The Reminders are Everywhere

(This was written yesterday, by hand, on a yellow legal pad.)

I think I’m supposed to write a blog post today.

For two days now, I’ve been experiencing one of those periods when it feels like the Universe is reminding me that I’m not in control.

Maybe you’ve seen me mention that the audiobook version of Lessons from the Source is about to go on sale. Well I’ve been thinking and saying that for quite a while now and have experienced one delay after another for more reasons than I can even remember – or understand.

Long story short, we were getting very close to finally having everything in place yesterday when my computer started having problems. They seemed a lot like an issue I had encountered a few months ago and that a computer guy had been able to take care of in a few hours.

So I took it back to him, and he’s had it for more than a day and hasn’t been able to figure out what the issue is. I just called to check in, and he asked me to leave it with him again tonight.

I had been sitting at that darn computer for hours on end trying to be sure I had all the bases covered, and suddenly it wasn’t there to captivate me, and I found myself on a forced hiatus.

So after fretting about the situation for a while, I decided to take a walk, and almost everything I saw appeared to be reminding me to be at peace.

The fall foliage in the neighborhood is absolutely spectacular, and it was as if the trees were demonstrating that the life cycle continues to unfold effortlessly for them, and that they can reach that point of extraordinary beauty without any struggle at all.

Then I spent some time walking around a lake that is a natural habitat for several species of ducks. There were literally hundreds of them, and they seemed unfazed by my presence – or anything else. Some were paddling gently through the water, seemingly without effort. Others were picking at the grass, finding the food they were sure would be there for them. And still others would take off and fly slowly around the lake as if they were taking in the beauty from a new perspective.

When I got home, I picked up the notebook that I still use to receive and write down the kind of wisdom that is in Lessons from the Source and opened it to something I had written on January 20 of this year. Ironically, I had been dealing with issues about the audiobook way back then, and this is the first thing I read:

“There is no need to struggle with such a complex web of issues (in fact there is no need to struggle at all) or to allow yourself to become overwhelmed with feelings of responsibility. Be kind to yourself. Approach your days with gentle joy and enthusiasm.”

“Gentle joy and enthusiasm.” Just reading those words made me smile at the realization that I hadn’t been feeling those qualities lately. I clearly had been struggling in recent days, trying to make sure everything about the audiobook was just the way I wanted it to be, so the reminders, from nature and the notebook, not surprisingly came at a perfect time.

Of course God’s timing is always perfect. I obviously needed to remember that and then let go of the struggle, and I had been given the time and a good reason to do so. The release of the audiobook has been pushed back again for a few more days, and while I may not understand why, I’m accepting this most recent delay with gratitude, because I’m certain there is a good reason for it in the grander scheme of things.

And it’s been far too long since my last blog post, so perhaps this is exactly when it was supposed to happen.

One Response to “The Reminders are Everywhere”

  1. Jill Lebeau says:

    Dear Jack,
    I have been enjoying reading your blog & love the reminders about letting go of struggle along with opening to joy & enthusiasm. I especially appreciate what you wrote about nature as our teacher about effortlessness, trust & faith that all is well. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I look forward to reading more. It may interest you to know that we are in the season in which Metal, one of the five elements of Feng Shui, is most powerful. As we wrote in our book, Feng Shui Your Mind, the trees are letting go of their leaves, without any struggle or stress. They do it with grace. As the energy flows down to the roots, they remind us to connect with our Source, (our roots) God the Divine. And as we harmonize our energy with Universal energy, life becomes a magical adventure.
    Joy & Blessings,
    Jill

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