“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”
It was beautiful day in Cincinnati yesterday, so I took my dog for a walk. While I was enjoying the sunshine, warmer than normal temperatures and vaguely keeping an eye on my dog, it hit me. It has been over a year since I was fired from last job. I have no idea why that thought chose to pop into my head at that moment, but it did.
I acknowledged the thought, and let it go. I was proud of myself – I have come a long way. Of course the alternative would have been to have all the negative feelings of the few months before I was fired resurface and have to relive one of the biggest tests in my entire life. But I didn’t. I remembered when I was fired how grateful I was that period of my life was ending and a new one was beginning.
I decided that since it is getting close to Thanksgiving, I would list the things I am grateful for that arose from that situation.
1. I am grateful to M, J1, J2 and N, my fellow employees who also got fired. They knew firsthand what I was going through and we shared our emotions and inspired one another. I believe we are all better off for what happened and are now on the paths that were meant for us all along.
2. I am grateful to my Life Coach, Lauralee, for getting me through the toughest times and helping me keep my sanity in dire moments. All of the tools she taught me in the previous three years were put to the test, and I had the opportunity to learn some new ones. There were days I didn’t think I would make it, and she was always there with an encouraging word.
3. I am grateful to my husband, family and friends that listened to me, let me cry on their shoulder, and stood by me in my time of need.
4. I am grateful that I was given the gift of time between jobs to fully immerse in my spiritual practice and spend time thinking of what was next for me.
5. I am grateful for all the healing workshops I attended, such as Reiki and Healing Touch, and the amazing instructors who nurtured my spirit.
6. I am grateful for my new job that took away my worry about my next paycheck and provides me with all sorts of new experiences and teachers.
7. I am grateful for my fellow yogis in my Yoga Teacher/Holistic Coach Training class. It seems we all had some healing to do on different levels, and the energy we have when we are together is so wonderful.
I am sure there are many other things to be grateful for, but this is a good start. So much has changed in the last year, and my life continues to evolve. I know that bigger and better things lie ahead of me, so I choose not to dwell on the past. These days I follow the words of Emily Dickinson–
“I dwell in possibility.”