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Vertical World

10 Jul

There are endless opportunities all around us every day. We can do anything we like and go to unlimited locations. When we look around, there is always something new to see. There are others sharing the journey with us, and endless experiences waiting to be enjoyed. However, if we only have our eyes trained on the road ahead, we may miss them. It’s good to be focused and determined to move forward, and we can accomplish a lot by staying true to the road we’re on. If we want to be the first, the best, the fastest, or the most successful, we may only look for ways to move us closer to the goal. Being competitive and eager may push us forward but as we’re advancing, it may be hard to think of anything but the road ahead. We may hold tight to an invisible vertical line that points straight to the destination we desire and fail to notice anything else. If we don’t waver, odds are we’ll succeed in our endeavors, but as with everything in life, there will be trade-offs. We may miss connections with those around us, the companionship of working together, and the chance to learn from those who are walking beside us. Staying in a vertical world will limit our ability to gain knowledge from those with experiences we desire, or build relationships that may open doors for us in the future. Every dream is possible and we certainly have everything we need to prevail at anything we want to do. Allowing others to share the road with us, and learning from their experiences may provide much valuable information and insight. Nobody knows everything. We can strive for success and still reach out to those beside us. The relationships we build and the companionship we share will make the journey easier and more rewarding. Every success is possible and we can achieve anything we desire. Allowing others to join us moving forward will bring great satisfaction and fulfillment.

The fastest way to get from point A to point B is a straight line. Everyone understands this, but rarely in our lives will it be possible to travel in them. Most of the time the road bends, there are detours, construction, and things in the way. We can always modify our direction to get around whatever is blocking the road ahead, and when we do, we learn new things and see new places. We can reach every destination but we may not reach it exactly when we planned. Learning to be flexible and alter our course when needed will help us find the success we desire.

There is no time frame for success. We may set a deadline for completing something and do everything in our power to make sure we get everything done, and still we may be diverted along the way. A delay isn’t a failure. If things get backed up and we can’t move forward, we can look at all the options possible and find another way. There will always be another road and nothing can keep us from reaching our goals.

Today if you’ve been focusing only on the way forward and have kept your eyes on each step ahead, remember those around you. Look beside you and extend yourself to others. Success will come. There is great happiness waiting for you. Share the journey with others, and together you will prevail.

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Terminal

9 Jul

People make all kinds of decisions as they go through their lives. If the choices are inconsequential, chances are others won’t be impacted. But if they are serious, and far reaching, may cause heartburn and difficulty for those around them. We’re all more connected to each other than we may realize. If we choose something that affects not only our lives, but the lives of others, it may alter our relationships with them. We’re in control of our lives and can do anything we like, but if we only see ourselves as we move ahead, our decisions may cause problems for others. We aren’t responsible for anyone else’s life but our own, but every step we take and every decision we make will take us somewhere. If we do something that causes serious pain or harm to those around us, we may terminally break our connection with them. It’s difficult to stay involved with someone who brings trouble into our lives. It may take considerable effort and time to look at all the possibilities that may arise when making a big decision. If we don’t take the time we need to ensure we’re taking the best steps forward and instead jump to the easiest possible option, we may end up somewhere we never intended to go. Our relationships are important and the connections we build help us achieve our goals. Burning bridges behind us because we carelessly chose the easiest path ahead can only work against us. We are wise enough to choose well and can make excellent decisions. We can take our time, weigh all the options before us, and move forward with confidence, preserving the network we’ve built and ensuring the best outcomes. Every possibility is there for us and with patience and determination we can find the best road ahead.

Some people fly by the seat of their pants. They make snap decisions without taking time to see what may happen after the choice has been made. If they end up in a mess – which may often be the case – they may blame those around them or influences that they couldn’t control. We’re all responsible for every choice we make. There is no way to push accountability onto someone else. Every destination we desire is possible and we have everything we need to choose the best road forward.

There may be times when we must choose something that will hurt someone else. Sometimes there are no easy answers to the questions before us. If we evaluate all the options and choose the best possible scenario, we can manage any collateral damage that may occur. We can reach out and help those whose lives are impacted negatively, and help them work through any complications that arise. Life can be complex and sometimes things don’t come easily. But we are strong and capable, and can manage any situation we must.

