Let me ask you this, what imprint are you making in the world? Imagine this, you are juggling many different hats, tasks, and responsibilities,yet you decide to make time to drive 20 miles to a support group that has a very empowering focus and you support the movement. So much that you are going there to drop off a check from an event you hosted to raise money so they can continue the work with ease. After you drop off the check, you are ready to put it in the books and move on. When a stranger stops you on your way back to your car to say thank you. She wants you to know that if it were not for random acts of courage, she and her 3 year old daughter, would not have the sense of hope that they do. Wait, what? Let’s take a moment to pause and reframe.
Yeah that happened. Here’s what you don’t know. The last few weeks have been really challenging. I’ve been stretched in ways I didn’t know were possible and awakened a new awareness in me that I didn’t even know was happening at the time. While I was really excited to have hosted a successful event, to raise an awareness, money and share stories of encouragement, enlightenment and hope with others; truth is I when I added up the numbers I didn’t feel like it was enough. In comparison to the last event I hosted for this group our success doubled in almost every area, yet I was feeling somewhat inadequate.
Why? Deep inside I know I can do better and I know that the event can serve so many more. I know it’s good, really good. Yet I keep getting in my own way allowing my own insecurities to keep me from reaching the greater good. That’s not to say we didn’t do a good thing, we did. Yet deep inside I felt like a failure. Handing over the money, and I sat on it for 2 months, made me acknowledge that feeling. Then someone who doesn’t even know me, came up to me out of the blue to thank me. ME. Unbelievable. Talk about a mind-shift. In that moment, she left her imprint on me. Reminding me that I am enough and my efforts, when in love, reach further than anything else I could say or do. I gave her a hug, and softly whispered, “thank you.“.
Exactly one day later I made time to read a book that had been sitting on my shelf for two weeks. Normally, it would likely collect dust before I made time to read it. Truthfully I was curious. The name of the book, “Money is Love”. Handing off the check, provided a sense of relief, some fear of not being enough, seeing the money leave my bank account also brought up some fear. Then this woman out of nowhere comes to me. Honestly, I don’t even know if she knew who I was, for all I know she was an angel sent to remind me about the imprint we leave on others. How we share our energy and send our love into the world.
“We receive when we are open to the things/people that come into our consciousness, when we are ready for the growth.”
I’ve not had the greatest track record with money. Like many Americans, it holds little value to me with a lot of power. So here I am reading about the concept of Money is Love. Reading this book was exactly what I needed to see what I already knew in my heart. To reframe my perspective and to cleanse the old to make room for the new. While I’m not going to go into the details of the book, (you can find it on amazon here) It was exactly what I needed in the moment. That’s how God/The Universe, what ever or whom ever you believe, works. We receive when we are open to the things/people that come into our consciousness, when we are ready for the growth.
Looking back, I can see that my attitude toward the event and the fundraising was not what it will be on the next go around. Deep inside I know that it’s not about the number of people who come, the amount we raise but that we are sending love into the world and making every moment better, beginning today. I have the utmost gratitude for all those who have supported me, the cause, the people who came and the ones who contributed, time talent and money.
“Love casts out fear.”
I don’t know what you may be facing today. I do know this, ‘love casts out fear‘ and love is the greatest of all the spiritual gifts. While it is challenging, it feels better to love then to fear. In the moments when life counts, we can choose fear or courage. Courage comes from the latin root word for heart, and heart is where we often feel love. Go in love and choose to send it into the world, beginning at home. And that my friend, is the imprint of you.