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Burned and Raw

8 Nov

As we go through our lives, we will have all kinds of experiences. There will be situations that bring us intense happiness, some that bring sadness and sorrow, regret and disappointment, others that are boring and tedious, and we may even face severe and crippling disaster. The scope of life is very wide and each of us has a different and unique journey. Sometimes our days roll out evenly, and most things move along the way we expect them to but change is constant, and suddenly everything may turn and we find ourselves in a completely different situation. If the change brings hardship, has been painful and troubling, and we’ve been hurt, it may be hard to know what to do next. When the rug has been pulled out from under us, we may stumble and have trouble finding our footing. We may feel burned and raw, and unable to stand. Serious problems are not easy to navigate and at first, we may not know how to proceed, or what to do. Hard times come to us all and can knock us down for a time. It may seem we’re lost in darkness and there is no light ahead. It’s okay to stop and wait. We can take the time we need to understand what’s happened and look at everything before us. No matter how devastating the situation seems there isn’t anything we can’t manage. Every answer we need is already there for us. We can rest and think about all the options possible, and then, when we’re ready, we can stand again and step forward. There is nothing powerful enough to hold us down. We are stronger than we imagine, and can find our way through any complication. The darkness cannot last forever and light will return. Every success is always possible and we will prevail.

Everyone has their own ideas about how life should go. We make plans for our futures, and move forward with confidence. It would be wonderful if every plan worked out without any distractions or worries, but that’s not often how life works. Things change, situations are modified, and the way ahead may disappear. It doesn’t matter what goes wrong or how complicated things become, we are wise enough and patient enough to find our way through. We have everything we need to solve any problem, and continue forward.

We can’t know everything, and there will always be something going on of which we are unaware. If others are making decisions that block our progress, or our situation turns unexpectedly, it may seem we will never reach our goal. It’s hard to find the way forward when there are a lot of things in the way. If all we can see is the next step ahead, we can take it. And then the next will open, and we can take that. Step by step we can continue to move ahead until we reach the destination we desire. If we are determined to succeed, nothing can keep us from our goal.

Today if you’re facing a difficult situation and don’t know what to do, stop and think about what you want the most. Look at all the possibilities before you and decide on your next step. You have everything you need to reach any destination you desire. Be confident and stand strong. You are amazing and powerful, and nothing can keep you from success. Trust yourself. Every dream is there for you, and you will reach it.

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Control

7 Nov

There are all kinds of people in the world. Most of us are nice, try to follow the rules and be considerate of others. We’re all entitled to make our own decisions and can design our lives any way we want. Although we can make our own choices, there are some people who like control. They tell others what to do, how to do it, when to do it and where. While controlling others may make them feel more confident and secure, it’s very uncomfortable for those with whom they interact. Nobody wants to be told how to live their lives. It’s annoying and awkward to get directions from an outsider regarding our personal choices. We already know what we want and don’t need someone else revising our plans. If we must interact with someone who wants to be in control of everything we do, it may be difficult to move ahead. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We can make our own plans and determine every step we take. If others try to move in and take command over our lives, we don’t have to comply. We can step back and turn in another direction. We never have to do anything that makes us uncomfortable or takes us away from the things we most want to achieve. Nobody can live our lives but us, and we are responsible for every choice we make. We can go anywhere we choose, but if we sit back and let others direct us, we will end up where they want to go. What is perfect for them may not be what we want at all. We never need follow along no matter who is involved. It doesn’t matter how powerful someone else is, or how much influence they have, we can take charge and make our lives our own. We know how we want our lives to be, and with confidence and determination, we can achieve everything we desire. Nothing is too difficult for us to overcome and we can reach every goal we choose. Our personal success is important, and with focus and persistence, we will reach it.

It’s inappropriate to try to control other people’s choices. If we’re sure we’re right, we may try to influence them, cajole them, entreat them and plead with them to do things our way. However, directing others to follow us will not bring us real satisfaction or  lasting happiness. We have our own lives to manage and we’ll never move forward if we insist on directing traffic. We can trust others to make their own decisions and travel their own journeys.

