I think it is safe to say that many people are going through extremely challenging times. For me, it feels like a collective “dark night of the soul”. All around me I am hearing tales of woe. Finances stretched to the limit, health problems, emotional issues, sadness, grief. It is taking every ounce of inner strength not to sink into the depths of despair and hopelessness. This seems to be reflected in society in general. Appalling crimes, a lack of compassion on many levels. Power plays, egos banging heads. You begin to wonder, is there any end to the cruelty, the inhumanity, the arrogance? But of course, we know that the media focusses on the bad news. There are a lot of good things happening too. Random acts of kindness, people being driven to make a difference, no longer able to just sit back and watch and do nothing. Anger is not always a bad thing though, anger can bring about powerful change too. We have a choice here. I was reminded of this choice just this morning. I have started to pull a daily angel card again. I find that sitting quietly, with lit candles, in silence, communing with my Creator, allowing my thoughts to soften, helps me to stay centered and focussed and more or less balanced! We have been facing some tough financial times and to add to this, just received notice from our tenants that they are moving out. Our first thought was – “this couldn’t have come at a worse time!”
So there I sat this morning, breathing, allowing the myriad thoughts to finally quieten down. Finally it came time to pull my card and it was “Find the Blessings in Your Current Situation”! Well I just had to laugh out loud! Seriously? The card essentially said that worrying makes things worse (of course it does and it serves no purpose anyway), that I should pray, focus on positive affirmations and that healing comes with gratitude. As the saying goes, there is always something to be grateful for. Not only that, but there will always be someone worse off than you.
So hubby and I did just that. Sat down and wrote a list of the blessings we have found from these challenging past few months. We were amazed at how many there were. After finishing the task, we have a deeper respect and gratefulness of all that our life together is. From there we went on to list all the things that we want to achieve over the next year and then moved onto our “wish” list. All the things we want to do, see, buy before we die. Our “Bucket List”. The trick with this is not to start going into the “how”. That ends up limiting you. Just keep it to your list. And from doing all of that, we started thinking about what legacy we wanted to leave, and got the most stunning idea for the beautiful farm we live on. It is such a big vision we are not even sharing it with anyone at this stage!
We often pray, plead, beg for help from a higher Source. We forget that we already have all we need within us. We also forget that the change and the choices come from within. At times we forget to watch out for the many ways that the help or guidance comes. We wait for the bells and whistles and the grand entrances but often our inner/higher guidance comes from a much gentler, softer, quieter (sometimes more humorous!) place and we miss it.
There are some things I can do nothing about and I accept that and I now choose not to sit and stress about something that I cannot change or have no control over. I cannot manifest money from thin air (not quite reached that level haha) but I can change the way I manage our money. I can learn to become master of our finances and to make some serious decisions about doing things differently. What I can also do is focus on the many, many blessings I have in my life and I know deep in my heart that this too, shall pass and that it will all be OK in the end. I also know, that to make it OK is actually, at the end of the day, up to me.