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Learning

22 Aug

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”  Helen Keller

Life is filled with ups and downs, successes and failures, joy and disappointment and endless diverse experiences.  Nobody wants to suffer needlessly and we may imagine we would be happiest if our lives always went well and nothing ever failed.  It’s easy to be happy when things go the way we want them to and we have enough of everything we need.  But life is all about learning and it’s impossible to understand what true happiness is if we never struggle.  Joy is defined as the absence of sorrow.  In order to truly feel joy we must have some understanding of what it’s like to feel sorrow.  There would be no reason to be courageous if everything was easy and no need to be patient if all we wanted was immediately provided, but that is rarely the case.  We have the opportunity to experience disappointments and challenges that teach us new ways to see things and help us understand ourselves and the world.  Every obstacle has something to teach us and as we push forward we learn everything we need to find success and true happiness.  Life isn’t always easy but it is always precious and every single day, no matter what we face, is a gift.  We have everything we need to understand what is required to continue forward and we can overcome any problem or complication we face.  Each day we persevere we become stronger and wiser, and gain a better understanding of who we are and how to live happily.

We are strong and capable and even during times of serious struggle and challenge we can find a way through.  We can exercise patience and take problems apart piece by piece until we figure out how to proceed.  If the situation is very difficult we can take our time to discern what needs to be done.  Every turn and challenge teaches us something new and all the skills we learn stay with us.  We may draw on all the lessons we conquer as we move ahead.  There isn’t anything we can’t do and nothing we can’t overcome.  Taking our time and being confident will help us solve any issue before us and move us forward successfully.

We may dream of a perfect life where everything is easy and we have all we want and need.  But life is messy, there are other people making decisions that may affect us, there is traffic, bad weather, and countless other things that complicate our vision of a perfect existence.  It’s good to learn new things and test our strength and courage.  We can learn to be patient while we wait and endure while we struggle.  Testing our courage will bring us confidence and overcoming trials will bring us joy.  Life is a great blessing and we have everything we need to live successfully.

Today if you wish a problem before you would simply disappear, you have everything you need to navigate through and find joy.  You are strong and capable and nothing is too difficult for you to overcome.  Learn all you can and go forward with confidence.

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Cleaning Up

21 Aug

We make countless decisions as we go through our lives.  It’s not always easy to make the best choices and we can create a mess by making them quickly and without thought.  We all take a wrong turn once in a while but if we’re lazy and pass things off, choosing to let things happen as they will instead of purposely making a considered choice we may end up with a life filled with unnecessary complications and difficult scenarios that may have been avoided.  Instead of moving forward we may spend a lot of time cleaning up messes we’ve created by making bad choices.  The time spent turning things around again is time lost and cannot be used toward achieving our goals.  Deciding to live our lives thoughtfully takes effort but when we do we have a better chance of things going the way we want them to.  We can live our lives any way we choose.  If we like conflict and disharmony, it’s easy to create but both require time and energy to repair and keep our eyes from the road ahead.  Learning to live in ways that bring harmony and cooperation, and choosing to make choices carefully will take us closer to the goals we’re seeking and bring us satisfaction and happiness.

Our emotions lag behind our intellect.  When something happens that triggers a negative emotional response instead of taking time to think we may jump.  Instead of taking of moment to evaluate our next move, we may simply charge right back and make the situation worse.  We may allow our emotional reaction to decide how we’ll act.  Emotions are important and help us understand our world but when we let them decide how we’ll respond to conflict we may not get the best results.  We can step back for a moment and think about what’s best going forward before we act.  It isn’t easy to step back when we feel threatened or hurt but we have all the strength and wisdom we need to accomplish it.  Taking a moment to think first may save us additional duress going forward and help us resolve conflict before it gets out of hand.

If we choose to go through our lives reacting to things instead of taking time to respond in ways that help we may end up in situations that are heated and difficult to navigate.  Reactions are normal and when things happen that upset or confuse us if we don’t take a moment to stop and think we may do things that elevate the situation and make things worse.  We are always in control of our lives.  We can choose ways that make the road ahead easier instead of react in ways that make it harder.  There will always be conflict but how we manage it is up to us.  We can choose what’s best and make decisions that will prevent a mess going forward.

