complete break that prevents us from continuing on the same road. We have no control over most of what comes to us. There are always circumstances out of reach we cannot predict and other people making decisions that may impact our plans. Change is constant and when it comes to us in ways that completely rearrange where we were headed it can be disconcerting and confusing to try to figure out what to do next. If the road we were traveling is no longer available we will have to decide where we want to go next. Starting over at day one doesn’t mean we’ve lost anything. It’s just a change in direction. There are countless possibilities before us and endless roads to travel. We can take a moment to decide what we want to do and then look at all the options before us. When we’re ready we can step onto a new path and move forward toward any goal we desire. There are few times in our lives when things go exactly as planned and we move from one point to the next in a perfectly straight, uninterrupted line. Things happen, people get in the way, problems come up and complications confound the way forward. We are wise, flexible and intelligent enough to figure out anything that comes. Every destination is possible and no matter what stands in the way, we will reach it.

If there was only one possible road to success and that road became impassable we could never succeed. When we make a plan for our lives we may not be able to see all our options at the beginning and might believe there is only one way to achieve our goals. Whether we can see them or not, there are unlimited possibilities for every choice we make. We can have faith that if our first choice doesn’t work out there will be another. If that too fails, there will be another option again. There will always be another choice possible for us and nothing will keep us from our goals.

Having to start over and begin again doesn’t mean we’ve lost anything. We learn as we go and all the things we gain as we travel forward stay with us. All the lessons we’ve already learned will help us continue on our journey. Everything we do teaches us something of value. We become wiser and stronger with each complication and our endurance increases as we overcome problems and trials along the way. There is no timetable for success. We will achieve it and reach every destination we desire.

Today if everything has changed and suddenly the way forward is no longer available, look at all the options possible. There are many roads to any destination. You can begin again and continue your journey. Every goal is possible and nothing is too complex or difficult for you to navigate and overcome. Keep moving forward. The whole world is there for you and nothing is out of reach. Every success is possible. You have everything you need to get to any destination. Take another step forward. You can do anything and all your dreams can come true.

Again and Again

19 Apr

There is much to learn as we go through our lives. There are unlimited possibilities for understanding and growth and if we choose to, we can master many different things along the way. Learning to do anything well doesn’t generally just happen. It takes dedicated effort and repetition to really understand anything deeply. If we want to play an instrument, it will take hours of practice. If we want to climb a mountain, it will take determined physical training. Things of little worth may simply appear but nothing of value comes easily. We must be determined to work and learn again and again if we want to find mastery and become proficient. We may not see the incremental advances we’re making as we push forward and it’s not easy to stay the course when it seems we’re working hard but going nowhere. But even if we can’t see it, every effort we make moves us closer to the goal. We can do anything we want to do – anything – if we are committed to doing what it takes to accomplish it. We are never too settled or too old to try something new. There are endless chances to open every door. Our world can be as big and broad as we desire and we can step away from what is customary and reach beyond our current grasp. Being open to new horizons and ideas will deepen our understanding of life and broaden our vision. The world offers us everything it possesses. We need only decide what we want, and then move forward to claim it.

There are few times when we do something perfectly the first time we try. It could happen, but generally it takes practice and repetition to find perfection. We don’t know what we don’t know. It’s easy to look at something on the outside and think we know how it works but once we’re involved we see things differently and complex details appear. The more we delve deeper into the situation, the more we learn and if we are persistent, will achieve mastery over it. We are capable of understanding anything we desire and nothing is beyond our reach.

Each experience we have teaches us something. We learn what doesn’t work by enduring failures along the way. Each failure opens new ideas for going forward and if we continue we will find the way through. Every road has passage. We can find our way by continually pushing ahead, practicing what works, and doing what is necessary to find success. We are stronger and more capable than we realize and nothing is too hard for us to overcome.

Today if you want to accomplish something that will require extensive time and effort, make a plan to move forward. Take the first step and learn as you go. There is nothing too far for you to reach or too difficult to achieve. You are powerful and strong. Every dream is possible and can become a reality. Nothing is out of reach and you will gain great satisfaction as you deepen your knowledge and become successful. You can do anything. Start moving forward and all your dreams will come true.

