This is my time each month to share pieces of my own personal journey with you. My hope is to allow you a peek inside my process. Often times I know that you may feel like “so called experts” have got it all going on. But the truth is this – we’re all still learning and growing too.
I was finishing up with one of my executive clients this afternoon when the buzzer rang. “Strange, I wasn’t expecting any deliveries today” I thought. “I’ve got enough books from Barnes & Noble to keep me busy for several weeks right now!” It was a complete surprise. I’ll tell what it was in a moment.
As you probably know, each month I record a 30-minute lesson for my private clients on the most important inner tools they need to master success and be a “take no prisoners and make no excuses leaders in this world.” This past week I delivered a lesson on The Law of Receiving. Sounds good right? After all don’t we all want to receive more? The cool thing about teaching these principles is that I get the hyper speed, deep intense, curl your toes lesson myself. Sometimes for me, it feels like I’m going through a wind tunnel and my legs are out from underneath me. “Grasp the concept and hold onto it on a deeper level than you ever knew it before Maria” seems to be the message. So I want to share my own personal epiphany.
The buzzer sounds again and I actually think “do I even bother -it’s probably not for me”. (Note to non-urban dwellers: this happens when any delivery person wants access to one of our apartment buildings. They just buzz anyone in hopes of entry.) As I wander into the kitchen, half ignoring the last buzz, I start to think about what I was reading this morning. It was a line from “A Course in Miracles”: “The decision to receive is a decision to accept.” Sounds good right?
In that very moment……..Buuuuuuuzzzzzzzzzz……..the buzzer squeals again.
I walk over to the intercom with annoyance to zap the delivery guy into the building, telling him to come to the 5th floor. The elevator takes forever. I’m still wondering what the heck it is. I’m impatient because I have a busy afternoon. Tapping my foot. Rolling my eyes a little bit. That dentist appointment later is bugging me.
The elevator door opens and what emerges?
The biggest bouquet of wildflowers and roses you’ve ever seen. Sunshine in a vase! My mouth gaped open and I felt embarrassed at my own annoyance.
I plucked the card and read it. It was from someone I least expected. A gift which reminded me that things often come from unexpected people, places and usually at times when we least expect it. But the timing is always perfect! This one was especially good.
Often times we’re distracted with our own stuff and we miss the gifts we’re meant to receive. Other times we have a list of rules and guidelines about how and when things should happen. I mean, let’s face it, it’s a playbook that we’ve designed ourselves. Too many rules and regulations become conditions and the real gift is often missed because it didn’t look the way we expected it to.
- What is distracting you from seeing what you truly want?
- Will you turn away the flowers (or other gifts) that are brought to your doorstep today?
- Or are you willing to look beyond your own contrived beliefs of what and how it should be and allow yourself to receive?
- When will you let go of your grip and just accept what is just bursting to be given to you?
Those were the questions I asked myself this afternoon as I allowed myself to enjoy this beautiful and unexpected gift. Good thing I decided to answer the door! <wink>