Nobody is perfect or has all the right answers. Even if we have a genius IQ, we can’t know everything, but we can share what we know to embellish every situation. We can contribute without trying to control. Everyone has something wonderful to give and by honoring each individual and respecting their choices, we will find the best answers moving forward.

Today if you’re sure you have the right answers and want others to do things your way, remember everyone has something to share. We are all valuable and important. Be confident in your abilities, and allow those around you to contribute to your success. You are wise and thoughtful, and we all want to work with you. Every goal is possible, and together we can make our dreams come true.

Worthless

6 Nov

Life is complicated and we never know what will happen next. There are endless twists and turns that may appear without warning, and in an instant, everything may change and we may find ourselves alone and lost. Storms will come, darkness will fall, and we may wrestle with serious problems and disappointments. When everything is going wrong and nothing we do makes anything better, we may feel helpless, impotent or even incompetent. Our feelings of worth may be damaged, and we may conclude that because we can’t fix things, we’re failures. However, failure isn’t determined by what goes wrong in our lives. Things are going to go wrong, mistakes will happen, plans will fail, and there may be times when we may end up with nothing. Our personal worth is not a reflection of what happens to us, but how we handle what comes and continue to move forward. We can’t predict the future and unexpected developments may stop us for a time. But we are strong and intelligent, and even if every single plan collapses, and every turn we can see is blocked, we will find our way. We can stand still and process everything that’s happened, and then take the time we need to think about how we want to proceed. There will always be a way forward, and every answer we need will be there. We are powerful and wise, and nothing can hold us down indefinitely. We can be courageous and trust ourselves. We know what we want and we know where we want to go. Nothing is permanent and we can adjust our plans and start again. Life is all about learning, and unexpected changes bring lessons in stamina and strength. Every success we desire is still possible, and each step we take moves us closer to the destinations we desire.

Our lives are defined by our actions and choices. Some people are born to wealth and privilege, some to a more modest life, and some to poverty and hardship. No matter how we come into the world, the type of life we lead is our responsibility. Each choice we make defines the person we become. If we’re compassionate and wise, and choose well, our lives will reflect honesty and nobility. There is greatness in all of us, and when we express it through our actions every day, the whole world is blessed.

Some people are critical, and judge those around them by standards they set themselves. Their opinions belong to them and have no impact on the choices we make. Our lives are ours to design, and we can do anything we like. Our self-worth is reflected in everything we do. We are unique and valuable, and we can be confident moving forward on the roads we choose. Every option is open to us, and we can have the lives we dream about.

Today if nothing is going right, and you feel hopeless and alone, remember how wise and powerful you are. There isn’t anything strong enough to hold you in place forever. Look around at all the options possible, and take a step forward. Be confident. Every success is possible and you will reach them. You are worth more than you can imagine and we’re all blessed because you are here.

The Big Turn

5 Nov

Each day we live brings something new and every step we take moves us toward some destination. As we navigate ahead, sometimes we move on auto pilot, just going through predictable motions and doing what must be done. There are always things to attend to and responsibilities to meet. Our routines may become commonplace and sometimes we may feel we already know what will happen next. But life is fickle and just when we feel comfortable, something changes and our direction is altered. If we’ve just been coasting through, we may barely notice the adjustment, but if we’ve been pushing forward purposely in a specific direction and suddenly the road turns, the change may completely unravel us. We may feel confused and unsure about how to continue. Change is constant and when it comes unexpectedly and turns us upside down, finding the way forward may be difficult. Every destination is reachable but they won’t all come by traveling clear, paved, straight roads. There will be complications, things will go wrong, people will get in the way, and situations will get rearranged. What we do when the road ahead is blocked will decide if we reach our goal or not. If the change is too confusing and we’re tired of the journey, we may simply let it go and forget about the goal. We’re in control of our lives and can change direction any time we like. But if the goal is important, and we want to achieve it, there isn’t any complication or blockade that can keep us from it. If we want our dreams to become reality, we must be willing to adjust and bend when things change. It takes work to get the lives we want the most, but we are strong and capable, and nothing is out of reach. There isn’t a road we can’t navigate and nothing we can’t accomplish. We can keep our eyes focused forward and find success.

