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Caught Up

7 Aug

Every choice we make is a reflection of where we are and where we’re headed, and if we choose well, will move us closer to the goals we desire. However, there are a lot of people around us and some of them may influence us in ways that take us off course. They may convince us they have the answers we’re seeking and if we follow them and do what they suggest, we will reach the destinations we desire. It’s possible someone else might have the inside track to where we want to go, but nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. Strong willed, and highly self-directed people may be very convincing, and we may be attracted to their confidence and believe everything they say. Everyone has something to offer, and it’s helpful to take good advice, but our lives belong solely to us. What we do and where we go is our choice. If we’re impressed by someone else and get caught up in their ideas, we may give up our own decisions and simply do what they suggest. If we do, we may end up living a life designed by them. Living someone else’s idea of what we should do may bring us success of some kind, but will never allow us to live the lives we want the most. We only get one life and it’s up to us to design it in ways that bring us fulfillment and complete happiness. Following someone else’s directions will take us to the destinations they’ve chosen. We deserve to live our lives authentically and unique to our own personal choices. We can go exactly where we want to go, and do exactly what we want to do. There isn’t anything we can’t achieve, and by choosing our own steps forward, can have the lives we want the most.

Spiders spin sticky webs in order to catch food so they can survive. Although we don’t spin actual webs, it is possible to create a psychological web in order to control someone close to us. We can be manipulated into believing we need another’s influence or we’ll never succeed. If we get caught in someone else’s web, we may feel helpless and unable to move. We’re always in control of our lives and no matter where we are or what’s happening, can step away and change direction. We are smart and capable, and have all the power we need to do anything we want.

If we’re unsure about where we’re going or are struggling to find the way forward, someone may step in and offer advice. We may certainly listen to any suggestions we receive, but the choices we make belong to us. Suggestions are not directions, but simply ideas we may consider. We already know what we want to do and where we want to go. We have everything we need to plan the way forward to reach the goals we desire most. Nothing is beyond our reach and we have all the wisdom and courage needed to go anywhere and do anything.

Today if you’ve been caught up in someone else’s ideas about how you should live, remember you are smart enough to do things your way. You are stronger and wiser than you realize, and nothing is too difficult for you to manage. Trust yourself and begin moving forward. The whole world is there for you. Every dream is possible, and you will succeed.

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Escape

6 Aug

Life is full of options and opportunities. Every single day brings something new into our lives, and new people will come and go as time passes. Sometimes we make lasting relationships and spend significant time with someone, getting to know them well, and incorporating them into our lives. If our values are similar, and we’re interested in the same things, those bonds may be very strong. It’s good to make close connections but it won’t happen with everyone we meet. We may have passing interactions with people we see once and don’t see again. As we’re getting to know someone and begin to build rapport with them, we learn more about them. We might find we have lots in common, or we may discover their true attributes are nothing we want to be involved with. Maybe they’re dishonest, or make horrible decisions that bring grief and destruction to everyone around them, or they have deep, hidden hatred for others. We never have to stay in any situation or relationship that makes us uncomfortable. We can always step back, and step away. There is no reason to continue an association that isn’t working or that will bring us discomfort. Escape is always an option in every circumstance, no matter what’s going on. We can choose another path and go our own way. We are never inexorably tied to anyone else. Our lives belong to us and we can manage them in ways that are positive and work well. If someone around us is doing things we don’t want, or is making decisions that don’t work for us, we can walk away. We’re all responsible for the lives we live. Every choice we make takes us somewhere, and we can ensure where we’re headed is where we want to go. Every blessing is possible and there are unlimited roads to travel. We can have the lives we dream about and find great, abiding happiness.

Most of us try to be helpful and want to be patient with others who are struggling. We can be supportive but it’s impossible to change anyone but ourselves. It never works to try to fix someone else’s life for them. Everyone owns their own problems and must find their own solutions. We’re not responsible for saving anyone else, and we need not accept or excuse bad behavior, or go along with bad decisions. We can set an excellent example for success, and step forward with confidence and clarity.

