Tag Archives: Chance

The Changeup

10 May

Life is long and what we do and who we become is up to us. We can spend our time going through the motions, taking things as they come and just dealing with what life brings, or we can take control of our lives and do things on purpose to make changes we desire. Change is always possible but it isn’t always easy and can be difficult. If we’ve been in the same job for a long time and it’s not bringing us the rewards we desire or taking us where we most want to go, we can move on to something else. If we’re in a relationship that isn’t fulfilling and brings us stress and discomfort, we can step away and go in another direction. We certainly understand these concepts but actually taking the leap and doing what we must to change our situation takes courage and determination. It’s always easy to keep things the same and deal with the status quo, and there is no way to see the future or predict how our new plans will work out. Every road is possible and nothing is out of reach, and if we want something new, we must be willing to step into the unknown and outside of our comfort zones to get it. We are strong and capable, and there isn’t anything we can’t accomplish when we’re ready to move. By trusting ourselves, and believing we will succeed, we can step forward and create the lives we desire most. We deserve complete happiness. We never have to settle, and with focus and clarity, can do anything.

Customs and traditions can be very powerful, and family expectations may be strong. There may be great pressure to conform to what has been done in the past and follow someone else’s example. Our close relationships are important but we don’t need to give up what we really want to honor them. We can be respectful and polite, and still choose the paths we desire most. Our lives belong to us and we can decide how we will live them and what we’ll do. We can take a different route and make choices that will take us where we most want to go, and achieve our own personal goals.

There is no such thing as destiny and nobody has the power to tell us how to live our lives. We can do what we like and have unlimited chances to achieve whatever we desire. If our first plan doesn’t work out, it’s not a sign that we aren’t supposed to succeed. Wrong turns teach us what doesn’t work and help us adjust our course until we reach success. Every possibility is there for us and every destination awaits. We need only decide what we want, and then step forward, confident we will succeed.

Today if you want something different but have been hesitant to move, trust yourself. You know what you want, and have what you need to get it. Turn your course and take the first step toward the goal. Every dream is there for you and nothing is too hard or too complex for you to figure out. Be confident and clear. There is greatness inside you and you are wiser and more powerful than you imagine. Begin the journey now. Nothing can keep you from success and you will win.



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.

Closed Doors

24 Mar

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”  Helen Keller

Disappointment and happiness are a part of every life.  Sometimes things go well and we find happiness.  Other times things go another way and we feel loss.  There is no one perfect way to live life and we take what comes to us.  We can create our own happiness but there may be times when we may feel lost, sad, scared, or frustrated.  If we focus on them and what has gone wrong it may be difficult to see the possibilities of what could go right.  There are many doors we’ll face as we go through our lives.  If we stand staring at those that are closed we may get stuck considering what might have been and be unable to move forward.  It’s fine to consider our disappointments and it’s wise to learn from them, but we can also change our focus and look in new directions.  The whole world is available to us.  We can do anything we want to do.  A setback may be difficult to face but it’s never the end of the road, and there are countless roads we may travel.  We can look up and we can look around, evaluate all the options possible and choose another direction.  There isn’t anything we can’t do and nowhere we can’t go.  Everything is possible but it will only be possible when we decide to keep moving.  If we need time to grieve we can take it.  And then when we’re ready we can begin again.

No matter how many things may have gone wrong or how discouraged we may feel, tomorrow will be the chance to start again.  The sun will rise and as a new day begins we can choose a new plan.  There is nothing powerful enough to keep us in place when we are motivated to change.  All we need is to decide where we want to go and what we want to do and then begin forward to accomplish the goal.  We are in control of our lives and no matter what comes we can decide what we will do.  We don’t need permission to design the lives we want.  We need only decide.

When we face great disappointment we may need time to determine what we want to do next.  Wrapping paper comes in all kinds of colors and designs.  If we’ve wrapped our future up in a plan that fails we can unwrap it and start again.  We can redesign where we want to go and how we want to get there.  There is never only one road to any destination.  We can choose another path and find another way forward.  We can do anything.  We don’t have to focus forever on what has gone wrong.  We can see the disappointment, process what we’ve learned and start over.  Life is long and we have unlimited chances to do all the things we want to do.

Today if you’re facing a door that has closed and you’re disappointed, look around.  There are other doors waiting for you.  Open them all and find what you’re looking for.  You can do anything you want to do.  Keep moving forward.  All your dreams are there waiting to come true.

