Today was a long day! I’ve been up since 3:40 a.m. and only had a few hours of sleep before awakening. It’s now 9:30 p.m and I’m still going strong and able to come up with some semi-intelligent thoughts to share with you. Tomorrow I will be up again at 3:40 a.m. and will work a long day. I started my day by asking God to give me the strength to be present for each person I came in contact with today.
I helped out at a health fair today with my former employer and that is the reason I was up so early in the morning. We started the event at 5:30 a.m. and went until 9:00 a.m. I came in contact with about 40 people this morning, most dreading to hear their health results. As I worked the blood pressure station, I recognized how present I was for each individual who came before me. It was busy at times but I was still able to keep the flow of people moving through the station and give them all the time they needed to ask questions in order to better understand their results. I felt energized. I was able to be my spiritual self in this sea of manufacturing plant workers. I wasn’t trying to be something I wasn’t. I even offered to say a prayer for a few of them who were going through a difficult time. They accepted my offer. I was truly present in who I am and not caught up in who they expected me to be. This energy carried on throughout the day as I had a full client schedule once I returned to the Center. I was so in the moment with each person and Spirit used me as the conduit to deliver the guidance or healing needed.
I realized that when I allow Spirit to use me in miraculous ways, I am never tired. When I try to step in and do things myself, I am always tired. Woody Allen once said “80% of success is showing up.” If you just show up and be present for people, Spirit will do the rest.
As we head into the holiday season, I encourage you to not get caught up in the details. This is a time of gathering together in community and being a part of a grateful nation. We have so much to be thankful for. This holiday season, instead of spending your time running around buying gifts and getting things done, perhaps you focus on how you spend your time with family and friends. It’s not about the perfect turkey or the ideal gift for someone. It’s about the energy you expend toward the important people in your life.
This year, interact, listen, connect, and exchange energy. Not just because you have to, but because you want to. You will receive energy back ten fold if you just stay present for everyone you come in contact with.
The greatest present you can give to anyone this year is your presence.