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Tag Archives: Tradition

Winning the Lottery

11 May

We’ve all heard stories of people who have won the lottery and seen them smiling for cameras holding the big check.  It’s exciting to think about winning and getting all the cash we think will improve our lives, and we may dream about it and persistently buy tickets in the hope that the dream will come true.  Someone will win the lottery and it might be us but the odds are currently 1 in 292 million that it’ll happen.  Those are long, long odds.  To put it in perspective, the odds of being struck by lightning in our lifetime are about 1 in 5,000.  We can buy all the lottery tickets we want but instead of wishing and hoping for something so remote and out of our control to change our lives, we can actively pursue a path that will take us where we want to go.  We have a far greater chance of success when we’re in control of where we’re going than waiting for something to simply fall in our laps.  We’re in charge of our personal destiny and we can determine where we go and what we accomplish.  Success is always possible and once we define it we can chart our course forward to achieve it.  Our lives are ours to design and we can do anything we truly want to do.  If we want great financial success and are willing to do what it takes to accomplish it, we will succeed.  Nothing is out of reach but we must achieve success ourselves.  Nobody is going to give us everything we desire simply because we want it but with determination and persistence we can get it.  Nothing is out of reach once we decide what we want.  We can do anything and reach any success we desire.

It’s important to have dreams and they inspire us to do great things.  We can dream all we want but until we do something to make our dreams come true they are like clouds sailing across the sky with no substance or direction.  All the hoping and wishing in the world will never make them a reality.  We must plan for success and then move forward toward it to make it happen.  All our dreams can come true when we do what is required to achieve them.

We can spend our lives unhappy and bemoaning where we are, complaining we never got the chance to do what we wanted.  We can blame our circumstances, those around us, the pressures of family or tradition, and anything else.  We always have the power to change our lives.  There isn’t anything we can’t do but if we are afraid, or lazy or simply don’t want to try, nothing will happen.  It’s easy to stand still.  It requires little effort and even less thought.  There is greatness is all of us and we are more powerful than we realize.  We can do anything, go anywhere and achieve any dream we desire but it’s up to us.  Nobody is going to hand us the perfect life.  We must create it for ourselves.

Today if you’ve been hoping you’ll win the lottery to finally change your life and give you what you want, remember you’re in control of where you go and what you do.  You can change things and do anything you desire.  Be strong and remember how powerful you are.  Nothing is beyond your reach and all your dreams can come true.  Step forward.  Every possibility is waiting for you. Happiness is just ahead.

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Upstream

30 Mar

We live in a world with billions of other people.  Each one is unique and different from us in some way.  There are all kinds of ideas, beliefs, patterns, laws, rules, and interpretations.  We may understand and agree with some of them and others may escape our comprehension altogether.  There is a lot of diversity in everything and it can be difficult to understand it all.  If we get tangled up in a situation where others are doing things we aren’t comfortable with we may be concerned about what will happen next.  If they are doing or saying things that make us unsure, we don’t have to remain in place.  We can always step aside and walk away.  Everything is continually changing and the world may seem crazy at times like everything has turned upside down and nothing is right.  No matter what others are doing we can hold onto what is important to us.  Even if nobody else agrees we can continue forward according to our own personal convictions and desires.  We may need to swim upstream against a current of people going the other way, but we are strong enough to continue toward our goals.  Our decisions are ours to make and we don’t need approval or agreement to make them.  We can do the things we want to do and go where we want to go.  Every destination is possible even if we’re the only one who wants to go there.  Our uniqueness is what brings blessings to the world around us.  We can be exactly who we are and find happiness.  Swimming upstream takes more energy than going with the flow but we are strong and capable, and can make all our dreams come true.

Societal norms and family traditions can define how we live our lives.  It’s easy to go along with what everyone else is doing and comply with traditional patterns.  Many people find comfort in conformity and there is historical strength in tradition.  Those roads are well paved from constant travelers and on them our roles are clearly defined.  Doing what is expected may work for us but predictable roads will only take us to predictable destinations.  If we want something different we must change direction and forge a new path.  There are endless roads we can choose and unlimited destinations before us.  We can determine what we want the most and then begin forward on the road that will take us to it.

Blending in is much easier than being different.  If we do things and basically look like most of the people around us it may be easier to find acceptance and navigate forward.  But every one of us is unique and have specific and exclusive gifts to offer.  If we keep them hidden in an effort to conform, the world will miss out on our particular influence.  We have so much to offer.  We can be confident in stepping forward as we are and truly expressing our individuality.  The world needs our viewpoint and is blessed because we are here.

Today if you feel like you’re swimming upstream and are tired of pushing ahead, remember how much you have to offer.  You bring a light that no one else can share.  Let us see who you really are and show us your strength. Everyone wants to share your life and know you.  Be confident in being yourself.  It’s the very best you can be.

