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Your World Unfolding

I received an email from a Colonel in response to last week’s message (You Are in My Constellation, in which I lamented my lack of employment).

Here’s what he said:

“In my experience as a soldier and a police officer upon retiring from the military, I’ve found that positions I wanted weren’t always the positions I “needed”. The Army has a way of grooming you for your next assignments far in advance. They also have a way of placing you in positions that fit their need and do the greatest good for the entire organization. While the civilian sector is different, I believe the same principles can apply. Though you may not get the exact position you want initially, perhaps you’ll be selected for one that grooms you in ways that you hadn’t thought of; or it will be one where your talents do greater good for many others. In any case, I wish you all the best and much success.”

This message doesn’t just apply to me trying to find a job. There’s a greater message of trust, patience and confidence that might resonate with you, too. 

How life unfolds

This week I realized that the world—people, events, natural occurrences, births, deaths, accidents, achievements—is simply organizing itself. Period. It’s neither good nor bad, right nor wrong, smart nor stupid. As Shakespeare’s Hamlet said, “nothing is either good or bad, only thinking makes it so.”

Life unfolds and it doesn’t care about my preferences, hopes or dreams. It just does what it does, and I’m learning to move with it. 

It’s not an easy task to allow events to unfold without getting caught up in despair, anger or frustration—especially when you feel helpless and powerless!

Right now I’m waiting for the RV dealership to sell my camper van (it’s been three months), Transport Canada to send me $50 for damaged luggage on my last flight (three months ago), the condo association to decide when to send someone to fix my front door (two months), and a job at the best place I’ve ever worked (two weeks). 

I’ve felt out of control for a long time. And no matter what doors I knock on or who I call or where I go, things just move at their own pace. I won’t stop knocking, calling or going places, but I will take the Colonel’s advice and trust that life has reasons that I cannot know.

You, moving with the world

Take heart, my friend, if you’re feeling frustrated, helpless or lost. Allow the world to organize itself—watch with curiosity and keen awareness! You’ll see when it’s time to make a move. Your actions may not produce the exact result you want or expect, but that’s okay. You don’t need the world to be a certain way for you to be happy.

May you find balance and harmony in your life as it is today. May your response to challenges be wise, and may your source of joy, compassion and peace be unruffled by changes in the wind.

With love,

Laurie

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