This past weekend I worked a booth at the Body, Mind, Spirit Expo, in Tinley Park (Chicago south suburb), sharing information about the Celebrate Your Life Conference (CYL) taking place June 12 – 15 in Lombard, IL. It was a last minute decision to have a booth, so I wasn’t as prepared as I normally would be to showcase the CYL. Normally I would have had a schedule made for people to join me for a few hours as there is power in numbers…and also company for me. I would have figured out how to make the table as pretty and inviting as possible to attract people over to come talk about what I was there to share. But this time I had a banner and brochures. I wasn’t even 100% sure that my table for the weekend would have a drape (table cloth) and had been asked to bring a sheet or something to cover it just in case. I left my place Saturday morning with a banner and brochures in hand for my journey to the south suburbs and to the expo. I hadn’t gone very far before I realized…I FORGOT THE SHEET! A few minutes of self-criticizing – ‘you should have set it by the door last night, or why didn’t you put it in the car yesterday’ were replaced with one of my favorite mantras “I am in the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons” and I reminded myself all would be well. I got to the convention center and my table was in the perfect spot and was draped. Could I have had more splash and flash on the table to draw people in? Yes of course. However, it was a good reminder that when you show up with an open heart, and open mind and a smile, you truly are prepared.
How often do you go into a meeting, a class, a date and feel unprepared? You ‘should’ have read the report closer. You ‘should’ have studied harder. You ‘should’ have dressed more appropriately. I have let go of the ‘should haves, have to do, need to do’ statements and yet they still creep in from time to time as they did yesterday. Being prepared is valuable for sure and I certainly encourage you to be prepared for your class, meeting, date, or whatever is taking place currently in your life while knowing the best preparation you can do is to show up as YOU. Show up in life with an open heart, an open mind, a kind word and a smile. Being prepared from a space of love is the best preparation you can offer yourself, others and the world. I could have had giveaways, music, beautiful trinkets or other eye-catching enticers at my table and yet had I shown up in fear instead of love I wouldn’t be able to share about the transformative conference I was there to talk about. I let go of what I would have ‘normally’ done and simply showed up as me, offering a kind word, a smile, and a hug and I had lots of people stop by.
Moving forward, you too can be prepared by showing up by:
Letting go of how things ‘should’ look or be and allow what is right there in front of you. I certainly wanted a gorgeous booth that people were drawn to and yet I could have stayed in a space of frustration that I wasn’t better prepared. As I drove to the event, I let go of what ‘should’ happen and began thinking about what positively ‘could’ happen.
Being prepared by starting your day with “I am always in the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons.” That simple statement allows me to see daily synchronicities that I might have missed if I were focused on preparation rather than presence, knowing I am exactly where I am supposed to be in each moment. And this holds true to frustrating times too. I don’t like being late and yet sometimes I get stuck in traffic. I may not know the reason in that moment while I’m ‘stuck’ but I firmly and steadfastly believe there is a reason which allows me to relax quicker. And the more I’m relaxed, the quicker my frustration of not being prepared dissolves.
Mostly, I encourage you to remember all is well. Even if you seemingly fail in class, in the meeting or on the date, it is simply showing you what isn’t for you in that moment and you can place your focus on what you do want. You want to learn a lot in your class. You want to have a productive meeting. You want to have a fun date with someone where there is mutual attraction. Place you focus on what you love, what you are passionate about, what you admire and be prepared to shine you!
Prepare to see deeper love, laughter and happiness when you show up with an open heart, an open mind, a kind word, a smile and a big hug.
I am prepared to give and receive love with an open heart, open mind and willing spirit.
“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.”
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”
~ Emily Dickinson