It all happens for a reason. I believe this to be true, especially today when I made an embarrassing mistake.
I was supposed to take part in a reading at the Embassy of the Netherlands with seven other writers for Shelley Goldman’s terrific new anthology, Love in Israel . I knocked on the door, a few minutes late, and announced proudly, “I’m here for the reading!”
A flustered-looking woman hemmed and hawed. “I’m sorry,” she said. “But it’s tomorrow!”
I got my days and dates mixed up! I was a day early! But here’s the thing:
Just like difficulties precede enlightenment, rude awakenings precedes spiritual awakenings.
The insights that make you burn inside, the suggestions of a trusted friend, the comments of a stranger: if you feel unnerved, insulted, exposed—that means you’re headed for some personal growth.
Only if you keep your heart and mind open. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Take off all those layers of protection and reveal your true self.
You’re feeling raw and plucked because sometimes the only way to get you to change is to force it.
A rude awakening can be the start-up signal that you’re in for some major revisions.
Here’s what I learned:
I will not assume I know.
Check my dates twice.
I won’t count on my GPS.
I won’t let the automatic pilot run my life.
So, I missed the reading but got to talk to the flustered woman at the door who turned out to be the Ambassador’s spouse and the event’s host who wouldn’t have had time for me at the event. Another writer was asked to come to read in my place.
There is a reason I went yesterday and not today, even if I’m not sure what the reason was. Or maybe I figure it out sideways: because there was obviously else I was meant to do.
Oh yeah, write this very post.
Tool for Tuesday: Rude awakenings bring on the spiritual ones. (If you’re open to hearing the message.)
- How to Start a Spiritual Awakening (heartflow2013.wordpress.com)