It was so great to go outside to our new city garbage bin and find it empty again! Today was garbage day and like every Wednesday we roll out our bin to the alley and the city comes by to empty it.
You might be thinking what the big deal is. Well last week when I went to roll our bin back into the yard, there was still garbage left inside. Has that ever happened to you? My first thoughts weren’t so pretty. I had a problem and my problem had to do with ‘the city not emptying our garbage bin.’ Notice the words I used, ‘my problem had to do with the city.’
I started to think of some not so nice things. The mind can sure make things an issue. I was in the house for a few minutes and thought, ‘I’m going to phone the city.’ I got through on the phone in no time and talked to the most wonderful lady I could have asked for. She had a supervisor out to my house within 5 minutes and I’m not exaggerating. I hung up the phone from talking with her, had my garbage bin rolled back out into the alley and the supervisor was already there.
I could feel the supervisor was expecting conflict of some kind. Was he picking up on my reactions? He looked in the bin and saw we had a box lying sideways, along with some loose garbage. He explained that all the garbage was supposed to be packaged in bags, not boxes. He went on to explain when the garbage truck comes along, the arm of the truck grabs the bins. What may have happened when the arm of the truck grabbed the bin, it could have squeezed the bin right at the place where the box was sitting causing the box to block the garbage underneath.
In our conversation, I could feel the shift in my perception! I said to the supervisor, ‘we are all learning, aren’t we.’ The energy of that supervisor changed instantly reflecting back the change in me! He ‘softened’ immediately, if I could use that word. That supervisor was an amazing messenger for me. My problem wasn’t the city workers or my garbage bin…there wasn’t a problem! What was there was a wonderful learning experience for me.
When things don’t go so well for us…or if we have problems, what do we do with them? How do we go about bringing resolution? Can we see those challenging people, things and situations in a way that supports us on our journey? Can we see conflict as a learning opportunity? Can we go inside and find out how we feel about whatever is going on around us?
As we see the Universe so perfectly aligning everything for our learning and growing…we come to find peace within.