Tag Archives: Passion

Getting Caught Up

10 Jul

We’re all individuals with unique talents, ideas, and gifts we share with the world. Some people are passionate and outspoken about what they want and where they’re going. If we’re around someone who is loud and charismatic, and intent on making everyone believe in their cause, there may be a lot of excitement and activity. Before we realize it, we may get caught up and join in. We might follow along just because others are doing it, and go wherever the group is headed. We can certainly do anything we like, and take any road we want to. But our lives are ours to design, and if we don’t stop to examine exactly what we’re going along with, we may end up somewhere we never wanted to go. We are important and our dreams are ours alone. Following someone else’s dreams will never take us to our own. Our lives are unique to us and we can design them any way we choose. Every destination we desire is there for us, but we’ll never reach them if we follow someone else. Charismatic people may be influential and powerful, but we are always in control of our own decisions. We can listen to anything that’s being offered, and then choose the path moving forward that takes us where we most want to go. We know what we want, and are powerful enough, and wise enough to achieve it. We are responsible for creating our own destiny, and can do anything we desire. Nothing is too far away or too difficult for us to accomplish. Every single dream is possible, and with determination and focus, we will succeed.

We live in a monetary world. People with a lot of money often have a lot of power. If we admire financial success, we might believe wealthy people somehow know more about life than we do, and defer to their decisions. Money is a great tool, but it isn’t wisdom. Being rich doesn’t translate into being wise, or intelligent, or intuitive or anything else. We know ourselves completely, and don’t need to rely on anyone else’s opinion of what we should be doing with our lives. We know what we want, and we know how to get it. By moving forward with confidence, and trusting ourselves, we can reach every goal and every destination.

We may be in a situation where others around us have chosen a specific road moving forward, and are encouraging us to go with them. If all our friends and family members are going along, we may feel great pressure to conform. We can do anything we like, and sometimes just to keep the peace we may acquiesce. But our lives are ours to design and they never need to fit anyone else’s model. We are smart and capable, and can choose for ourselves. Nothing can keep us from the goals we desire, and every dream is possible.

Today if you’ve gotten caught up on someone else’s road, stop and think about what you really want. You are in complete control of your life, and don’t need permission or agreement to do anything you desire. Be confident, and move ahead with purpose and clarity. Every dream is already there for you. Step forward, and claim it.

That’s Mine

3 Jul

Sometimes because of something we care deeply about, we may state our case in forceful ways. We want to make a point, and we want to be clear. It’s good to clarify where we stand, but sometimes we may go too far. We become too strong in our statements, and instead of helping others understand our position, we tell them how it is. And when that happens, we sometimes offend them. Even if offense was never in our plan, it can happen. People are complicated, and everyone has a different level of tolerance for intensity. Some people translate it into conflict. Some people can manage a lot of heated discussion, and others shrink from it. Nobody is exactly like us, and we must remember that. What may seem fine to us, may be offensive to someone else. We can say that’s their issue, and it is. But if it alienates them from us, it’s also our issue.

There is a lot going on in our lives all the time. We are busy, we are often stressed, we are in a hurry, and sometimes we forget to be considerate, and careful with the feelings of others. We run over them with our ideas and decisions, and we don’t wait for their response. We get in, get it done, and get out. When we do that, things will get done, but we may also damage the relationships we need to go forward. It’s better to be the one that includes other ideas, and brings others into the discussion. It’s more effective to ask for input, as well as give our suggestions. Life is all about give AND take. If we’re so sure we’re right, so sure we have it figured out, so sure of ourselves, our attitude may restrict others from joining us. And it can cause problems. It’s better to express ourselves in ways where others feel welcome, and valued.

If we do something that hurts someone else, it belongs to us. If we feel passionately about something but express that passion in ways that offends others, it belongs to us. If we inadvertently hurt someone by something we’ve said or done, it belongs to us. There is no way to push the ownership of anything onto someone else if we’ve done it. We own it. It’s ours, and because it’s ours, we’re the only ones who can make it right. We’re the only ones who can correct the slight. We will answer for everything we do, so if we’ve hurt someone, we need to take the next step, and try to repair the damage.

Today if you have something important that you need to discuss, something you feel strongly about, remember the feelings of those you address. They may process things differently. They may need a little time. They may have suggestions for you. Everything you want to accomplish will be easier with others on your side. Let them in. Tell them how you feel, and let them join you. Be clear, and be strong, but also be open, patient, and welcoming. An army of one can only do the work of one. But an army of friends, can conquer anything.