Today if you’ve been hurt by someone else’s decision and can’t find the way forward, take the time you need to evaluate all the options possible. You can achieve anything you desire. There are many roads to every destination, and you can chart a new course. Nothing is beyond your reach. Every success is possible and you will prevail.

Weeds

8 Jul

Our lives and experiences are individual to each of us. We’re all unique and everything we go through is specific to our own personal journey. We may interact with all kinds of people and some of them will share experiences with us, but our own interpretation makes each step individual and exclusive. Sometimes the lives of others may seem somehow better than ours. They may seem to have an easier path or more advantages than we’ve been given. They say the grass is always greener on the other side and that may be true a time or two, but sometimes what we think is greener grass from far away turns out to be weeds up close. Nobody gets a perfect, easy life without heartache or trouble. There are no free passes when it comes to trial and hardship. We’ll have our share and everyone around us will also have theirs. Although it may seem that others have it easier, we cannot possibly know the whole story. They may have terrible trials we know nothing about. There is no way to know everything about anyone else’s life. We can only see inside our own minds and understand completely what we’re going through. It’s impossible to see the entire picture from the outside looking in, and we don’t know what personal struggles others may have before them or how hard it is for them to continue. We have many blessings in our lives every single day. Even on our worst day, there will be something for which to be grateful. Life is filled with possibilities and we have everything we need to have the lives we desire. Weeds and grass can look the same from afar, and we need not judge ourselves against what we think others are experiencing. Every blessing is possible and we can step forward with confidence to get the lives we want the most.

We cannot help the circumstances into which we’re born. Some people arrive to wealth and comfort, and will have easier access to opportunities and options. Others are born to poverty and struggle, where every step takes effort and nothing comes without work. If we don’t have the advantages of others, we can still find success. Dirt roads lead to destinations just like paved ones. We can decide what we want, and then do what is needed to accomplish it. Everything is possible and with determination and confidence, we can achieve anything we desire.

When our lives aren’t where we want them or we don’t have the advantages of those around us, it’s easy to complain about our lot in life. We can stand still and gripe for as long as we like, but it will never bring us happiness. We’re always in control of our lives and we can stay where we are, even if we’re unhappy. Or we can decide what we want most and then begin to do what is needed to achieve it. Everything we desire is possible and when we’re ready, we can move forward and claim it.

Today if it seems it’s harder for you to succeed than those around you, remember how strong and capable you are. There isn’t anything you can’t do. Decide what you want and then take the first step forward toward the goal. You are powerful and wise, and nothing is out of reach. Where you are now is just your starting point, and nothing can keep you from success.

Changing Everything

3 Jul

We all have our own personal responsibilities, details, chores, and worries. As we go through our days, getting things done and working on what’s next, we might share our lives with those around us. If we’re close, we may share our personal worries and concerns, but if we’re very private we may keep everything to ourselves. If we’re having a personal issue that’s weighing on us, we may be distracted and concerned. If we’re good at hiding our feelings, others may not notice we’re struggling. But in the midst of getting through our days, everything can change in a moment if someone reaches out a hand and offers a kind word. Suddenly we may feel lightened and lifted, and the next step forward is a little easier. They don’t have to know the whole story, and we don’t have to share more than we’re comfortable with. Just the simple act of showing they care can ease our burden and we can feel strengthened and more confident. Small gestures of kindness can turn everything around. We never know what those around us are going through, we can’t see inside their private thoughts, but we can express our gratitude for them and show we care. A smile, a comforting word, or a moment to share some insight or encouragement, may change everything for someone else and make their journey easier. It doesn’t take much time or effort, and we can reach out to those around us in many different ways. We don’t have to pry into their personal affairs, and we don’t need to know the whole story. We can just be there, be aware, and offer comfort. We’re all more connected than we may realize. By reaching out and supporting those around us, we can change the world. We have so much to offer and with patience and caring, can be a blessing to others.

