The Universe encourages us in wonderfully mysterious ways. My Gayle’s Uncle Robert would say that God’s fingerprints were all over something when there is no good reason why things should fall together as remarkably as they do, and that is the theme for Week 2.
In Week 1, I did the thing I (initially thought) could not do, identify companies that might undertake a conversation about engaging the PR agency on whose behalf I was contacting them without neither any prior experience nor quite a complete idea what a PR firm does, although I was learning. A few days later I received interested responses...now what? I guess I’ll learn that in Week 3.
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Girl Code, by www.thechampagnediet.com founder Cara Atwill Leyba is part of our required reading...and hereupon lay the fingerprints of the Universe. She seems to be writing my thoughts, calling me away from fears and into a new place where it appears I (am now ready to) belong. I’d heard about a commencement speech delivered by author JK Rowling, but hadn’t read the speech in its entirety. During my morning commute, these words spoke to me, confirming that it was time to receive this lesson and this blessing.
Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. ~
Then there was this confirmation that my unique blend of sacred and secular was affirmed as the formula for my success. In the words of Julie Mella and Ramona Azcona, owners of SheWinks, on the one thing they feel women entrepreneurs need to be successful,
Faith and Prayer; whatever your belief is, believe it it wholeheartedly, pray and ask for guidance and you will hear the answers.
What can I tell you about my first two weeks as an Entern? First, I am learning professional skills and about an industry I find exciting. I am leveraging my experience, creativity, and my desire to succeed. I couldn’t be more excited. Second, the message from The Universe is clear-this is your time. Everything that came before this moment in my life prepared me to be here. I am a little fearless. I am more confident. I am ready to embrace what comes, comfortable that I do not need to know that that is. Third, I have the gift of 7 other women with whom I will share this unique experience, and the sense of trailblazing that accompanies it. And my mentors? I learn as much by observation as by listening. They are disciplined. They are driven. They have opened their doors and shared their skill sets to teach us how they do what they do while teaching us to tap into our natural talents. They give with open hearts and open hands...and I desire to be like them.
The larger lesson? A renewal of the lessons previously learned, learned over and over again having brought different perspective to them; I am a different me.
Lesson 1. Sometimes the pressures of life have a way of pressing things out of us.
In this case, things I no longer needed were pressed out of me, and the imprint that remained brings forth beautiful new things. I do not know what they are, but I am clear they will be transformative...and not just for me.
Lesson 2. Wilderness experiences reveal our strength.
The Wilderness has been my proving ground. No matter how difficult my circumstances were, “we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed…” (2 Corinthians 4:8).
Lesson 3. The Wilderness is NOT a destination. It is a school from which you must graduate.
Even at the most difficult times, I never lost my joy. Once again writing my thoughts, author Cara Atwill Leyba wisely reminded me that “they don’t serve champagne at pity parties.” Graduation is a time for celebration. I celebrate for many reasons, not the least of which is remembering that He did not build us to break beyond His restoring Grace AND He never meant for us to go it alone.
So, if I have come to a deeper understanding of my time in the Wilderness, if I can witness to being sustained by the Word and the Will of God when there wasn’t a single thing I could do on my own about my life and my circumstances, then it’s time to graduate from this journey in the wilderness AND tell the story.
Then the Lord was jealous for his land and took pity on his people...
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you.
You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.
Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.”
Joel 2:18, 25-27 (NIV)