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Not the End

7 Sep

When we’re facing a difficult challenge and aren’t sure we can manage, when things go wrong and we can’t see the way forward, or when we’ve been caught in a situation that changes the trajectory of our lives in ways we never expected, we may feel lost and confused.  It can be hard to see our next step when we’ve been stunned by something that takes our breath away or must face something so difficult we don’t know how to get through.  We may stand stunned, unable to move or think, and have no idea what to do next.  Big trials come to all of us at some time in our lives.  Our worst fears may be realized and situations we never dreamed we could endure may press on us.  When our lives are suddenly dangling on what we believe is the precipice of disaster, it may seem impossible that we’ll be able to get through much less survive.  We may face terrible trials but they are not the end of our journey.  We may need time to process what’s happening, but when we’re ready, we have all the courage and wisdom to continue forward.  It can be hard to trust that things will improve when we’re in the depths of despair, but change is constant.  Darkness cannot last forever.  The sun always rises again and we will find our way.  Whatever we’re going through today will be different tomorrow.  We have everything we need to face whatever comes, find the answers we need to prevail, and continue forward.  If we are overwhelmed, we can find support.  If we have fallen down, we can stand up again.  There isn’t anything we can’t do.  We can be brave even when we’re unsure, and confident even we don’t know what will happen.  Life is filled with challenge and we have everything we need to face it.

When we’re young we imagine many wonderful things will happen to us as we grow and never think the bottom will fall out of our plans.  As we age, many wonderful things do come but we may also have many trials and disappointments we didn’t plan on.  We have no control over most of what happens and even if we plan carefully, sometimes everything goes up in smoke.  Nobody wants to go through hard times, but they will come to us all and when they do we can find our way through.

It seems life would be wonderful if all our dreams came true and we never had a bad day.  If we were always healthy and strong, had plenty of money, and never had to endure any challenges.  That might be wonderful but that isn’t reality.  We live in the real world and some days are going to be hard, some things are going to stink, and we are going to lose from time to time.  The lessons we learn when things go wrong are valuable and make us stronger and wiser as we move forward.  We can value the strength we gain as we struggle and be grateful for the understanding we gain as we learn from trials.  Life is an incredible blessing.  We can live wisely and find courage and strength when we need them.

Today if you’re facing a terrible challenge and have no idea what to do next, remember how wise and powerful you are.  You will find all the answers you need.  Nothing is too strong or difficult for you to manage.  Be confident and move forward.  You have everything you need already and there is happiness just around the corner.

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Rough Waters

27 Feb

Life is complicated and ever changing.  Sometimes the road we’ve been on suddenly turns and unexpected things happen that completely change our direction.  We live in a world filled with other people who are continually making decisions without our knowledge or input.  When those decisions impact us personally and our lives get jumbled up and twisted, we may get lost trying to figure out what to do next.  We know where we want to go but the easy stream we were walking across has turned into a raging river with deep, rough waters that seem impossible to cross.  As we stand on the shore and look across the torrent, we may believe there is no way to succeed.  Hard times will come to all of us and there may be moments when we think we’re done, there is no hope, and we may as well give up.  Rough waters are not easy to navigate and it can be intimidating to try.  But no matter how deep the current is, or how fast the river moves, we have everything we need to manage the turbulence and get across.  It’s hard when things change and we lose our footing, but no problem is without a solution and we are smart enough in any situation to find the way forward.  When the bottom falls out of our plans, when the river rages, and we’re caught up in the winds of change, we may be disoriented for a moment.  We can hold onto the knowledge and wisdom we have within us, and trust that we’ll find the way forward.  Rough waters will come, and when they do we’ll manage them and find the way across.

A life of ease seems like a good idea.  We could lie back and let things unroll as they will, let others choose our roads for us, and when things get hard, simply surrender to the easiest way forward.  Allowing life to simply unfold as it will is like being in a boat without a rudder.  The tide will carry us wherever the water flows.  If we don’t care where we go we may be fine with wherever we end up.  But a rudderless life will never bring the satisfaction and joy of doing the things we want to accomplish.  We have the power to control the direction of our lives and achieve anything we desire.  We can go anywhere and make every dream a reality, but we must take control in order to get there.

Some days the sun shines overhead and every step we take moves us closer to our desired destinations.  Things go well and the answers we seek are clear and open to us.  But sometimes dark clouds may begin to form and before we know it storms are overhead and it’s hard to see.  There is no storm strong enough or dark enough to hold us in place forever.  Soon we will step back into the light and the road ahead will clear.  We are stronger than we think we are and there is nothing we can’t accomplish.

