I love it when great advice seems
to come from out of nowhere. Divine mind is always at work for us through
universal principles, but there are times when a thought or answer comes
through an unexpected channel. That gives me that “cosmic giggle” feeling.
Every so often one of my husbands
will send me a link or jot me a note about something. Rumor has it they both
read my writing. Who knew? “If you grab me in the first sentence or two,” one
of them once told me, “I may even read the whole article.”
Honesty, though expected and
often helpful, can be no less jarring to one’s ego. Here’s the most recent
submission from one of them:
Perceived failure is oftentimes success trying to be born in a bigger way. From a fortune cookie
It’s as if success is in costume
at times – present, but not quite evident in our thinking. There are those in
metaphysics and New Thought who refuse to use words like failure, problem, and man
others some perceive have a negative connotation. God forbid we don’t always
look ecstatically happy to others, as if nothing ever goes south in our lives.
Throughout his life and writing, the
founder of the Science of Mind philosophy, Ernest Holmes, used all the words some
people shun. I’m not sure who decided admitting we screwed up or got sick was
unenlightened, but there you have it.
I do, however, have a pretty good
idea why some folks feel this way. People in general, regardless of their philosophy,
religion, spirituality, or culture are plagued with perfectionism. It seems if
we aren’t demanding it of ourselves we’re under the distinct and often
incorrect assumption that those around us expect perfection from us.
If we aren’t afraid to royally screw
up and make a mess out of something we’re never going to move from where we are
to where we want to be. This is not about “finding the lesson,” because a
Higher Power isn’t working out His issues on us as the Church teaches. God
doesn’t create lesson plans complete with graphic organizers to test us, to annoy
us, or to cause us to fail.
Rather, the universe is set up to
create a life worth living, one filled with joy and happiness. The universe is
conspiring for our success. If you and I let go of the fear of what others will
think; if you and I are willing to go for it, full-tilt boogie, dancing like no
one is watching; then, we will move through and beyond all situations
regardless of the labels we or others attach to us.
Then you know what?
We get to be happy. We get to
succeed. We get to love and be loved. This is not brain surgery. As a nurse I
know once said, “I’ve seen brain surgery. This ain’t it.” Life is supposed to
It’s time we more regularly throw
off the caution of society and be willing to live as we choose, do what we
choose, with whom we choose to do it, and in the style in which we desire. As
Bette Midler once said, it’s time to go out in the world, “nipples to the wind!”