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Finally Ready

2 May

Nobody gets a perfectly easy life. There are things we all struggle with and want to change. We have our own desires about how we want our lives to go and what we want to do. There are unlimited things to achieve and we may have many goals we want to work toward and master. Sometimes when we want to change something, we may step forward a little and begin, only to return and wait a little longer. There are lots of reasons why we change our minds. Maybe the timing isn’t right, maybe there are complicating factors that make going forward too difficult, and maybe we’re just not ready to embrace the change yet. The world is filled with all kinds of messages about how we should do things, what we should look like, and where we should go. We can listen to any suggestions we like, but ultimately the lives we’re living are ours to design. There’s no defined time frame for completing any goal and we may take as long as we need to master them and make them ours. If we try once and decide not to move forward, we can set the goal aside and try again another time. Changing our lives takes effort and concentration and we must be ready to do what is needed to make the change complete. When we’re finally ready to start, we can make a plan, take the first step and begin to do what will bring us the desired accomplishment. We can do anything we want. Nothing is too difficult or complicated for us to find the way through. We’re strong, capable and intelligent, and nothing is beyond our reach. Every goal is possible and when we’re ready, we will achieve them.

Not all destinations are easy to reach. Some may take a lot of thought, dedication and time. Losing twenty pounds, getting a promotion at work, or completing a marathon won’t just happen because we’ve decided that’s what we want. We’ll need serious planning, and must be committed to reaching the goal with each step we take. There will always be setbacks and things in the way. Problems will inevitably arise and if we aren’t determined to continue pressing forward, we may get waylaid or completely stop. If we do stop, it doesn’t mean we can’t achieve the goal. We can start again and move ahead until we reach success.

We don’t have to limit our goals and dreams to the parameters set by others. Those around us may think our goals aren’t practical or will be too difficult to achieve. They might be right about some things. They may be difficult, they might take a lot of time, and they might push us to our limits, but if we really want to achieve them, we have everything we need to prevail. We can have the lives we dream about if we’re willing to do what is necessary to gain them. We’re always in control of our decisions and can reach any goal we desire.

Today if you want to achieve a difficult goal that will take time and dedication, and aren’t sure you can succeed, trust yourself. You have everything you need to do anything you want. The whole world is there for you and nothing is out of reach. Decide what you want and then do what you must to achieve it. Every dream is possible and you will prevail.

Where We Live

14 Sep

Everybody knows they should take care of themselves. We hear the good advice all the time– eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep – but sometimes it gets lost in the shuffle. We’re busy and finding time to take care of ourselves isn’t always a priority. We want to eat right but end up grabbing something on the go between appointments.  We know we should exercise but getting to the gym or even out for a walk sometimes doesn’t make it onto our day planner. And sleep happens when we finally get to bed – often too late. The important needs for good health are always there in the backs of our minds, but we’re focused on other things and those things take all our attention and energy. Time goes by and even if we’ve made the decision to do better, our best intentions can get lost.

Each day we’re alive is a blessing. We get to share who we are with the world and be a part of the human experience. We get to learn things, meet people, go places, and accomplish our goals. We take it for granted that tomorrow will come and we’ll be fine. But sometimes things go wrong, and we get sick. Or we have a frightening experience that shakes us out of our apathy regarding our physical forms. Maybe we have an unexpected health scare, or maybe we finally step on the scale and see a number we can’t believe, or maybe someone close to us dies suddenly. When these things happen, we tend to stop and take stock. If we realize we haven’t done our part to be strong, and if we’re wise, we’ll adjust our lives to make good health a priority.

We live in a resilient, but fragile human body. Since science hasn’t yet figured out how to transfer us into an artificial existence, if our bodies fail, we can’t leave them behind and enter another physical form. If they fail, we fail. We don’t have anywhere else to go. Given that reality, if we want to be here as long as we can, we need to take care of things. Nobody can take care of our physical health but us. Our doctors, our friends, and our families may lecture us about taking care of ourselves, but we are the only ones who can do it. When we decide we want to change and be more proactive, we need to make it important in our lives. It’s not a hard decision to make, but it requires diligence, and attention to hold onto. We’re all busy. We have a lot on our minds. We all have a lot to do, but if we don’t make ourselves a priority, none of it matters. Once our bodies die, all the tasks in our pending box will be inconsequential.

Today if you haven’t been paying attention to your physical needs, think about how you can begin to take better care to become your personal best. You don’t have to run a marathon, you don’t have to starve yourself, and you don’t have to go to bed with the children. But there are things you can do to improve your health and become stronger. You are a gift to the world. Your influence is important and needs to be here as long as possible.  Do everything you can to make that happen. You’ll feel better, you’ll be happier, and you’ll be glad you did.