I have been thinking lately about Halloween and the dark things that it can conjure up in one’s mind. Specifically my mind. I do love Halloween, but all the talk about the evils of human nature and how cruel people can be towards each other has really put my mood in a dark place. So, to counteract that, here is a video that really touched me.
There are a lot of good ideas here, but the one that struck me the most was when life coach Cheryl Richardson talked about how, when she has an intention, she says a prayer of, “If this is in the highest and best interest for me and those around me, then please allow it to happen.” This may seem like an ordinary thing to pray about, and it may be for some people, but when I heard that, I was struck by what she was actually saying (at least, this is my interpretation): Sometimes, we may want something very much, but it may not be the best thing that we could be doing for ourselves and for those around us. It’s a bit of a different take on everything happens for a reason. Or, perhaps what should be the phrase, things that don’t happen, happen for a reason. If you are feeling really stuck and putting pressure on yourself to complete a certain vision or goal, perhaps it is time to ask, Is this really what is in the best interest for me and those around me? Of course, when we are halfway through a goal, it can sometimes be hard to know if what we are doing is in our best interest. And I do believe that there is a difference between wishing and trying. I don’t believe in, say, not studying for a major test and then blaming “fate” or “destiny” as the reason you flunked. No, you just didn’t study. But, if you really put in the effort and got your mind physically and emotionally ready for that test, but still didn’t pass it, then perhaps it could just be that you never meant to pass it at all. Maybe something better is in store for you.
Reader, do you agree with my interpretation (it’s okay if you don’t)? What did you get out of the video?
*Video Courtesy of OWN TV