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Constant

6 Apr

There are times in life when we may face difficult, challenging situations that try our patience and test our strength. They might come because of someone else’s decisions, or because we took a wrong turn, or they may arise out of circumstances we cannot control. If they’re hard to resolve, and take seemingly forever to get through, we may struggle with patience, and feel we’ll never survive. Some problems take a long time to solve, and if we’re stuck, restricted and can’t move, it may take everything we have inside to manage. We may feel overcome by darkness and dread what will happen next. Darkness comes. When it comes and stays, parking itself on top of us, we may begin to believe there is no light. If may feel as if we’ve been forsaken, abandoned, and left in shadow indefinitely. Like being shipwrecked on a deserted island of sorrow, all alone, with no hope of rescue. Nothing is life is permanent, and change will come. No matter how dark and lonely we may feel, there is always light, constantly shining. We may not be able to see it now, there may be dark, heavy clouds over us, but we can trust that despite everything, the sun is still there. It is always shining. There will never be a moment so disheartening and difficult that it won’t be there for us. The sky may be cloudy, black with trouble and strife, but in time it will lift, and light will come beaming through. Hope is always there and if we trust ourselves, and continue forward, we will find the way through whatever we’re facing. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage or strong enough to hold us down forever. We are powerful and invincible. Everything we need to get through whatever we must is already there inside us. Success is always possible, and with patience and determination we will reach it.

Life is unpredictable and we never know what will happen. Sometimes we may get caught up in a situation we can’t control that holds us in place, and keeps us from advancing. It’s hard to stand still when we want to move, and it can be difficult to be patient when we’re stuck. But as we wait for things to change, we can look at our situation objectively and prepare for our next move once things open up again. We are incredibly capable and very creative. We know what we want, and when our situation improves, will move forward to claim it.

If we’re in a holding pattern, we can take some time to review our goals and decide where we want to go. Life can be busy, and responsibilities and every day tasks can distract us from the things we most want to accomplish. Standing still gives us time to evaluate our next steps and make a plan to achieve the goals we desire. Nothing stays the same indefinitely. No matter what’s happening now, things will change. We can prepare for our journey forward, and get ready to move. There is light ahead, every goal is still possible, and we will prevail.

Today if it’s dark, and you’re unable to move toward your goals, remember nothing stays the same forever. There is always light waiting for you just ahead. When the doors open again, and they will, step toward success. Nothing is beyond your reach. Be confident. Every success is still there, and you will reach it.

Imperfection

1 Mar

There are many things to do in our lives and when we want to accomplish something, we try to do it well. We may strive to get everything right, every time. Perfection may be the goal, but we’re only human and it’s unlikely we’ll reach it very often. There are a lot of loud, outside influences that don’t always reflect reality. Pictures are photo-shopped to make them look more ideal and we’re bombarded with the idea that we should look like them and our lives should be exceptional and exemplary in every way. We may feel pressured to perform without error and look unblemished to fit into the world’s expectation. Perfection may be our goal but probably won’t be our reality. There isn’t now, nor has there ever been, one flawless individual. We will be successful in many arenas but if we expect to do everything absolutely perfectly each time, we may suffer great disappointment. It’s good to set high goals but if we aim beyond what is possible, we will fail. Allowing others to determine where we should be and how far we should go will not bring us happiness. Nobody knows us better than we know ourselves. We know what we want and can define our own personal success. We can decide our destination, and chart our own course going forward. We can be confident we have enough persistence and determination to reach our goals. Worldly ideas of perfection need not impact us. Our lives belong to us and we can choose our own path. Each decision we make takes us closer to where we want to be. Nothing is beyond our reach and we can have the lives we want the most.

The world’s definition of perfection isn’t absolute. Our interpretation of what it means is up to us. One person’s ideal may include a high-powered career, where another’s might be a simple job that allows them more time at home. We can define the perfect scenario for our lives, and then do what is needed to achieve it. We’re all individuals and there is no one best way to live. There are countless variables and interpretations and they’re all worthwhile and possible.

When we’re striving to do our best and things go wrong, when we make mistakes and falter, it’s easy to berate ourselves and criticize our actions. We are often harder on ourselves than we would ever be on anyone else. Mistakes will happen and there will be times when we’ll go the wrong way, but each misstep teaches us something we can carry forward. We learn as we go. Learning to accept errors and make the most of them will increase our confidence and open the way ahead. Life is filled with all kinds of experiences and we gain knowledge each day. We have everything we need to do anything and nothing can keep us from success.

Today if you feel you should be perfect at something, remember how capable you are. Each step you take teaches you something new. If something goes wrong, alter your course. You know what you want and nothing will keep you from it. You are amazing and can do anything you desire. Be confident. Every blessing is possible and you will reach it.

What We See

13 Jul

“Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw the mud, the other saw stars.” Dale Carnegie

They say perception is reality. We all see things through our own paradigms and they are colored by our perception and how we think. Some people are natural optimists and even in dark times find something that makes them happy. Others see trouble in every aspect of their lives and struggle to feel joy. Two people facing the exact same issue may see it completely differently. We have the power to change our perspective and choose to find joy no matter what we’re facing. There will always be something to be happy about no matter how dire the circumstances. If we determine to find the one good thing while we struggle we will feel calmer and more confident as we go forward. Life is a great blessing. It isn’t always easy, it isn’t always fun and it isn’t always what we want to do. But no matter what it is, we have everything we need to not only survive but thrive as we progress. We can look down and see only mud, or we can turn our eyes upward and see the stars. It’s all there for us. We need only choose how we’ll see it.

We take a lot for granted as we go through our days. We grow accustomed to our comfortable homes, our cars, our clothes, our food, our jobs if we have them, and all the rest. We expect them to be there from day to day and rarely think about losing them. But sometimes life throws a wrench into the works and something fails. We get sick, or our cars die, or our jobs are threatened and suddenly we remember how many blessings we have and how much we want them. It’s easy to become complacent until the bottom falls out and we must face the possibility of losing something we love. We can choose to be thankful for everything we have. When we recognize our personal blessings, and appreciate all the gifts we possess, we’ll find more humility and grace and get closer to the person we most want to be.

Some people are never happy. They may complain because they don’t have a job and then get one and complain because it’s hard to go to work every day. There are lots of reasons why people are unhappy and we can justify every emotion we feel but happiness is a choice we make. It’s something only we can give ourselves. It really doesn’t matter what is going on outside us. If we choose to, we can find happiness in any situation. There will always be something for which to be grateful. If we seek out those precious, sometimes small gifts, our lives will be enhanced and we will feel deeper joy. Life is an incredible gift but how we live it is up to us.

Today if you’ve been feeling bad and find yourself looking down at the mud instead of up at the stars, change your focus. You have so many things to be grateful for. Find joy in the small moments and see every gift you possess. Your life is precious and priceless. Be happy and find joy. It’s right there for you. Reach for it and embrace it.