Sometimes those perceived disappointments in life, such as that lost job opportunity, redundancy, divorce or sickness, all fool us into thinking they are unfortunate events.
That God, The Universe or Lady Luck is not really listening or not really there!
But there’s always a force greater than us at work on our behalf.
Those things are meant to be a way of directing us in a different direction, for good reason. Although that may not be apparent right now, all will become clear in the not so distant future.
When my Husband was being made redundant, everyone I told sympathized with my plight.
‘Oh, no poor you, what are you going to do?
Not one person could see the positive in the situation.
This amazed me as it was the best thing that could have ever happened to us.
We had spoken of my Husband joining me in my Childminding business as he was working away a lot and travelling home late in the evenings, missing time with our young children. Often, they’d be in bed by the time he arrived home.
My business was growing and I had a waiting list of children waiting for childcare, needing my services but I was limited by how many children I could care for, governed by professional registration.
We didn’t feel brave enough for both of us to take the risk of being self-employed together. On top of that, we knew it would take at least a year for my husband to train and become registered as a childminder, a year of not working we couldn’t afford him to take.
Then like magic, all our prayers had been answered at once.
He was made redundant so he got redundancy pay. Not much but we then had payment protection on our mortgage which paid our mortgage for a whole year, plus they had a back to work incentive and paid for his training to become a childminder. By the time the payment protection had ended, he was registered and able to start working straight away, and we have never looked back.
We spend every day together, while he has played with, cared for, and watched our children grow up. Being a hands-on Dad has enabled him to take our children to and from school every day and watch their school concerts.
As well as all of those lovely perks, we have expanded our business to twice its size, earning us more income than we’ve ever had, all from the comfort of our family home. No more commuting cross country, with the added blessing that our house is always filled with children, who fill our home and life with love and laughter, which is priceless.
Had we perceived the redundancy as negative, it could well have taken us on a different path.
Life knew better than us, she had a better, bigger more loving plan for not only us, but the hundreds of children including our own, that we’ve had the pleasure of taking care of over the years.
Sometimes all we can see is our current circumstances, and if they don’t look too good at the time, life can get us down. My life story, like most peoples, didn’t start off too good but turned out even better than I could ever have imagined. It too has a positive redundancy story line.
It started with a list.
I remember while in work, bored one day in a photographic retail job, for no reason, grabbing a piece of paper from the printer and making a five-year plan.
Well it was a list really of five things I wanted to achieve, within the next five years. It went something like this.
Again, as if by magic it would seem Lady Life was humorously looking down upon my list and as a sarcastic joke, offered me the opposite to what I wanted…or did she?
My plans to buy the house I was renting were dashed within days of writing that list, with news that, I was being faced with redundancy as where I worked was closing down.
My then boyfriend also decided to leave me, which seen my smoking habit increase, and demolished my plans of getting married in the Caribbean and having two children.
But actually, Lady Life heard me.
She knew what I wanted and she cleared the way for me to recognize its possibility in my life.
Some may have temporarily given up on their dreams at this point.
I was at an all-time low and my Nan who had brought me up as my Mum, had died too at the same time.
That’s when I was head hunted. I was sat in work seeing out my final weeks before redundancy, wondering what on earth I was going to do, when a manager from a business next door came in and asked me to go for an interview, as they were looking for someone to do what I was doing, selling digital cameras in their company!!!
I was reluctant to go for the interview at first, as it was doing the same boring job I was already doing, which I hated. Fortunately, my current manager urged me to go for the interview in order to keep my options open, as time was running out and I hadn’t even looked for another job yet. So, I went for the interview.
As I wasn’t keen on getting the job I was quite laid back, calm and relaxed in the interview. So much so, I had blagged a huge pay rise compared to what I was earning in my current job.
I had negotiated saying I earnt more when I didn’t, and that I wanted to earn more than that again. They didn’t hesitate in giving me what I asked for. I was one of the highest paid sales person’s on a salary, in the whole company. Having this new job and increase in income, I applied for a mortgage as quick as I could, (banks were not willing to lend you money unless you had been in your job at least six months) so I had to act fast before I left my old job and started my new one, which was weeks away.
The mortgage went through within weeks, and was final just as I started my new job. That was one thing achieved from my five-year plan already.
Then in my new job I met my husband. We were engaged within six months of getting together, married in the Caribbean within ten months. I gave up smoking to try for a baby. Then started a childminding business from home a year later, when we had our first baby, a little girl. Two years later our son arrived.
Unbeknown to me, I had ticked all five things off my five-year plan, within five years.
It wasn’t until years later when I found that piece of paper, that I had scribbled that list on out of boredom one day, that I realise what had manifested in my life as a result, without any real expectation or effort on my part.
One of the most powerful tools for creating a life we love is the humble written word.
It doesn’t matter how we freeze those words in physical form, either by writing to -do -lists, five- year plans or keeping journals or diaries? Our written thoughts, feelings and intentions, excel their physical creation.
I don’t know why? or how? This is such a powerful way to create our lives.
But I know without a doubt, it is.