Monday, May 26, 2008

When the student is ready....

If an opportunity comes down the pipe does it mean it should be taken? I mean, there have been times in my life when I have had the opportunity to do some pretty crazy things, and thank God I choose not to or I might be writing this from a comfy little cell on D Block!

What I am trying to get at is that opportunity abounds, but how do we know when to bite? The transformed answer that keeps coming to mind is ‘trust your gut’ but when faced with a major life decision is it that easy to hear your intuition? For me it is not that clear. I understand the ego that tries hard to run the show inside my head so I have to make sure that I am not deciding my life from there. That might seem pretty clear but unfortunately my ego is elusive and wears many disguises and therefore requires thorough examination…for that I need an unbiased observer.

There is no doubt that when I am trying to make a decision that doesn’t come easy one of the best things I can do is to share the making of it with family and friends. Yes, it is ultimately up to me and sometimes I go against everyone’s advice anyway, but it helps a whole lot to see the dilemma from the eyes of those who care about me. Sometimes that is all the clarity I need - sometimes not.

Today I am faced with deciding if I should trade a lot of my time and talent for money. The reason this is hard is because I don’t want to feel like I am doing something only for money. It goes against the grain for me, but, and it’s a big but, is struggling for money more of a spiritual state than not?

If I was coaching a client or a friend here I would ask if this opportunity has presented itself before, CHECK, if it is something I think they would be successful doing, CHECK, and if it is an opportunity that would enhance the quality of their lives, CHECK. Then I would tell them that life presents opportunities as teachers and if we weren’t ready to learn something valuable the opportunity would simply not be there. There is my answer….take my own advice.

Love and Endless Opportunities to you all!

Alison

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