Nobody has a perfect life. Everyone gets trouble from time to time, complications arise in all our lives, and the road ahead is rarely clear and paved. We may have no idea of the suffering someone close to us is enduring. Everything may seem fine on the outside and there may be a tempest roiling on the inside. A kind word, a caring touch, or a gentle smile may mean more than we can imagine to someone who is struggling. It may change darkness to light in an instant, and be what they’ve been hoping for.

The world is a huge place with billions of people. When we’re going through difficult times, it’s easy to feel isolated and disconnected. It may seem everyone else has a better situation than we do, but we all have problems and challenges. When we feel alone, and problems surround us, we can reach out to someone we trust and share whatever we’re comfortable with. We can ask for support and find relief through sharing. Talking about our trouble may alleviate some of the stress and help to find answers moving forward. We’re all in this together. We can share our lives with those around us, ask for help or offer kindness, and when we do the whole world is better.

Today if you’re carrying a heavy burden and feel alone and sad, remember those around you. Share your feelings with someone you trust and let them comfort you. You are an amazing gift to the world and nothing is too difficult for you to manage. Reach out and be encouraged. We’re all blessed because you are here.

Adding It Up

2 Jul

We all learned to add in grade school and it’s a skill we use often in all kinds of ways. Adding one plus one will always make two, no matter where we are or what we’re doing. It’s a constant that never changes. Adding up all the factors in play helps us find the solutions we need to take another step and move forward. However, there may be times when our vision may be clouded and we don’t see the whole picture before us. People are complex and when we’re interacting with them, they may present themselves in ways that create a certain picture that may or may not be accurate. The sum of all the parts sometimes doesn’t add up to the image they want to portray. If they tell us they’re always honest, we may have no reason to doubt them. But then, perhaps we see them cheat on a time sheet, or lie about where they are, or take something that isn’t theirs. Everything we do is a factor in the overall equation. If we want the end result we’re seeking, and want to be the people we say we are, all the parts have to add up. We can say anything, but we aren’t what we say, we are what we do. We can choose to live our lives with integrity, honesty and clarity and bring light into the world. Or we can choose another path, deceive those around us, manipulate situations and forge ahead pushing others out of the way, and disregarding anyone but ourselves. The choices are ours to make but one thing is certain. We will always be the sum total of our decisions no matter which way we choose. One plus one will always equal two. Nothing can change the truth. We can live our lives any way we like and if we choose well, and make strong, honest decisions, will have the lives we dream about. Every blessing is possible and each step we take can move us closer to gaining them.

Although we’re always in control of our lives, there may be great pressure to comply with the views of those around us. If we align ourselves with actions and behaviors we aren’t comfortable with, we may get along, but the price may be high. It’s impossible to be genuine and conform at the same time. We can respect other ideas, and still be ourselves. We can be honest and choose our own road going forward.

If what we’re being told doesn’t match what’s happening, or if the road is convoluted and confusing, and nothing is adding up to the picture we’ve been given, we may need to take another look. We can stop and objectively view all the parameters before us. We are wise enough to see things as they really are and make the best decision moving forward. We can have the lives we want the most, and ensure everything we desire is adding up to the results we seek.

Today, take a moment to look ahead and make sure the road you’re on is headed toward the destination you desire. You are wise and capable, and can reach any goal you seek. Look at the possibilities around you and choose the direction that takes you forward. Pay attention and ensure each step moves you closer to where you want to be. Add everything up and find the answers you need to reach success. You are amazing and nothing can hold you in place. Everything is possible and you will win.

