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Tag Archives: Network

In the Dark

9 Jan

We all have dreams about what we’d like to do, places we want to see, and accomplishments we hope to achieve. Sometimes we take the steps needed to start the journey toward those dreams but there may be times when what we want seems so far away and out of reach we only think about it and do nothing to move toward it. It’s like standing in the dark in a closet and looking out through the slats in the door. We can see the rooms before us and all the possibilities, but we remain hidden and quiet, merely looking at what could be. There is no risk if we stay where we are, comfortable and secure in our place and what’s around us. If we protect ourselves from new experiences we may feel safe, but that safety comes at a great price. Standing in the dark and looking out at the world of available opportunities will never move us forward toward our dreams. Every dream is possible but nothing will come without effort. We must open the doors and walk forward toward the destinations we desire. We can be confident in our ability to find the road ahead. There isn’t anything we can’t do. We can take one step forward and then take another, and keeping our eyes focused ahead we will achieve any goal we set. Our lives are completely in our control and nothing is strong enough to hold us back or keep us in place. Every chance is possible. Every dream is available. We can begin moving toward anything we desire, and find success.

It’s nice to be familiar with our surroundings and those we encounter. We feel comfortable knowing the landscape and who we will meet. It’s great to have a network of friends and acquaintances, and strong ties with those around us. But every friend was once a stranger. Every comfortable location was once a foreign land. We can bravely step away from the familiar and forge new paths toward any destination we desire. No matter how strange things seem at first, we will know them and make them our own. The world is filled with possibilities and we can achieve anything we desire.

No journey is without trouble. We may take a wrong turn, we may meet someone who works against us, and we may stumble along the way. We don’t need to run back to the familiar when things go wrong. We can look at the situation before us, remember why we’re pushing forward, and find the way through. There really is no problem too difficult for us to solve and no complication too perplexing to figure out. We have everything we need to do anything. Nothing will stop us from finding success. We are strong and powerful, capable and wise. We can accomplish any goal we desire.

Today remember how important your dreams are. If you’ve been staying close to what’s comfortable and familiar, look ahead and take the first step toward your deepest desire. You can accomplish anything. Step out of the darkness and push ahead. All your dreams are there for you, and nothing will keep you from them.

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Have Some of Mine

3 Oct

Everyone has different gifts, talents, and skills. We all learn different things as we grow, and some of us are born with special talents. Sometimes we get the opportunity to share those benefits with others. Perhaps we share them by participating in a group project, or maybe by teaching someone something they’re interested in. There are limitless opportunities for sharing if we keep ourselves open. But some people don’t want to share what they have. They want to have proprietary ownership over what they know. In the job force some consider this job security. They believe if nobody else knows what they know or can do what they can they will always have a job. That may be true, but if we don’t share what we have, we don’t have the opportunity to feel connected to those around us. Sharing our personal lives allows us to enhance and build our relationships, and when we give we never lose anything. Like the flame on a candle, we can share our light with an infinite number of people, and still have all we need. We’re just making our experiences wider in scope and building a more expansive field to relate to.

If we keep all our gifts to ourselves, and are stingy with them, we end up isolating ourselves from others. If there are no points of commonality between us and those around us, we end up standing alone. We can hold all our cards close to our chests but that will just prevent others from getting close. Some people prefer their lives that way. They don’t want close relationships and they don’t want to interact with others any more than they must. We all have a different level of comfort in dealing with others, but if we want to feel like we belong, if we want friendships and strong relationships, we have to let others get close to us. We can’t get close by standing back. Sharing with others who we are, and what we know helps open doors. And open doors invite others in, and make us approachable.

If someone near us has a skill or gift we’d like to learn, we may ask them to share it with us. Most people are happy to do that, and as we learn about their particular advantage, we also learn more about them. As they teach us, they learn more about us. We create stronger personal bonds, and become closer in our relationship with them. If they were just acquaintances, the experience may make them friends. If they were friends already, it may create a deeper friendship. We interact with people every day. Bringing them into our lives, and getting closer to their lives will be a blessing to us. When we have a large network of others around us who understand us, and who we can trust, our lives are more comfortable, and we are happier.

Today think about sharing your skills and gifts with those around you. Bring them into your life by opening up and showing them who you really are. You’ll get closer to them, and get to know them more completely. They’ll appreciate your willingness to share and learn to trust you. Build a strong network around you by opening yourself up and letting others in. Your life will be richer, and you’ll feel happier with the friendships you’ll build.