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The Missing Piece

7 Feb

It’s disappointing to do a jigsaw puzzle and get to the end only to discover we’ve lost a piece. Every piece is in place except one. No matter how many pieces fit into the design the last one missing ruins the picture. There’s a hole glaring at us that can’t be filled. It’s obvious and undeniable. In our lives there may be times when we feel insignificant, or that somehow, we don’t count or don’t matter. It can be hard to feel important, especially if we’re in a group of outspoken and powerful people. If we’re quiet and timid, we may drift into the background and all but disappear. But each of us is unique and offer gifts to the world nobody else can offer. Our lives matter, and are important. Each of us is like a piece of the puzzle. We’re all needed. If even one is missing, there will be a loss. Our voices are critical to the entire piece and even if they’re soft, we need to hear them. The world is huge, and can be overwhelming. There are billions of people, and we might feel there’s no way we could possibly make a difference. But each time we extend ourselves to help someone else, each time we speak up, and each time we step forward, we change the world around us. Like a pebble in a pond, our actions extend far beyond where we are and make the world a better place. Everything we do changes something. We can participate, be confident and share our thoughts and opinions. The world needs our ideas and we are integral to everything that’s happening. We can be confident we matter and remember our importance each day.

Every choice we make has a result. If we are kind and approachable, those around us will be more open and welcoming than if we are rude and aloof. A sealed box hides what’s inside until we open it. If we shut ourselves off from those around us, they will never know who we are or what we can offer. However, if we’re open and receptive to letting others in, we can build a great network of personal connections that can embellish and enhance our lives. We have so much to offer. Allowing others to share it will bring us satisfaction and happiness.

Small gestures of kindness and support can bring great results. A reassuring smile can help someone through a difficult day. If our attitude is one of friendship and understanding, we can bring great benefit to our lives and to those around us. Others will learn they can rely on us when they feel unsure and we’ll build a feeling of companionship and support. We’re all connected more deeply than we realize. We can be the one piece that turns everything around toward a happier and more complete result.

Today if you feel you’re insignificant and don’t count, remember your voice is a piece of the great puzzle. You are important and valued, and we all need you. Nobody can give the gifts you possess. Your voice is important and we want to hear it. You bring a unique and valuable perspective. Speak up and let us know who you are. The whole world is blessed because you are here.

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Smoke

6 Feb

Everyone wants a happy life. Nobody wants to suffer or be in situations that make us feel downtrodden and miserable. We are always in control of our lives and if we don’t feel comfortable where we are or with what we’re doing, we can change. We can turn toward the things that bring us joy and make decisions that take us where we most want to be. However, change takes action and may require us to alter our behaviors or location, or the people in our circle. It’s not always easy to modify our lives and if we aren’t sure, we may decide to simply wait and see if things work out on their own. We can do that, but waiting for someone or something else to fix our situation probably won’t work. Our personal happiness is our responsibility. Nobody can provide it for us or pave the way forward so we can reach it. We must pursue it on our own and do what is needed to make it a reality. We deserve complete happiness and fulfillment in our lives but we are the ones responsible for achieving it. By defining what we want and then doing what is needed to reach our most valued goals, we’ll find happiness and satisfaction. Everything is possible and we can do anything we choose. We can direct our lives forward toward what is most important to us, and make our dreams come true. We have everything we need inside us to achieve anything we desire. Complete happiness is always there waiting for us and with focus and determination, we will find it.

People have all kinds of opinions. They may tell us what they think we should do and where we should go, and share lots of ideas about how we should live our lives. If they don’t agree with a choice we’re making they might try to dissuade us from proceeding. They may say we aren’t smart enough to get there, or it’s too hard, or we don’t have what it takes to achieve the goal. We’re all entitled to our opinions but they are only that – opinions. They don’t control us or have any power over the choices we make. We can do whatever we decide and move forward toward any destination we desire.