Limits

28 Jun

When we’re trying to accomplish something, and are exercising patience as complications arise one after the other, at some point, frustration may take hold and if the process has been long and convoluted, we may feel we’ve had enough. Everything has a limit and if we’ve reached ours, we may throw our hands up, and just let everything go. We can change our minds about anything at any time, and if we’ve had enough, we might decide it’s time to surrender to defeat and move on. It isn’t easy to keep pushing forward when each step takes a long time and there are lots of issues and problems to manage. It’s hard not to feel frustrated when advancement is slow and change isn’t happening no matter how hard we try. We can always give up and admit defeat, or push the problem off onto someone else, but there is great satisfaction and growth that comes from holding the line and continuing forward. Most issues will eventually work themselves out and we can find success. Of course, there may be times when nothing works and we need to regroup and decide if continuing to press ahead is worth our time. Often success is all about timing. Just because we aren’t able to reach the goal now, doesn’t mean it’s unattainable. Life is constantly changing and in the future our situation may allow us to move forward and get to the destination. There is no need to let frustration or anxiety take control. If we’re not progressing the way we want to, we can look at the situation objectively, weigh our options and determine how we want to proceed. Every goal is possible but they aren’t all possible today. We have all the wisdom and insight we need to adjust our course when needed and find success. Nothing is out of reach and we are perfectly capable of prevailing.

It’s impossible to see every aspect of the road ahead when we begin a journey. There will likely be some twist we didn’t imagine or some turn we couldn’t foresee. It’s the nature of life and if we’re caught unaware and confused, we may feel stuck and unable to move. It may seem the goal is out of reach and too difficult to achieve. But every journey is merely a series of steps. We can take them one at a time and process any developments that occur. We have everything we need to reach any goal we desire. Every answer is there for us and we will find them.

If we’ve been on the same road pushing forward for a while, and we’re tired and overwhelmed at how much has been required to push ahead, we may feel it’s too hard to keep going. If we no longer want the goal, we can certainly step off the path and do something else. But if the destination is still important to us, we can take a break, and when we feel renewed, return and continue on. We’re powerful, and capable of finding our way forward. Nothing is too difficult or complex for us to figure out, and with time and patience, we will succeed.

Today if you’ve been pushing ahead through complications and problems, and are beginning to tire of the journey, think about what you want the most. If your desires have changed, redirect your course. If you still want to reach the goal, take a break until you feel refreshed, and start again. You can do anything. Success is just ahead.

Taking Time

27 Jun

When we’ve been through a seriously painful event, we may suffer greatly. The death of a loved one, a terrible and difficult break-up of a relationship, or a personal and deep betrayal from someone we trusted, may bring us intense sorrow and serious anguish. It takes time to process painful and difficult changes and find a way to manage them. Pain and grief have their own timetables, and how long it takes us to adjust to our new reality is different for every person and every situation. It’s impossible to predict how long it will take until we feel settled again. Nobody wants to suffer for a long time but there are no rules for coping with grief and sadness. We must take things as they come and do our best to continue forward each day. We can always control what we do but we can’t always control how we feel. Recovery will take the time it takes, but no matter how hurt we are or how desperate things may seem, healing will come. Change is constant and nothing can stay the same forever, not even suffering. If we’ve been struggling for a long time, we may feel we should be further down the road, but we are changing a little every day and in time, no matter how long that takes, we can overcome anything. Life is filled with unexpected developments and if we’ve been surprised by a painful and disappointing experience, we can trust that no matter how difficult it is today, we will find our way through. We’re stronger than we think we are and nothing is powerful enough to overcome us. Every blessing is still there for us and we will find peace and happiness again.

Heartbreak comes in many forms. When we’ve been heartbroken, no matter what the circumstances are, we can find our way through in our own way and in our own time. There is no need to rush and we can take all the time necessary until we feel whole again. Nobody knows our deepest sorrows better than we do, and we can move forward one step at a time. Being patient and allowing time to find our footing again will enable us to heal and proceed again with confidence. Life is filled with all kinds of experiences, and no matter what we’re facing, we have everything we need to prevail.

Some people may try to push us forward in an effort to alleviate our suffering. They may make all kinds of suggestions or give us advice about how to let go and move forward. We can listen to whatever they offer, but we know what we need and can trust ourselves to find our next steps. Pain gives us patience, and we learn how resilient and strong we are as we navigate through it and continue forward. We are powerful and capable, and nothing can hold us down forever. We already have everything we need to prevail and find all the answers.

Today if you’ve been through a serious and painful event, and feel lost and frozen in place, give yourself time to think and rest. There’s no rush to get through. Stand still until you feel ready to move forward again. You are strong and wise, and nothing will overcome you. Trust yourself and take another step forward. Every dream is still there, every blessing is possible, and you will prevail.