Today if you’re in a situation that is filled with conflict and you feel the tension rising within you, take a moment to step back and think about your options going forward.  You are in complete control of everything you do and you can make excellent choices that will bring harmony and peace into your life.  Choose the way forward that helps you keep your eyes on your goals.  There isn’t anything too difficult or complex for you to figure out.  You have everything you need to succeed.  Take your time and choose success.

Pointed Ahead

18 Aug

There are endless choices we can make about where we’ll go in our lives.  We can do what our families think we should, we can make choices based on our friends’ suggestions, or we can decide on our own where we want to go.  There are limitless opportunities and choices we can make and we may customize our lives any way we choose.  Before we begin, the first step is to decide where we want to go.  Important decisions take time and careful consideration and if we are undecided and begin walking forward unsure of where we’re headed we may end up somewhere we don’t want or even walking in circles.  Starting on a journey without a defined destination will not help us achieve anything we desire.  Being busy doesn’t always mean being productive and wandering around in circles may keep us moving but it will get us nowhere.  Before we start moving we must choose a destination and then plan our steps forward to reach the goal.  When our feet are pointed ahead in the direction we desire we have a good chance of reaching our goals.  We can go anywhere but first we must decide exactly what destination we desire.  We already know what we want most and have all the courage and wisdom needed to achieve anything.  There isn’t anything we can’t do and no place we can’t go.  Choosing carefully will help us find success.  Everything is available to us once we decide we will do what it takes to get it.  Every choice is ours to make.  We can choose what we want most and point our feet in the direction needed to achieve it.

It’s easy to coast through life going here and there with no destination in mind.  It’s easy to go with the flow of other people’s decisions and play along even if the goal isn’t something we really want.  But going along and simply taking things as they come will never help us get to the destinations we want most.  We can do anything but we must take control of our time and decisions and move forward toward our goal with determination.  Happiness comes from living our lives on purpose and choosing our own way forward.  We can accomplish anything we desire and begin forward on the road that will take us to success.

Everyone has their own ideas about life and what is best.  What is right for others may not be what we want.  We don’t have to conform to anyone’s suggestions about our future and we can determine our way forward on our own.  We know what we want to accomplish, we know where we want to go, and we know how to find success.  Being true to our sincere desires will bring us happiness as we move forward on the road that is genuinely ours.  Each day we choose what is best for us will take us one step closer to success and real happiness.

Today if you want to change direction from the road you’ve been on but there is pressure to stay on course, remember your life is yours to design.  You can go anywhere you want.  Point your feet in the direction you desire and begin forward.  There isn’t anything you can’t do and every step with take you closer to the life you want most.  This is your day.  Move forward with confidence.  It’s all there for you.

Redirect

17 Aug

As we go through our lives and move toward goals we want to accomplish there may be lots of factors involved in our success. Sometimes the plans we make work out well and we face little resistance, but other times we may come upon a road block that stops our progress. If we’re in a job we like and want to advance but the positions ahead are tied up, or we’re in a relationship that is stuck and we want to move forward, we may feel locked down and frustrated. We can tread water for a time and exercise patience as we look at our options, but if there really is no way to move forward it may be time to redirect our course. We can stay in any situation for as long as we like. We can decide to cope with things as they are and remain in place. Or we can decide our goals are important and do what is needed to change our direction onto a road that will lead us to them. It’s not always easy to change and it takes courage to choose a new direction, but our lives belong to us and we can do anything we really want to do. If we can’t get to a destination we desire by staying where we are, we can move. There are endless opportunities available to us and we can always choose another path. It may take time and determination to do what is needed to alter our course but we have everything we need to accomplish anything we like. Our futures are ours to design. We can settle for what we have or we can reach for the stars. There are no limits to what we can accomplish if we are willing to do what it takes. We can have the lives we truly want and find happiness.

