You know, some days are just blah. Maybe it was the cold rain or the Sunday blues but whatever it was, I was feeling it yesterday. Not to say the whole day was wrecked because I had a lovely Sunday at church with my family and the best meal later Sunday night where I managed to devour my feelings in two large plates of pulled pork, slaw, and macaroni and cheese. For health purposes (and to fit in more smoked pork) I skipped the bun. >.> Let's pretend that was a enough to offset the strawberry shortcake, okay? Okay. I mean, geez guys! I'm a health coach - that doesn't mean I'm Superman. That meal is my kryptonite!
Back to the weird stuff. I don't want to dwell on the bad day because all that does is attract more bad. If you're into manifestation and prayer; if you subscribe to a traditional religion or you're just spiritual, if you pray to God, to Spirit, the big Daddy in the Sky or That Which Is Greater, you know what I'm talking about when I say, like attracts like. (If you don't, keep reading. I'll get there.) A few weeks ago, due to some supreme crap, my friend was fired from her position as the head coach at a local high school where she also lost access to the school's pool. This is the same pool where her club team - the team where I have coached and my kids swim, practiced every night. This was my home base. Since losing the pool, I also have lost my job as a swim coach and it all finally slammed into me with one giant punch to the gut yesterday. I am sad. I am BEYOND sad. I am angry, feeling lost, unsure of my identity without coaching swimming, and devastated for both my friend and my kids, and at the idea of changing teams. Yesterday I snot-cried into my glass of wine, right before demolishing half a hog, to my parents before dinner.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know.
"It's only swimming."
"Everything will turn out okay."
"Your kids will be fine."
"You'll coach again."
I get it. I'm not dying and I 100 % know that God has a reason for this turn in the road but it still sucks. Like I said, I don't want to spend a ton of time on the bad stuff so I'm going to tie this portion up with a bow and send it on it's way. It was a crappy day. It's over. Moving on.
Somewhere between the wine and the smoked pork, the conversation rolled round to my first grade teacher, Mrs. Berry. (This is where the mood all changed.) Mrs. Berry was the jolliest, smiliest, most genuine, loving teacher you could imagine. Imagine a grandma/Mr. Rogers mashup and launch it into 1982. First grade might be the ONLY year I can ever remember wanting to go to school and it was for sure, the year that made me want to teach. Serious irony right? Girl loathes school for serious anxiety reasons but wants to teach?... Anyway, I have so many warm fuzzy feelings from my little elementary school and so many of them happened in that one golden year when I was seven years old.
I mentioned to my parents and to the rest of my family that, five or six years ago, I had friended Mrs. Berry on Facebook but that I hadn't seen anything from her in just as long. I wasn't sure if she was even still living! The evening went on without much more thought of Columbia Township School or of Mrs. Berry. I went to bed feeling miserably stuffed and considering a late night workout without the physical capacity to move, due to the fact that my stomach may actually have been ripping apart from a complete lack of self-control. Thank God the day was over!
FAST FORWARD TO THIS MORNING.
It is Monday.
Just another Manic Monday.....
No. I reminded myself while I was showering that attitude and perception is not my reality. What I want, I create. God/Universe/Spirit has my back and I need to be thankful for all that I have so I started my day like I always do. If you're new to the idea of how to feel AMAZING, step one is always gratitude. I teach it to my students. I teach it to my kids. I'm teaching it to you. Be thankful for what you already have and expect what you want. Believe it is already yours and say THANK YOU for it in advance!
I'm thankful for hot water.
I'm thankful for this awesome day.
I'm thankful for breakfast.
I'm thankful that Kenny woke me up.
I'm thankful that I'm able to get up!
etc. etc. etc.....
Me: ............... *blink* Holy what.... *checks again. Breaks into hysterical giggling, tears, thank you cheers to the Big Daddy in the Sky, and immediately called my mom who proceeded to blink, giggle, cry, and tell me that something great is coming.* I was floored. I was baffled. I was thankful. I was calling my dad and brothers on my way to work! It had been awhile since I had a serious God moment so I was super hyped to get that overwhelming feeling of baffled joy that always comes when stuff like this happens to me. If you've never experienced it, I'm going to tell you how to find some very soon.
Back to the story....
MRS. BERRY WAS THE LAST PERSON TO COMMENT ON MY FACEBOOK POST! Today was literally the day after I had mentioned her, missed her, and said that I had no idea where she was or if she was still living. It had been years since I last heard from her and the day I needed to hear the words she left for me the most, she was there. I was seven years old again for one brief minute this morning and it was GLORIOUS! She gave me another "hug", 36 years after I left her classroom. She made me want to hurry to get back to school and teach my students so I could tell them about my morning! She reminded me that I'm a good teacher, a great coach, and I know that her commenting on that random, untagged post about nothing related to teaching or her was no accident.
You see, that's the thing about the universe. No matter what you call the power that loves you, and cares for you it always gives you what you ask for.
Don't miss that.... It gives you what you ask for. It gives you what you expect! If you wake up expecting a case of the Mondays or to have a craptastic day, that is exactly what you'll find waiting for you. If you wake up grateful, if you thank God for all the little things, those little things turn into bigger and better things to be grateful for. If you expect that things will turn out, set your desire into a vision, thank Spirit for what you asked for with the expectation that is already coming and is already yours, things start lining up to make sure what you want is coming your way. The second you give up, things back off.
So did I manifest a message from Martina Berry? No. Did I expect that things would come together and remain grateful for what I have and what is to come? You bet I did! I was given what I needed and maybe somehow that conversation left "her ears burning". I don't know how it all played out but I do know that listening to our hunches, expecting positive things, and being grateful are the KEY to creating the life you want.
Think about that for a quick minute. Read this then close your eyes. Take a few minutes to breathe, consider the life you see for yourself.
What do you want?
What does it look like?
What do you hear?
What does it smell or taste like?
Can you feel it on your skin?
Where are you?
If what you imagined is what you truly want, why don't you have it or why aren't you working for it? Do you believe you CAN have it? Do you need someone to help you hold that version of yourself for you and to keep you accountable? Do you need clarity on what you even want? This is where I step in. This is where we BREAKOUT and talk about what YOU want and how to get from A to B. Its as easy as 1, 2, 3! Do you have an hour to devote to yourself just to get some insight on what is holding you back? If you do, I would love to talk with you this week!
I hope that this little story left you feeling inspired to know that good things are all around and just waiting for you to notice and take hold of them.
Before I go, tell me a magic story you've experienced.
And before you go, don't forget that part about closing your eyes and breathing to imagine. Meditate on it. Pray for it. Expect it. Take decisive action to have it. Invest in it. I'm here to help you the whole way!
Make today Amazing!