A Powerful Influence
What experience or person do you recall that helped you aspire with living a better, more fulfilling life? I could write about some of my role models while growing up as a child or, later in my life. One came unexpectedly. Yes, I wear many hats: educator, LMT, minister, energy healer, wife and sister. Another important one is Life Teacher. Throughout my life, I learned many lessons, which I share in my classes and with clients. Here is a short and powerful teaching that I learned from an experience that happened many years ago. It gave me a new insight in daily living.
“It’s just one of those days.” Eugene and I were camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is a beautiful area. On our last day, we awoke from a restless night of sleep. It rained the whole night. The heavy rain pounded on our tent all night. There were water puddles inside the tent and everything on the outside had sand on it. I am not at my best camping in the rain.
I was washing some pots and utensils at a waterspout. Seeing a woman standing in the rain without an umbrella or raincoat, I rushed through my water rinsing. As I hurriedly gathered my things, some dropped in the sand again. I let the woman go ahead of me so she could fill up her water jug. “It’s just one of those days,” I commented. The woman was silent, but smiled. I had a sense she was our new neighbor at the campsite across from ours. I had briefly sworn when I awoke to a flooded, muddy mess. It was not one of my best days. It was not starting well and I needed to vent my disappointment and some free-floating anger.
After I rinsed my pots again, I walked back to my campsite and I felt a light bulb go on inside my head. “It’s just one of those days.” What a comment. I realized what I had just done. I had set up my whole day with just one simple thought:
“It’s just one of those days.”
That statement alone was preparing me to expect more of the same later in the rainy day. “Wait a minute.” I thought. “I don’t need to carry this particular energy and experience throughout my whole day. Let me replace that thinking with a higher thought. “It is just one of those moments.” That’s better.” “It is just one of those moments” vs. “it is just one of those days” . . .” it’s just one of those lifetimes.” I had had a bad moment. So, what? It is better than setting myself up for a whole day of bad moments by saying, “It’s just one of those days.”
The woman at the water well did not feed and carry the negative energy by agreeing with me. Many of the other campers would have carried my thought. At least twenty campsites were becoming empty from campers discouraged by the torrential rains.
This woman was an angel in disguise—I had guessed. Yes, she was our new neighbor across the way. Later while Eugene and I had breakfast under a tarp, I saw the woman once more. She looked over at me and smiled as she got in her car and rode away.
“No.”, I thought. “It’s not one of those days. It was just one of those moments and it has passed.” The rest of the day was wonderful.
© 1991, 2011 excerpted from Dancing into Consciousness (unpublished book.)
Published in Velocity Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2011 Issue