I had breakfast this morning with a friend that I haven't seen in quite a while. She told me that she really wants to pursue her writing and get paid for it. She complained that she is very unhappy at her current job and had been asking the universe over and over for a break in writing and that she has been visualizing a writing gig for some time now. She could see it, feel it as if it were happening and knew it would somehow come to her. A little later in a totally unrelated conversation, she mentions that she had gotten an offer from a pretty well known magazine to write but that one of their stipulations is that she'd have to be on an unpaid trial run for the first three months. Once the trial ends however, she'd be full salaried (better than what she is currently making) with benefits. She didn't sound at all happy about it or like she was going to take it.
I realized that she didn't even put the two together. This was the opportunity that she custom visualized for herself. No-brainer, right? If you ask for something and the universe delivers it, naturally you'd accept it right? I think sometimes when it's our own sitch we cloud it with fear so it's not so easy to see. So I asked her why she was confused about it and the fear flooded out of her mouth.
"Because I'm not sure that I'm doing the right thing," she began, "I mean what if it doesn't work out? Not to mention, I have an obligation to my current job. They will be so sad if I leave. They need me and want me to stay so I'd be letting them all down, wouldn't I? And for what, something impulsive? I've been told that I'm impulsive. I mean you don't just make a quick move like that without taking your time and thinking it all through for a long time. That's selfish right? To just go for it because it will make me happy without taking anything else into consideration. I'm so confused and I don't know what to do. I really need THEM to tell me what to do. I really need a sign. If I could just get a clear sign that I am doing the right thing then I'd feel much better," she finished up.
I gotta say I was pretty blown and I felt sad that it seemed that she was about to pass up what is so obviously the answer to her prayers. Suddenly I got a flash of a story that I love (despite the religious undertones) that a client had recently reminded me of...
The Man and The Flood
It had been raining for days and days, and a terrible flood had come over the land. The waters rose so high that one man was forced to climb onto the roof of his house.
As the waters rose higher and higher, a man in a rowboat appeared, and told him to get in. "No," replied the man on the roof. "I have faith in God; God will save me." So the man in the rowboat went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.
The waters rose higher and higher, and suddenly a speedboat appeared. "Climb in!" shouted a man in the boat. "No," replied the man on the roof. "I have faith in God; God will save me." So the man in the speedboat went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.
The waters continued to rise. A helicopter appeared and over the loudspeaker, the pilot announced he would lower a rope to the man on the roof. "No," replied the man on the roof. "I have faith in God; God will save me." So the helicopter went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.
The waters rose higher and higher, and eventually they rose so high that the man on the roof was washed away, and alas, the poor man drowned.
Upon arriving in heaven, the man marched straight over to God. "God," he said, "I had faith in you, I prayed to you to save me, and yet you did nothing. Why?" God gave him a very puzzled look, and replied "I sent you two boats and a helicopter, what more did you expect?"
LISTEN UP PEEPS... If a blessing shows up in your life, especially one that you have asked for, please don't block it. Even if it doesn't show up in the exact package you expect or at what you think is the "perfect" time, please recognize that it wouldn't show up if it wasn't "right." You would never dream of telling someone who bought you a gift that you'd asked for... "Ummm, no thank you, because I wanted it at 8pm but you gave it to me at 9 and in blue wrapping paper no less." Don't put constraints or conditions on the master plan, and definitely don't try to figure it out... I promise you never will.
Trust and believe that everything and everyone that shows up in your life is perfectly right and perfectly on time and that you are worthy of having it. To pass stuff by that comes to you, especially if you've custom ordered it, sends the negative message to the universe that you are not ready to receive all the abundance that it is ready to give. An attitude of gratitude is probably a better way to go because it tells the universe to keep it coming.
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