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Against the Odds

15 May

Some things come easily. They are quick to achieve and we gain them with little effort. If everything we wanted happened that way our lives would be simpler and certainly less stressful. Unfortunately, those situations represent a very small percentage of our experiences. Most of the time we must work for what we want, and sometimes the task is so difficult success may seem doubtful. There are times when what we’re trying to do is steeply uphill from where we are and the odds of completing it are not in our favor. We can aim for any goal we desire and even if we must push against the odds, we can do what is needed to achieve it. It’s not easy to push forward when the road is hard and long, and we may tire from the struggle and reconsider our plans when frustration becomes intense. But we can do anything we really want to do, even if it’s difficult. We are capable of understanding even complex situations and can find our way through. Everything worth having is worth fighting for. We can always achieve the lives we want but we must work for them. Nobody is going to hand us success. We must be determined to do what is needed to get there. No road is too steep for us to climb, and with focus and persistence we will reach the top. We can push against any odds and find success. They will not all be easy to reach, but every destination is possible. There isn’t anything we can’t do. We can take a step closer to our goals every day and continue forward until we reach them.

Although all our dreams can come true but we won’t achieve them without effort. If they are complex and far from where we are now, we must plan the way forward to reach them. As we move ahead, if the first road we’ve chosen doesn’t take us closer, we can choose another. There are limitless options possible and even if we’ve taken a wrong turn we will find the one that works. Problems may arise but if we are determined to reach the goal we can stay the course and find success.

If we’ve been pushing forward for a while and are still far from the goal, those around us may tell us it’s too hard and to let it go. They may be concerned that we will spend our time working for something we can never achieve. Nobody knows what we want more than we do and the opinions of others have no bearing on our personal decisions. We can design our lives any way we choose and do what is needed to get to the goals we desire most. There isn’t anything we can’t do. We can take another step and move closer to where we want to be.

Today if you’ve been pushing against the odds and are tired of the struggle, decide how you want to continue. Determine what you want the most and then choose the road that will take you there. You have all the courage and wisdom you need to accomplish anything you desire. Every dream is possible. You are strong and capable, and nothing is out of reach. Decide how you want to move forward and take the next step. The whole world is there for you. Every possibility awaits and you will succeed.

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Darkness

14 May

The world is a big place with millions of people making all kinds of decisions.  Many people are kind and loving, and make choices that bring goodness and charity.  However, there is wickedness all around us and sometimes those who seek it make decisions that create problems and danger for the rest of us.  Although there is plenty of light for us to trust and rely on, there is also an element of darkness just a step away.  As we navigate our lives sometimes our path is influenced by pressures around us and we may end up somewhere far away from where we want to be.  Those who wish to control or manipulate can be very cunning and convincing, and if we aren’t careful we may be fooled into following them.  When we allow others to control our lives or color our decisions we may choose things that impact us negatively.  We know what we want and have all the power we need to achieve anything we desire.  We can be wise in our decisions and choose the best way forward even in the midst of confusion.  If we take the time to see everything objectively before we decide we will find the road that will take us where we want to go.  Our lives belong to us and we are responsible for every decision we make.  If we take a wrong turn we can change direction and redirect our course going forward.  Nothing is permanent and even if we’ve gone far away from where we want to be we can find our way back.  We deserve every happiness and success.  Nothing is impossible and we can do anything we desire.

There are many influences around us all the time and if someone wants something from us and it compromises our standards they may try to convince us by telling us they’ll only ask us this once and never again.  If we care for them we may go along but if we step away from our core values one time it will be easier to do it again.  Once we open the door to options outside our ethical standards we may muddy the waters going forward and it may become harder and harder to find the road back to where we really want to be.

Some people lie to accomplish their objectives.  If we do, we may well reach the goal but the lies will follow us and until we’re ready to tell the complete truth will live dishonestly.  There is nothing positive to be gained by deceit or trickery.  It will only lead to more lies and more confusion.  Our lives may get so tangled up and turbulent it may be hard to find our way forward.  We can always stop and correct our course and choose another road.  We can turn toward truth and choose wisdom going forward.  When we do we will find comfort and clarity, and every option will be available to us.

