Have you ever had ‘one of those days’ in which ‘you make plans and God laughs?’ Yup, I have too. Today felt like it could have been one of them. This morning, before I was vertical, my mind was awash with the tasks that needed to be completed. The ‘laundry list’ included: Bank deposit, drop off mortgage payment, stop at Staples to pick up headset to use for a Skype webinar tonight, a printer cartridge so that I could print out a wedding ceremony for the service that I will be officiating in NYC tomorrow, writing an article for a magazine, putting together a proposal for a series of workshops I will be teaching next year, getting a pair of shoes since my dress shoes have gone the way of all winds and while I was in the shoe store, the phone rang and on the other end was my friend Kalie who reminded me that I was late for a lunch meeting that she and my editor and I were having…YIKES! Good thing I was only 15 minutes away. From there, I needed to hustle home to prep for the webinar which went smoothly. Headed to the gym and the grocery shopping and now here with you. At every turn, I ‘checked’ each item off the list, trusting that it would all flow together. And so it did~
There have been days in which I haven’t felt quite so blessed. “Spiritual flat tires.” is what author and speaker Bernie Siegel calls them. He considers health challenges in that category: ”Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires – disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way.” They also include delays that have us shaking our heads and wondering “What the heck happened here?” Meetings that didn’t go quite as planned, broken objects and broken promises, messes that needed to be cleaned up, detours enroute to appointments. All are possibilities. When those things happen, I sometimes metaphorically kick and scream and more likely, smile and wonder what the lesson or message might be. What is there to be learned? Usually it is about patience, slowing down and taking time to consider the next step.
What if you knew for certain that the words to Bob Marley’s song called Three Little Birds were true? Every little thing really is gonna be alright.