This year, don’t just do what you’ve always done, unless you are successful in every area of your life, have everything you ever wanted and are perfectly content with who you are.
It’s up to you to stretch your limits, discover your possibilities and reach for the best in yourself. It’s up to you to dream, create a vision for the future, to plan, to gather your resources and go forward…..or not.
How many times do you catch yourself thinking, “I wish I could….” or “I wish I had…..” Wouldn’t it be grand to have unlimited funds to work with? What if you had no limits? Perfect health? What would you do? Would you chase that dream? Write that book? Or just go on an all-out spending spree for a while? Climb a mountain? Travel? So, what’s really stopping you?
If you find your passion, that “thing” that is you, that makes you rise in the morning with a smile on your face, and go to bed with a “can’t wait until tomorrow” feeling, and determine that you WILL see it through, then there is no obstacle that can stand in your way.
You have the ability to do what you want to do. Chances are the resources you need are within your reach already or will be when you get up and head in the direction you need to go. We have a variety of people in our lives, each with different talents, different abilities, different connections, and most would love a chance to make a difference or help.
So what will you do next? What can you do? Will you work towards your dreams and goals, or will you just go to work and get that paycheck? There’s nothing wrong with working a steady job, after all we all need an income in order to live, to pay bills, to eat.
Question is, is that enough for you? If you are living your dream already then you are one of the truly blessed. If it’s not enough, if there is something more, then go after your dream. Be true to yourself, and do all you can, life is short, get up and get busy.
Cherry Coley (c)
“The only time failure becomes permanent is if you decide you aren’t going to try anymore.” – Cherry Coley
Today I am thankful that failure is not permanent and that we, as humans, can choose to improve ourselves, our lives, our outlook on a daily basis. What an amazing thing to be able to change direction or correct our error when we find we’ve made a mistake.
I am thankful to have the ability to learn to plan ahead, to not let myself be cornered and to recognize that in every situation, no matter how stressful, there are always choices to be made. Being human means we can learn better ways to approach lifes challenges.
We do ourselves and the people around us a great service by taking care to look at situations as they arise, center our focus on the goal, and take the steps necessary to get there. The circumstances, events, and obstacles have little impact as long as we keep our eyes on the goal we wish to reach.
Today be thankful for the ability to set goals, remain focused, realize that failure just means we are still trying, and the determination to see things through to completion.
Cherry Coley (c)
The things you think,
The things you say,
The things you do all matter.
We have all heard the saying, “it’s history in the making!” Usually those are words describing some important event that is deemed to be memorable for years or decades to come. The truth is we are all history in the making.
From the moment you were born you began on the journey of your life. Each day you have grown and learned new things along the way. Each day you make decisions and choices that will take you further towards your goals and dreams, or keep you where you are.
As humans we have the ability to keep learning, keep stretching and testing our limits, and to change directions at will. Stop and think what you do today will affect where you are tomorrow. You truly are history in the making!
Cherry Coley ©
It’s up to you to stretch your limits, discover your possibilities and reach for the best in yourself. It’s up to you to dream, to plan, to gather your resources and go forward…..or not.
How many times do you catch yourself thinking, “I wish I could win the lotto,” or some sweepstakes. Wouldn’t it be grand to have unlimited funds to work with? What would you do? Would you chase that dream? Write that book? Or just go on an all-out spending spree for a while?
Sadly most of the people who have won large sums of money are left with little to show for it just a few years later. It’s not the money that’s important in the first place, it’s the dream.
If you find your passion, that “thing” that is you, that makes you want to leap out of bed in the morning, and hesitate to finish working on it at night, that something special that you love to do and set your mind to it, your heart on it, and decide that you WILL see it through, then there is no obstacle that can truly stand in your way unless you put it there.
You decide each day whether you will work towards your dreams and goals, or whether you will just go to work and get that paycheck.
Whatever you decide, be true to yourself and you will be happy.