Life is messy, and there is always something that can go wrong. We may plan well, and execute our plan with precision, and still something may happen that throws a wrench right into the middle of it. We can’t control what other people will do, or developments beyond our reach, and there is no way to know what will happen next. It doesn’t matter if things go wrong or the road turns. There will always be another way forward and we are smart enough, and strong enough to find it.

How much we want to achieve a goal will determine how focused we are. If we’re attempting to move ahead on a road someone else thinks we should travel, we may start out strong but because it’s not our personal choice, our efforts may dwindle. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. Nobody can know what we need or want more clearly than we do. We can trust our own judgement and move toward any goal we desire. Everything is possible, and with determination and focus, we can make our dreams come true.

Today if the road ahead is suddenly blocked, look around. There is always another way forward. Complications cannot hold you in place, and nothing can keep you from success. Be confident and trust yourself. You know what you want, and you know how to get it. Step forward. Every blessing is waiting for you, and you will succeed.

Seeing the End

31 Oct

Every goal we want to achieve is possible. We can go anywhere, do anything, and accomplish whatever we desire. Every dream is available if we’re willing to do what is necessary to make it ours. If we can imagine it, we can achieve it. But in order to get to the end of any road and reach our goals, we must be able to visualize it. It’s impossible to reach anything undefined. If we want to actually achieve a goal, we must understand exactly what it is we’re trying to reach and see the end from the beginning. We might really desire success, but being successful is an undefined destination. Before we can reach it, we must decide exactly what we want to be successful doing, and then step forward and begin to move toward the goal. It’s impossible to reach any destination when we don’t know where we’re going. Once we define our destination, we can make a plan for the road ahead, and step forward with confidence that we will succeed. Dreams are nice and we can dream about how we want our lives to be as long as we like. However, if we want those dreams to become reality, we must clearly determine what it will take to make them happen, and then do what is needed. We are highly capable and everything we desire is possible. We can have the lives we want the most, and go anywhere we want to go. Every destination is there, waiting for us. We can trust ourselves to do what it takes to reach them, and find great satisfaction and joy in our success.

Everyone wants to be happy but our happiness is our responsibility. Other people can’t give it to us and although some situations will bring it, they are fleeting and soon gone. If we want real, sustained happiness we must design our lives in ways that make it possible. Doing things the way others expect and putting off our dreams will not create it. Our lives belong to us and we can do anything we like. Choosing paths that take us where we most want to go, and doing what we most want to do will bring us lasting and fulfilling happiness.

We can’t control what happens to us, what others will do, or how most things will roll out. We only have control over our own decisions and the choices we make define who we are and where we go. We can listen to the counsel of others and take whatever advice we like, but our choices belong solely to us. The road ahead is determined by the decisions we make. We can create our own future by making choices that take us where we most want to go. Nothing is too far to reach. Every success is possible and with determination and focus, we can go anywhere and do anything.

Today if you’ve been going along with what others think is best for you, step back and look at every possibility. You can have the life you dream about. Envision the destinations you want to reach, and then take the first step toward them. You are amazing and strong, and can do anything you desire. Be confident and move ahead with clarity and determination. Your life is yours to design, and complete happiness is there for you. Step forward, and claim it.