Impenetrable

18 Apr

We have a lot of relationships in our lives.  There are people we trust implicitly, those we love, and others we merely tolerate.  How our relationships grow and progress depends on a lot of factors and we are in control of how close we let anyone get.  There are times in everyone’s life when things go wrong and if we suffer through a terrible relationship that hurts us or diminishes us if may be difficult to find our way.  We never have to stay in any situation that makes us uncomfortable or hurts us.  We can step away from any toxic situation and take a different road forward.  If we’ve had a bad experience and have been deeply wounded it may be hard to think about being open to someone new.  We may construct a high and strong emotional wall that prevents us from connecting closely to anyone in an effort to protect ourselves.  Walls are effective in keeping out unwanted exposure but they also keep us from feeling our deepest joy and satisfaction.  If we become sealed away and impenetrable to those around us we may feel safer but we will miss deep connections and associations that may bring us incredible happiness.  It’s hard to consider letting someone get close if we’ve been devastated in the past.  It takes courage to risk getting hurt again hoping for the possibility of complete happiness.  We will always carry all our experiences forward but they need not cripple our ability to connect.  If one person breaks our heart, it doesn’t mean everyone will. We can learn from what we’ve already been through and use the knowledge we’ve gained to trust ourselves and move forward with confidence.  Nobody knows what the future will bring but we are always in control of our decisions.  We know ourselves and can be wise and careful, and still be open to something new.  There are endless possibilities around us.  We can always open new doors and find success.

There are continual new experiences around us that may be unpredictable and unknown.  Although there is no way to ensure our decisions will always bring us happiness, we can trust in our ability to make them wisely.  If something goes wrong, we will adjust.  Nothing is going to break us completely.  We learn as we go and are intelligent enough to find our way.  We are completely capable of finding happiness.

After a car accident we may be hesitant to climb back into the driver’s seat, but once we do and have a successful trip, our confidence will rise and in time we’ll feel comfortable again.  There isn’t anything powerful enough to destroy our confidence forever.  We are resilient and wise and will always find our way forward.

Today if you’ve been hurt and have built a wall to keep others away in an effort to protect yourself, remember how strong you are.  There isn’t anything sufficient enough to destroy you.  You can be open to new experiences and trust yourself to find happiness.  Every possibility is there for you.  You are wise and strong and have everything you need to succeed.  Be courageous.  You’re amazing.

Cherry Picking

17 Apr

When we look at our lives and experiences we see many different things. Sometimes everything is clear and accurate, but other times we might choose to see only the best parts of a situation and ignore details that make us uncomfortable. Our lives are ours alone and we may live them any way we choose. We may customize them any way we like and if we only want to see the good stuff we can push difficult experiences away and refuse to acknowledge them. We all want to live happy and uncomplicated lives that are only filled with sunshine and joy but that isn’t reality. If we believe nothing will ever go wrong we are kidding ourselves. Life gives us the opportunity to go through a full spectrum of emotions and experiences that teach us valuable lessons and help us learn about ourselves and the world around us. Some days will be easy and others will be difficult, and each will bring a special blessing that embellishes us and helps us move forward. Trying to cherry pick only the best situations and look away from the rest will create a false narrative about our lives and keep us from seeing things truthfully. Ignoring truth will never bring us happiness. We can face what is real and see everything before us objectively and with determination. If we’re in a situation that isn’t working, we can change it or step away. We deserve to be completely happy and by looking at our lives truthfully and clearly, we can create the lives we want most. Ignorance isn’t bliss when it takes us away from what we really want. We have everything we need to find the success we seek. All destinations are possible and nothing is out of reach.

There may be times when we find ourselves remaining in situations or relationships that don’t make us happy. People are complicated and it isn’t always easy to change direction if others expect a pattern to continue. It takes courage to step away and go in another direction. It’s not easy to say no when others want us to say yes but our lives belong to us and our happiness is our responsibility. We can always change course and walk on a new road. Complete happiness is possible and we can reach it.

It’s easy to fall into patterns that don’t take us where we really want to go. We may look away from developments we don’t like and ignore the direction we’re traveling so we don’t disrupt those around us. It’s fine to get along with others but our lives are valuable and we may choose the roads we travel. We don’t have to simply cope with our situation and hope it will change. We may actively redirect our way forward and choose what is best. We are the only ones who can bring true happiness into our lives. We know what we want and we may have it.

Today if you’ve been ignoring a situation that isn’t taking you where you want to go, stop and take control. You don’t have to settle for anything. You can reach any destination you desire. See things as they really are and choose what you want the most. Every goal is possible and success is there for you. Begin forward on the path that will take you there. All your dreams are waiting and ready to come true.