Never Land

16 Mar

There may be times in our lives when we’re not exactly sure where we’re headed.  We often have many responsibilities and commitments and sometimes they may seem to take over and control us.  When we’re busy and only looking at the next thing we need to accomplish, it may be hard to step back and think about where we want to go and what we really want to do.  If we don’t take control of our lives, we may find all our busy-ness is controlling us.  We may feel we’re living in never land, undefined and undirected.  All our dreams are still with us but if we’ve set them aside in an effort to get something else done, we won’t see them.  They will sit dormant and waiting until we look back, and make time for them.  Our lives belong only to us.  We are in charge of everything we do and every decision we make is our responsibility.  We can’t blame others or situations if time passes and we haven’t done what we really wanted to accomplish.  Life is busy and there will always be things we need to do, but the most important person in our lives is ourselves.  If we don’t take care of our personal wants and needs, nothing else will work.  No matter who is counting on us or what project is pressing, we can fit our personal desires and goals into our time.  Each day brings new promise and the chance to do anything we desire.  If we focus on what is needed to make our dreams a reality, we will feel more joy and contentment moving forward.  We deserve the best of everything life has to offer.  Choosing to make ourselves a priority will help us achieve it.

When we interact with others they may have expectations about what we will do and how we’ll spend our time.  There are a lot of different ideas about how we should live our lives and we can listen to all of them, but in the end we must do what is best for us.  Our choices are ours to make and we can choose any path we desire.  Each moment brings new opportunities.  We don’t have to confine ourselves or restrict our choices to anyone else’s model.  The road ahead is for us to determine and what is right for us is what will bring happiness.

If everyone we associate with does things a certain way and it’s not comfortable for us, we can move forward our own way.  There may be pushback when we choose a different path, but we are certainly capable of managing differences of opinions and are in full control of our decisions.  Human creativity knows no limits and life is a great blessing.  We can do things our way and find the best roads moving forward.  Living our lives the way that works best for us will bring us great joy and satisfaction.

Today if you feel like you’re in never land and don’t know where you’re headed, stop and think about what you really want in your life.  Everything is possible.  Choose the road that will bring you the blessings you seek and make your dreams come true.  Your life is yours and you can live it any way you choose.  Happiness is always available and by being your true self you will find it.  Open all the doors in front of you and choose the path you desire.  Every dream can come true and you will find success.

Doors

14 Dec

There are endless opportunities in life and we are restricted only by our own decisions. We can think of our lives as an endless hallway of doors. Every door we walk through opens a new road ahead that takes us somewhere we’ve never been and teaches us something to take forward. How many doors we open is up to us. If we want a life filled with new experiences we may fearlessly open as many as possible. Conversely, if we want a predictable life that is comfortable in its sameness, we may stick with only a few. We can design our lives any way we choose and the choices we make will color our experiences. When there is something new we want to try, we may be nervous about starting out. We may fear we won’t be up to the task and will fail. We can’t tell the future but one thing is certain, if we don’t take the chance, we will never experience the outcome. There really is nothing to be lost by extending our boundaries and opening the doors before us. We are strong enough to endure any complication and resilient enough to take any criticism. All the roads are open to us and we may travel as many as we desire. There is no rush and we may take all the time we need to decide. Life is filled with opportunity. How many we choose is completely up to us, but the depth of understanding we gain by stretching beyond where we are is extremely valuable. We learn more about ourselves as we try new things. We understand our place in life as we extend our reach. Living fearlessly and boldly will bring us great blessings. There really isn’t anything we can’t do. We can open all the doors we desire and see where they will take us.

Tradition may be a powerful restrictor. When our personal traditions are very strong it may be more difficult to reach beyond them. If those close to us value the patterns held in place over time, there may be strong pushback if we decide we want something different. Traditions are wonderful and help us treasure important facets of our relationships but they may keep the doors around us closed. There is no door we cannot open and no road we cannot travel. We can hold fast to the ways and customs we value, and still create the lives we want the most.

It takes courage to reach beyond where we are and try something new. We don’t really know what’s behind a new door or where it will lead. Although there is no way at the beginning to see everything at the end of any road, we have everything necessary to move forward toward any destination we desire. All the courage we need is already inside us and we are smart enough, and strong enough to take on any challenge. The whole world is available to us. We can do anything. We can start something new, and success will follow.

Today if you’ve been thinking about trying something new but haven’t been sure, take the chance. There really isn’t anything you can’t do. Open all the doors you desire and step onto a new road. Fill your life with every experience you dream about. It’s all there for you. Take the first step today and see what lies ahead. The possibilities are endless.