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Up or Down

28 Aug

We are in control of our lives and with whom we choose to associate. Some connections are positive and lift us up, help us move forward, and bring great satisfaction and happiness. Others may not be as beneficial. There may be problems and issues that bring us down and complicate our lives. We never have to stay in any situation that isn’t working for us, or that brings hardship and difficulty. Instead of enduring a relationship filled with stress and frustration, we can change our direction and build new ones that are strong and favorable. When our connections give us light and support, we are happier and more confident. Our lives and all the decisions we make are up to us. We don’t have to keep associating with someone who hurts or demeans, or draws away all our energy, no matter who they are. There will always be another road to travel, and we can decide who’ll go with us. We can choose people who lift us up, or bring us down, make us happy or miserable. We deserve the best of everything, and that includes the relationships we build. We know who we are, and can do whatever is needed to ensure we’re on the best road headed to the destinations we most desire. Nobody is powerful enough to control us or prevent us from reaching success. We cannot be held back against our will. Every single dream is possible, and by choosing to connect with those who encourage and help us find our way forward, we will reach every goal we desire. Nothing is out of reach, and we will succeed.

We’re all born into families of some sort. While there are many varieties of what family means to us, one thing is sure, they will be important influences in our lives. If we’re doing things they like and following the family model, the road will be easier than if we push away toward something different and choose another direction. We’re entitled to live our lives any way we choose, and never need to conform to keep the peace. With respect and grace, we can listen to any advice given, and then choose our own road moving forward. We don’t need permission or agreement to create the lives we want the most. Every goal is there for us, and with determination and focus, we will reach them.

Staying in a difficult relationship will never bring us lasting happiness. If we’ve been connected for a long time, we might think we must stay to honor the time we’ve invested. But change is constant, and if we don’t feel satisfied or fulfilled, we can make a new plan. We can take the lessons we’ve learned forward with us, and start on a new road. We have all the courage and wisdom we need to create the lives we want the most. Nothing can keep us from our dreams if we’re determined to make them ours. Life is the most precious gift we’ll ever get. Choosing the roads that take us to the destinations we desire will bring us great satisfaction and happiness.

Today if you’re in a situation that isn’t working but are hesitant to step away, remember your happiness is important. You are a gift to us all and deserve every blessing. You can do anything.  Decide what you want the most, and step forward with confidence. All your dreams are possible, and you will find great success and happiness.

Doing and Saying

27 Aug

There are all kinds of people around us every day. We see them at work, at the store, on the road and just about everywhere we go. We’re all busy living our lives and accomplishing whatever we want or need to get done. What we do defines us, and lets people know who we are, and where we’re headed. As we interact with others, we can say anything. We can tell the truth about ourselves, or make up any story we like. If we wish our life was different, or that we were further down the road than we are, we may embellish and fabricate our situation to present the image we want to portray. Talk is cheap and easy to manipulate. But what we say doesn’t identify us. We are defined by what we do. Our actions tell the world who we are and what we stand for. If they don’t match what we’re selling, it will be hard for others to trust us. They might fall for lies at the beginning, but the truth will always rise, and when it does, we might lose more than we can imagine. Nobody wants to be fooled, and if we discover we’ve been manipulated, we might walk away from the relationship, and never return. Good, strong relationships are a great blessing in our lives. They enrich our experiences and bring us comfort and satisfaction. If we’re deceptive and purposely misleading about who we are or what we’re doing, we may end up burning every bridge behind us. Nobody has a perfect life, and we’re on the road to somewhere. Choosing wisely and being honest about ourselves will open doors, and move us closer to our goals.

Sometimes what people say doesn’t exactly match what they do. Someone may say they love us but can never find time to spend with us. Or they might say they’re honest, but their ethics at work are slippery at best. We can say anything at any time, but what we say will never determine who we really are. That can only be defined by what we actually do. We are capable of making excellent decisions, even when they’re inconvenient or difficult. We can choose the road ahead with clarity and integrity, and reach success.

