Wednesday, May 29, 2013
For many years I have practiced the art of 'doing not-doing'. It is an eastern way of living that reminds me that 'less and less do I need to force things until finally I arrive at non-action', to quote Lao-tzu. I have faith that there is a plan, a prescribed way, and that my interference is just that...an intrusion on an already perfect unfolding of events. My job is to 'stay in the center'...to accept and to surrender. Occasionally things require a change, and I have choices in those matters. But FORCE is never an option; I YIELD, and I succeed. At the end of my 25 years of hospital-based medicine, I witnessed first hand the wisdom of that model, in living...and even in dying.
I don't know what made me think that running a business should be any different than the business of living peaceably, joyfully and lovingly in harmony with my surroundings. But for a time, I was convinced that I had to MAKE The Soap Box work. I altered my way, and I told myself that there was SOMETHING I could and should do to be successful in my little shop. I worked myself like crazy. I sacrificed peace and serenity. I pushed and pulled to make this little train go. I could not have been more wrong....lolol.
I sit here today, at ease, at peace, breathing deeply and fully in my new schedule. My store has been busier and more profitable since the day I hired Ariel. The most AMAZING people come in here...open-hearted, truth-seeking, fellow travelers on this journey we call life. Closing on Sundays has thrilled my customers, and they graciously come on the other days I am open...letting me know that they wish other businesses would be closed on Sundays too. I am more creative and focused and productive now that I have time and space to move more comfortably and serenely through my days. And just like my body is fixing itself while I focus on changing my behavior and attitude toward food, my business will succeed by taking care of my life and myself.
Miracles are happening TODAY, right in this very moment. My job is not to seek them out or to make them happen. My job is simply to BE HERE NOW...free from judgement, free from attachment and free from expectation...and allow those miracles to unfold around me. They have. They do. They shall.
I am amazed, I am humbled and I am grateful.