A Gift from the Universe

The milky way as captured by Chris Prichard of Chrispzero from Horseshoe Lake

A Gift from the Universe

Recently I had my two scheduled clients cancel on the same day: Monday, October 15th. This almost never happens! I do have a 48-hour cancellation policy, and both clients gave me notice far in advance. So, I did what I normally do: I reached out to my waitlist of clients to see if anyone wanted to fill the two slots. About a dozen clients all passed on both the morning and afternoon sessions – Mondays are my hardest day to schedule.

Normally I’d freak out and think of all the income I might be missing out on, but instead, I thought about how this was actually a gift from the Universe. Let me explain…

From Wednesday, October 10th through Saturday, October 13th I was working with clients down in Southern California. Since I was away from home my schedule was not normal. And because I was staying with clients at their home, I was working 8+ hours a day and then socializing with my clients in the off hours. It didn’t leave much time for me to get my regular amount of admin/bookkeeping work done, so I was a bit behind. I flew home very early on Sunday, October 14th and spent the rest of the day just catching up personally (unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, napping and walking the dog) and enjoying my only day off.

Having no clients scheduled on Monday allowed me to catch up on all the work ‘to dos’ that I hadn’t been able to get to while traveling. It also allowed me to run work related errands – dropping donations, depositing checks, picking up my mail, etc. – and to catch up on some writing, which was a treat!

Similar to my post Play Hooky! where I encourage taking a mental health day every once in a while, try to look at these magical days when your calendar suddenly frees up as gifts from the Universe. Because that is exactly what they are. 

When I was younger I would’ve been upset by plans being cancelled or changed. But I’ve noticed that when I am in flow, sometimes this works out better for both parties. It’s a win-win!

It’s taken me a few years to get to this point, where I’m not living in survival mode or in fear mode of not making enough money. I did what I could to try to rebook clients for that day, but it didn’t work out, and that’s for a reason. Having an extra day to catch up before seeing clients the rest of the week really allowed me to catch a breath and be more productive. 

Several years ago, I came to the realization that the Universe has always provided for me when I needed it. I’ve never been so broke (thankfully) that I had to borrow money, and I’m lucky to be debt free. I always had what I needed if I just trusted the energy beyond me, and didn’t live in fear. I’ve been learning this through Gabby Bernstein and her books/social media posts, and also after listening to Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love (amongst a few other sources like my inspirational friend Deepa Mehta, pictured below).

At first the concept is foreign and feels wrong, but you have to lean into it. It’s the same faith I ask my clients to have when we are organizing: lean into the fear of organizing or letting an item go; let’s push through it. It’s not that it’s a bad feeling it’s just not a familiar feeling. But we can change that over time with muscle memory. The more we do it, the more familiar it becomes.

My beautiful friend Love Deepa praising the sunset in San Francisco, CA circa 2014

So the next time a day in your life magically frees up – see it for the gift that it is instead of worrying about the income you’re missing out on, or the work you should be doing. Doing this allows you to fully live in the present and live more mindfully, which is what we are all aiming to achieve. 

When’s the last time your calendar suddenly freed up and what did you do with your gifted day? Please share with me in the comments!

If this hasn’t happened to you yet, let me know when it does – and remember to be open to it!

Lauren Mang
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