Oh, key point here: No coincidences. It happened because I followed the calling in my head. I followed the rule: listen to the the voice of calling, not the “other” voice, and all moves forward and and only forward.
Listening (meditating day and night) is how goals are met. Praying is asking for the things that are humanly impossible (or specifically in the moment details). We do not get answers many times because he will not do what we can do for ourselves and others. All “just so happens” are meant to be.
Now…the rest of the story….
As I watch the geese from the ground, they are covering a field. I admire their colors and shapes. Then, all of a sudden, they get up, organize, and take off into a “v” formation in flight. They do this as if being called. No goose is on the ground saying, “north, really?!”, or “it is such a long distance”. They follow a universal guidance, a calling, to go in a specific direction, and they take action, and keep going their entire lives, and it takes them on their journey.
We all get a calling. We have callings for building a health center, for massage, for community service, for making chocolate, and the list is endless. We all must take continuous action our entire lives and keep moving forward.
Infamous questions loom, hesitations linger, that stop us or slow us down. “I don’t have the skills”, “Who am I to do this?”, “I am not a professional ___”, are all questions and second voices that cloud our thinking.
If we are called for a specific purpose and to go into a specific direction, WE HAVE ALL the skills we need, just like the geese. We have exactly what we need. We have to take continuous action.
Quote from Dan Rather: If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.
How many have fears? How many have not started?
Tenacity: mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty; spirit suggest a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one’s own or keep up one’s morale when opposed or threatened; resolution stresses firm determination to achieve one’s ends.
Chutzpah: Guts! supreme self-confidence; conspicuous or flagrant boldness. temerity suggests boldness arising from rashness and contempt of danger; audacity implies a disregard of restraints commonly imposed by convention or prudence.
We need Chutzpah to adhere to the calling, and we need tenacity to keep moving forward.
Example: you pass a writer’s box on the street, get the call, “write a book”; the second voice says, “ eh, na, you cannot write a book, you are not a professional writer, you have no skills to write a book.” You ignore the call. You walk on and pass another writer’s box, get the call “write a book”, and a person nearby says, “hey that box just called you to write a book, you better answer that call.” You laugh. You answer the call.
This is just the beginning … you write a book, then rejected 165 times from agents, a friend steps in as your agent, send to publishing companies, rejected, squish the second voice again and again, a few years later, self publish the book, and write a couple more books.
There will always be a second voice saying, “you cannot do that, you are not professional, you do not have the skills, etc.” SQUISH IT!
1) Pay attention to intuition: the first voice: the Goose call. This is the one that calls over and over.
2) Shush up the second voice. It always follows the first voice. The more you take action on the first voice, the smaller the second voice becomes.
3) Take consistent, DAILY, action. It is the universal flow.
4) Keep moving forward. Do not wait to for something to manifest itself. Keep doing something.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “you cannot fly, then run, you cannot run, then walk, you cannot walk, then crawl.”
(notes from my own thoughts and from Andrea Bearman, author and health coach)