I joined an online group recently where I’m receiving training in something as a beginner, and many fellow group members are more experienced than I. Even though it’s the most supportive group I’ve ever taken part in, I find myself having to work on accepting where I am in the moment. It’s so easy to compare myself to others and get lost in thinking about where I want to be at the end of the training, as opposed to being completely ok with where I am now.
One day about eight years ago, I boarded a bus on my way to work and sat down next to another woman. I immediately noticed that there were no other people on the bus--I could have sat in probably thirty other seats, but I chose the one right next to the only other person there…and she must have thought I was crazy. But the woman wasn’t fazed and started up a conversation with me and even brought up angels. I was thrilled and told her about the book Angels in My Hair by Lorna Byrne--I’d just read it and it was my new favorite book.
Then woman revealed to me she’d just learned she had breast cancer. She talked to me about her fears and how she felt she needed to connect to angels to help her get through it, and told me she’d purchase the Lorna Byrne book. As I stood up to get off the bus, she said, “There’s a reason you sat next to me today.” I had completely questioned myself for sitting where I did, but I ended up right where I needed to be.
Back in 2004, a coworker sent me a picture of a cat named Willow who was up for adoption. I felt drawn to this cat and went to the foster house to meet her. The foster mom had about seven animals of her own and was fostering just as many. Of all the animals there, Willow was the one who jumped onto my lap. I was so surprised--this kitty had lived on the streets of Brooklyn for the first year of her life and had been through a lot. When I brought Willow home to my studio apartment, she sniffed around for just a few minutes, then stretched out happily in the middle of the floor and purred loudly. It was such a clear message of trust in the journey, going with the flow, and knowing she was right where she needed to be.
During the past three weeks in this training group, I’ve met people who’ve helped me enormously, become true friends of mine and will probably change my life forever for the better. I signed up for this program on a whim without knowing much about it--I joined it without thinking or questioning myself!
There’s so much power in trusting our intuition and knowing what feels right in the moment without overthinking or judgment. That’s the ticket to being in the flow of life, which always takes us right where we need to be.
And when we fully accept all of those bus stops along the way? That’s where all the magic happens. ✨