I get these "notes from the universe" that often come just in the nick of time. Usually, they are so dead on appropriate to the moment I am in that I would swear the writer has a spy following me around to assess my needs. Since that isn't happening, I am left to think that it is a bit of universal magic, causing these little goose bumps of serendipity. Today's note created such goose bumps.
You see, I have a fabulous life. I am aware of this fact on a daily basis. That said, my fabulous, adventurous life is not without it's moments of extreme trial.
Bali is fabulous. It suits me. I know that I am exactly where I am meant to be. And still... Bali has been testing me. Testing me, I believe, to still sit in happiness at times when much about day to day life feels like a gigantic obstacle course.
I woke this morning to no water. Small deal, I know. I was able to make it a fun "adventure" for Edem and I- at least that is what I called it when we bathed in the swimming pool today. He wasn't into it, but we made it work. But when the water went out again tonight, (problems with my pump) I wasn't as thrilled to make it an adventure. After all, I just want to be clean after a long day at work!!! And this comes at the end of a week that has been filled with stressers.
These last few weeks, I have been struggling to find decent, reliable child care for my son. Every time I think I have the situation under control, I have to go back and start all over again. This week, the die was rolled and my game piece was moved back to start.... I love my job, and still, this week was a big challenge. My son rocks, but sometimes his need to be my shadow over-shadows my need to have a minute to breathe. I am invigorated by my yoga practice, but I'll be damned if I can get to a class these last few weeks. Really, I could write a whole post listing everything that has been testing me. But for everything that I have on that list, I would have a ratio of at least two to one listing all the great that has arisen out of those tests: amazing people supporting me; opportunities to learn and grow; the chance to witness community coming together; the ability to see how resilient I have become.
I could have an easier life.. I could move to a more developed country, have predictable day to day routines that are less filled with the opportunity to "figure it all out." The electricity could always be on, water flowing, an easier job. But easy has never been a part of my modus operandi. I thrive on adventure, challenge, and opportunity for growth. I thrive on having the opportunity to sit in happiness even when it feels like I am sitting in a giant briar patch. And just when I was starting to second guess my way of being, I got this note from the universe:
Sometimes, being your true radiant self, living in the moment, glad for all you already have and who you already are, Erin, isn't always easy.
Nope, such conditions create the precise moment in one's life when the floodgates of physical abundance swing open the farthest, giving rise to that persistent, nagging "issue of the ages": where to put it all.
p.s. Caught you just in time, Huh, Erin?
If you are reading, I hope this note caught you just in time, too. Just in time to realize that you, too, could have a list that runs two to one of the good that outweighs the trials. There is a golden lining to every cloud...
Yours in goose bumps of Serendipity-
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Erin Michelle Threlfall
Theatre Artist, Activist, and Educator, Erin is the mother of a budding genius in his 7th year of study. Erin and her little man, Edem, have a plan to investigate world theatre and influence education one continent at a time. Ghana, South Korea, Togo and Bali have been checked off the list of places to live; these days they call Brooklyn home.