My coach recently shared the fun she had after a momentary panic when she discovered that her computer had been hacked. She was writing away in the wee hours of the morning when suddenly a message popped up to ‘call this number immediately for assistance’. She called and after paying a fee for the assistance, realized that she’d been had. Rather than trekking the path most of us would likely choose (anger, fear, etc.), she played along, not letting on that she was onto their scam. While she was getting her computer repaired by a legitimate techie, she took advantage of the 24/7 help that she’d paid for, and called the scammers with questions at all hours of the night.
When she shared this story, I could hear the lightness in voice and feel it in her spirit. Complete absence of feeling like a victim. Her response was much like I imagine the Dali Lama responds when things don’t go exactly as planned on this path. It was good for a laugh and a reminder to, if you will, take the high road. (I don’t know about you, but I need that reminder quite frequently.)
I confess: I’m not there consistently regarding current events in my life. In the last few weeks as I’ve been immersed in concern for and care of Luke (summer allergies and a weakened system seem to have left him vulnerable to mites or some other canine biting critters); along with leading my community in opposition to a marijuana growing operation in our neighborhood and hosting guests in the B&B’s busiest month of the year, I’ve needed to be vigilant to maintain my positivity.
I don’t do so just for my own sake (although life does flow much more easily when I’m in that place), but also as a contribution to the well-being of our planet. I’ve come to understand that we are always contributing to the atmosphere. I want contribute positively, especially at this time when positivity seems quite needed.
Stories remind me not to take myself and the events in my life too gravely. Quiet time for reflection opens me to listen for the guidance ever present no matter what opportunities life presents. Being in nature demonstrates to me that being alive is a process and that change is constant.
These in turn lead me back to my core conviction that my life (indeed all life) is unfolding perfectly for my (our) learning. I’m reminded as well that, like my coach, I alone am at the helm, choosing how and where to use my energy each moment, each day.
When I choose with anger and fear, I choose to be the victim, in league with the devil’s negativity. When I choose with compassion, love, and grace I see challenges as opportunities to experiment, to create, to learn and grow. I may even get to express me in some new way.
The world would have us believe that only those who do ‘big’ things make a difference. Not so. Moment to moment, step by step, choice to choice each of us is contributing to the atmosphere on our dear planet earth. She needs us to make uplifting, positive choices. How will I contribute today? What about you?