Wishes and Dreams

29 Mar

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”  Antoine de Saint Exupery

We all have ideas about things we want in our lives.  We think about them, hope for them, and dream about them.  We can fill our lives up thinking about the things we want to happen and what we want to do.  Maybe we want a better job or a nicer car, or want to spend more time doing something or seeing someone, or want to learn something we’ve been pondering.  Thinking is fine, but thinking about them only takes us through the idea of what they would be like.  It doesn’t make anything happen.  We can set all the goals we want, and have all the dreams we desire, but if we don’t make a plan to accomplish them, nothing will change.  The very first step in any change is to plan for it.  Our lives are busy and the days fly by.  We can talk about what we’re going to do, what we’re going to accomplish or what we’re going to get, until the end of time.  But if we do nothing, they will never become reality.

We know when we want something in our lives.  We feel it, we yearn for it, and at times can think of nothing more.  The desire is there but making goals a reality in our lives takes more than desire – it takes action.  Sometimes we don’t move forward because we are afraid we won’t succeed.   Sometimes reaching for the goal means we have to do something intimidating.  Any time we reach for something new we’re going to be in unfamiliar territory.  That’s what change is all about.  If we want something different we have to be willing to step where we’ve never been before.  There will be uncertainty because we don’t know the terrain, and we haven’t walked the path in the past.  But we are certainly brave enough to process differences and find our way.  There is no path so difficult or complicated we can’t figure it out.

Making a plan is imperative to making a change.  When there is no plan there is no direction, and things stay ambiguous and undefined.  But if we decide we’re ready to go forward, make a plan, and then set a date to begin, we will find success.  Just letting things happen will only allow us to experience what comes to us without any thought.  If we want to do anything, we need direction and focus.  There isn’t anything we can’t accomplish but we need to plan to succeed to make it happen.  We can leave our lives up to chance and maybe the things we want will come to us – maybe they won’t.  But if we really want them, we can take the chance out of the equation, and by planning make them real.  We deserve the lives we want most.  And if we direct our lives where we want them to go, we can have everything we’re seeking.

Today if you’ve been waiting for your dreams to come true, start making a plan to make them a reality.  There isn’t anything you can’t accomplish.  Think about what you really want and then decide how to get it.  Everything is waiting for you.  You can reach any goal you set your mind to.  Start today, and soon all your dreams will come true.

In the Circle

30 Jul

We all have a circle of friends and family that we spend time with. Our circles are filled with people we’ve come to trust, and share our lives with. They can change from time to time as people move in and out of our lives, but we enjoy those we keep close, and appreciate our association with them. Our circles are ours to design and fill with the ones we most want to be around. If we like, we can close the circle off and keep new people from joining us. Some of us like that idea, and the stability of keeping everything the same. But it’s important to think about keeping our circles open. Our lives change from day to day, and there are endless opportunities to meet new people and engage them. If we develop new friendships and allow new people to share our lives, we will be enhanced and enriched.

There are countless varieties of personalities and individual traits in the human race. And each and every one of them has something to offer. When we have dinner, it’s wonderful to have a delicious, savory meal, and then at the end have something light and sweet. If all we had were the sweets, we would miss the pleasure of the savory. The contrasts are what make the meal special. It’s the same with us as people. It’s the differences that make everything rich. People who are like us may make us feel comfortable, but those who are different from us enrich us with new experiences, and new interpretations. If we keep our circles open just a little, and allow new relationships to enter, we will gain a broader understanding of life.

It’s easy to close our lives up, and keep things predictable. We can stick with the same people, go to the all the same places, drive the same kind of car, etc. But if we are able to open up just a little and let new ideas in, let new people get close to us, and allow ourselves to embrace new points of view, our perceptions will deepen, and we will learn more than we may have thought possible. It’s wonderful to meet new people, and it’s interesting when they share their differing viewpoints with us. This life is a great experiment. The more variables we allow, the more we’ll learn.

Today if you feel you’ve kept your life closed in a little, take a chance and open your circle a bit wider. Get to know new friends. Exchange new ideas, and be receptive to differences. Your world will get more expansive, your perceptions will get broader, and you will be richer. Extend your hand. Be welcoming. The more friends and family you let into your circle the greater your life will be.