~ so karmically clean clean.
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Sooo, this just in. Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t easy. Many times it can be. However, when we’re at a crossroads and are questioning how to proceed, let us be aware that our resistant mini-me, otherwise known as our ego, who is with us wherever we go, probably has something to do with it. I like to remind myself that the Universe will test us regularly to see if we’re ready to graduate to the next level in our lives. Occasionally, that advancement is dependent on how we respond.
Even though what I’m about to share with you occurred over 10 years ago, the lesson behind it still rings true. One day after work I was driving around town and God told me to go back to my job and GIVE one of my colleagues $20. Y’all. I literally told God, “No. I’m not going back and doing that. I’m on way to Blockbuster to rent some movies.” And that was that. Not even a week later, while I’m sitting next to this same colleague at work, he says to me he’s glad today’s payday as he has to pay back two people for each lending him $5 when he needed gas. I felt so small when he shared that with me. You see, had I given him the $20 that God told me to, he wouldn’t have had to pay back anybody and would have received double of what he borrowed. And who knows, maybe God was asking me to do this to strengthen my colleague’s faith that God does indeed answer prayer. I do wonder from time to time throughout my life if I prevented a similar type of blessing coming to me because I refused to bless someone else out of pure selfishness. Sidebar: a few years ago I was watching one of those ‘Lottery Winner’ shows, and y’all, I swear, one of those gazillion dollar lottery winners looked just like my former co-worker. Seriously.
What helps me nowadays whenever I find it challenging to push through and do the right thing is I go through a quick checklist of things to consider. Is what I’m thinking of doing and/or saying going to be for the overall benefit of everyone involved? If there are any sacrifices (like my time, my money, etc.) involved, will I be okay, for real, when all is said and done? Now, feel free to add any other considerations you may think of if you’re ever on the fence about whether or not to do the right thing. Because at the end of the day, if what you are going to do will render a beneficial win/win for everyone involved and it’s to no one’s detriment, you’re not just doing the right thing, you’re doing an outstanding thing. I truly believe when you help someone else, you are simultaneously positioning yourself for the Universe to send the right people at the right time to help you out down the line. And speaking from experience, it’s always better to have a ton of good karma saved up. Namaste Lovelies…