July 28, 2014
Some of us don’t like surprises very much, especially when they bring something unwanted. They knock us off our pins, take us out of our routine, ask us to stretch and reach more or in a direction outside our original ego-based path. “But the plan was…” or “What I wanted to do was…” or “What I thought would work is…” Obstacles on the path change everything.
We can see these hurdles as setbacks, stumbling blocks, or interruptions, or we can ask ourselves what the gift is. Questions such as “What is here that will make me better?” “What can I do now that I couldn’t do before?” or “What’s my contribution in all this?” push us to unlock our thinking and find ways through the unknown. This pushing and finding opens us up, allows more flow, enables more growth. Growing is the gift in every obstacle – even if we don’t see it right away – because that’s what the Universe does; it’s what we do. We grow.
Staying vigilant for opportunities and “seeing things in a new way,” to paraphrase A Course In Miracles, is our responsibility, our contribution to this Intention. We need to listen for that little voice whispering in our ear, asking us if we’re preserving our ego or following Intention, the Spirit of who we are.
Welcoming this voice keeps our egos right-sized and attachment to outcome minimized. Then we get to the place where we don’t see obstacles on our path; we see them as our path.