I’m certain this is one of those puzzle piece moments in the story of my life. I can either accept the gift, this terrifying lesson, of personal evolution that is being offered to me and change my life forever, or I can walk away… leaving my transformation in the hands of the universal gift giver. Accepting it feels like an impossibility to my ego but leaning into my 20/20 hindsight, I see that walking away leaves me unchanged and I don’t think I can live through that again.
Dammit. Dammit. Dammit. I didn’t want to go first.
Why couldn’t you just do what I said? Why do I have to be the change? Why do I have to keep buying the change-your-life stuff I sell out there in the world every day?
These questions are, of course, rhetorical. I know exactly why. But, like any smart and strong-willed coaching client of mine might be expected to do, I occasionally lash out a bit before I surrender.
So, here’s the deal. Last week, I wrote a piece about living in crisis, financial crisis specifically, and I invited those who are stuck in crisis mode to write a list of things they want and need and then share it. The activity is incredibly freeing and once complete, it’s a brilliant and exciting way for the universe shower you in the life that is intended for you.
The old way of being was about cultivating solutions on our own, by the sweat of our brow from 8 to 5, five or sometimes seven days a week. The new way of being is about leaving all the doors of possibility open, welcoming support from even unconventional sources. It’s about living as the people we were created to be, no matter what (Integrity. Integrity. Integrity.), and allowing that which we need and desire to flow into our lives in every possible way.
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