Festering and Ready

13 Apr

When everything is going right in our lives the road ahead is easy to travel.  Things line up the way we want them to and there are fewer complications as we sail through without delay.  But things will inevitably go wrong and when they do may block our path.  If the situation is painful or complex, instead of addressing it, we might decide to set it aside, try to ignore it and find another road forward.  When we tuck something away that needs our attention we may be able to hold it down for a time but if it’s important it will fester while it waits and may grow in intensity.  Like a festering wound we may be able to hold the infection at bay for a time but eventually it will grow and cause enough pain to make us acknowledge it and take care of it.  When we have personal issues that cannot work themselves out on their own, if we want to move forward we will have to address them.  If we continue to ignore them, they will continue to grow and fester and reach a point where they interfere with our happiness.  We deserve to be happy and doing things that keep us from complete and full happiness will never bring us what we really want.  Trying to hold back problems that need our attention is wasted energy that does nothing for our personal growth.  We have enough courage and intelligence to look at any issue openly and find a resolution.  Every blessing we desire is possible.  We can face any situation that is holding us back, do what is needed to resolve it, and move forward with confidence.  There is no need to look away when things get complicated.  We are capable and strong enough to manage anything and find success.

Conflict is a normal part of life.  Sometimes it’s easy to navigate and we simply solve the issue and move on but when it gets intense and complicated we may be tempted to escape instead of face it.  If we run away from a situation without resolving it, things will never improve.  As we wait, the situation may escalate and when we’re finally ready to see it, things may be far more intense than if we’d faced it at the beginning.  Problems don’t generally disappear on their own.  It’s better to be open to everything as it happens and find the answers we need when they first begin.  We know how to find answers and nothing is too complicated for us solve.

There are a lot of distractions all around us and it’s easy to look away from serious situations and get involved in other activities that keep us busy and away from issues we don’t want to face.  Denial is an effective tool to help us look away but it never works for long and in the end the problem we avoid will return and require our attention. We can stand strong in the face of trouble, see what is before us, and find all the answers we need.

Today if there is a situation you dread and don’t want to face, step forward and look at it openly.  See everything as it is and determine to solve the problem.  All the answers are there for you and you have all the wisdom and patience you need to find them.  You have everything you need to resolve any issue.  You are capable and strong and nothing is out of reach.  Be confident and sure, and go forward toward success.

The Next Page

12 Apr

As we travel through our lives we go through countless experiences, and with each development learn more about ourselves and those around us. Some experiences are wonderful such as marriage, the birth of a child, or the accomplishment of a long-desired goal. Others are difficult and we may go through events that are extremely painful and leave us devastated. There may be the unexpected death of a loved one, the loss of a cherished relationship, or a severe failure that takes our breath away. Extremely difficult changes in our lives can be so overwhelming we may feel paralyzed for a time and unable to move. It may seem impossible to process what’s happened and begin to figure out how to navigate through. Hard times come to us all and when the bottom falls out of our lives and everything changes we may feel completely lost and unsure. Life is unpredictable. Even if we try to make sure everything goes well, sometimes things will go wrong. No matter what happens or how difficult it is to face, there will always be another day. Extreme changes take us away from where we are but don’t leave us forever suspended in limbo. The book of our lives is long and there will always be another page to turn. We can take the time we need to stand still and adjust to what’s happened, and when we’re ready step forward and begin again. Trouble will come but there isn’t anything too powerful or difficult for us to manage. We are capable of figuring out any problem and finding our way forward. We can adapt and change as needed and walk ahead with confidence. Every possibility will open as we move forward and we’ll reach happiness again. Change is constant. Nothing can hold us in place forever. We are strong and capable, and every success is possible.

We may believe there are some things we could never survive if they happened to us. They are so difficult to imagine they seem impossible to face. But we are stronger than we think we are and even if our worst nightmare became a reality, we would find the way through. No matter what comes we have all the courage and wisdom we need to overcome. We always have enough strength and understanding to get through anything we must face. There isn’t anything too complicated or difficult for us to manage.

In the darkest night when we’re struggling to understand a difficult situation and there appear to be no answers possible, hope may seem far away. We may feel helpless and lost trying to figure out what is happening and what to do. Long, hard nights of despair are painful but no night lasts forever. The sun will rise and the answers will come. There is a new page waiting and we will write it. Every success is possible and nothing is out of reach. We will find our way.

Today if you’re overwhelmed and aren’t sure how to move forward, remember all the times you’ve overcome difficulty in the past. You are strong and wise and there are endless possibilities ahead. Turn the page and start again. You are powerful and precious, and nothing can keep you from happiness and success.