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Tag Archives: Dive

Upside Down

20 Mar

Nobody can predict the future and we never know what will happen next. There are a lot of surprises in life. Some of them are fun and exciting, but others may knock the wind out of us and leave us stunned and confused. A sudden breakup of a close relationship, an unforeseen accident, an unexpected death, or many other surprises may shake us and make us feel unsettled and upside down. The winds of change may rush upon us and when the road abruptly turns and we are suddenly going in a completely different direction without a plan or any idea of what to do next, we may feel lost and unsure. Everything we counted on may disappear. Everything we thought was solid, may evaporate into thin air. Life is filled with changes and when they come unplanned and unexpected, we may lose our footing for a moment while we try to grasp the situation. We have succeeded at many things and no matter what happens, have all the wisdom and knowledge we need to find our way forward. When things suddenly change, we can take the time we need to stand still, catch our breath, and see all the options possible for moving forward. There will always be a road ahead and nothing can hold us in place indefinitely. Even if the whole world changed, we could still find our way. We can choose on our next steps forward and then begin again. Our goals will still be there for us, and with patience and determination, we’ll reach them. Things may go wrong, and the road we were on may be blocked, but there are countless roads possible. We’re intelligent and capable, and nothing can keep us from our dreams.

Every decision we make takes us somewhere. If we’re careful, oftentimes we can see where we’re headed and plan accordingly. But sometimes we don’t have all the facts and may choose something that takes us completely off the rails. Everything may blow up in our faces leaving us trying to figure out what happened. We may need time to process where we are and figure out what to do next. Things can go wrong and when they do, we can find our way. There isn’t anything too complex or difficult for us to manage. We can take the first step forward and then the next, and soon we’ll be on the road that takes us to our goal.

Falling down is a natural part of life. We might stumble or completely take a dive. The fall isn’t the important thing – what matters is what we do next. If we let the situation hold us down and don’t try to get back up, our lives will be paralyzed and frozen in time. We can manage anything that comes and if we’re down, we have the courage to stand again. We are strong and capable, and nothing is powerful enough to keep us from success.

Today if the road you’ve been on has suddenly turned and you’re unsure of your next move, think about what you want. Even the most difficult situation has a solution. You know where you want to go and have everything you need to get there. Stand strong. You are wise and nothing can hold you down. Success is always there for you and you will reach it.

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Taking the Leap

18 Jan

Everyone has dreams, wishes and hopes. It’s great to think about how things could be and we can spend all the time we want imagining our lives the way we dream of them. Maybe we desire more money, or there is someone special we want to share our lives with, or we dream of moving someplace new. We can spend our lives thinking “if only” something would happen we would be happier. But wishing and dreaming will never get us where we want to go. Even if we come up with the perfect plan to get there, if we do nothing, we will stay exactly where we are. Nobody knows what lies ahead and trying something new will bring unknown challenges and developments. It might not work out the way we think it will. The road might be far steeper and more difficult than we imagine, and in the end, we could fail. There are endless scenarios that might happen and we may worry about things that could go wrong. But until we actually begin we will never know how far we can go. We are stronger and more capable than we realize and if we really want to get somewhere, nothing is strong enough or complicated enough to stop us. But we must take the first step. And then we can look ahead and take the next one. If we continue forward, no matter what’s in the way, we will get to the destination we’ve set our sights on. We can do anything. We are powerful and wise, and nothing is out of reach. We can start forward and find success.

Olympic high divers are impressive to watch. It takes years of grueling practice and discipline to learn how to complete complex dives, and the road to the level of perfection needed is dangerous and difficult. After all the training and hard work, when the time comes if the diver walks to the end of the board and does not jump, there can be no success. Even if they know everything about the dive, and understand perfectly what must be done, if they don’t actually jump off the board, nothing can be accomplished. We might not train to be an Olympic diver but our dreams are just as important. Understanding them is just the first step. We have to take the leap and move forward to accomplish them.

There are countless reasons to put our desires off and set them aside. We’re busy, our lives are complicated, we have unexpected problems, there isn’t enough time, and on and on. The truth in life is we always do what we want to do most. There may be pressures from others and time constraints but nothing is powerful enough to keep us from what we want the most. When we decide to move forward, nothing will stop us. We’ll find our way around every detour and hurdle, and push ahead. Every dream is possible and every destination is reachable. We need only begin.

Today if you’ve been dreaming about how you want your life to be but have continued on the same road, change direction and move toward what you want. There isn’t anything strong enough to keep you in place. You can achieve any desire and make all your dreams come true. Your life belongs to you. Take control and begin forward. It’s all there for you. Success is one step away.

Under Cover

20 Dec

People are complicated. They don’t always show us everything they are or what they can do. We all have things we keep to ourselves and some of us hold our cards closer to our chests than others. Sometimes we’re shy, sometimes we don’t have enough confidence to open all our doors, and sometimes we prefer to keep things private. Because we can’t know everything behind the scenes we often make judgments based on what we can see. We don’t know that man at work who dresses funny is an excellent painter who does stunning abstracts. Or that woman at church who is always so aloof spends two days a week teaching reading to underprivileged children. Or our grouchy old neighbor is an accomplished musician who traveled the world performing. If we don’t take any time to know others, all we see is what’s on the surface of those around us. We can’t know what’s beneath the obvious unless we take the time to find out. Saying hello in passing and making judgments based on what’s obvious will only give us part of the story. This world can be a lonely place and it’s hard to feel connected when nobody really knows who we are. We can bring happiness and comfort by asking and letting others share themselves with us. As we get to know each other better we can build understanding and bring unity to our world.

If you’ve ever gone snorkeling in the ocean, you’ve seen some of the different and wonderful things that exist below the surface. It’s a far different world below than it seems when we look out onto the water. The surface may be beautiful but all we can see is the very top of what’s there. Under the water there are countless types of fish, plants, corals and other things that are amazing in their diversity and scope. One could never imagine what is beneath the water by looking only at the surface. It’s the same with us. We can only see what’s on the outside of those around us. We know what they look like and how they react in a limited environment. If we really want to know who they are, we have to dive deeper and spend some time getting to know what’s below the surface.

Some people are very private and it takes a while to get to know them. They have their own reasons for why they keep to themselves, but if we engage them and show we are their friends and can be trusted, they will open up to us and reveal more of who they are. And when they do we’ll be embellished by learning more about them and the connections between us will strengthen. We may forge a bond of trust and respect that wasn’t there before. The whole human race is our family. We belong to it and it belongs to us. Learning about each other helps us understand more and feel closer as we move forward.

Today if you’ve been keeping to yourself and not showing the world who you really are, take a chance and open up. If there is someone you would like to know better, engage them and let them show you who they are. We all have so much to offer. Today share yourself and let others tell you about their lives as well. You’ll feel closer and more connected and your world will expand.