Gratitude for Change of Plans

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Plan FocusOften life doesn’t go as we had planned.  Last time I wrote to you I shared that I had started working a job in addition to my client practice and writing.  It wasn’t what I had planned to do as far as my long term goals but it seemed like the right thing to do at the time and after three months on my new job . . .

  • I am so grateful for the added financial support and the great people I am working with and meeting in this new job.
  • I now know more about tunneling and waste water treatment that I ever thought I’d know and I’m learning more every day.
  • I am grateful for a job that allows me to work from home many days each month.
  • I am grateful that I have been able to maintain my private healing practice and do powerful work with clients.
  • I am grateful that the new job has allowed me to deepen my healing skills by being able to afford to study with some amazing shamans.
  • I am challenged to be more disciplined so that I use my time well.
  • I haven’t yet figured out how to keep in touch with you all on a regular basis nor time to work on my book projects.
  • At the same time I am embracing the moments of life that are just about being.
  • I am allowing space for myself to do things that aren’t work related whether that is dinner out with friends, a night out to the theater or staying home reading a juicy novel.

I admit now more than ever that life is a mystery.  You can plan; you can vision; you can work hard; but sometimes you end up in a place where you scratch your head and you think, “I didn’t expect this turn!”  I didn’t expect that I’d be switching back and forth between writing promotional materials about construction management projects to doing a deep healing session with someone who has experienced some of the worst trauma imaginable in their early life. But someone how the construction management work keeps me grounded and allows me to be fully present for that client.  Because my healing work is no longer my sole income, it also allows me to listen to the Voice and be selective about which clients I will work with.  I can say NO when I don’t think the work and the potential client are a fit.

Life is working even though it isn’t working how I THOUGHT IT WOULD.  I’ve learned that just because life looks different than I had envisioned doesn’t make it bad.  I think there is a danger in the New Age “you can manifest everything you want in life school of thought” in that when we aren’t manifesting what we want, we can tend to blame ourselves rather than looking at the gifts the universe is bringing us in this change of plans.

The best medicine is laughter. I’m laughing at this latest twist in my life with gratitude right now and surrendering to the mystery.

So while things are different than I thought they’d be they still are pretty darn good.  Sometimes all we have to do to make a shift in our lives is to stop judging WHAT IS and embrace it.  Instead of fighting what we have to do today, we do it and then take the next best step in front of us. Funny how many of the platitudes my mother spoke to me as a child now make a lot more sense.  I am surrendering much of my need to plan to the higher PLAN.

Have you noticed unexpected shifts recently?  How do you feel about them?  Are you on a path that you didn’t expect? Are you fighting it or have you been able to accept it and find the humor in the change of plans?  Your comments are welcome!

I’m grateful for you my community of clients and friends (whether we’ve met in person or you are following me based on my book or a search on the internet).

As Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close here in the United States, I simply want to wish you all the best as your life unfolds and you navigate your own course of that place between planning  and the surprises of this journey called life!

Love Carol


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