If we’re unhappy and feel the situation we’re in is too difficult to change, we may sit and wait as our lives drift past. Happiness may seem like smoke floating above us. We can reach it but it slips between our fingers and we can’t grasp it. There may be a feeling of hopelessness as we try to manage what isn’t working. No matter where we are or how defined the circumstances, we always have the power to move. We can step away from any situation that’s holding us down and begin walking in a new direction. Our lives belong to us and if we don’t like where we are, we have everything we need to change. Every dream is possible and every destination is within reach. We can step forward with confidence and find joy.

Today if you’re in a situation that’s holding you back, decide what you want and turn your focus toward where you want to go. You deserve every happiness and all your dreams are possible. Step forward with confidence. You are amazing and powerful. Nothing can keep you from your goals, and you will have the life you desire.

Starting Again

5 Feb

People are complex beings, filled with all kinds of different ideas, perceptions and emotions. We interpret our experiences through what we’ve already seen and done, and many times, we’ll have an expectation of how things will evolve and what will happen. Things they might actually go the way we think they will, but sometimes unexpected developments turn everything upside down and we are caught unaware and unprepared. Maybe we had no control over how things played out or we didn’t understand the entire situation, or misunderstood something important. A thousand things can go sideways at any time and if we end up somewhere we had no intention of going, or find ourselves in a situation we don’t want, we may struggle to find our way again. We only have control over ourselves and the decisions we make. Everything else is out of our hands. Even if we’ve chosen well, the decisions of others may alter our course and cause disruption in our plans. There are many roads to every destination, and if the road we’re on isn’t working we can step aside and try something else. If we aren’t happy with the direction we’re traveling or where we’re headed, we can turn and start again. We can change anything necessary to create a situation that works best for us. We’re always in control of our lives and we know what we want. We can do anything and go anywhere we desire. There are endless possible options always available and we need only decide how we want to proceed. No road is a permanent destination and nothing can stop us from having the lives we dream about. Everything is possible and we can achieve anything we desire.

A lack of control over our lives can lead to depression and sadness. We may be in a situation where someone else is telling us what we should do and where we should go. If they are powerful and demanding, we may simply follow their lead and obey their direction. If we do, we will end up with the lives they design and desire. We are all unique and deserve to live our lives in ways that bring us complete fulfillment and happiness. It’s impossible to find satisfaction living someone else’s life. Our dreams and desires are important and valuable. We can stand strong and choose to live the lives we want the most.

Our choices make us who we are. Each decision takes us somewhere and teaches us something. If we aren’t happy or feel unsettled, we can change course and start again. We have unlimited opportunities to try something new. We can always move in a new direction that will bring us satisfaction and happiness. Life is filled with possibilities and we can do anything. All our dreams are possible and by taking control and choosing the way forward we can make them real.

Today if you don’t like the road you’re on and want something more, turn in a new direction that takes you toward your dreams. Look ahead and decide what you want. Nothing is too far for you to reach and every destination is possible. You deserve complete happiness. Step forward and start again on the road that will take you to it.

Getting Serious

4 Feb

There are unlimited things we can do in life and endless goals to achieve. Each day changes us a little and teaches us something new. Our dreams and goals change as we grow, and what we wanted in the past may not be our focus today. We learn new things each day and can adjust our direction going forward to get to the goals we want the most. Some goals take a lot of thought and we may need time before we decide we’re ready to move toward them. If they require changes in our patterns or behaviors, we may need to prepare before we’re ready to embrace them completely. It’s okay to take our time. We don’t have to jump on an idea the moment we think of it. Success doesn’t have to be tied to the amount of time we take to achieve it. We can think about what we want and decide when we want to accomplish any goal we desire. Once we’re ready and determined to move forward, nothing can keep us from success. There isn’t anything we can’t do if we’re focused on the goal. We can plan our way forward, and each step we take will move us closer to where we want to go. There are infinite possibilities before us every day. We can dream big and then make our dreams come true. No destination is out of reach. Once we decide where we want to go and are willing to do what is necessary to get there, nothing can keep us from success. Life is filled with opportunities. We can do anything and can have the lives we dream about. We can get serious about what we really want and make it ours. It’s all up to us.

