I just realized when deciding about what to write today, that a lot of wonderful, inspired moments happen when I’m walking my dog. The story I’m going to tell today is no exception.
So I was walking Molly the other day, as I’m sure you could have guessed, when I passed one house that had a bunch of daisies growing right next to the sidewalk. I enjoy this yard a lot because they have so many flowers on either side of the sidewalk that it’s like walking through a mini garden. I often stop to literally smell the roses, peonies, and lilacs.
On this day I noticed that someone had picked one of the daisies and then just threw it on the ground. Seeing something like this always makes me sad because due to one person’s unawareness and/or inconsiderateness this flower will die before its time, and instead of being enjoyed, will rot on the sidewalk. My thought was that if you’re going to steal someone’s flowers at least take them home and enjoy them. As I walked passed the flower my inner self told me to pick it up and take it home, but I, or rather my ego self was a little fearful that someone would assume I had picked and stolen it. My fear/ego won out and I took a few steps past the daisy. I immediately realized I was acting, or not acting, out of fear. However, rather than feel bad I chose to love myself, even though in that moment I had “messed up” by choosing fear over love. I recognized that I had a new choice the very next moment and I did not need to punish myself.
This thought of loving myself brought a little smile to my face as I walked on. My smile grew as I looked up and saw that four more daisies laying on the sidewalk a couple houses down. I knew immediately that this was my moment to listen to my true self and chose love. I bent down and picked up the daisies without a moment of hesitation, and then turned myself around and walked back two houses to pick up the first daisy.
I truly believe that the Universe/Source/God is always there to support us, and as much as we love ourselves the Universe gives love and opportunity back times ten. This was the Universe giving me a second chance to follow my true self and to really own it unashamedly. This time I took advantage of the opportunity and enjoyed those daisies for several weeks.
But the Universe wasn’t done with me yet. It had another gift. It was just a day or so later and I was walking Molly (of course) and I came by the house with the daisies again. My thoughts immediately went to the person or persons that had picked the flowers in the first place. I was annoyed that someone could be so inconsiderate, so unaware. I quickly realized that this thought was from my ego, and not from my true self. I chose to change my thought and know that the flowers did get enjoyed and that I benefited from the whole event. I also remembered that I am not separate from those that choose to be unaware at times (just as I do). It dawned on me that I was the awareness, at least in this situation. I am of the Universe not in it, and in this case the awareness of the Universe came through me. By changing my myopic view to an expanded perspective I could see this experience as a whole and release my ego’s need to separate and judge another. When you get out of the way, the Universe can create wonders, even in the simplest of events like picking flowers and walking your dog. 🙂
Are there daisies in your life you are walking by? Are there times you can hear but ignore your inner self, your true self? Is this an act of love or of fear? How might you choose love the next time?