Several years ago, I did a phone reading for the son of a boss of mine. At the end of the phone reading, I gave him my mailing address so he could send in a check for payment. A couple of weeks went by and no payment arrived. It is usually at this point that if I have not received payment from a client, I reach out to them to remind them of the past due payment. But because his parent was an influential person in my life, I said nothing. Another two weeks go by and still nothing. I was so frustrated because things weren’t happening in a timely manner. Two months go by before I decided to send him a message. He’d simply forgotten all about it and promised to send a check quickly. It arrived a few days later in a very gracious amount, far more than was due.
At the time, I did my banking out of town in the bank where I used to live. So, check in hand, I rushed out the door. In the process, the belt loop of my shorts snagged on the screen door handle and I was pulled backward toward the door. In an effort to steady myself, I reached back with my right foot and in doing so, sliced my Achilles tendon on the bottom of the screen door. I immediately screamed in pain and became very upset. I felt as if the Universe was conspiring against me, getting in my way.
Very quickly, the thought occurred to me that there was a lesson in all of this and that I should be grateful. So, even though I didn’t fully understand why this was happening, I shifted into gratitude, genuine gratitude, for the moment at hand. And two things immediately happened. The physical pain was gone completely and the bleeding stopped. A part of me was shocked but a part of me was not surprised somehow. I walked to the car and went about my business.
I made my deposit and learned that the funds were immediately available. I then went to get my oil changed where the technician told me that there was a problem with one of my wheels and that legally he was not allowed to let me drive the car in its current condition. I looked at it and agreed that it needed to be fixed on the spot. I asked him for an estimate and it came out to be exactly one penny more than the deposit I just made. I smiled instantly knowing there was a reason why that check took so long to arrive and why it was in the amount it was in. If it arrived when I thought it was “supposed” to arrive, I would have long spent the money and would not have been able to get my much needed car repair.
Everything that happens have some level of purpose. NOTHING in this Universe is out of place. NOTHING. We are neither behind or ahead of schedule. We are always where we need to be. So, when I get upset that things aren’t happening as I feel they should, I remind myself that there is a reason for it all. That really helps me to be patient, to get out of my own way, and to trust the ultimate process and my role in that process.