The Patience of Saints

I’m not actively looking for a new job, but when one comes into my awareness that is in my field, offers an increase in pay and has some other benefits (like working remotely), I tend to consider it carefully. Recently just such an opportunity came by.

By Carlo Crivelli (kQHrK8lr0kZGcg) at Google Cultural Institute, Public Domain

I prepared my documents, submitted the required paperwork, and subsequently found out that 2 colleagues and friends had also submitted resumes for the position.

As the weeks rolled by, one of my friends texted me to ask if I had heard anything on the job, and I had not. When she texted me again asking the same thing a week later, I knew that something was up. A few days later, I would find out.

She had been contacted for an interview and wanted me to know from her, and not hear it through the grapevine. I appreciated that! She asked if I was upset, and what I told her was this: “if I didn’t get a call, this isn’t my job, so I can’t be upset about not getting a job that isn’t mine to begin with,…

What I meant is that I strongly believe that what I seek is seeking me. From this perspective, I don’t get crazy invested in things with an “or else” orientation. I know that what is my by divine right, is mine – and no one, no matter what they bring to the table – can take it away from me.

Likewise, I understand that what is NOT mine, doesn’t belong in my life.

Living in this perspective has saved me a lot of angst, misery and unrest. I know that what is meant for my Highest Good, and the Highest Good for others will manifest. If something I reach for doesn’t come to fruition in the way that I want it to, I release it and remain in Peace.

I’ve had some experience forcing things, and it always creates a life lesson that would have been easier to learn through meditation or from a book! One such lesson involved a job that I took because I was certain that there were things I needed to learn and know in a certain construct and that I needed to do this certain job to learn them.

My impatience around this landed me in a job at a location that I knew on Day 1 was a poor fit. It took me some time to move on, but it was an unfolding of my enlightenment (little ‘e’ intentional). I had forced the timeline; gotten insistent about what I wanted and when I wanted it, and most important for me to learn: I had assumed that I alone knew what I needed, and had not listened to the inner guidance that is always available – if we are willing to hear it.

The GOOD NEWS is that, like a formal education in a classroom or internship, I learned a LOT, and eventually bumbled my way into a much better position for me (although it had its lessons for me to learn as well). Fast forward to today, I know like I know like I know: what’s mine by Divine Right cannot be taken, and what’s not mine, is not meant for me – no matter what it looks like “in the world of Caesar” (on the physical plane).

I titled this post “The Patience of Saints” based on some recent reading about St Augustine, who was as much a philosopher about life as he was theologian. When we understand the deep connection we have to Spirit and walk in the knowing that all is well; trusting the guidance that comes in meditation, prayer and solitude – we too can possess the patience of a Saint and live in the peace of knowing that we’re not going to miss out on our Good.

And so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

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