We understand where we are now and what to expect in our daily lives. It can be intimidating to change course and try something new. There is no way to know how our decisions will work out or where they will take us. If we really want more than we have now or desire new experiences, we can turn and choose a new way. There are countless roads we can travel and limitless things to try. We have all the courage we need to do anything we desire and there is no need to stay anywhere we don’t want to be.

Although we live in a world with billions of people and there may be many influences over us, we are responsible for our decisions and how we live our lives. It’s useless to complain about where we are if we aren’t willing to move. If we aren’t happy and unfulfilled or if we are frustrated and bored, we can change our circumstances and create a new situation. There isn’t anything we can’t do and nothing powerful enough to hold us in place. We can change and grow and try anything going forward. We can have exciting and fun lives that fill us with happiness and success. The choice is always ours to make. There isn’t anything we can’t do.

Today if you aren’t happy with your current situation and yearn for something new, make a plan to achieve the goals you most desire. There are roads to every destination and you can choose them. You can go anywhere and do anything. Turn your course and redirect your way forward to where you most want to be. Happiness is always available to you and you have everything you need to gain it.

Breaking it Down

16 Aug

As we push through challenges in our lives and move forward we learn a lot about who we are and how the world works.  Not every problem is easy to solve and sometimes we may be in situations that are so complex and difficult we may not see the way through.  We may feel the answers are beyond us or too far to reach, and become discouraged.  We may stop in our tracks and decide we can’t go forward.  Unresolved problems don’t go away on their own.  They will inevitably reappear demanding our attention.  Although they may sit dormant for a while they will not disappear, no matter how much we wish they would.  If we are overwhelmed by something and unsure about how to solve it we can break it down.  If we want to run a marathon we don’t start by running all 26.2 miles the first day.  We begin with one mile and then day by day add more distance to our practice.  Instead of seeing the entire 26.2 miles we can work on running one mile 26.2 times in a row.  Step by step and mile by mile we’ll reach the destination.  There is nothing we can’t accomplish if we continue to move ahead and keep our eyes focused on the goal.  Even the most difficult of challenges will be overcome by breaking it down piece by piece and solving each step along the way.  We have everything we need to manage anything that comes and we are smart enough and wise enough to find our way through.

There may be times when our lives unexpectedly change and suddenly everything is foreign and unknown.  It may seem the world has turned upside down and everything we thought we could count on has disappeared.  Change is a constant and we cannot predict what will come to us, but we can trust in our ability to navigate even the most difficult of challenges.  When the bottom falls out and we’re struggling to find something to hold on to we can remember how strong we are and how many trials we’ve already succeeded in solving.  We have enough courage and wisdom to get through whatever we must face and nothing is strong enough to overcome us.

No matter where we are in life we can set any goal we choose.  We can completely change our lives and our circumstances if we want to move in a new direction.  If we want to change in any way we can be successful by planning our way forward and doing everything that is needed to reach the goal.  Nothing can hold us where we are if we want to move.  We have everything we need to overcome any obstacle no matter how great, and we can have the lives we want most.  There is nothing out of reach and every dream can become reality.

Today if you’re facing a big challenge and you aren’t sure you can manage it, remember you have everything you need to overcome anything.  You are strong enough to handle any difficulty and smart enough to solve any problem.  The world belongs to you and there is nothing out of reach.  Break the situation down and see all the options available to you.  The answers are there and you will find them.  Success is just ahead and you will reach it.

Learning to Surf

15 Aug

It’s great to spend time at the beach and enjoy the waves of the ocean. The rhythmic steadiness of the tide can be very relaxing and we may feel great peace as we walk along the sand. If we go into the water we can surf and ride the waves all the way back to shore but first we have to learn how to get onto the surfboard. It takes practice but if we’re determined we can enjoy the rides and return again and again to improve our skills. Our lives are like the ocean. Nothing can stop the constant waves and nothing will stop the continual changes and challenges we face. Sometimes our lives are calm and placid, and other times the waves crash into the shore and we may be buffeted against the sand. Just like on the water, we can learn to surf through the trials we face and ride them out until we reach the shore again. Facing difficult situations well takes practice. We have to learn how to give and take, and ease ourselves into new ideas and compromises. Learning to surf through our lives will give us the confidence we need when things go wrong and help us find our way back onto our boards even when the waters are threatening. We have everything we need to find success and there isn’t anything we can’t manage. We can take things one step at a time, one wave at a time, and we can learn all we need to continue forward with confidence.