There are countless things that can go wrong when we’re trying to accomplish something. People may intervene and get in the way, decisions out of our control may complicate the road ahead, and our timing may be impacted and we may have to wait. There will rarely be a paved, straight road ahead without any problems or delays. We are capable of managing any complications that arise and if we have to wait, we can step aside for a time until things improve and then return to continue our journey forward. Our lives belong to us and we can make them any way we like. We can accomplish any goal and reach any destination.

A bright, sunny day with clear skies and comfortable temperatures makes life enjoyable and easy. When things are going well and the road ahead is clear and open, we can move forward quickly and accomplish much. But the weather in our lives is unpredictable and can change without warning. When dark clouds roll in and the rain has us locked in, we can use the time to plan our next steps ahead and be ready when things change. Nothing can keep us from anything we desire. We can stay focused on the goal and be confident of success.

Today if you’re ready to begin moving toward a goal you’ve been thinking about, take the first step forward. Decide to hold fast even if things get complicated and keep moving ahead. There isn’t anything you can’t do and no destination is too far to reach. Trust yourself and be confident. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing is impossible. Every success is just ahead. Your dreams can come true and you will win.

Never Ending

1 Feb

We have a lot of good experiences in life and sometimes things go exactly the way we want them to and we feel happy and content.  But pain is a normal part of our lives and we’ll all go through difficult passages from time to time.  When we’re hurting and feel overcome, it can be hard to see any light ahead.  Intense, painful events can knock us down and we may feel the impact of the disappointment for a long time.  If we suddenly lose a job we value, a trusted friend betrays us or a lover leaves, or we experience the death of someone close, we may be left bereft and devastated.  It takes time to recover from very difficult situations.  We may try to put it behind us and each day the pain recedes a little, but it may take longer to feel strong again than we imagine.  Deep, invasive disappointments affect how we feel about ourselves and how we see the world around us.  While we suffer, we may lose faith in the future, doubt that we are lovable, or think the whole world has turned against us.  It can be a lot to overcome.  They say time heals all wounds, and that’s true but it might take more time than we thought.  It may seem the pain is never ending but each day we step a little further down the road, and heal a little more.  It doesn’t matter how long it takes us to feel whole again.  The important thing is to keep moving forward.  In time, however long that takes, we’ll feel confident and complete again.  We can trust ourselves to find our footing.  Life will give us many opportunities to learn and grow, and even if it hurts, each lesson gives us something valuable to carry forward.  We can face anything that comes.  We are strong and capable, and nothing can hold us down.

It’s fun and exciting to eat something really delicious and we may enjoy trying new foods from different places.  What if something happened and suddenly our taste buds no longer worked?  If everything we ate was tasteless and bland the whole experience would be altered.  When we’re in pain, it can feel like life has lost its flavor and nothing is appealing any longer.  Colors may seem dull, and we may feel numb and invisible.  When pain takes over it’s hard to feel anything else but nothing lasts forever and eventually we will heal and everything we’ve lost will return.

When the road has been long and challenging, and we’re tired and feel overcome, it can be hard to take another step.  We may believe we can’t move anymore and think about giving up and giving in.  Life can be difficult and when we’re in pain it can be hard to feel hope.  We can give up, but we are stronger than we realize, and nothing is powerful enough to stop us.  There is nothing capable of holding us down if we are determined to stand.  Pain hurts and we will suffer, but no night lasts forever.  The sun always rises and we will prevail.

Today if you’ve been hurt and are struggling to find your way, trust yourself.  You have overcome many difficulties already and you can conquer anything.  Step forward and have faith.  Every blessing is possible and nothing will keep you from success.  The road to happiness is already there for you.  Stand strong and look ahead.