Today if your path has turned and the way forward is unclear, if everything has changed and you aren’t sure how to proceed, trust yourself.  You’ve navigated hard times before and found your way.  All the answers you need are there for you.  Be strong and hold tight.  The light is just ahead and you have everything you need to succeed.  Take another step forward and you’ll reach your goal.

In the Weeds

20 Feb

As we live our lives we go through all kinds of struggles and complications, problems and difficulties, and sometimes it seems we will never succeed. We have dreams we want to work on, goals we want to achieve, and when there is a lot to untangle we may feel we’ll never get to them. It’s like trying to find the way through a complex and convoluted maze with blinders on, and can feel like the obstacles before us will never end. If we must push through a lot just to move forward a little we may become overwhelmed and tired, and feel we’ll never prevail. Even if we can see the road ahead, if we’re caught in the mire where we are, moving forward may seem like an impossible dream. As we tire of the struggle we may lose hope and give up. But there is always a clearing ahead. There is always a road in front of us. No matter how tangled we are, and no matter how thick the weeds become, if we continue to take another step forward we will reach it. It may take time to find it, and we may make a few wrong turns, but if we continue the road ahead will open for us. Every problem has a solution. There isn’t anything strong enough or convoluted enough to hold us in place forever. If we keep moving forward, if we keep pushing ahead, we will find all the answers we seek. Life can be hard, but we are strong and capable, and nothing is too difficult for us to manage. We have all the endurance we need to continue. We can be confident even when we fail, and courageous even when we stumble. Everything is there for us, and we have everything we need to succeed.

Sometimes the road ahead seems endlessly perplexing and continuously complicated. If we get overwhelmed, we may decide moving forward is impossible. There are a lot of factors involved in every decision and sometimes the goals we want to reach aren’t available to us when we want them. If we can’t move forward, if the weeds are too thick, we can set the goal aside for a time and return to it later when our circumstances have changed. Often success is about timing. We need never give up on anything we want to achieve, but we can step away until our situation modifies and we can move forward.

Success doesn’t always come with the first try. If we aren’t committed to the objective, the first time things go wrong we may give up and walk away. But if the goal is important we can do whatever it takes to achieve it. There is nothing too far out of reach or too difficult for us to understand. We can do anything we desire. We are wise enough to figure out any complication and strong enough to continue forward.

Today if you’re in the weeds and the road ahead is hard to find, decide how you want to proceed. You can reach any goal you choose if you are willing to do what is needed to get there. Decide on the way forward and proceed with confidence. There isn’t anything you can’t do. You are strong, wise, and powerful. Choose your next step. Success is always there for you. Nothing will stop you from reaching the goal.

 

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.

Being the Lion

30 Oct

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”  Mark Twain

We will face all kinds of obstacles and problems as we navigate through our lives.  We might face a time when what lies before us is daunting, intimidating, or even terrifying, and we may be unsure we can move forward.  Fear is a natural response when we don’t know what will happen or the situation is out of our control and yet has power over us.  It is not a weakness but a tool to help us understand our situation clearly.  It warns us and alerts us to possible dangers ahead, and we can use it to courageously find the way forward.  Nobody will get through their lives without experiencing fear from time to time.  It’s normal and natural and we can take control when it comes.  Stepping back from the situation and seeing it objectively will help us understand where we are and discern our options moving forward.  Courage is always there deep within us and we can access it, use it, and embrace it to help us walk through anything that comes.  No matter how frightening the situation, there is an answer.  There is a resolution to every problem we face.  We can take a breath, look at where we are and assess the best way forward.  Taking time to think will enable us to employ the courage deep within us and help us find our way.  There isn’t anything we can’t do and no problem too intense for us resolve.  We are braver than we think we are and have everything we need to overcome anything.  We can use fear to teach us and guide us, and then do what is needed to take the next step.

If we try to keep our lives small and limit our exposure to others things may be more predictable but that will not keep us from facing difficult times.  There will always be other people coming in and out of our lives, influencing what happens by their decisions.  We can only control what we do and it’s impossible to totally eliminate the influence of others in our lives.  When that influence brings uncertainty and fear, we can still step forward and do what is best for us.  We are always in control and nothing will keep us in place.

If we suffer from panic and worry we may believe we cannot overcome very difficult situations.  What we think will impact how we act.  We can be confident enough to understand that no matter what comes to us we have everything we need to find our way through.  There really is no situation too difficult or complex for us to unravel and overcome.  We have enough wisdom and courage to do anything.  Nothing is too strong or difficult for us to figure out.  We can be courageous and find the success we seek

Today if you’re in a situation that is intimidating and difficult and you aren’t sure you can manage it, call on the courage deep within you.  You already possess everything you need to succeed and there is nothing too complex for you to overcome.  Be confident.  You are wise and strong.  Go forward with certainty that you will win.  Success is there for you and you will reach it.

