You Don’t Want to Be Like Anyone Else

You just want to be you. Because that’s who you are. There’s only one you.

Only one person in the world exactly like you. Others may look a bit like you, like a lot of the same things you do, even dress similarly. But there are still differences.

Even identical twins have slight differences. And sometimes only they can know the differences. But they’re still there.

You’re unique. You are wonderfully and perfectly made to be exactly who you are.

So instead of wanting to be like someone else, cherish your uniqueness.

Because there’s someone out there who wants to be like you!

Problems Just Don’t Go Away

It’s a mistake to turn your back on a problem. Or run away from it.

Because it’s going to follow you. It’s going to keep right on your heels until you turn around and face it.

It won’t ever go away on its own. You may think it has. But it’s still there, hiding, and biding its time til it’s ready to return and remind you it’s still there.

And it’ll return when you least expect it.

So my advice to you: turn around and deal with it now. Because each time it returns, it’s bigger than before.

Deal with it now. And be done with it forever.

Be at Peace…Not in Pieces

I don’t know about you, but lots of time I feel like I’m pulled in so many different directions I’m in the middle of a tug of war and about to be torn apart.

Sometimes I just need a break to regroup and let go of some of the things that are pulling at me and threatening to tear me apart or crush me into pieces.

What about you?

Everyone needs a time to rest; a time to relax. A time to do only what you want to do.

Some time to say this is MY day to be with me and no one else. To spend time catching up with yourself. Asking yourself what’s gotten you in this shape and what you need to do to get yourself back to you.

And don’t be afraid to answer yourself.

Go to your quiet place and just be you. Do what you enjoy most by yourself. It may be reading, writing, painting or drawing, creating jewelry, or just taking a walk on the beach or having a massage.

We all need this escape from time to time, to be at peace with ourselves. Not in a bunch of pieces that seem to get more and more broken as we go along. To put those broken pieces back together.

Take some time to find your peace this week. Before life starts to break you again.

You Can’t Go Back and Change the Beginning

But you can start where you are.

And change the ending.

So what’s stopping you?

You think you’ve failed too many times and what you want so badly just isn’t going to happen? 

Well it won’t. Unless you keep pursuing what you want. If you stop it’ll never happen.

But if you keep trying, and start that quest from today, putting behind you the defeats of yesterday, and maintaining a positive attitude, you may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

Start today as a beginning rather than a continuation of the end.

What’s stopping you?

It Doesn’t Matter What’s Been Written in Your Story

So far. 

Because it’s how you fill up the other pages that counts.

You may be really unhappy with your story so far. It’s certainly not what you planned; not what you hoped for.

But your story isn’t over yet. There are more pages to fill. More chapters to be written.

And there’s no better time than now to start.

You say you don’t know how? That there’s nothing left to do? Nothing more to try?

You’re ready to give up? 

Then close out that chapter. Turn the page and start a new one.

Picture yourself where you really want to be; what you really want to be doing. 

Now that you have that picture in your mind, how did you get there? What did you to do achieve that goal? 

Maybe starting your chapter at the end is the way to accomplish your goal. 

Because if you can imagine yourself where you want to be, then you can surely imagine the steps it took to get there from where you are right now.

What’s stopping you from trying? 

You just might be amazed at the results.

Now enjoy the rest of your story.

You Just Don’t Understand

How many times have we heard that?

How many times have we said that to someone?

But a few days ago I saw this, and decided it sure fits these four words:

If you don’t call me I’ll understand.

If you don’t text me I’ll understand.

If I forget you you’ll understand.

Yes, our lives are all busy. Days or weeks go by before we realize it.

But a phone call takes only a few minutes.

A text message takes 30 seconds.

Forgetting can take either a few minutes, a few days, or a lifetime.

Because first you have to understand that you were never that important to that person in the first place.

“But I. . . “

“I can’t,” she said. So she didn’t.

“I tried,” she said. But she really didn’t.

“It didn’t work,” she said. But she didn’t try.

“I couldn’t do it,” she said. But she didn’t try.

“It was too hard,” she said. Because she never tried.

“I gave up,” she said. Because she half-heartedly tried and didn’t try to finish.

“I never knew that,” she said. Because she never cared to learn.

“I didn’t realize,” she said. Because she never took the time to listen.

“I never accomplished anything,” she said at the end.

Because she never put forth the effort to try.

Don’t let this happen to you. There’s still time to accomplish what you want to do. But you have to try in order to make it happen. 

The Biggest Communication Problem Is…

We don’t always listen to understand.

We listen to reply. Because we like the sound of what we have to say, regardless of whether or not it has anything to do with what the other person said.

Is it because you don’t really care about what the other person is telling you? It’s important to them, you know.

But if you’re not really listening to what they’re saying, why would they listen to what you’re saying in reply?

Because you may not even be talking about the same subject.

The next time someone starts a conversation with you, why not actually listen to what they’re saying before you reply? 

Sounds simple, but how many of you really do it?

Nothing Changes

If nothing changes.

Do you need to read that again?

Do you want to make changes in your life? Then you need to make changes in your life.

If you really want a change, a new start, a new beginning, you have to be willing to change some things in your life.

Things you’re doing. Or not doing.

Change comes with making changes. You can’t continue doing what you’re doing and expect a different outcome.

If You Put Off Making A Decision

It’ll be made for you. 

And it might not be the one you would have made for yourself, except you hesitated. Didn’t want to deal with it.

But if you put off making a decision you really need to make, because you’re afraid to make the wrong decision, you’ll be stuck with a result that you’ll have to live with for a long time.

It may be a decision you’d have made much differently, but were hesitant to decide one way or another. 

So now you’re stuck with the consequences.

Consequences you caused because you wouldn’t make a decision. Isn’t it better to live with the consequences of a decision you made, instead of one you refused to have a say in?

It’s Only Words

We’ve heard that line from the song. You can probably sing a lot of it if you’re of the same age group I am.  

Words matter. But actions DO speak louder.

Words are so easy to say. But if they don’t come from the heart, that’s all they are. Words.

What’s the next line of that song?

“And words are all I have….”

Sometimes that should be “and words are all I hear….”

Because words that are spoken and not backed up by actions have no meaning

A Positive Attitude

It may not solve all of your problems, but it may annoy enough people to make it worth your while.

Does that maybe give you a new reason to have a positive attitude? It does for me!

Why spend your time and energy thinking something bad is going to happen any time. It may. But it may not. 

But that’s not in your control. 

So expect the positive instead of worrying about the negative.  Your day will go much better!