Thoughts For The Day

 

TH 1

“A river is victoriously persistent, overcoming all barriers. For a while it goes steadily on its course, but then comes to an obstacle. And for a while it is blocked, yet it soon makes a pathway around the obstacle. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, only later to emerge again even broader and greater than ever… Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty.” ~ Oswald Chambers

TH 2

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.” ~ Ben Carson

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

Both of these quotes are about Obstacles. I love the first one…because it so eloquently points out that…the flow of a river never stops, or never runs out. It may have to weave around barriers, or overcome obstacles, and it may even disappear for a stretch…but its persistent waters will always find their path again. Like we humans. We are ever resilient…as the river…so take that reflection and live by it. Do not fence yourself in with your fears. Use those hurdles and obstacles to make you stronger.

Our reaction to, and our attitude towards obstacles and barriers is THE thing that determines whether we get stuck or flow on.

TH 3

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” ~ Albert Camus

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

No matter where you are, how you live, or what circumstances you face…seek to be in Harmony with them. That is…do not fight with your life…fight to find Harmony with it. It is when we flow with our life rather than against it that we can find a way to Happiness, even through the difficulties.

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Thoughts For The Day

 

T 1

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~ Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Co.

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

Sometimes it feels like the world is working against us, but we have the power to fly into it, face it, rise above it….and soar.

T 2
“Always know in your heart that you are far bigger than anything that can happen to you.” ~ Dan Zadra, Motivational Author

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

Put things into perspective, realize that things happen, but the scope of the Power of Will and the Soul is far greater than anything else. Focus on your personal power, and it will be there for you.

T 3
“Discouragement is a negative emotion with more than one trick up its dark sleeve. It tricks you into mentally or emotionally dwelling in the very place you want to leave. Drop all such sorrow permanently by daring to see through this deception of the unconscious mind. You have a destination far beyond where you find yourself standing today” ~ Guy Finley, Author and Speaker

MarDrag’s Thoughts:

Remember, there is a bigger picture than just the snapshot you are looking at today. This day, and its difficulties, do not define you as a whole person, or the whole of your life. Tomorrow, you will wake and have another chance to do it differently or make another choice. Trick the trickster of the deception Guy Finley speaks of and see through it, thereby taking all the power away from that negative emotion.

We are all special and unique in our own way, and are an important thread in the tapestry of the universe. Remember how significant you are in that tapestry and how no one can fill the space your thread fills and weaves like you do. No matter what you are going through, or what anyone else says, you are essential to the greater picture and a beautiful thread that completes this gorgeous tapestry.

Blessings!

Thoughts For The Day

 

Thoughts 2

“The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.” ~ Joseph Campbell

from The Desk of MarDrag:

The energy this week has been difficult and dark, and I have heard from so many who have struggled with it. So…when I read this quote I knew I wanted to post it as a reminder that…just when it looks the darkest is when the greatest change, the brightest light, the most profound answers comes through. Look to that light and the message it brings. Stay with it…for the light always does come.

Thoughts 4

“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.” ~ Enid Blyton

from The Desk of MarDrag:

Obstacles…just the very word conjures an image like a great boulder and tricks us into believing they are bigger than our determination and power. But they are not, and if we use them as the surface from which to propel ourselves forward….then every obstacle can be that stepping stone as well a reflection of just how strong we can be. We must not let obstacles drain our power. For they only have as much power as we give them. When we take our power back from them we can watch them shrink, and that is when we can use them to benefit our progress.

Thoughts 5

“The true profession of man is finding his way to himself.” ~Herman Hesse

from The Desk of MarDrag:

No matter what we do in life, no matter the occupation we choose, no matter the vocation, the work or job we do, the career or way of life we choose…there is only one true job we have…one true profession…and that is…

…finding our True Self. And living as who we find. That is when everything else falls right into place.

Blessings!

Thoughts For The Day

Thoughts Weather 1

“If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.”  ~ Frank Lane

MarDrags’ Thoughts: Our lives are so like the weather…there are days of bright sunshine, high winds can blow at times, clouds can gather and hang…and then unleash a fury of rain to soak us and slow us down, and there can be dastardly, debilitating, and dark storms. We can no more change this pattern than we can change the patterns Mother Nature has set down. BUT…we can know that…as furious as a storm can be…the sun and light will always follow…and it will be equally as great as the storm was. So too, we will always pass through life’s storms, stepping into the light again…and we will be stronger and we will know more because of it. Great and beautiful flowers (decisions) are born of great rains (difficulties).

Thoughts Obstacles 2

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.”  ~ Norman Vincent Peale

MarDrags’ Thoughts: Obstacles, I believe, only have as much Power as we give them. If we think an obstacle has more Power than we do…then it will. If we see it for the temporary barrier or hurdle we must pass to get to our goal, its Power shrinks and goes back to where it belongs…within Us. Take your Power back from your obstacles and overcome them.

