Along the way we meet many friends that teach us a great deal. I often re-remember a teaching of my good friend and life/career coach, Brian. I remember one occasion I said to him about an upcoming event, “I can’t come.” He said back to me, “If you want to, why not ask, how can I?”
Quite often we will make a blanket statement about our situation, feelings, etc. to ourselves and others. With a statement, our minds are closed with no room for other possibilities. It is a fact, a done deal, so-to-speak. But what if there is something we truly want, should we give up on it so quickly?
As in the above example, we want to go and have fun with a group of friends and our responsibilities on the surface, seem to be stopping us. Asking the question, “How can I?” opens up the possibilities. Our brain has been given a task, a problem to solve. It is very good at it! Suddenly, it gives us all kinds of ideas on how to make something happen.
In the context of grieving over a loss in our life, we have talked in detail about honoring the grieving process. With understanding, compassion, self-love, and gently allowing ourselves to experience the steps we need to go through. All of this is very important, with each person taking the time they need. Eventually, we begin to notice that we no longer want to feel this way. We recognize that this event can no longer be a determining factor of our happiness. We are ready to move forward.
For a long time we may even say, if only to ourselves, “I can’t let that go!” Then one day, when we are ready, we will ask ourselves “How can I?” Look out because when we ask this question, our whole life begins to change! Our mind responds with ideas, people around us speak randomly about tools and tips; teachers, books, radio, television, internet articles and more come into our awareness with great speed and ease!
The question “How can I?” can be applied to every aspect of our life. The question has the power to orchestrate the world around us, bringing us the people and resources we need to reach our goal. It is as if the people and things around us are puppets on a string, waiting to come into our path at just the right moment.
All we did is change our mind, moving from a closed stand on the subject, to being open to possibilities; possibilities for growth, self-discovery and healing on all levels. By opening to these new ways, we begin to lovingly take back our power; the power to create our life with more joy than we could have imagined.
When we recognize that this has happened many times in our life already and will continue to happen with grace and ease, our heart overflows with gratitude for the masterpiece that is our life!
~ Sherry Buikema