Broken or Blessed

4 Aug

Relationships are important to all of us.  When we have a healthy and strong network of family and friends around us we feel supported and cared for.  Relationships come in all varieties and when they are good for us they are blessings in our lives.  But sometimes we may develop a relationship with someone who doesn’t have our best interests at heart.  Perhaps they are dysfunctional in their own lives and use us to fill in the gaps and missing pieces they experience within themselves.  Or maybe they see us as a stepping stone to something better.  Sometimes they may manipulate us into believing they care for us when they don’t or convince us to trust them in ways that work against us.  If they need more than we’re comfortable giving or have problems that interfere with our happiness it will be impossible for us to continue.  We don’t have to end any relationship that is important to us but if it’s hurting us we can find ways to manage it that ensure we’re comfortable and safe.  If a relationship is too difficult it may break and we may have to walk away.  Our personal happiness and safety are important and if we’re in a relationship that hurts us or makes us feel unsure we can change our involvement.  There are all kinds of people in the world and some need more than we can give.  We don’t have to continue in any situation that doesn’t work.  We can choose a new path at any time and are in complete control of our lives.  We know ourselves and know what is best for us.  Taking control and choosing the best road forward will bring us happiness and peace.

Perception is reality and sometimes our perception of an issue may be different than someone else’s.  What is acceptable and appropriate for one person may be offensive and unwelcome to another.  If we develop a relationship with someone whose ideas about what is right differ from ours, there will likely be conflict.  It may be possible to find a compromise but if the differences are extreme and feelings are strong it may become unworkable.  If we’re involved with someone whose personal values are far different than ours we may need to step back.  We deserve to be happy and choose to live our lives according to our personal standards.  We need not compromise what is most important to us.

There are few things more rewarding than a loving relationship with someone who respects us and treats us with kindness.  We feel strong when we’re with them and confident going forward knowing they have our backs and we can count on them for support.  Sharing our lives with someone who understands us and cares for us is a great blessing.  We can have any kind of relationships we desire.  We know what we want and what we need, and if we choose well we will be happy.

Today if you’re struggling with a relationship that brings you pain and frustration, consider all your options going forward.  You are in control of your life and you deserve every happiness.  Make choices today that will bring you comfort and joy.  You know what you need and you know what to do.  Be confident.  You have everything you need to have the life you desire.

Star of the Show

13 Feb

When we’re watching movies, there are often a lot of people on the screen and many things going on. There is a lot of sensory stimulation with the music, the script, and scene movement. If it’s an action movie it can be hard to catch everything that’s happening. But no matter what’s going on or how many different characters there are, our attention is focused on the star of the show. There is always one main character who carries the story. Our lives aren’t movies but there are lots of things going on all the time and many people coming and going every minute, and we are the star of the show. We are the most important person even when we’re focused on others and what we’re going through is captivating. We can be selfless and help those around us and address all the scenarios and situations that come, but in the end if we aren’t taking care of ourselves we won’t be as effective as we could be. The first person who needs our attention is us. If we don’t meet our personal needs, we won’t be able to care for anyone else. Most of us will not get “star treatment” from others as we go through our lives, but we can give it to ourselves and make sure we have everything we need to be healthy and strong. We are the stars of our own lives, and we deserve to take the best care of ourselves we possibly can. If we do, we will have all the strength and wisdom we need to help others and be an asset to the world around us.

When we fly on planes and go through the safety drill before the flight, the flight attendants always explain that if oxygen is needed, we must put our masks on first and then help those around us. We must make sure we are able to help by taking care of our needs first. That’s true in our personal lives as well. No matter what we’re going through or what trials we’re facing, we need to figuratively make sure our masks are securely fastened and we’re getting the oxygen we need before we attempt to assist those around us. We must be first on our list to ensure we have everything we need before we extend ourselves.

It is noble and valiant to serve others. It’s good to sacrifice our time to help when we’re asked and be available to those who need us. Living a life focused solely on our own personal needs and wants and discounting those around us will not bring us long term satisfaction or happiness. There is much gratification to be gained by extending ourselves and being helpful. But helping others requires personal strength and courage. We must build up our own personal energy before we can share it. We can be kind and helpful and still take the time we need to care for ourselves. We are the most important person in our lives and when we remember to give ourselves everything we need first, we will have enough to serve others.

Today if you’ve been neglecting what you need to be strong and happy, take some time for yourself. You deserve the very best of everything and you can get it. Remember how important you are. We all need you in our lives and want what’s best for you. Give that to yourself today and you’ll find happiness and peace and have the strength you need.