I think it was 1997 when I first read “The Celestine Prophecy.” I just decided to re-read it this past fall and remembered why I enjoyed it so much. Not far into the story the author introduces us to the “First Insight.” The concept is one of “mysterious coincidences” that move us forward through life.
It is an interesting premise that will require you to tune into things that happen in your day. People that come into your path or thoughts, unplanned events that throw off your schedule, out of the ordinary emails, phone calls, and/or interactions may actually be lessons in disguise. When you become consciously aware of things happening in your day you are more likely to find the purpose or meaning behind them.
For example, I was VERY behind in my work at my desk when a computer-tech guy walked in to repair one of the computers in my classroom. I began to feel my nerves rattling as I KNEW this person was going to want to socialize while he worked and I just didn’t have the time. About 1 minute into our friendly conversation I sat back, put my pen down, and said to myself “there may be a good reason this happened, maybe he has a message for you.”
So I listened. I waited. I continued to see where the conversation would go.
Suddenly he made a pretty “matter of fact” statement that for me was day changing. He was telling a story about how he used to handle difficult situations with his ex-wife when he said “It took me a long time to learn that the best thing to do when I’m riled up is to recognize when it’s happening and to choose to stop it.”
BAM! It hit me. I had been reading about that very empowering concept that very morning! To be so in touch with your emotions that you can stop negative thoughts by choosing a new one. I was suddenly deeply committed to the rest of this conversation with my “unwelcome” visitor and after he left I realized that perhaps the Universe was trying to tell me that I was on the right track in learning to take better charge of my emotions. Since one of my top goals in life is to “wake up happy every day” I realized how important this conversation was. Message received!
Just yesterday I started with all new second semester classes and one of my new students was chatting with me in our Home Room period. He said “Ms. P, have you ever had someone come up to you and rope you into a conversation and just not stop talking and not let you walk away?”
“Of course!” was my reply. “But, have you ever considered the possibility that that person may have had something valuable for you to hear?”
“Hmm, I hadn’t thought about that,” he said. “Actually, now that I think about it, I think he did! Thanks Ms. P, I like how ‘deep’ you are about things.”
“Keep your ears and eyes open,” I said. Lessons are everywhere!”