Maybe that “problem” is actually guidance for your path.


It took my third time through “Eat, Pray, Love” to pick up on the “big message”.  I read the book once and watched the movie twice before I caught the golden nugget at the end of the story:    begin to look at everything that happens around you as a clue on your path. 

That was a big shift for me.  Up until recently, I was fully entrenched in the idea that a problem was a problem.  Worse though, I often looked at said problem as evidence of my conclusion that something was wrong with me or that I just wasn’t capable of succeeding.

Fortunately, I’m learning to treat myself much better and in turn my life IS much better.

Now I recognize that what appears to be a problem on the surface is very often the universe guiding my path.  I call it “Universe at Play”.  I imagine a yellow caution sign, not because we’re approaching a dangerous situation, but because it will serve us well to slow down enough to notice and appreciate the possibilities.

Here’s an example.  A few months back, I was in the midst of what looked like a major problem.   After an enormous amount of time and effort, I was putting the finishing touches on a website when I discovered a big glitch in the graphics.

(Let me preface this by saying that my area of interest and comfort is in the content, not the technical stuff.)  I felt WAY out of my comfort zone and had no idea how I was going to resolve this issue.  The pixels were all messed up!  I had a hunch that the file was corrupted but I had no idea what to do about it.

Fortunately, I was able to stop myself before the pit in my stomach grew much further.  I remembered the golden nugget advice and said to myself, “What if this isn’t a problem but is actually a clue on my path?”  With that in mind, coupled with my complete lack of expertise in html coding, I decided to do the only thing I could do.  I tried just deleting that image file, so that rather than having a header image, the top of the website would be in simple text format.

In the end, I absolutely loved the result!  I realized that I wasn’t completely satisfied with the template that I had hired someone to create.  It felt too “salesy” and even a bit hokey.  By removing that header image, the rest of the template functioned correctly and the entire website was more in line with the message that I wanted to convey.  

If I didn’t have that “problem”, I probably would have continued on with what the “expert” had created.  Instead, I received a nudge in the right direction and ended up with a website that was much more authentic and effective.

How about you?  Have you experienced a situation when a problem was actually a clue guiding your path?

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