This post originally appeared on September 2, 2015. (It was nice to remember those balmy summer days as we dig out from a March blizzard!)
Twice in three days recently, I dazzled others with my good luck.
It's not that I won the lottery or found a rare treasure at the thrift shop or had an anvil fall out of the sky and miss me by mere inches. My luck was smaller than that, but no less important to me in the moments that they occurred. They were important because they validated a frequently overlooked life skill - intention.
First, after a long afternoon at the beach, I was craving a lobster roll (sidebar: growing up land-locked, I had no idea what I was missing!). Alas, it was the middle of the dinner rush on a Saturday night in a beach town, which means hour-long waits at restaurants and tough parking - not ideal for a family with three sandy, tired, hungry children (and by children, I mean me).
I got cranky and was ready to give up and go home, sad and lobster roll-less. Undeterred, my husband suggested we go for it, and that I "run some gold" - roughly meaning, partner with the universe to work the energy of the situation to our advantage. So I began to meditate...and it may have been a coincidence, but what followed was simply too aligned with my vision to chalk up to chance.
Putting my name in with the host, he said it would be 45 minutes to an hour before we'd get a table. I laughed and said, "Nope - it'll be way less than that, I have really good luck!" He looked at me sideways and shrugged. Minutes later, my husband joined us after parking the car in a spot he found on his 2nd pass through the lot, a 15-second walk from the front door. We'd had just enough time settle in to the lounge and order drinks when our buzzer lit up, indicating our table was ready - about 25 minutes from the time we walked in the door. The host just smiled and shook his head, befuddled at what had just happened.
I, of course, knew that it was going to unfold that way. I set the intention, asked for help, and willingly allowed the universe take over. Or maybe Lady Luck didn't have anything better to do than walk me through a busy Saturday night in a bustling seaside town, removing every obstacle between me and my sea bug sandwich.
The second time involved another beach (it's been hot here) - one that is gorgeous and popular and almost impossible to visit easily because there are only 15 parking spots in the lot. Unless you're there at dawn, you'll inevitably get turned away at the gate or end up waiting a long time for a spot or parking far from the beach and hoofing it down the road with all your stuff. We arrived at 1:00 PM. The gatekeeper was reluctant to let me in, and told me all the lots were full except the main one and even that was going to be crowded. I smiled and said, "Thanks, I'll take my chances - I have really good luck!" He looked at me like I was speaking Martian.
You see where this is going, right?
Yes - when I pulled in to the lot at the end of the island where the awesome little uncrowded beach sits, there were two open spots (unheard of!). Not only that, but there were a couple of bird watchers packing their car to leave - and their spot was close to the entrance and in the shade. Of course, I waited the minute or so it took for them to leave and took their sweet, sweet, shaded parking spot, and enjoyed hours of peaceful New England beach time.
I tell you all that to illustrate that intention has power. You may have heard the phrase, "you bring about what you think about." That statement used to really irritate me - mostly because it felt like I was being blamed for bringing misfortune upon myself. It is reductive, but it's not entirely untrue.
There are always a multitude of ways to see a situation, there are endless ways things can play out. What I'm saying here is that it makes life more fun to anticipate good. If you're going to go for something, why not go into it with a picture of ease and success rather than a picture of difficulty and potential failure? I think sometimes we are reluctant to claim that picture because we don't believe we can have it, or we don't want to look foolish, or we don't want to admit to ourselves how much we want a certain outcome.
I think the universe is just sitting there, waiting to give us what we want - our role is to be aware of what that really is, and then claim it. As for looking foolish - well, to each their own. I personally had no problem doing gratitude dances on the way to our table and in the beach parking lot.
Try it. Start with a relatively inconsequential thing - parking is a perfect scenario for this exercise - and go for it. Ask the universe to provide you with the perfect spot. Envision a line of gold energy that you can follow to it. Know that there's something out there setting it up on your behalf. Tell yourself, and others, that you have really good luck - you always find the good spot. Say it with a smile, really convince yourself.
And notice what happens.