There may be times when due to external pressures or expectations, we say we’ll do something we aren’t sure we can achieve. Once we agree to whatever we’ve been asked to do, we are committed and must follow through. If there is no way to do what we’ve agreed to, we can go back and discuss other possible options. We are wise and intelligent, and can be clear about our capabilities and desires. By being honest in our agreements, and openly communicating our plans, we will move ahead with great confidence and success.

Today if you’re tempted to pretend to be something you’re not, or embellish what you’ve done to impress someone, remember what you do defines who you are. Be clear and honest in everything you do, and those around you will honor and trust you. There is greatness inside you. Trust yourself, and step forward with confidence. Every goal is possible, and you will achieve great success.

Forever Different

26 Aug

Life is filled with all kinds of experiences. We never know what tomorrow will bring or what will happen next. When things are going well and we feel happy and settled, it’s easy to keep moving ahead and focus on our goals. But life is fickle, and just when it seems the way ahead will be smooth and unobstructed, something may happen that changes everything. When the road turns, people let us down, destinations suddenly disappear, or anything else comes that turns our world upside down, we may be confused and unsure about how to proceed. Everything we experience changes us in some way. If we must face a very difficult and extreme situation that is painful and intense, we may learn many hard lessons and be forever different than we were before. When everything is fine, we may wish nothing would change, but it’s impossible to keep our lives the same indefinitely. Trouble will come to all of us, and nobody gets a free pass from hardship or heartbreak. When we’re suffering and miserable, pushing against a strong and challenging wind, it’s hard to see how it’s benefiting us, but trials and tribulations teach us about ourselves and the world around us. Looking back, we’ll realize we are much stronger than we thought we were, and more capable than we imagined. When the contest is over, we’ll know more than we knew before, and have greater insight for moving ahead. Life is full of challenges and tests. We can trust ourselves to face whatever comes, and have faith that no matter how hard things get, or how convoluted the problems become, we will find our way. Nothing is strong enough to overcome us. We have all we need to succeed.

When we’re young and think about our lives, we may dream about how wonderful it will be. We’ll be happy, everything will go well, and all our wishes will come true. Nobody dreams about a life with problems and trouble, but we’ll likely have times when nothing works out, and we get stuck. There is no genie waiting to grant our wishes, and what comes, will come. We are intelligent and wise, and can trust ourselves that if the bottom falls out, we’ll be able to find the answers we need, and reach success. Every dream we desire is possible, and we can reach them.

There is no one perfect way to live life. As we grow and learn more each day, our ideas about what we want to do, and where we want to go may change. Each experience brings us more information, and as we move forward, we refine where we’re headed. We can design our lives any way we like, and when we’re ready, can always start on a new journey. All our dreams are out there waiting for us. We can step forward with confidence, and make them ours.

Today if you’ve changed and want to modify your direction, decide what you want most and reset your course. Every destination is there for you. You have learned so much and you know what you want. There’s isn’t anything you can’t do, and nothing is too difficult for you to accomplish. Be sure and confident. Every dream is possible, and you will succeed.

Letting It Go

25 Aug

We’re in control of our lives and can do anything we like. We can choose the goals we want to achieve, and the places we want to go, and start forward. Many times, we’re able to accomplish what we’ve set out to do, but sometimes things don’t go the way we hope. There may be times when even if what we want is good, and even if we’re willing to do everything we need to get there, the road is blocked. When we get stopped in our tracks, it might seem like there are other worldly forces at work against us, and we may be confused and upset that nothing is working. When we want something very badly it’s hard to accept that we can’t have it. We can keep trying to push against the wall in front of us, and expend a lot of energy trying to force our way through. All of that might make us feel better, but may not move us ahead. If we’re stuck and nothing we do moves us forward, we may have to let our plans go for now. Letting go of something we’ve worked very hard for and want very much, isn’t easy. We may feel hurt and upset, frustrated and angry. We are only in control of ourselves and there will always be many forces and influences happening all around us we may know nothing about that may impact our plans. Life is fluid and change is constant. Not being able to accomplish something right now doesn’t mean it’ll never be possible. The goal is still there, and in time, we’ll be able to achieve it. Meanwhile, we can look at everything objectively, let go of the original plan, and move onto something else. When things change, and our situation is different, we can return back and try again. Everything we want is possible, but it may not be possible today. We can step back, revise our current plans, and continue forward. Nothing will remain out of reach forever, and with patience and persistence, we can achieve anything.