We may be asked to help when someone has twisted their lives up and don’t know what to do. We can be kind and offer any advice we feel appropriate, but they must solve their problems on their own. Getting tangled up in the confusion of someone else’s mistakes will not help them find resolution. We can be supportive and still allow them to do what is needed to resolve their situation. We all have everything we need to find the way forward.

Today if you’re in a situation that’s uncomfortable, and you don’t want to continue, you can step away. You know what’s best for you and how you want to proceed. Take control and do what is needed to change direction and start again. You are valuable and important, and can go anywhere. Make the best decisions moving forward and you will reach your goals. Nothing can keep you from the life you desire.

Two Wrongs

5 Aug

Every decision we make takes us somewhere. If we’re mindful and careful, and take time to see the road ahead before we choose, we have a better chance of ending up somewhere we want to go. There’ll always be unforeseen complications and details we don’t know about, and sometimes things will go wrong. But most of the time, if we consider all our options, we can make excellent choices that bring us the results we desire. If we get involved in a situation where someone has a lot of influence over us and asks us to do something we aren’t sure about, we may hesitate. If they’re forceful and determined to push us their way, despite our concerns, we may acquiesce and go along. Sometimes other people’s decisions will work out for us but other times we may end up headed for trouble. We always have the choice to change direction and start again, but if we’re swept up under someone’s influence, we may feel powerless to turn around. One bad decision may lead to another, and then another, and before we know it, we’re in foreign and difficult territory, far from where we want to be. Two wrongs can never make anything right. They don’t cancel each other out, and continuing on the wrong road in the hopes that somehow it will magically turn into the right one, will never work. We’re always in control of our lives and no matter what others choose or how much pressure they bring in an effort to take us along, we can make our own decisions. We don’t have to agree to anything we don’t want. Nobody knows more about where we want to go than we do. We can have the lives we desire most by making careful choices that lead us to the destinations we want. Every blessing is possible and with patience and determination, we will find true happiness.

Some people like to control others to get what they want. If we have something they want, they may do all kinds of things to try and make us give it. If we don’t agree, they may manipulate the situation to pressure us into compliance. It’s very difficult and unpleasant to deal with situations like these, and if being honest and straightforward doesn’t work, we may consider something underhanded in an effort to escape. We’re always accountable for everything we do, and there is no excuse powerful enough to turn bad behavior into good. Choosing well will always bring blessings. We have all the courage and wisdom we need to make decisions that reflect our high standards and hold fast to what is noble and right.

If we go along with a bad decision that complicates and negatively impacts our life, we can stay with it and hope things will improve, or stop and rethink the way forward. No decision is written in stone and we can change direction at any time. We don’t need permission or agreement to correct our course. Every road is possible and with determination and focus, we can move toward the destinations we want the most.

Today if someone is pressuring you to make a choice you don’t agree with, stand firm and choose what’s best for you. You’re in control of your life and can go anywhere you desire. Every option is available and you will find the right way forward. Choose roads that will take you where you want to go, and make your dreams come true.

Treasure

2 Aug

Everyone has their own opinions about everything in life. We like certain things, we understand other things, and we deal with what we don’t appreciate. We make our own personal judgments and we’re entitled to our own ideas and interpretations. We’re all unique and see things through individual filters. What one person sees as a benefit another may view as a problem. There are endless perceptions and the world is filled with differences. We may find ourselves in a situation where someone sees us in a negative light. They may not appreciate our point of view, or how we look, or present ourselves, and they may deride or criticize, telling us we are worthless. Their comments may pierce us deeply and hurt, and if we aren’t confident, we may believe what they say. Everything we do and everything we say expresses who we are, either positive or negative. Some people find satisfaction in belittling others and making them feel small and insignificant. They like to muscle over them, deriding and humiliating as they push them aside. People may do and say anything they like, but they can never change the truth. No matter what someone may think or how demeaning they may be, we will still be valuable and worthwhile. Nothing can change that. We are unique treasures, here to give gifts to the world only we have to offer. There are no words or actions that can take that away. The opinions of others don’t diminish our influence or our goodness. Each of us is priceless and of unlimited worth. We can be confident and strong, and bring light to those around us. The world is blessed because we are here, and nothing will ever change that.

