A friend of mine recently did a talk about abundance and his story reminded me of something that happened to me as a child that I wanted to share (shout out to Joe – thanks for the inspiration!)
When I was 9 or 10, my parents took me to their friends’ house for an outdoor summer lunch.
There were other families with kids there, and it was a nice warm summer day, so us kids started to get rowdy, noisy, and generally get in the way of the adults trying to have their fun and grill our food.
So one of the adults came up with a great idea.
He decided to hold a contest for all the kids in which the kid catches the most flies over the next 2 hours, wins a box of candy.
Being the smart and competitive kid I was at the time, I immediately leapt into action and created the ultimate fly trap. I took a plastic back, and filled it with sugar water, and then eagerly started chasing flies and trying to force them into my bag.
Unfortunately, my strategy failed. While there were many flies out there, I only managed to chase one or two into my bag and spent almost an hour running around in the sun with the other kids fighting over flies.
(Yes, I know there are other things that work better for catching flies than sugar water, but let’s keep this PG…)
So after an hour or so, I got tired. I had 2 flies in my trap, and didn’t see a way to catch any more. My new friends also didn’t fare very well. There was one kid who had 8 flies and seemed like the front runner to win the candies, but the rest of us only had 1 or 2.
Seeing that I probably won’t win, I decided that a nap would be a better use of my time. So I found a nice shady corner, and fell asleep.
When I woke up, after a nice 30 minute nap, I looked at my trap and shouted with excitement! It was FULL of flies buzzing around the sugar water! I quickly sealed the bag, and started counting. I got to around 22 flies when I realized that I need to go back to the house to check in to collect my prize.
I went back to the house and saw all the other kids. They were completely wiped out and none of them had more than 10 flies. I was the winner!
So what does that have to do with abundance? (Besides the importance of napping of course…)
Sometimes we feel that we need to chase our goals, to work them as hard as we can and force them into submission.
While hard work is important, it’s also important to understand that you have the universe working on your side, and sometimes, it’s just as important to step back and let the universe do its work.
You may catch one or two flies by chasing them around the yard, but you may also get 22 flies if you just surrender and let the universe take control.
One thing I do want to mention here is that you still need to do the work to set the circumstances up for your success.
If I wouldn’t have created that trap, I doubt I’d get 22 flies to fly into my plastic bag, so don’t think that if you just sit around on the couch watching TV, you’ll get those million dollars you always wanted…
You will still have to create the circumstances for your success, and the universe will help you with those as well, but once you have, there is no need to “chase the flies” into the bag, just surrender and let the universe do what it does best, take care of you.
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