You know the old saying, "Be careful what you ask for"? It implies that you might not really know what you're asking for or that you're not really ready for "it". I think it also means that you have a very specific way in which it will be delivered and when it shows up in an unexpected package it might throw you for a loop, at first.
This week's Monday Quote got me thinking ...
"If you ask for courage,
the Universe/God gives you
situations in which you must be
This was a line from the movie "Evan Almighty", spoken by Morgan Freeman. This could be used for any quality we might ask for, but let's continue with courage.
I don't know about you, but I'm always bumping into situations where I'm afraid or nervous or don't feel I've got "what it takes". In those circumstances, I usually ask for courage and then I just wait for whatever the feeling is supposed to be that is associated with bravery. It doesn't work that way. The only way I'm going to know that I've got courage or acted courageously is to be put to the test. When I ask for boldness or the guts to do something, that's just the beginning.
I believe that what we think we don't have is actually inside us all along. God or the Universe or Source Energy, whatever you want to call it, knows that. Our Soul knows that, but our poor, fearful Ego is too busy worrying that we don't and yelling at us to be careful and warning us not to go there to know that. So, we ask for what we already have and the only way our inner Guidance can help us access it is by giving us a set of circumstances where we are forced to go deep, retrieve it from our resources, and demonstrate it.
I think, instead of asking for what we doubt that we have, we might do better if we begin to trust. This starts by spending quiet time listening to our wise Soul. When we're not sure if we have the nerve, or grit or whatever we can't quite connect with we can ask for a sign that we have what we need. Then, we need to be open to what that is and let go of what we "think" it will be.
If you look back on past incidents when you couldn't imagine how you would manage or deal with them at the time, isn't it amazing how things worked out? Isn't it especially surprising that it often wasn't at all what you expected for a solution? I find that it's usually better than anything I could have envisioned.
Take baby steps, if you need to, and start asking for help in linking up with your wisdom. It's good to have resources on the outside and even more awesome to get in touch with what you can rely on within you. Ask for what you want and need and welcome what you find. This is what I wish for you.
Sparkles and Love,