Opposition

30 Oct

A new highway that’s clear and smooth is easy to travel. We can coast along and look at the scenery, not worried about obstructions or interference as we move ahead. The pavement is even, and the trip is effortless and uncomplicated. We may wish our lives went as easily, and sometimes they do. When that happens, we can relax and just go with the flow. But life is fickle and nothing stays the same forever. Before we know it, something goes wrong, and there is opposition blocking our way. Opposition is a normal feature of every day life. There are endless ideas and attitudes, and countless people coming in and out of our focus all the time. Everyone has a different slant on how they think everything should proceed, and when their opinions conflict with our own, even if we’re headed in the same direction, there may be push back. The paved roads we desire may be impossible to find. If we’re determined to do things our way, and refuse to consider any other interpretation, we my face a very difficult and stressful situation. It’s good to be confident, and we can live our lives any way we choose, but when others are involved, it can get messy if everyone doesn’t agree. There are many roads to every destination and even if our ideas are excellent, it doesn’t mean they are the only ones worth considering. If we are alone and don’t have to acknowledge anyone else in our decision, we can do anything we like. But if others are included, every idea will need to be explored. We are intelligent and can make excellent decisions. Including others in the choices we make going forward will help diffuse conflict. Opposition will always be there, but if we’re open to other interpretations and ideas, we’ll find the best way forward.

It’s very hard to collaborate with someone who only sees their own point of view. If we are limited to one road ahead and will not consider any other option it will be impossible to hear any other message. Tunnel vision limits us to only one solution, but there are always other options possible. If we only look one way, we may miss many other options that may bring success more easily and effectively. Looking around and letting new ideas enter the picture will enable us to more easily find the best way forward, and reach our goal.

When we have a good idea and others are involved, we can explain our plans and hope for agreement. There will times when everyone will be on the same page, but other times there may be objections. We can listen to any challenges or doubts, address them and together determine our next steps. Opposition need never stop us from progressing. We can listen and find common ground with those around us, and work together to reach the goal.

Today if you’re getting push back on an idea you want to pursue, listen to the opposing viewpoint and evaluate all your options. There will always be a possible compromise that will enable you to move forward. You are smart and wise, and can accomplish anything you desire. Be open to new ideas, and use them to find the best road ahead. Every success is possible and nothing will keep you from winning.

Life Preserver

29 Oct

Our lives are filled with all kinds of unexpected experiences. We never know what will happen next or what tomorrow will bring. Sometimes everything rolls out about the way we think it will, and other times we may be overcome by something we never expected. It’s like we’re treading water peacefully and suddenly something comes along and shoves us under. We may panic at first trying to figure out what’s happened and having no idea what to do next. As we grasp for purchase, and hope for air, we may struggle and weave trying to push up and out. In our desperation and confusion, we may pray for someone to come along with a life preserver to save us, and fix the situation so we can breathe. Hard times come to us all and it’s possible someone might come along at just the right moment who can rescue us from our trial and pave the way forward, but those moments are few and far between. Mostly we have to find the way ourselves. We must continue on even when we’re lost and unsure. We may be uncertain we can succeed, and the way forward may be difficult to see. However, the answers will always be there for us, even if we’re under water, even if it’s dark, and even if we’re standing all alone. There will never be a time when we won’t be able to find them, and open the doors that will lead us to success. We don’t need anyone else to save us. We already have everything we need to find the way ourselves. We are stronger and more capable than we may realize and absolutely nothing is powerful enough to hold us down indefinitely. There will always be a way ahead and we will find it.

Everyone has their own opinions about things. When we’re facing a difficult challenge, some may say we should give up, there’s no way we can prevail. Others may be more encouraging and try to advise us and assist. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about our capabilities or how difficult the problem is. We can always find the answers we need to move forward and solve any issue before us. The road is long and as we step forward, the solutions we need will rise and we will find them.

Nobody wants to suffer and when hard times come, instead of facing them head on, we may try to hide from them or pretend they don’t exist. Ignoring a problem will never solve it and trials will not simply disappear because we don’t want to look at them. Everything will remain the same until we decide to address the issue, take it apart, and resolve it. We are intelligent and wise, and there isn’t anything we can’t untangle. We know what we want and will find the road ahead. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage and we will succeed.

Today if something has seriously gone wrong and you have no idea what to do, take a moment to look around and let the answers rise. They are already there for you. You are smart and capable, and can solve any problem you must. Be confident and step forward. The road ahead will open and you will reach your goal. Nothing is beyond your grasp and success is just ahead. Trust yourself. Everything is possible.