The Universe has our backs. I've seen this line in multiple blogs recently. I think more and more people believe it. But do we trust it?
Here's the thing: The Unverse does provide for us at all times, and is coordinating everything in our favor, for our greatest growth, learning, self, and life. But we don't have to know how it's going to work out.
Take making a living. Making money. We all need it, to some extent. And most people would say they'd love to have more money. Great. How are you going to get it? You don't have to know how.
When people think they need or simply want more money, their mind goes to ways to get that money that they're aleady familiar with.
Get another job, or a new, higher-paying job.
Sell something -- be it a product you'll make a commission off of, or selling something on eBay or a site like that.
Provide a service. Even simple services could be profitable -- dog walking, house cleaning, yard work.
You think, well, those are the ways I know how to make money, so which am I going to do?
Any of those three above are perfectly fine endeavors to bring in a little extra cash. Maybe even a lot of cash. You never know what might take off and what you might love doing.
It's not a bad idea to be proactive and "go out and bring it home" yourself. But is this trusting the Universe?
Sometimes we focus too much on what's right in front of us. We're very short-sighted compared to the Universe. We tend to focus on the major highways. We can't possibly see all the avenues, boulevards, and tiny side streets.
There are other ways of reaching our goals that we likely aren't even considering.
To make this personal, I was contemplating this for my own life the other day when I was driving to my job at the florist. Right now my expenses are higher than my income. Since I took the job at the florist it's gotten better, but I'm still in the red every month. Luckily, I have the money in savings, so that's why I'm not freaking out about this too much yet.
But I know I need to make more money. I've already cut my expenses down considerably, and am very choosy what I spend money on nowadays. I want more money. I want to be bringing in way more in income every single month than what my expenses cost.
Ok, so what can I do? (I'm thinking as I drive.)
I write books. I have four published currently and two in the works. I need to write more. I need to publicize what I have already written more. I need to sell more books to make more money.
Ok, option one.
I blog. This blog is getting more viewers all the time, which I'm so grateful and humbled by. I see people make money all the time from blogs. Yet I have no idea how to do this and would never consider making someone pay to read my blog in and of itself. I have no clue how to turn blogging into a money-making endeavor.
Still, option two.
Jobs that pay a paycheck. I could pick up more hours at the florist. I could look for a second part-time job. I could do more odd jobs for my grandma (she pays me to do things like clean up her yard, wash her windows, do her laundry, etc.... stuff she'd have to pay a "professional" for if she didn't have family living so close... she's 97 years old and still living at home, so she requires some assistance with things).
That's all I can come up with. All I see. And then there's the question of which of those three options do I pursue? Or a combination of them? The job and paycheck option certainly is the fastest and most conventional way to make more money. But I don't like giving all my hours to someone else. The book selling could potentially be more lucrative. But I can't make people buy my books. The blog... well, I wouldn't even know where to start with that, plus, this is more about putting positivity and thought-provoking stuff out there, and connecting with people, I don't know that I want to make it more "work-like."
Then I remembered that I don't have to know how I'll make more money. I don't have to plan it all out and then enact that plan.
By mentally holding so tightly to my own money-making ideas, and trying to "figure it all out," I'm not letting the Universe do what it does.
I need to relax. Step back. And give it up to the Universe.
Let the Universe provide for me in whatever way(s) it knows best. The Universe always knows the best and quickest ways to get stuff done. We're the ones that get in the way with our own feeble plans and self-limiting mentality.
So today I'm going to practice letting go. Don't even worry about it.
I'm doing everything I can think of right now. That's enough. Time to let go of the wheel and let the Universe take over.
("If you hold on to the handle, it's easier to maintain the illusion of control, but it's more fun if you just let the wind carry you." Brian Andreas)
Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, a few unexpected things have come up this past week.
I was only scheduled at the florist three days this week, a total of 16 hours. Unexpectedly, at the end of the day on Thursday, the manager asked me if I wanted to come in on Friday (yesterday). She had more work that needed to get done and if I was free, great, if not, no biggie. So I worked six additional hours yesterday that was not planned and not expected.
My grandma's front yard was a mess with gumballs (the little prickly balls that fall from gum trees, some people call them different things). I went over on Tuesday to pick them up (3 tall brown paper yard waste bags full). She pays me for doing that for her.
That's two things right there, that will increase my income for this month that I hadn't planned on in my budget. And we're only nine days into the month!
What other opportunities will the Universe provide me with?
I encourage everyone to not worry about the "how" of life. How will you make more money? How will you meet someone you're crazy about? How will you have the kids you've always wanted when you're currently single? How will you start your own business that you've been dreaming about?
Forget about the hows. The Universe has got this. We know it. Now trust it.
And watch how it all unfolds, magically.
("When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught ot fly." -Barbara J Winter)
*All quotes below are from http://www.joyofquotes.com/universe_quotes.html.
Quotes of the Day:
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe." (Dalai Lama)
"Set your intention, and trust the universe to take care of the details."
"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Peace…comes within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the Universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere. It is within each of us."