Cherry Coley ©
“There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.” – Elbert Hubbard
“What you are is what you believe, not what you were genetically created to be. You have the ability to dream, to believe, to take action, and follow your dreams. The only limits are the beliefs and excuses you create along the way.” – Cherry Coley
How I miss lying under the stars at night, dreaming of what the next day will bring. Our thoughts, our dreams begin, then grow with work and time. I miss the innocent days when dreams came so easily and life was full of possibilities. Nothing has really changed, except that I got older, the magic is still there, sometimes it’s closer than others.
Cherry Coley (c)
I have had to battle the demons from my past the last few days. Those memories that haunt and an attitude that wants to settle around me like a dark cloud and seep into my skin to become a part of me again.
A close friend of mine told me that I should stop writing positive drivel and write about a lot of the crap that I’ve experienced along the way. I told him that no one would believe all the stuff I’ve been through, not that it didn’t happen, but that there is so much of it. Truly, most people experience one or two major mishaps in life if they are unlucky enough, but I’ve had so many that even I sit and shake my head in wonder at why I am still here at times.
He also told me that I have a great talent for description and that if I have something to say then just say it. Well, okay, but I will do it my way, not yours.
For the last few days and especially last night, the darkness tried really hard to reassert its self and last night I went to bed feeling like I was losing the battle, that I had failed and should just write everything that happened, reliving it all in vivid detail as I did. I had nightmares all night.
The thing is, while I was experiencing living with an abusive, narcissistic, sociopath and that was after being in a rather odd relationship with another one previously, I had become a ghost like reflection of who I once was. In those years I was just a shell of a person functioning on the outside, putting up a good front so that things would seem normal to those who looked on.
I still had a positive attitude even then, though I struggled with it and it was only surface deep. I still believed in better days and that the sun would shine.
In talking to my friend something defensive in me woke up. It wasn’t a whimpering, sad shadow either. He kept asking me how I could be so positive after so much. My unwavering answer is because NO ONE CONTROLS ME! No one controls my attitude and my outlook except ME!
Whatever the world and life throws your way, you CAN come out stronger, better, but it’s a choice. You have the power to CHOOSE how you apply the events and mishaps in your life. You can learn from them and become stronger, or you can let them take you down, dwelling on them, feeling anger, revenge, helplessness, and relive them over and over. I choose to learn, to get up and to keep going. I choose to believe there’s more that life has to teach and offer.
I don’t just think the sun will shine again and that better days will eventually be here….I KNOW.
For me, it’s no longer faith as much as it’s experience. When you’re up against that cliff and there’s nothing to do but to step off the ledge, you can be sure that God is going to catch you, or teach you to fly. The thing is that in order to go forward, you do have to move, faith is grown by action, not waiting and life is about choices.
Cherry Coley (c)
Funny thing, fear, it can freeze you where you are at times, but there will always be fear and challenges in life. Fear can be felt in so many different ways and sometimes it is so disguised that we don’t really realize that is what it is until we take the time to really look at it.
Lately I have found myself feeling somewhat disconnected, and at yet another crossroads in my life. It seems to happen to me a lot recently. Yet another little known fact about me is that I have always loved dream interpretation. It’s something I have spent a lifetime studying and learning.
So when I began to have dreams of walking through forests I started paying attention as that usually indicates a search for meaning and a transition for me. Then when I started dreaming of looking out over a canyon at sunset I stopped and contemplated where I am. A canyon indicates deeper relationships while sunset means an ending of a cycle in life.
It all fits with many of the other things that I have been struggling with along the way. I have decided my next course of action and am now finally able to stand up at the cross roads and get ready to walk the path I have chosen. It’s interesting how taking just a little time out to meditate and pray can calm the spirit and guide.
Fear and uncertainty stopped me, but it has no place in my life other than to briefly make me pause to check my intentions, and direction. Other than that, I will push through and realize that with every experience and trial in this life there is given, at the appropriate time, grace, courage and strength to see us through.
Knowing that there is nothing to fear in what tomorrow brings, because tomorrow, the sun will shine again. The breeze will blow and greet the leaves, the birds will lift their voices to the heavens, and life will go on.
Cherry Coley ©