Last week after fearing I was going to run later for a meeting, I parked my car and dashed off. I must have left the lights on my car as to my surprise when I returned, the battery was flat.
No matter what I tried, I could not get the car to start.
Hmm… ‘I’d better make a call to break down recovery’, I decided. Whilst waiting for them to arrive I remembered a friend once showing me how to ‘re-set’ my car when it wouldn’t start once before. So rather than getting out o the car as he advised – I stayed in – clicked the key fob to lock the doors and then clicked to unlock – and again as nothing seemed to be happening. I had managed to lock myself in the car and couldn’t open the door! Yikes – I was trapped!
It was snowing outside and very cold. I had a coaching meeting with a new client 15 miles away in just over an hour and had not brought her telephone number with me. I was truly in a pickle!
There was nothing I could ‘do’ – just ‘be’ whilst waiting for the recovery people to arrive. As I sat there in this seemingly ridiculous situation, I just had to ‘let go’ and trust that all would work out. Getting frustrated or feeling scared (as I was trapped) would be futile. It wouldn’t change my situation; it would only give me wrinkles!
Sometimes we spend so much time being busy we forget to just ‘be’ in the moment. To be present in our own life. I know lately as I establish my business, I have not enjoyed much time switching off and ‘being’. I am so focused and wanting to get on, it is like I have forgotten to make time to relax.
I love what I ‘do’, I am passionate about being a women’s coach and reaching out to ladies who want my services – but being locked in the car almost seemed like it was ‘meant to be’, a reminder from the Universe if you like, to just sit with nothing to do, to surrender to the experience, trust and let go. After 40 minutes of quiet time and reflection, the recovery guys arrived and let me out by simply opening the door from the outside (it didn’t even require a key from the outside). My battery was restarted and soon I was on my way to meet my client. All was good.
I have decided not to take my foot off the accelerator but to ensure I have more comfort breaks on my journey. It’s not a race building a business and I want to ensure I enjoy the magnificent views along the way. Does any part of this resonate with you? Do you remember to just ‘be’? After all, as someone once told me, we are human ‘beings’ not human ‘doings’.