Although we know what we want, and can plan effectively to achieve it, there will always be a lot of unknown factors that may come into play. We may encounter unforeseen complications and irritating snags that clog the road ahead and make advancement difficult. Disappointment is a part of life, and we may face difficulties that keep us from success. If we get stopped, we can try again. If we still can’t move, we can focus on something else until the road ahead clears and we can reach success.

Some people say “there’s a reason for everything” as a way of explaining what we can’t control. But that doesn’t mean the reason we’re stopped is because we aren’t entitled to achieve the goal. The problem we’re facing may have nothing to do with us. Delays and detours are annoying, and it can be hard to wait, but we are intelligent and can do whatever is needed to reach any goal we desire. If we have to wait, and do something else, we can. The goal will always be there and when the time is right, we’ll reach it.

Today if the road ahead toward the goal you want is blocked and you can’t get through, look at everything objectively. If there is no way forward right now, set it aside and pursue something else. Life is all about change and soon the way will open, and you’ll be able to move toward success. You are amazing and powerful, and can achieve anything. Be patient and look ahead. All your dreams are there for you.

Freedom

21 Aug

We’re all in control of our lives and can do anything we like. There are always endless options available and we can choose any road or destination we desire. We have all the intelligence and power we need to make excellent decisions, but we don’t live in a vacuum, and there are influences all around us. We can follow the rules that have proven to lead to success, or we can make up our own. We can obey laws or break them, choose wisely or make decisions based on greed, revenge or anything else. If we’re angry and spiteful, we may let our emotions determine how we’ll proceed. That may give us what we want right now, but lasting happiness may elude us. One thing is certain, no matter what we choose, there will be a consequence. What those consequences are isn’t always obvious, and if we step away from what we know is right in order to cheat or in some way pad the way forward, we may end up somewhere we never wanted to go. When we think of freedom, we might think it means we can do anything we want – and we can. But we are accountable for everything we do. Choices that hurt others and take us away from our personal values and ethical standards may give us immediate gratification, but may also tie us up and hold us in place. We can cheat and manipulate, and it might move us ahead quickly, but when the truth comes out, we may end up back at square one. Real freedom can only be achieved by doing what’s right, and choosing options that honor who we are. When we’re true to our personal standards, we’ll have a great sense of worth and satisfaction. We know what we want, and have everything we need to get it. By standing firm and honoring the person we most want to be, we’ll find lasting happiness and great success.

We’re all far more connected than we may realize. Everything we do leaves an impression or a mark. We impact the world simply because we’re here. If we’re kind and thoughtful, the road behind us will different than if we are mean and rude. Building connections instead of burning bridges will enable us to more freely move toward the goals we most desire. We have the power to create positive and fulfilling situations that pave the road ahead, and help us reach every destination we desire.

The world is a big place and we are often bombarded with messages about what we should do, and how we should live. Like a “get rich quick” scheme, we may be told if we just loosen our standards a little, and step away from what we know is right, we’ll be rewarded quickly and never have to look back. We can listen to any suggestions we like, but our lives are our responsibility. If we choose dishonesty, we may get tangled up in ways we never imagined. We have the power to live our lives well and effectively, and achieve all our goals in ways that embellish and enrich us.

Today if you’re tempted to do something you know isn’t right in an effort to jump ahead, remember who you are and what you really want. You are worth more than you can imagine, and your influence is valuable. Choose the best options possible, and step forward with clarity and confidence. Every destination you desire is already there for you. Be wise, and you’ll achieve great success and happiness.