I was telling my mother about two recent incidents that were both surprising and remarkable. A woman that I only know through Facebook contacted me about my origami butterflies. She’d seen the butterflies at a party I attended where I gave them as a gift, and she loved them and wanted to know if I had more for sale. I was thrilled. I’ve been making the butterflies for over a year, just for my own pleasure, but I’d secretly longed to sell them. And here was my opportunity. Another woman whom I’ve met sent me a Facebook message to tell me she was referring one of her clients to me for writing help.
Both messages came out of the foggy blue. And both of them lit me up inside like a sparkler. I was so excited. And when I related them to my mother, I prefaced both of them with, “I don’t know if anything will come of it, but . . .” [The phrase changes from time to time. Sometimes it’s “I’m not sure if I can do this.” Or “This probably won’t happen.”]
I could hear myself saying that “I don’t know” and wondering why I do that, even as the words came out of my mouth. Why do I need to restrict my opportunities that way? Why do I place limits on what the Universe is offering?
How many times do you come up against those roadblocks?
Several days after my conversation with my mom I was driving to a meeting and running a little late. I prayed to my angels, “Please get me there in time. Please give me smooth traffic and quick and easy driving.” Several minutes later I pulled up behind a line of stalled cars and sighed. So much for that smooth traffic. “Angels,” I started to say, “I don’t know if . . .” and realization smacked me in the head. I stopped myself right in the middle of that sentence and laughed at my foolishness. Here I was asking for help and, at the same time, telling them they couldn’t do it? That’s crazy.
Realization is the first step to creating a change in your behavior. As you realize what you’re doing, you can stop and do something different.
I’m not doing the “I don’t know, I’m not sure, nothing will happen” anymore. Instead, I place my request and end with, “Thank you, God, for the blessings I have received and the blessings I am receiving.”
So how about those roadblocks? Are you willing to turn them into magical opportunities?