There are all kinds of people and there will likely be times when we interact with someone we don’t like. Maybe they grate on our nerves, or annoy us with their behaviors, or we don’t understand their views. It’s normal to have differences from time to time, and it may be difficult to deal with someone. We’re all unique and we won’t always blend well together but even when we don’t, we can still honor them. There is nothing to be gained by pointing out flaws, or demeaning anyone because they don’t match our way of thinking. We can be respectful and kind, even when we disagree, and extend the hand of friendship.

If someone has made it clear they don’t think much of us, and takes every opportunity to explain how we don’t measure up, it’ll be hard to interact with them. They can have their own views, but we don’t need to internalize them and make them ours. We can remember how valuable we are, and continue forward with confidence, trusting that we are making a positive impact on the world around us. There is greatness in all of us, and we are worth more than we imagine.

Today if someone has made you feel insignificant and worthless, remember there is nobody else like you in the entire creation. You are a unique and valuable treasure, and we’re all blessed by your influence. Your voice is important and you bring richness to the whole world. Be strong and go forward with confidence. You are a gift to us all, and everything is better because you are here.

One Step Further

1 Aug

There are unlimited things we can accomplish in our lives and we can go anywhere and do anything we desire. Everything is possible and with focus and determination we can create the lives we want and make our fondest dreams reality. When we’re pushing toward a goal and we’ve been working on it for a while, we may tire and need to stop for a time until we decide on our next steps. We may be reticent to halt our progress even temporarily, and want to continue to push through despite our fatigue. However, standing still gives us the chance to review how far we’ve come and look ahead at the options before us. Seeing the road ahead before we move forward will help us avoid pitfalls and complications that are obvious before we begin. We can’t read the future and there is no way to predict problems that may occur, but if we take the time to look carefully before we proceed, we may be able to head some of them off before they arrive. It’s good to be focused and push ahead, and we can achieve any goal we desire, but before we take one step further, we can review every option and make the best choices possible. We have all the wisdom and insight we need to find our way to any goal we’ve chosen. There will likely be obstacles in the way from time to time, but we will always be able to find the path around them. If the road we’re on stops or ends, we can find another one to continue moving forward. Nothing is impossible and we have everything we need to prevail, no matter where we want to go. If the goal is huge and complex, we can take it apart and advance one step at a time. We are smart enough and strong enough to go anywhere and do anything. Nothing is too far to reach, and we will have the lives we desire most.

When we reach a goal and have accomplished what we set out to do, there may be a great sense of achievement and relief. We may feel we’ve finally arrived, and take some time to relax and bask in our success. It’s good to reach our goals and feel complete, but life continues on and although we may be happy with where we are now, as we move forward, there will always be another step to take. The possibilities are endless and with each success, new doors before us will open and offer new horizons to explore.

Keeping our lives small and restricted may make us feel secure and comfortable. We know the players around us, and what to expect. It’s fine to stick to the same patterns if we want a simple, predictable life, but the world is filled with opportunities and possibilities. If we reach just a little further, and try something new, we may find great happiness and satisfaction. There are endless things to do and we can fill our lives with worthwhile and enriching experiences. We can have the lives we dream about and accomplish anything we desire.

Today if you’ve reached a goal you’ve been striving for and feel content and happy, enjoy your success and everything you’ve earned. There are unlimited possibilities awaiting you and the whole world is there for the taking. Move forward with confidence, take another step further, and you’ll find great happiness and satisfaction.