Today if you’ve been tempted to do something that is not in keeping with your personal standards, remember who you are.  You are precious and valuable, and every choice you make expresses your worth.  Nothing is more important than your personal integrity.  Be wise and make excellent choices.  They will take you where you want to go and bring you increased success.  You are powerful and intelligent, and nothing is out of reach.  Choose wisely and every destination will be possible.

Winning the Lottery

11 May

We’ve all heard stories of people who have won the lottery and seen them smiling for cameras holding the big check.  It’s exciting to think about winning and getting all the cash we think will improve our lives, and we may dream about it and persistently buy tickets in the hope that the dream will come true.  Someone will win the lottery and it might be us but the odds are currently 1 in 292 million that it’ll happen.  Those are long, long odds.  To put it in perspective, the odds of being struck by lightning in our lifetime are about 1 in 5,000.  We can buy all the lottery tickets we want but instead of wishing and hoping for something so remote and out of our control to change our lives, we can actively pursue a path that will take us where we want to go.  We have a far greater chance of success when we’re in control of where we’re going than waiting for something to simply fall in our laps.  We’re in charge of our personal destiny and we can determine where we go and what we accomplish.  Success is always possible and once we define it we can chart our course forward to achieve it.  Our lives are ours to design and we can do anything we truly want to do.  If we want great financial success and are willing to do what it takes to accomplish it, we will succeed.  Nothing is out of reach but we must achieve success ourselves.  Nobody is going to give us everything we desire simply because we want it but with determination and persistence we can get it.  Nothing is out of reach once we decide what we want.  We can do anything and reach any success we desire.

It’s important to have dreams and they inspire us to do great things.  We can dream all we want but until we do something to make our dreams come true they are like clouds sailing across the sky with no substance or direction.  All the hoping and wishing in the world will never make them a reality.  We must plan for success and then move forward toward it to make it happen.  All our dreams can come true when we do what is required to achieve them.

We can spend our lives unhappy and bemoaning where we are, complaining we never got the chance to do what we wanted.  We can blame our circumstances, those around us, the pressures of family or tradition, and anything else.  We always have the power to change our lives.  There isn’t anything we can’t do but if we are afraid, or lazy or simply don’t want to try, nothing will happen.  It’s easy to stand still.  It requires little effort and even less thought.  There is greatness is all of us and we are more powerful than we realize.  We can do anything, go anywhere and achieve any dream we desire but it’s up to us.  Nobody is going to hand us the perfect life.  We must create it for ourselves.

Today if you’ve been hoping you’ll win the lottery to finally change your life and give you what you want, remember you’re in control of where you go and what you do.  You can change things and do anything you desire.  Be strong and remember how powerful you are.  Nothing is beyond your reach and all your dreams can come true.  Step forward.  Every possibility is waiting for you. Happiness is just ahead.

Being True

10 May

Each of us has our own unique personality that defines who we are. We express our individual tastes and desires and learn about ourselves and what we want. If we’re confident and self-assured we will stay true to our own personal values and choices. However, if we’re unsure about how we feel in certain situations and uncertain about how to respond we may latch onto someone else’s ideas and behaviors and adopt them as our own. Some people are very forceful and strong and if we aren’t sure we may choose to emulate them instead of voicing our own opinions. It’s easy to simply copy someone else’s ideas and views instead of figuring out our own. But pretending to be something we really aren’t will never take us where we want to go. Each choice we make has a result and if we choose behaviors that don’t reflect who we are we will construct a false façade that doesn’t have anything to do with reality. We can be inauthentic and imitate others for a while but eventually who we are will surface and the incongruity may bring confusion and complications. There may be times when we don’t know how we feel about something and need more information before we can decide. We don’t have to rush in order to agree with others and we don’t have to copy their answers. We can wait until we figure out everything and then determine our next steps. Allowing ourselves to be true to who we are before we respond will help us live honestly and sure. There is nobody else on earth exactly like us and our opinions and suggestions are important. We are smart enough to understand any situation before us and can take the time we need to find the best answers going forward.

