Tag Archives: Mountain

What Doesn’t Kill Us

17 Jul

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Life is filled with challenges. We face something new every day, and sometimes we’re up against serious trials and things that test us, and push us hard. Everyone dreams of a life filled with pleasure, where nothing ever goes wrong, and each day is like a holiday. Dreaming is nice, but we live in reality. There are times when our lives sail along without much distress, but nothing stays the same forever, and we will eventually face something difficult and troublesome. Living in nirvana sounds nice but if everything was easy, we would learn nothing, and never get the chance to build our personal strength. There are endless lessons to learn, and when trials press on us, we get the opportunity to learn more. Each challenge teaches us something new about ourselves and the world around us, and even when we think we can’t survive, we will. If we want a fit body with strong muscles, lifting weights helps. When we lift something heavy our muscles strain to complete the task. The tension and pressure we exert isn’t easy, but when we’re done, we are stronger. The same is true in our personal lives. When we must pull from deep within to find the answers we need, and unravel complex and difficult issues, we get stronger and more capable. It’s unlikely anything we face will be so hard it could kill us. Even when the odds are against us, and we’re up against a fierce problem, we will find our way. There really isn’t anything powerful enough to hold us down. We can manage any complication, face any trial, and find success. As we do, we will gain strength and wisdom, and great satisfaction.

Nobody gets a perfect life. We will all struggle from time to time. Sometimes the problems come from decisions we’ve made, and sometimes we have no influence or control over what happens. Many things will go well for us, but not all roads ahead are paved. We may have to climb over big obstacles, face detour after detour, and get turned around a time or two. Difficult journeys take persistence and patience. We already possess everything we need to face whatever we must. We can trust ourselves to prevail no matter what lies ahead. Every destination is there for us, and with determination and focus, we will reach success.

If we’re facing something daunting and overwhelming, we may doubt ourselves. We might imagine the problem is too big to overcome, or we don’t have the intelligence necessary to prevail. We all have doubts from time to time, but every single answer we need is already there for us. We don’t have to overcome everything all at once. We can take one step at a time, unravel the first problem and then the next, and we will find our way.

Today if you’re facing something difficult, and you aren’t sure you can overcome, trust yourself. You’ve already managed many hard issues and prevailed, and have everything you need to win. Be confident, and step forward. Nothing can hold you in place, and you will succeed.

A Million Reasons

14 Jul

Life is filled with opportunities and we can achieve any goal we desire. There are unlimited things to accomplish and we can do anything and go anywhere. We’re in complete control of our lives and can direct them toward any destination we desire. Everything is possible, and nothing is too far, or too difficult for us to manage. We can have the lives we dream of if we’re willing to do what is required to get there. Some goals are easy to reach and we don’t have to do much to make them ours. Others take more time and planning, and may require intense concentration. We may face difficult odds of success, and there may be many complications and problems to work out to get there. Sometimes when we have something in mind, after looking at how hard it is to achieve, we may talk ourselves out of trying. There are a million reasons not to move forward and reach for something more, and we can embrace them all. Maybe it’ll be harder than we thought it would be, maybe it will require more attention than we want to give, maybe we aren’t sure we can do it, or endless other excuses. Stepping into the unknown can be intimidating, and if we want to, we don’t have to change anything, and can stay exactly where we are, doing the same things for as long as we like. Nothing will change unless we change it. Despite all the reasons not to do something new and challenging, there really is only one reason to go for it – because we want to. If we want to reach beyond where we are, we can. If we want to go someplace new, we can. Our lives belong to us. We can do anything and nothing is out of reach. The whole world is there for us. There are endless possibilities. All our dreams are waiting, and we can make them ours.

If we’ve been doing the same things for a while, we may not even think about them as we go through the motions. If what we’re doing is moving us forward, closer to the goals we desire, we can continue. However, if they are simply holding us in place, we may get stuck where we are, even if it’s not where we want to be. When we’re ready, we can look at all the options available and begin moving toward what we want the most. Every goal is there for us, and we will succeed.