Life never stays the same and all we can count on is that what we’re going through today will change. If we feel more comfortable when things remain the same the continual modifications may be difficult for us. We may try to keep our lives stable and predictable and might succeed for a time but eventually something will come that upsets our plans and we may have to look at things differently. There is no way to stop change from coming into our lives. The best we can do is be willing to bend and adjust to modifications as they present themselves. We can adapt to any new situation and find a way to make it work.

There are endless opportunities for learning and growth as we go through our lives and many of them come when we handle complications and problems. We learn the most about who we are when we face difficult hardships. We are stronger and more capable than we realize and we can figure out even the most complex issues. We can move forward with confidence and strength trusting in our excellent ability to discern what is most important and where we want to go. Success is always available to us and there is nothing strong enough to keep us from it. We can learn to surf even in turbulent, deep waves and we can sail right over them back to shore.

Today if there are problems that seem too intense for you to manage or the water seems too deep and rough, remember you have everything you need to get through. There isn’t anything you can’t figure out and overcome. You are intelligent and wise, and stronger than you realize. Jump up on the board. The waves are ready to carry you forward right back to shore. Success is always there for you and nothing will keep you from it.

Setting it Down

11 Aug

We have a lot of different experiences as we travel through our lives.  Sometimes they are good and happy, and other times we face trials and challenges.  If we are struggling with something and it’s weighing on us, it may affect many facets of our lives.  We may feel oppressed, worried, sad, or unsure and not as confident as we could be.  Life can be difficult at times and we may feel weary as we try to understand our situation and decide our next step forward.  We can carry anything and are certainly strong enough and wise enough to manage whatever comes to us, but if we need a break we can set our trouble down.  We can stop, take a deep breath and mentally set the trial down beside us.  We can let it go for a while and take a break.  There is comfort in stepping away for a time and whatever we’ve been carrying will be there when we’re ready to pick it back up again.  We don’t have to rush to find answers, we don’t have to face everything at once and we don’t have solve every problem today.  If we are overwhelmed and need respite we can take it.  Setting our troubles down for a time isn’t escaping them, it isn’t running away and it isn’t denying them.  It’s merely a time to take a breath and step away for a moment to clear our thoughts and find rest.  We are in complete control of our lives.  We can do things our way and we have everything we need to be successful at whatever we face.  Taking a break will refresh us and help clear our perceptions to find the way forward.

There may expectations from those around us to push through complications quickly and find correct answers fast.  We may feel pressed to rush through problems and move on to the next task.  Hurrying may well get us through a situation but in our haste we may make choices that fix things temporarily but don’t solve the problem completely.  When that happens the issues may reappear later or become a continual annoyance.  It’s far better to take the time we need to see all our options carefully and choose the solution that solves the problem completely.  Then we can move forward leaving it behind confident we did our best.

When we have several things bothering us at the same time it can feel like we’ll never solve them all.  But we can face each situation on its own and find one answer at a time.  We don’t have to solve everything at once.  We can handle things effectively by seeing each problem clearly and taking the time we need to find the best solution going forward.  Life is all about learning and there really isn’t anything too complex for us to figure out or too difficult for us to manage.  We have everything we need to do anything we choose.  Success is always there for us and with patience and planning we will gain it.

Today if you are beset by problems and complications, and feel unsure about how to proceed, set them down for a moment.  Give yourself a space to breathe and let yourself think.  You will find all the answers you need.  You are amazing and capable.  Nothing is too difficult for you.  Take a breath and then take a step forward.  Success is right there for you.