Before I set my fingers to keyboard, I actually say a prayer. As a matter of fact I pray alot. It isn't actually about asking God to solve my problems. It is more like I pray to be the vessel and convey any necessary information. It is kind of like what I do before going into session.
I lead a very Spirit-driven life in more ways than one. I continually ask for the best possible outcome for any situation I find myself in (alone or with others involved), I ask for direction and guidance as to how I may serve best on this planet, I am always, always, always, in a state of gratitude, and the problems I have, well, my God is big and I always know I am in good hands and what is necessary will be revealed.
I also believe that each and every one of us knows exactly what we need to be doing at any given moment, but Free Will is the verb that sets everything into motion for our benefit and whether it's going to be a "School of Hard Knocks" or a "School of Life Rocks" moment.
Now, there is nothing wrong with either, but odds are most of would prefer to run in the "School of Life Rocks" category, right? I know that's the school I am firmly enrolled in and I can tell you, once you make that decision, your life truly does begin to rock, no matter what situation you find yourself in.
However, we must give credit to the other school, for it is truly how we learn to attribute our world and begin to make some semblance of sense of it all. But I'm going to guess that the notion of repeating the lessons over and over really seems like a place we do NOT want to be in. Am I right?
Well then what are you waiting for?
Ever notice as an outsider looking into a situation, that the insight can be quite easy? What is it that is so difficult about the human situation that we fail to look at ourselves in such a way? I'm truly asking, because as an outsider looking in on some situations in my life, the answers are as plain as day. Heck, even when I am the insider, I step out and look in just to see from a Higher Perspective.
Life can get really messy sometimes, and that's okay, because it is like "learning to dance in the rain". I believe the messes can feel more like a drop in the bucket, IF one was willing to do the work and decide to look at one's life from all angles in all ways.
It takes a lot of courage to recognize that maybe what you are doing isn't working, and maybe a new approach needs to be had, but how do we get from "here" to "there".
Insight and the willingness to take a true look at the facts.
Is what you're doing working?
Is it helping or harming?
What are the possible outcomes?
What actions are you taking that are creating the situation?
What needs to be changed in order to change it?
These are tough questions that begged to be answered in those difficult moments. It can get ugly looking at the answers. But what is really neat about that is that somewhere, deep down inside, we begin to take note and change. The Shift. And it is truly a gift.
It isn't always easy, and we will get tests along the way and they will come with one of two grades. A "pass" or a "fail".
"Fail": (Remember, fail isn't a bad thing, it is a learning lesson)
Lesson(s) not learned, must repeat, it will come in different form but same theme,is as "difficult" as it was the first time the lesson appeared. Welcome to the "School of Hard Knocks".
Lesson(s) learned, adjustments to life made, things go smoother, you feel better for what you've come to understand. Welcome to the "School of Life Rocks".
My wish for a very long time now, has been for each and every person on this planet to make the decision (Free Will) to enroll in the School of Life Rocks. The School of Hard Knocks will happen, it always does, but the valuable lessons in the School of Life Rocks make it so much easier to navigate the School of Hard Knocks.
And, eventually we will get to see the tougher school as speed bumps and less like mountains people make them out to be. There are always going to be challenges in life. That is part of what being in the Big School is all about.
But, it's how we choose to see them, and what we choose to do with them, that makes ALL the difference in the world.