Defining

31 Jul

People come in and out of our lives constantly. Sometimes we make connections that last only a brief time, and sometimes we have lifelong relationships. No matter how many attributes we may share, we are all unique and define our lives by the choices we make. When we care about someone, their influence over us may be great. We want to make them happy so there may be times when we agree to do something we don’t really want to do. That may not be a problem for inconsequential decisions – where to have dinner, what movie to see, or what to do over the weekend. However, if they want us to do things that impact our lives negatively, or change our direction toward something we don’t want, and we go along, we may end up somewhere we never wanted to go. It’s not always easy to stand up for our own decisions when someone we love is pressuring us to go along with theirs. We can always agree to anything and do what everyone else thinks we should, leaving our personal choices behind. But it’s important to remember that when we choose the first step on a path, we are also choosing the last. If we go along with someone else’s decision in the beginning, we will end up at the destination they’ve chosen. Our lives are important and how we define them is up to us. We can have the lives we want the most, but we must make the decisions necessary to achieve them. Nobody will ever know more about what’s important to us than we do. We can choose our own roads to travel. If everyone agrees it may be easier, but even if they don’t, we can move forward with confidence toward any destination we desire. Our lives are ours to design and nothing is out of reach. Each step we take can move us closer to the lives we dream about.

Everyone has opinions about everything. Someone may think they have better ideas about how we should live than we do, and share them with us. They may say anything they like, but we never have to take any advice we don’t want. We can listen patiently and thank them for their input, and then choose our own way forward. There is no one perfect way to live life. We can do things our way, and go to the destinations we most desire. Expressing our own individuality and making our own choices will bring us great reward and satisfaction.

When we’re young we learn a lot about life from our families. The patterns we grow up with are comfortable and familiar. As we become adults, we may choose to adopt those same patterns in our lives, or we may decide to go another way. We don’t have to keep doing something just because we’ve done it that way in the past. There are unlimited versions and variety to every experience. If we want to change something, we can. Our lives can represent who we are individually, and sharing our unique gifts will bring richness and variation to the world around us.

Today if you’ve been going along with those you care about and letting go of what you want the most, remember your influence is valuable. Define your life by making choices that express your individuality. Show us who you are. You bring richness and goodness to the world. We’re all blessed because you are here.

Square One

30 Jul

We can do anything we want in our lives. We can set goals and achieve them, go to any destination we desire, and create the lives we want the most. We always know what we want, but sometimes we may sabotage ourselves and do things that keep us from success. There are all kinds of reasons for this – we may not really believe we can win, we may not be convinced it’s what we want, or we may let others or situations influence us and hold us in place. We may go around and around in circles, saying, and even believing we want something, but doing things that prevent it from happening, and ending up at square one. Change won’t just happen because we want it, and our dreams won’t come true simply because we feel we deserve them. We can have the lives we want but we have to do what is necessary to create them. Nobody can change overnight and we don’t have to do everything all at once. We can make small adjustments that move us closer to the goal and incorporate them into our lives in ways that work for us. We can have the lives we dream about by choosing steps each day that open the doors to realizing them. It doesn’t matter how many false starts we’ve had, and we don’t have to change everything immediately. We can concentrate today on doing what is needed to push us ahead. Then tomorrow, we can do it again. Each day we can focus on doing our best and in time we’ll reach the goal. Nothing is impossible. We are never locked in place and can change anything we desire at any time. Every dream is reachable and with persistence, determination and focus, we can do anything.

Nobody will ever make our dreams come true for us. There is no magic genie, no secret combination, or hidden mystery that will unlock the way forward. We already possess all the keys needed to open all the doors ahead. We can be confident that no matter what stands in front of us, we will find our way around it. There is no situation too complex or difficult for us to manage, and manage well. All the answers are there for us, and when we’re ready, we’ll find them.

Nobody gets a perfect life with only paved roads and no problems. Life is filled with complications, unexpected details, snags, and obstacles. But for every issue we encounter, there will be a solution. There will always be an open road ahead and no matter how convoluted things get, or how many times we falter, we can find it. We are more powerful and capable than we realize, and nothing, absolutely nothing, can keep us from success. Every dream and every desire are possible. We have everything we need to reach every single goal.

Today if there’s something you want that you haven’t yet accomplished, remember how strong and capable you are. It doesn’t matter how many times you have to start again. You can do anything you desire, and every blessing is possible. Decide what you want, and then begin toward the goal. You really can have the life you dream about. Be confident. Take another step. Nothing is out of reach and you will prevail.