It takes courage to reach beyond where we are. We’ll have to step onto uncharted territory, and be willing to face new experiences and challenges. We may be unsure at first, but each step we take moves us forward a little more, and gives us greater confidence. As we move ahead, the road will become familiar, and with determination we’ll reach the goal. We are the only ones who can hold us back from what we want the most. There is enough courage and wisdom inside us already to take us to success. We can trust ourselves, and move forward with clarity and certainty that we will reach the destination. We can do anything we desire, and every dream is possible.

Today if there is something you want to do, but aren’t sure you can manage it, take a step forward. You are stronger and wiser than you imagine, and can do anything you desire. Be confident and trust yourself. Nothing can keep you from success, and all your dreams are possible.

One More Rung

26 Nov

Life is a journey that takes us many places and teaches us many things. As we move forward, we decide what we want to do and where we want to go. Some things come easily, but many times we must reach a little further than we’re comfortable, and trust ourselves to make the right choices, even when we’re not sure. No matter how far we go, the road continues forward. There will always be another step to take, and another rung to reach for as we climb. It’s up to us to choose what kind of life we’ll have, what we’ll do, where we’ll go, and how far we’ll travel. The options and possibilities are endless, and if we’re determined, nothing can hold us in place. But first we must decide what we want. We must choose the road ahead ourselves. If we like where we are and don’t want to face challenges or struggles, we can try to keep things the same. Repeating what we’re doing over and over is easy, and requires little energy. However, it’s impossible to learn anything new doing the same things again and again. Life is filled with possibilities and there are endless opportunities for growth and development. If we stand still holding on to what we know, that’s all we’ll learn. We are capable of understanding many things, and every new experience enriches us and teaches us more about the world around us. Even if we’re comfortable where we are, we can reach for one more rung and rise a little higher. As we step up, the view will broaden and deepen our knowledge. Nothing is too difficult for us to manage, and with confidence and clarity, we can move forward toward any goal we desire. The whole world is there for us. We can do anything and reach any destination.

Climbing a mountain is hard work. The path is always angled upward, and when we tire, it takes concentration and determination to continue climbing. Every step takes us closer to the top as we push against gravity and struggle to find our footing. If we don’t stop, we will reach the summit and find great pleasure in the view before us. Accomplishing goals brings us tremendous satisfaction and builds our confidence. By keeping our focus and continuing forward, we can reach any objective and realize great success.

Life offers all kinds of options. If we want to, we can just coast along and see what happens. We might end up in places we like, or we might not. If we’re just going along for the ride and not driving the train, we won’t have a choice of destinations. But our lives are important and every day is valuable. We can think about what we want and then do what is necessary to take us there. Every dream is possible and we can have the lives we want the most. We are powerful and capable, and nothing is beyond our reach.

Today if you’ve been comfortable keeping everything the same, there are countless possibilities waiting for you. Think about what you really want. Your dreams are possible. Decide where you want to go, and take the first step forward. You are strong and powerful, and nothing is too far for you to reach. Be confident. You can reach any goal you desire. Every success is there for you and you will prevail.

Truth or Dare

26 Oct

There are unlimited opinions in the world around us. Everyone has their own perspective of what is going on, what is real, and what is true. All interpretations have some truth in them and as we live we will naturally modify our ideas as we grow and experience different situations. We all have opinions but truth and opinion are not always the same things. What is real can be camouflaged by what is popular, what is important to us, or what is desired by others. If we believe something strongly and want others to follow us and only focus on converting them to our way of thinking, we may neglect to discover if what we’re doing is based in truth or not. If we dare to take the time to really uncover what is real, we will gain greater clarity and learn to listen more willingly. Nobody has all the answers. If we arrogantly go about telling others how things should be and how they should change we may miss the opportunity to genuinely and openly understand them as they are. It’s like missing the forest while we concentrate on looking at the trees. When we feel compelled and passionate about something and don’t take time to objectively evaluate our way forward, we may push ahead blindly missing important cues that tell us the whole story. A wide view of what is real will deepen our understanding of the way forward and help us correct our course if needed. Looking for all the facts, and seeking the complete truth will bring us confidence and success. We are capable of understanding great things and the more we know the better we can move forward.

