“Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait and wait without anxiety.” This is one of my favorite teachings from ACIM. I firmly believe that the Universe has our back and it is important to allow things to unfold as they may. While we’re often holding the reigns of our lives, steering ourselves in the direction of our dreams, there is also so much that is out of our control. In fact, we are more of a co-creator in the script of our lives. When you are living authentically and with good intentions and a gracious heart, your purpose will manifest. There is no other way around it. Whatever is meant to happen will happen. However, what is ‘meant to be’ is not necessarily what we want or on our time schedule. Oh yes, the waiting game. That’s the tough part!
No matter how much you believe in something as ‘truth’, there will be times when you find certain principles difficult to implement. Despite my own spiritual practice and believing these truths from the very core of my being, I still find myself wanting so badly to control an outcome and feeling anxious about it, at times. This tells me that I need to dive deeper into my practice and keep my eyes, mind, and heart open to whatever lessons are unfolding. As a matter of fact, I am going through this very thing right now.
Last week, I was approached by a major magazine who found me through one of my blogs, “Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist.” They are potentially interested in sharing my story in one of their monthly columns. Of course, I am totally humbled and honored that they even contacted me and are considering me in the first place. I also know that it would be an amazing opportunity and a true gift to be able to share my story and work with such a broad audience, something I would love very much and have been working hard towards. I certainly can’t help but feel really excited about the possibility! It gives me chills and goose bumps to even think about it. At the same time, I fully understand that there are other candidates in the mix and there is no guarantee that I will be the chosen one. I am careful with rooting my excitement in realism and prepared to maintain my peace and happiness no matter what the outcome. This is a mindset that takes work. I realize that I am not fully there as I’ve found myself checking my emails a little bit more than usual lately as I wait for the one with the answer to the question hot on my mind, “Is it me or ….???”
Being a spiritual student and teacher does not make one impermeable to feelings, to fumbles, to struggling to practice what they preach at times. But, as I’ve said so many times before, “Were not here to be perfect, we’re here to live and to feel and to learn and to grow. Enjoy the ride.” (And, yes, you can tweet that). We have opportunities to learn and grow every single day. The world is our classroom. Lessons abound. So, instead of being hard on myself for not being perfect (incidentally, the exact subject matter being considered for this publication), I am in tune with my own feelings and emotions and realize their intensity is a sign subtly pointing me in the direction of one of these wonderful learning opportunities. These life lessons come to us all the time. It is up to us to be open to receiving them. They have so much to teach us and are here to make us wiser and more prepared for our future, whatever that may entail.
This is what I have taken from this most recent growth opportunity in my own life:
1) No matter how much you practice (and this goes for anything in life), there are going to be times when you stumble or falter. Use them as opportunities to grow, become stronger and to deepen your practice.
2) Be grateful for all opportunities. Even if they don’t fully come to fruition, to even be in the running or to make it part way shows that efforts are paying off. You are attracting more of what you have been putting out there. Gratitude will attract even more of this beautiful abundance. Keep it up!
3) Remember not to grasp anything too tightly in life. Be free like the breeze and the tree that bends in it with ease. Attachment to outcome can often lead to disappointment and unnecessary suffering. Hang on to that dream and vision ever so loosely. Believe in yourself, but don’t try to force the outcome. Allow, allow, allow. It will happen …. eventually!
4) Potential is infinite. Opportunities abound. This particular magazine contacted me completely out of the blue. Who’s to say that it couldn’t happen again? Maybe an even bigger opportunity. Expect miracles.
5) Stay true to your cause and in alignment with your soul’s calling and everything will work out how and when it is supposed to. Be certain of this. After all, “Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait and wait without anxiety.”
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