Ideas change as time passes and what was once all the rage is now old news. If we change our opinions and standards every time the world around us changes we’ll be like leaves in the wind, tossed here and there with no direction or destination in mind. If we don’t define who we are and what we believe others will have trouble trusting and relying on us because each new idea will pull us away from where we are. There are always endless choices available and we must find the ones that best reflect our personal ideals and motives. We are the only ones who can define who we are. Understanding our true nature and desires, and then choosing the roads that emulate them will bring us the success we seek.

It may take time to discover what we really want and where we want to go. Until we define the way forward we can explore all possibilities around us. We will know when something fits and will find the road we want to travel. Our futures are ours to design and we can create the lives we want when we make the choices that take us there. All options are on the table and nothing can hold us back from success. We are strong and powerful and will find the way forward.

Today if you’ve been following along with those around you because you aren’t sure where you want to go, remember your destiny is yours to create. You can go anywhere and do anything. Think about what you want the most and then start forward toward the goal. There is great success ahead for you and nothing will stand in your way.

Possibilities

8 May

We live in a finite world where everything has a beginning and an end. It’s hard to comprehend endlessness and it can be difficult to wrap our minds around infinity. We may try to control our lives by defining our boundaries and parameters and do our best to keep them in place. We can choose to limit our experiences to things we know and understand instead of reaching out beyond our grasp to something undefined and foreign. It’s easy to keep our patterns common and stay where we know the terrain. We understand our current situation and feel comfortable in the routines we’ve established but there are endless possibilities available to us all the time. There are unlimited roads all around us and we can step off the familiar and try something new that will take us somewhere we’ve never been and show us things we’ve never imagined. When we try new things, our thinking expands. We see our lives from a new perspective and learn more about our world and what we’re capable of. We can do far more than we think we can and go places we’ve only dreamed about. Our lives belong to us and we can be brave enough to step off the well-worn path and try something new. We may find we have talents we weren’t aware of and discover incredible happiness going somewhere unexpected. There are unlimited possibilities to reach for. Our lives can be wide open and filled with new experiences and we can expand our understanding into areas we’ve only dreamed about. Opening our eyes and reaching out to something new will enrich us in ways we can only imagine until we take the chance. Nothing is out of reach and we can do everything.

Nobody knows what the future will bring and there may be times when what we thought was settled and predictable gets completely undone. The foundations we’ve built are shaken and suddenly everything we counted on is gone. When that happens, we have to regroup and find another way forward. Thankfully there are many roads to choose and we can begin again with confidence. Nothing can ever stop us from reaching our goals. We are strong and capable and will find our way forward.

When we’re comfortable where we are, even if we aren’t completely happy, we may stay the course because we understand our situation. As we stand still
opportunities around us are always there. We can enrich our lives and broaden our perspective by trying something new. Taking one small step into something we’ve never done before will open our minds to new possibilities and refresh our perspective. Life is a great blessing. Living it wide open and taking advantage of new experiences will bring us great satisfaction and continued happiness.

Today if you’ve been thinking about trying something new but aren’t sure about stepping away from what you know, be confident. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Be curious and open a new door. Endless possibilities await that will bring you boundless growth and enhance your life going forward. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Step up and push ahead. The whole world is there for you. Embrace it and move forward. Anything is possible.

Keeping it Hidden

7 May

There is great potential to achieve amazing things in our lives.  We can do anything we want to do and nothing is too difficult to manage when our desire for success is sufficient.  Although we all have greatness within us there may be times we keep it hidden and to ourselves.  Perhaps our goals are personal and we don’t want to share them.  Maybe we don’t like a lot of attention and are concerned that if we achieve the things we desire others with notice and we’ll be in the spotlight.  Keeping our talents and possibilities to ourselves is certainly our prerogative, but it may keep us from acting on the things we want to do.  We don’t have to project our intentions to those around us but we can begin forward toward them.  It’s important and appropriate to seek after the things we want the most in our lives even if they are very different from what we’re living now.  We are in complete control of our personal destiny and can go anywhere we want to go.  Moving toward the lives we want the most will bring us great satisfaction and happiness.  We don’t have to be concerned about the opinions of others and don’t need agreement to choose what is best for us.  Our lives belong to us and we may live them any way we decide.  The road to happiness is always there and when we choose the paths we most want to travel we will find it.  Every dream is possible and we have everything we need to accomplish anything we desire.  There is true greatness within us and it is strong enough to take us wherever we want to go.  All roads are available and nothing can hold us back.  We can reach any goal we desire and become the people we most want to be.