Seeing only a small section of any picture will modify our understanding of what we’re looking at. If we see only the top of a mountain we cannot comprehend how high it is. The same is true when evaluating situations in our lives. If we hear only one side of the story we cannot know the entire thing. It takes time and willingness to listen to all points of view to fully understand. If we are emotionally involved it may be difficult to hear other ideas but if we step back and allow ourselves to see them openly we will more easily find resolution.

It’s impossible to change our point of view if we refuse to hear anything new. If we are absolutely sure we are right it may be very difficult to even consider anything else. But nobody can know everything all the time. Even if we are confident there is only one answer, if we allow others to share their suggestions and listen openly we may find that although our way forward will get us to the goal, there may be ways to improve. We are intelligent and capable of making excellent choices. Being open to new ideas will help us find the best road forward and build connections that will help us on the journey.

Today if you’re trying to convince others that you know the truth, be willing to listen when they give their points of view. Everyone has something to offer and the complete truth will rise when everyone has the opportunity to share. You know what you want. Everything is within reach and all the information is there. Be open, listen carefully, and build the connections you need to get to your goal.

Here a Little

13 Jun

Life teaches us many things.  Sometimes we learn what we need right away and adjust our lives accordingly.  Other times the lessons take a long time to understand.  When we’re navigating change we may wish we could learn everything we need immediately and move on but it doesn’t always work that way.  Change is a process and doesn’t usually happen overnight.  We can’t see all the adjustments we need to make from where we are to where we want to be.  We have to grow into each step and as we do our vision is clarified for what’s next.  There is no way to see everything we need to do or all we need to learn going forward at the beginning.  We get a little here and a little there and piece by piece we gain the attributes we’re seeking.  Here a little and there a little will bring us success.  There may be times in our lives when everything changes all at once but those are very rare.  Generally we move forward inch by inch and as we do we learn everything we need to move forward confidently.

In our busy lives if we have a lot going on we often try to take the fastest routes possible.  We may try to do two things at once and call it multi-tasking although it’s been proven we really can only concentrate on one thing at a time.  But still we may try and although we’re moving forward, we may miss a step here and there.  When a lot is expected of us or we’re in a time crunch we might cut a corner to get to the finish line in time.  But the corners are there for a reason and sometimes when we cut them we miss an important part of what we’re trying to accomplish.  Going fast doesn’t always mean doing well.  Getting the job done is only one piece.  Getting it done well is what brings satisfaction.

When we try to learn something new we have to take it step by step.  If we’re learning to ski we don’t start on the expert run and hope we’ll learn how as we fly down the hill.  But if we want to learn something badly or we’re in a hurry to achieve the accomplishment we may feel impatient taking it step by step.  However if we want to learn the lesson well, whatever it is, step by step is the only way.  We can learn a little here, and as we move forward we’ll learn a little more.  Making the most of each turn, and seeing everything completely and openly will allow us to gain the most from what we’re experiencing.  We can climb every mountain, learn every lesson, and achieve every success little by little.  Learning our lessons well the first time prevents us from making mistakes and having to return to learn them again.  If we take the time needed to make the change well, we can move forward with confidence and completely integrate the change into our lives.  Here a little and there a little will bring success.

Today if you’re impatient with your progress and want to skip to the finish line, remember that each step along the way has something to teach you.  If you learn everything you can as you move along you’ll be successful in gaining the most from your experiences.  Learn all you can as you move forward.  Your understanding will be magnified and your growth will reflect that.