I was telling my mother about two recent incidents that were both surprising and remarkable. A woman that I only knew 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’d 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 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. 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.
Do you restrict your opportunities that way? Do you place limits on what the Universe is offering? Do you doubt that good things will come your way?
Many of us create roadblocks on our journey through life. We’ve been taught that only the privileged few have it easy. The rest of us have to struggle to get by. It doesn’t matter whether we want the right job, the right relationship, the right place to live. We have to work hard to get those things. I got an allowance when I was little and with those earnings I could buy myself what I wanted. But I had to save until I had enough. That was the principle I lived by for many years. I didn’t know about energy vibration or manifestation or how to attract what I want.
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’ve put aside the phrases “I don’t know, I’m not sure, nothing will happen.” 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? Simply change your behavior and release your struggle.
Nanette is a writing coach, editor, author, publisher, and CEO of Words of Passion, helping inspirational authors overcome writers block, master correct grammar, create strong structure, and write with clarity. She specializes in helping women write from the heart so they can put their passion into words and inspire others.She created the Partner Up! Book Program to help women entrepreneurs get published the easy way through collaborative books. She is an award-winning writer of short stories and poetry; editor and coauthor of The 28-Day Thought Diet; visionary leader and publisher of the F.A.I.T.H. – Finding Answers in the Heart, Volumes I and II, and author of the e-book Overcoming Writer’s Block: Moving from Fear to Passion. Her coaching programs and services offer clients unique and in-depth ways to strengthen their manuscripts and make their writing sing. You can reach Nanette at firstname.lastname@example.org or via her personal websites www.wordsofpassion.com; www.findinganswersintheheart.com