Some believe planning to make our dreams real is naïve and childish.  They may prefer a life of limits and defined parameters that is expected and planned.  There is nothing wrong with a structured life but every dream is possible if we are willing to do what is needed to make it come true.  We are not hindered by anything in our quest to move forward.  We can do anything and nothing is too far away to reach.  Believing in our possibilities and trusting in our choices will take us wherever we want to go.

Fear of the unknown is something we all deal with from time to time.  We know where we are and what to expect from the lives we’re living now.  Stepping away from the path that is well paved and easy and onto a foreign road that promises to take us to our most desired location takes courage. We can’t read the future and have no way of knowing what lies ahead.  We have all the wisdom we need to face anything that comes and when we’re ready to move toward our dreams we will manage the way forward.  We can do anything.  We can have the lives we desire and find complete happiness.

Today if you’ve been holding back from stepping toward your dreams because you aren’t sure and want to keep your desires to yourself, take the first step forward.  You can do anything you choose and nothing is out of reach.  Set your sites on your goals and proceed with confidence.  There is nothing too difficult for you to overcome and all your dreams can come true.

Gaining Wisdom

4 May

All the experiences we go through in our lives teach us something.  Some lessons are easy, some are harder and some may be difficult and painful.  We can take everything we learn with us as we move forward and use it to help us understand our lives more fully and the world around us.  Experience is a great teacher but it only benefits us if we are willing to learn the lessons provided and then use them to help us in the future.  Life is funny.  If we don’t learn as we go and embrace the changes growth brings, situations tend to loop back around and we may get the opportunity to go through the same thing again and again until we finally understand what we need to learn.  Intelligence is a great asset but intelligence is not wisdom.  Intelligence signifies how smart we are, but wisdom is what enables us to use our intelligence in ways that benefit us and help us move forward.  We may be very smart but if we don’t use what we’ve learned and incorporate it into our lives, we miss the opportunity to become wise and discriminating.  Wisdom helps us sort out what is real and what is false, and enables us to make better choices and choose the best options.  If we want to be wise we have to pay attention to what we’re learning and incorporate it into our lives.  Sometimes after learning something new we see things in a completely different light.  We may decide we need to change direction to move forward, or change a connection or relationship we see is holding us back.  Wisdom is a beneficial and powerful asset and as we gain it we understand our place in life and how those around us fit into it.  We are capable of greatness and nothing we want to do is out of reach.  Embracing wisdom and using it in all our decisions will help us find great success.

Problems come to all of us and as we find our way through them we have the chance to explore many options.  We can always find the answers we seek, but when our problems are attached to others we’re involved with it can be harder to find our way through.  Emotional attachments can keep us from the best decisions if we’re trying to make everyone happy and keep the peace.  It’s good to be considerate of others and nobody wants to cause pain but sometimes the way forward will not be the easiest path.  We deserve every happiness and with wisdom and patience we can make the best decisions.

If we’ve made a mistake in judgment and it’s taken us somewhere we don’t want to be, we can carefully consider where we want to go and begin forward on the road that will take us there.  No decision is permanent and no matter what we’ve chosen in the past we can change direction at any time.  Great success is always possible and we can re-evaluate our choices and choose the best road going forward.

Today pay attention to the lessons you’re learning and use the knowledge you’re gaining to increase your wisdom.  You have so much to offer and learning to be wise will help you achieve every goal you dream of.  Take your time and travel the roads that will take you exactly where you want to go.  Be wise and choose well.  You are powerful and strong, and have everything you need to find happiness and success.