“So what if your life’s going to be messy. Perfect isn’t the plan. Purpose is.” ~ Ann Voskamp
This week I witnessed two separate situations where the plans laid out by someone were altered somewhat dramatically by health concerns. As a witness to these situations, instead of a participant, it allowed me some distance to reflect on these experiences when plans change due to circumstances beyond our control. Two thoughts struck me, “why do we feel so entitled to things working out as we planned them?” and “creativity comes through limitations.”
Looking a little closer at the first thought I have to admit I still have a knee-jerk reaction to changes in my plans of “why is this happening?” “Why is this thing I want being withheld from me?” “Why can’t I achieve my goal?” It is a limiting belief I hold that life is supposed to work out as planned. One of the many problems with this line of thinking is I don’t know everything. Who says my plan, what my small mind created, is in my best interest? Holding this belief means I am cutting off Spirit’s ability to intervene on my behalf.
I have to thank my friend and creative master Jody for the second thought. We were discussing a book she is developing on creativity recently. We were talking about the creative process. Where does creativity/works of art come from? This is something she has been studying her whole life and she said to me “creativity comes through managing limitations.” What she said stayed with me for days. I had a few dreams about it and then these two people I know, one a close friend and one a new acquaintance, had some limits placed on their plans.
Our life is our art and how we live it is our creativity at work. Messed up plans are Spirit’s way of inspiring us to create new art. Find a different way, reassess the goal, reassess the why behind the goal, explore other routes to that goal, and/or recommit to your art/life. Mindful plans accepts that Spirit is our partner in life. Work through challenges and changes with grace but allow yourself to express your disappointment when things don’t go as planned. We are human and we will have feelings about things out of our control making life messy. That is okay. Your feelings are legit, honor them and then see what art you can create.
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Laura Rowe is an intuitive energy healer. Living in Portland, Oregon, Laura founded The Vital Spirit, an entity that seeks to be an instrument in the ongoing shift in human consciousness. Laura works with adults who identify as highly sensitive persons or empaths and are committed to learning about who they are and how they want to express themselves in this world. She helps these individuals clear energetic blocks, release limiting beliefs, thrive in their business/careers and navigate interpersonal relationships so they can live life to the fullest.