*My computer shut down on me the other day and I panicked. I panicked because I thought I had lost everything on my computer. When I say that I panicked, I really lost it. After finally realizing that I couldn’t fix the problem, I began to remind myself of the things that I really knew.
I know this happened for a reason. When I surrendered to the possibility of losing all of my files, I felt a sigh of relief enter into my being. I began to ask myself, “What would happen if I lost everything on my computer?” Would the world come to an end? Would I have to close my business? Would someone die from me losing my files? The answer to all of these questions was “no.”
So why was I getting so upset about losing my files? I had to go deeper in order to discover the answer. And the answer I did find. I was upset because it was something that I didn’t have the power to control. In my quest to find some answers, I needed to be reminded that there are just some things that are totally out of my control. Yes, I believe we can live our lives by design. Yes, I believe we have the power to change our lives. But we do not have the power to prevent life from happening to us.
Our real power is in our ability to response correctly to life’s problems in order to create the results we want. And we can always do this by remaining on God’s ground…..Love! How could love enter and heal this situation for me? By focusing on the good that would come from my computer being down for an entire week.
I began to look for ways to spend more time with my family. I also went to visit a friend who I haven’t seen in quite some time. I spent some time watching television and laughed my socks off. My husband and I spent some real time together and I wasn’t rushed with the fact that I had a deadline to meet. I had one of the best weeks ever.
When my computer guy finally arrived on Sunday night, I was almost disappointed that he fixed the problem within twenty minutes. I realized in that moment that I was too attached to my computer and my work. I needed to spend more time doing what was most important to me. I got it…I really did get this lesson. My husband told me that he was so happy the computer was gone.
I am grateful that my computer was down. Why? Because what I gained in this situation was worth so much more than any income I would have generated through my business.
As the holidays rapidly approach us, I want to remind you to take some time to really get connected to what’s most important in your life. What are you truly grateful for? What will you commit more time to doing that you have been neglecting?
Sometimes when we think we are in control, but God has a way of letting us know that we are not in total control. It is when we surrender our control to God, that we can begin to step into our true power!! And that’s what I really know for sure!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Remember, live authentically, laugh everyday and embrace love as a lifestyle.
Angela Carr Patterson-The Love Lifestyle Coach
Angela Carr Patterson is an author, speaker, life coach and the host of an Internet based radio talk show. Everyday, she coach women on how to live “The Love Lifestyle” and help them to transform their relationships with men and money while empowering them to live their dreams. Contact Angela Carr Patterson [email protected] – www.thelovelifestyle.com.
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