For the past two weeks I’ve been waking up at 4:59 a.m. My fall is really full and my mind has been running wild about all my perceived problems: creating an ideal support team for my business, finishing my new web site, addressing my teenager’s phone addiction, finding the space to do more service work in my community and the list goes on.
Yesterday in the middle of a Nia dance class (a place I try and let everything go), I heard the voice of my Wise Self whisper, “Renee, relax, everything is perfect.”
I have always believed that there is a thread of divine order that runs through everything … that what we experience is not random or coincidental but here to help us become more aware, more awake and evolve. When we look at big messy, painful life stuff–death of a loved one, health crises, financial loss or divorce–the idea that everything is perfect sounds insane.
My parents died in their 50s and my brother took his life at age 20. I miss them every day. Yet, as deeply painful and tragic as my losses were, I would not be the catalyst I am today were it not for those life-altering events. Even if it feels impossible or crazy to justify how this is so, I know it in my bones to be true.
Author/presidential candidate Marianne Williamson says, “The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best that is within us.” For 14 years I was a career coach; I worked with thousands of clients, many of whom experienced or were recovering from devastating loss and huge life changes. Yet, everything always worked out. And interestingly, the more they trusted and surrendered–the easier everything got and support seemed to show up at their door just when they needed it.
When I allow instead of fight what I’m experiencing—when I release and let go–I can see a strange perfection, even in the midst of chaos and extreme disorder. I can look at my messy house, my complex relationships, my less than perfect financial plan and observe the underlying truth: everything is perfect. Really. I can let go and trust. I am at exactly the right place at the right time.
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