Closing In

31 Jan

We have so many different experiences as we navigate through our lives. Change is constant and generally we manage it as it comes but sometimes, we may have to face many changes at the same time. Maybe a new job, a move, a change in our relationship status, family complications, a pending retirement, or dozens of other important adjustments may descend upon us all at once. We can usually manage things as they come and we’re capable of walking through most situations confidently and successfully. However, when several things happen at once it can be overwhelming and we may feel like the walls are closing in around us. There are a lot of details and things to address, and we may feel unsure and unsettled. When there is a lot going on and many balls in the air it can be hard to focus on one thing. We may feel pulled in many directions at the same time. Complications are a normal part of life and no matter how many we’re facing if we take them one at a time, we’ll find our way. We can address the most pressing issue first, and then one by one resolve each step until we’re settled again. We can trust ourselves to find the answers we need when we need them, and proceed forward with confidence. Life can be complicated and it can feel like we’re in a whirlwind of concern where our feet don’t touch the ground. But we have everything we need to get through, no matter what’s happening, and with patience and tenacity we will prevail. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage. We are amazing and powerful, and can overcome anything in our way.

When we feel strong and accomplished and things go wrong, they can seem like minor annoyances we simply brush away and push through. But if we’ve been under water with one problem after another for a while, we may be tired and stressed, and if one more thing happens may think we can’t survive. We’re in control of our lives and when we feel we’ve done all we can, we can step back and take a break. We can take respite from the battle and recharge. As we rest, answers will rise and when we return, we’ll find our way through. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage.

Mazes are full of blockades. As we navigate through them if we get to a wall we can backtrack and try another route. Just like a maze, every problem has a solution and if the first we try doesn’t work, we can try again. We have unlimited chances to move forward and nothing can stop us from advancing. We can trust our instincts, and continue on no matter what’s in the way. There isn’t anything big enough or strong enough to hold us in place and we’ll get to any goal we desire.

Today if there are many things you must address and you feel overwhelmed, trust yourself and step forward. You have accomplished so much already and you will succeed again. You are powerful and strong, and have all the insight and wisdom you need to manage anything you must. Be confident and trust yourself. Keep moving forward. All the answers are there for you and you will find them.

Mirror Mirror

30 Jan

The world is full of illusions.  Things may look one way when in fact they may be something entirely different.  Often this is done purposefully to entice us to do something, buy something or go somewhere.  It’s like a big sales convention.  Everywhere we turn we see pictures that have been altered to look better than they are, and we are bombarded with suggestions and promptings to do things others are promoting.  It’s sometimes difficult to discern actual truth when there is so much deception all around.  In our personal lives if we feel we should be one way or another in order to please others or move forward, we may begin to pretend we actually possess attributes we don’t have.  We may tell others we can do things we don’t know how to do, recreate our personal history to reflect what someone else wants to hear, or in other ways fake our way through.  All of that might work for a while, but truth is powerful and will always rise.  When we look in the mirror we see ourselves as we are.  Accepting ourselves exactly as we are now will help us clearly decide how we want to move forward.  We don’t have to pretend to be anything.  We don’t have to look like or act like anyone else to get ahead.  We can be genuine and true to the attributes we possess.  If we want to change, we can do what is needed to get there and move forward with confidence.  Illusions may be pretty, and they may captivate us, but they aren’t real.  Deciding to be honest about ourselves and truthful in all our interactions will give us the confidence and power we need to do anything we desire.

If we’re unhappy, we can bemoan our situation and spend all our time dreaming of how things could be.  Wishing and hoping for change is a waste of time, and sitting around waiting for something to happen that will turn our course toward the goals we want is foolish.  If we want the lives we’re dreaming of we must define what is needed to make it happen and then actively pursue it.  Our lives are our responsibility.  We’re always in control of our decisions and what we do going forward.  Every dream is possible and if we’re determined and focused, we can achieve the lives we want the most.

Nobody is perfect and there may be times when we feel disappointed in something we’ve done in the past.  Carrying around disappointments that are behind us can hold us back and keep us from happiness.  We can learn everything possible from the experience and take the lessons forward to help us make better choices.  Life is a continual process of learning.  We can make excellent choices going forward and find the success we seek.

Today if you’ve been pretending to be something you aren’t in an effort to move ahead, remember you are worthwhile and valuable just as you are.  Trust yourself and be confident.  We need your influence and there is nobody else like you.  You are amazing and have gifts nobody else can offer.  Share them with us and the whole world will benefit.  There is great success ahead and you will reach it.