Hey folks, I hope you had a “thankful” holiday, yesterday.
Gratitude is a powerful attitude. It opens you to looking at your future, not influenced by past conditioning. WOW, the possibilities that come from that!
Okay, today I will share an experience I had two days ago with an everyday, ordinary, unassuming guru. First off, I’d like to say that I find it much easier to remain conscious of the lesson an everyday guru is offering when I suspend judgment. That’s because I find that when I am judging what’s happening to me, I am matching it to what I want it to be. Unfortunately, that leaves me very close-minded, with no opportunity to learn anything new.
On Wednesday, my wife asked that I stop on the way home and buy some cognac. She needed it for her turkey gravy recipe. In spite of being over seven decades on the planet, the cashier said, “Identification please.” Well, that was a great moment for me.
I responded, “I was a school teacher. Then I became a real estate entrepreneur. From that I became a restaurateur, and now I am a book author.”
The cashier looked over the rim of her glasses, smiled and said, “The description of your life activity is impressive, but all I need is your age, sir.”
God, I loved her clarity. She was a wonderful guru for me. She was telling me that my identity, though perhaps it meant something to me, wasn’t going to get me what I wanted from her – which was a half pint of cognac.
When you are with people, notice what they expect from you and notice what you give them. Oftentimes you’ll find it is not aligned. And right there is where problems begin.
Are we not all so caught up in what we think is important about us that we sometimes forget what others may expect from us?
Are you willing to step beyond your identity to accommodate someone else’s request? Are you willing to step beyond your memorized version of yourself and try something new so that you may experience yourself a little differently than what you are used to?
Boy, can that ever be a kick. The lesson this everyday guru offered me is this – When my consciousness is dominated by my personal story, my responses to life are much like a tape recorder – pretty damn predictable.
I want to be flexible. There is much power and great fun to be found in flexibility. Do you agree? Only when we call our “personal slavery” slavery are we free to be all that we dream of being. What is our personal slavery? Getting caught in our conditioned mind where our thoughts, spoken words and actions are boringly predictable.
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