It was my birthday yesterday. And it turned out to be a day of surprises – and a big reframe!
The first surprise came when I opened my email and saw several unexpected “happy birthday” messages. Another message was from a friend compiling a birthday list and wanting to add mine. Talk about perfect timing!
The weather was perfect. A morning social meeting became an extended lunch at my favourite Vietnamese restaurant. Then at around 3pm I set off for the Sunshine Coast (1.5 hour drive) where I am staying for two weeks. As I was driving I was savouring the events of the day.
Then suddenly – within five seconds – the car I was driving came to an abrupt halt on a very busy motorway. I only just managed to steer to the side of the motorway before the engine petered out. You can imagine how I felt with two lanes of hectic holiday traffic speeding by as well as huge semi-trailers barrelling within half a metre (18 inches) of the car. The car shuddered every time a semi-trailer screamed by. A few horns honked.
Feeling very rattled, to say the least, I called a roadside assistance service (thank God for mobile phones). Then I crawled across the passenger seat clutching my handbag and laptop – and escaped to relative safety some five metres away.
“Where did that come from?” I wondered. (There are no secrets here for anyone who understands how LOA works in your life) …..
Because of my work with energy alignment and law of attraction I knew that the only choice I had was to “make the best” of a seemingly bad situation. I couldn’t change the car problem – but I could choose my attitude or response to it. So I did. I decided to make it “unimportant” – to downplay it – to reframe it – and see what happened.
It didn’t take long before a rather interesting – and certainly unexpected – reality began to unfold before my eyes. Within ten minutes a road safety patrol officer stopped by. The officer and I chatted away – he wished me “happy birthday” – and before I realised, a tow truck had arrived. The tow truck driver was friendly and chatty. He deposited the car and me at a safety point and also wished me ” happy birthday”.
Then I had to wait for a road assistance technician to arrive to assess the problem. Again, the technician was very friendly and I received another “happy birthday” wish. Finally, the car had to be towed to a repair shop. The tow truck driver (a different one) was very friendly and also added “happy birthday” wishes. Some three hours later and four unexpected conversations and birthday wishes, I was driven to my holiday destination and spent a pleasant evening socialising – more “birthday” wishes.
Today I phoned the car repair shop and was told the car wouldn’t be ready till next Monday due to their heavy work load. (Damn) But … this afternoon I received a message that the car was done (nice surprise!). Finally I logged into Facebook and found a bunch of “happy birthday” wishes.
So what did I get for my birthday?
Well, I certainly received more birthday greetings from strangers than ever before. I met a bunch of people – that I would not have otherwise met – who were friendly, chatty and helpful.
In other words, my birthday delivered some real surprises. I got to practise maintaining my alignment in the “face of seeming adversity” – and watched as that dynamic played out.
We may not be able to control circumstances, but we can certainly learn to control our response to any circumstance. And ultimately that’s the only thing that matters! Attitude is everything.