Tag Archives: Satisfaction

Elephants

20 Apr

We all have dreams we think about and desire in our lives. We know what we want, but some dreams require a lot of thought and preparation before we step forward. We may ponder them for a long time and wonder if we have what it takes to make them ours. Some dreams are within easy reach and we achieve them without too much effort or inconvenience. We simply decide we want them and then proceed forward to claim them. We may have to work a little, and it might take a little time, but we don’t have to make a lot of adjustments to obtain them. Then there are the big “holy cow” dreams, that require a lot to reach. They may be very difficult and require changes and adjustments that are not always easy. Of course, if we’re determined and willing to do what’s necessary, we can reach any destination we desire. It’s like eating an elephant. It seems impossible at first but if we take it one bite at a time, it can be done. We can think about a goal for as long as we like, and when we’re ready, can begin moving toward it. We may pursue something that will completely change our lives. Maybe it’s a big career change, or a move to someplace far away, or a drastic change in our personal lives, or a thousand other things. Whatever the goal is, we have everything we need to make it ours. We already have all the courage and wisdom necessary to move forward toward any goal. We just have to decide what we want and then start. Our lives are in our control and we can design them any way we like. We don’t have to follow any one else’s ideas or choices. By choosing what we desire most, and starting the journey forward, we can find our way to success. The whole world is there for us and every dream is waiting. Nothing can keep us from any destination we desire, and we will succeed.

Life is filled with possibilities, but before we can make them ours, we must be willing to step away from what is comfortable and routine. There may be traditions and patterns we’ve learned that have held us in place, and it may make others around us uncomfortable if we step away from them. But our happiness is important, and we are entitled to it. We don’t need agreement to design the lives we want the most. We can set our sights on any goal we desire and move forward with confidence.

Big hills are hard to climb. Mountains are even harder. Difficult goals aren’t easy to achieve but that doesn’t mean they’re impossible. When we start on a long and arduous road to something we want, others may tell us it’s too hard, and we should be happy with what we’ve got. Their opinions belong to them and we never have to take any advice we don’t want. We can continue to push forward, and if we stay the course, we’ll succeed. Every dream is possible, and we can reach every destination.

Today if you’ve been thinking about a goal you want but have been hesitant to start, trust yourself. You are stronger and more capable than you imagine, and nothing is out of reach. Take the first step forward, and keep your eyes focused on the destination. Success is already there for you. Reach for it, move toward it, and it will be yours.

Our Gift

14 Sep

“The past is your lesson.  The present is your gift.  The future is your motivation.”  Unknown

While we’re navigating our lives and doing everything we need to accomplish we often think about our futures.  Where are we going?  What do we want to do?  How will get there?  There are questions to explore, ideas to formulate, and plans to make.  If we’re highly ambitious we may spend a lot of time planning for what lies ahead.  There is nothing wrong with making plans for the future and everyone has dreams they hope to accomplish.  But the real gift in our lives is our present.  What’s happening right now is the most important thing in our lives.  The past is behind us and we can take all the lessons we’ve learned from our previous experiences forward with us but we can’t go back.  The future lies ahead and although we may try to plan for it, nobody really knows what it will bring.  Today is the most important day of our lives.  What we’re doing right now is the only thing we have any control over.  What we’re doing, how we’re living, and what we’re learning today is the gift that helps us move forward.  We may forget how important today is if we’re heavily invested in plans for tomorrow, or grieving over something that has passed.  But today, right now, is the most precious gift we have.  If we pay attention and apply ourselves to this moment we will gain as much as possible from our experience.  Without today there would be no tomorrow.  We can honor our lives today and grab hold of everything it has to offer.

When we’re busy and have a lot to get done our time flies by.  The hours seem like minutes and before we know it the day is gone.  If we’ve rushed through it we may have missed some of the blessings available to us as we hurry to the next item on the list.  We may not even see those who pass us or hear others say hello.  Having a singular focus is helpful when there is a lot to get done.  But if we look up and pay attention as our lives rush by we will have a richer experience and deepen our connections to those around us.  It doesn’t take long to acknowledge someone and say hello, or offer a smile as we walk by.  If we take our eyes off ourselves for a moment and interact with others our days will be augmented and enhanced.  This day will be gone quickly and there is nothing we can do to get it back.  Seeing it as a gift and opening ourselves up to receiving all its blessings will bring us happiness and contentment.

They say when we’re dying we don’t regret the things we did, but the things we didn’t do.  If we knew today was our last day on earth, how would we change things?  Who would we see, and what would we do?  This may not be our last day here but if we lived our lives as though it were, how different would it look?  Would we take more time for those we love?  Would we pay more attention to those around us?  Would we offer more care and compassion?  We can change anything about how we’re living our lives at any time.  We can make each day a priority.  This life is precious.  Living each day to the fullest will bring us the most satisfaction.

Today if you’ve been rushing around to get things done, remember what a gift today is.  It’s just for you.  This is the best day of your life because it’s the only day you have.  Live everything to the fullest today.  This is your most precious gift.