the Universe is always listening
Just to make sure I’m not making it up, and in case you don’t quite believe me, I started to make a list of some biggies:
- Last year, about this time, Mom and I got really really sick after eating some bad food, and we remained sick for at least a month. The kind of sick where we spent all day in bed, with a pile of snot rags, and herbs, watching every episode of Ally McBeal on DVD until we could no longer stand the theme song. If we got up and tried to do anything we got sicker. Nearing the end of that we were reaching desperate levels of boredom and cabin fever. Our lack of productivity put us in a state of mental turmoil, our brains were demanding work – the result was a complete reworking of our website and our marketing. We decided that what was most important was our materials and that was what we needed to focus on, the rest was ancillary. This change, this one singular change, played a huge part in our ability to double our gross sales from 2009 to 2010. And it would never have happened if we hadn’t been sick and dying and miserable in bed for a month.
- When we got a bee in our bonnets to move to the mountains, we drove to West Virginia on a flyer of a research roadie, and what we went there for was a complete bust. The property was uninhabitable, would have been unaccessible in bad weather, and was being squatted on by people we never met, but reminded us of Deliverance none the less. In addition to the fact that West Virginia in general was pretty scary, and the nearest town was disgusting and over run with a bustling Walmart and fast food – not exactly what we envisioned for our new mountain paradise. So we drove home, and stopped at every visitor information center on the way. Somewhere in North Carolina we picked up a copy of the Appalachian Voice in which I read an article that compared Floyd county to another county in West Virginia. When we got home and started looking through all our collected information again in search of the next place to poke a stick at – I remembered Floyd and went in search of more information on the internet. Every website I found made it sound more and more like it was exactly what we were looking for. The icing on the cake – there was one house for rent in Floyd on craigslist and it was in our budget and big enough for the business. Emailed that night and received a response within the hour that had us both swooning. And the rest is history. So West Virginia was a bust, but we got to move to Floyd instead, and Floyd is more amazing then either one of us could have ever dreamed. Floyd is freaking magical.
- The German catalog deal that we’d been working on since June, that much to our surprise, was actually looking like it was going to come together in time for January delivery, giving us a nice post holiday paycheck, finally fell through in October due to contract issues we weren’t willing to negotiate. A month later, out of the blue, a Norwegian boat builder contacts us about a large custom order of carbon fiber briefcases and portfolios to use for their owner’s manuals. With what seemed like almost no work, we got a PO for a 100 of each due in April, to be paid for 3 months in advance. Post holiday paycheck secured. But had we acquiesced to Germany’s antics and accepted their ridiculous contract we could have been caught with our pants down, holding the bag, having made product for POs that got canceled on short notice (this is exactly what happened with Hammacher Schlemmer). And with that on our plate, it would have been a stretch to take on the boat builder’s order.
I hope this leaves you thinking about all the times the Universe has been listening for you and I hope you use that to strengthen your belief that the Universe will provide you with exactly what you need, if you just give it a chance.