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I've written before that I enjoy rainy days (Free Flight, Healing Morning, 1/24/2010). Particularly, I enjoy the ones where the rain visits for several days and gives us that soft, misty gray quality to enjoy. To me, the world takes on a different energy, one that is a bit slower, a bit more deliberate and a bit more profound...if we pause long enough to embrace it. Rainy days have a sleepy quality, and for some reason, I seem to be given clear direction and guidance on those days. Perhaps this happens simply because rainy days force us to slow down in our overall pace, and we have more time to pay attention to feelings and impressions.
Last week, through a series of connections, I ended up attending a local business networking function. This meeting was held in one of our skyscraper buildings in the downtown Knoxville area, at the top floor of that building. I've been to that private club floor several times over the years, and I never fail to enjoy the panoramic view of Knoxville from that perspective. The meeting I attended was in a corner room that had two full walls of windows, allowing us to see a wide expanse of Knoxville. Because of the rainy day, fog and the typical mists of East Tennessee were present, cloaking the city and surrounding ridges in drifting misty clouds. Everything was shades of black, grays and whites, and standing there, I was struck with a dramatic sense of peace.
Earlier in this week, I had experienced a dream that gave me a very clear message of interacting with local business groups being important to my own business success. I heeded that dream, as I have always believed we are given very strong messages in the dream state, and as I attended various group meetings, I began to see an almost immediate result. I am still in the very new stages of identifying the groups where I wish to establish stronger, permanent connections, but I am more than pleased with the feedback I'm receiving.
That particular afternoon, in that room of that skyscraper, gazing out over Knoxville as the city drowsed its way through the soft, gray rainy day, I got typically choked up at the beauty of it all, and how perfectly placed I was in that moment in time. We're all guilty of overlooking clear messages we're given, because life is definitely chock full of distractions and stressors. But when we...or, when I make a conscious effort to pay attention to those messages, those nudges and those obvious opportunities, it is gratifying how quickly things begin to fall into place. I wish that I had had a camera that day so that I could've snapped an enduring image of what my eyes saw and my Spirit felt, but the image is one that exists only in my memories and mind's eye. I can relate to you that it was beautiful....peaceful.....and that there was a sense of hushed expectancy...of waiting....and, if I may be so bold as to voice my own interpretation....a sense of approval. That was the message I received that day.
I don't know what the immediate future will hold for me, but the short term energies that are building indicate that by heeding those Divine communications, I am creating a solid positive path for myself. Good things are happening, good connections are being established, and small successes are growing. Just a few short weeks ago, I weathered a very abrupt, frustrating rocky moment with a business contract. I wrote about that (Newly Vacated Space, Healing Morning, 3/16/2011) in order to release the negative emotions and energies and find a sense of peace and acceptance. By taking that conscious action and approach, I noticed that new opportunities did, indeed, manifest very quickly to fill that newly vacated space. And that moment at the window of that meeting room, gazing out at the drifting mists of that rainy day, it was palpable, the sense I had of everything being very clearly ordered.
For now, I am going to continue this process of networking. It is creating valuable forward momentum and dynamic interaction, and I am positive that more doors are opening as a result. I have immediate goals that are being accomplished, and I have larger dreams that I'm laying groundwork for in the process of achieving those small steps. In the midst of all this activity and bustling about, I will also keep my eye peeled for those moments, those nods of recognition that tell me I'm on the right path. I have found that if I am living consciously in this manner, not only do I recognize those little flags and hallmarks, but I also experience much more richly the moments when I am perfectly placed in time.