Laugh

“It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.”  ~ Wayne Dyer

MarDrags’ Thoughts: Anger does have its place, and it is important to allow ourselves to feel it, not deny it and process it. Anger can be a great motivator…as long as we do not allow it to take over and lead us into difficulties. But…many times we can choose to let go of Anger when its purpose has been fulfilled…or when it is not necessary at all and will only make us unhappy…and we can choose Laughter. Laugh…in the face of Anger…and choose to feel good.

Thoughts Intuition 4

“Intuition is seeing with the soul.”  ~ Dean Koontz

MarDrags’ Thoughts: This really does not need many more words from me does it? It speaks for itself. If we can remember to listen to and follow our Intuitions, we will always be seeing life from a deeper place…from the Soul…and the Soul will always guide us in the right direction. Trust your Intuition!

Blessings!

Inspiration For A Saturday

Inspire

Good Morning! The weekend is upon us and visions of fun, rest and relaxation dance in our minds. I wish for you all of these and more as you embark on these two days of freedom! And to give you something to carry with you in your bag of thoughts, a bit of inspiration to light your way. May your days be full of joy, care, love and laughter! Blessings!

As “From Cocoon To Butterfly” reminded us…

Butterfly

And as we are tested and challenged, consider…

Wind Destination

We will always, at some time or another, be faced with obstacles. But know this…

Obstacles

Know that the sum of all of who you are, the Whole You, is greater than,

any obstacle before you.

And when the road becomes damp and slippery…

Carry Mistakes

Give yourself that gift, and then…

Let Go Of Past

Challenges

Know this Truth with all your Mind, Heart and Soul…

Always Remember

There, too, is Magic to be had within if you…

Magic Goethe

And when you work your Unique and Purely You Magic…

About To Happen

So…Always….

Be Yourself

Be good to yourself and…

Be Gentle 1

My Heart Streams Love and Good Energy To You All!

May You Know The Wonder Of You!

Blessings!

In The Face of Obstacles

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them.”  ~ Ben Carson

“Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.”  ~ Muhammad Ali

“A bruise is a lesson…and each lesson makes us better.”  ~ George R.R. Martin

“Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.”  ~ Samuel Johnson

“It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.”  ~ Eric Hoffer

“The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.”  ~ Ralph H. Blum

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.”  ~ Goldie Hawn

from The Desk of MarDrag:

We are, none of us, without Obstacles in life. This may be a Great Tapestry we are being woven into, but it is not without snags, dropped threads, and fibers torn asunder. It seems that just as we enjoy a smooth and knotless pass through the needle, the thread will catch and rip or tear or snarl. Sometimes these snarls are small and easily repaired, and the needle glides on in its quest toward the brightest picture. And sometimes that snarl shreds our thread and it feels near impossible to pick up the needle again and begin the task of repairing and weaving our thread along the tapestry again. The burden, or the Obstacle, is too heavy, and our souls are weighed down with the load.

But, that is as it should be. I know, that sounds rough. But, as hard as it is to hear this, it is true in that…if we only ever have a smooth road in life, we would know not who we are, or the depth of our strength, or the wisdom we carry within, or the intelligence we have to use to recover from a problem.

While the good times of our lives shape our ability to experience joy, delight and pleasure…which is, in itself, difficult for some people to accept and embrace in their lives…it is the Obstacles that shape the true character we have and teach us more about ourselves through their lessons. It is facing these Obstacles that shows us how resilient we are, and how compassionate and loving we can be…to ourselves as well as to others. If we never had a need to cultivate these abilities, we would not know what they are or how to express them. Or that we might need them ourselves when experiencing that break in our threads. And we would not know how to ask for that need to be fulfilled or be able to give that back when another is in need.

So, when you are faced with an Obstacle, see it as an opportunity to learn and grow and find a positive fiber in this thread that is necessary in the evolution of the weaving of your tapestry. And consider that…the deeper the path or lesson of the Obstacle takes you…the greater the reward and the higher you will soar when you have overcome the Obstacle and found the resolution. It may be a tunnel of darkness that you must pass through, but there is always an end to that tunnel and light and freedom on the other side. Or, at the very least, closure on the issue.

I love the last quote above by Goldie Hawn, where she speaks of the need for mud in order for a beautiful flower to grow. If we can stand at the entrance of the tunnel of an Obstacle and face it with the positive knowledge that, though the ride through it may be difficult, we will reach the other side, and hang on to that thought…then we can get through anything…and be a better person for it.

Keep your eyes on that sliver of light that shines in the darkness and let it guide your way. By the Law of Polarity, there is never just darkness or just light…there is always both. It is what we keep our attention on that stays with us. In the face of Obstacles, let it be that Light.

Blessings!