2018 is officially here, this is an archived story from 2013 (with a few edits, added adjustments) to contemplate on self mastery. The CHAlleNgEs that will fortify change or deconstruct change. It all depends on you because we can change for better or worst. Self mastery as in evolving, emerging and unfolding like the butterfly. That the caterpillar has to be expunged to become the butterfly. Or remain a caterpillar and resist change. And deprive self the mastery of growth.
Anyhow, here's the story below.
Let me share a story and I hope it will inspire you.
A few days ago, while traveling, I saw a woman walking on the sidewalk in the rain. The woman had a limp but she was going at it like a trooper. I started to think about the woman, how she could be anybody I know, I thought about how far she had to walk and how her limp with the combination of the rain can be hard for her. Then a thought came to me: “give her the umbrella.”
I had this umbrella for awhile, it’s a very nice umbrella, unique and fashionable. It’s a big umbrella and many people asked me for it but I would never give it to them. I hardly used the umbrella so it remained impeccable.
Another thought had also came into my mind, “she might not appreciate the umbrella.” I started to drive off but for some reason I didn’t, so I pulled over and offered her the umbrella.
The woman was shocked and held her heart. And started to praise God in her own words and said, "you just restored my faith, there are still good people in this world.” She said a couple of blessings as well. She went on and told me how the last couple of months has been hell for her and she asked me for $2 dollars so she can take the bus. I hesitated for a second (again) but eventually I gave it to her. She then apologized for asking me for the $2 dollars and revealed how she has been looking for a job. She also asked me, if I knew any places that were hiring. I advised her to try a couple of places. And then I told her, “God is going to open doors for you.”
The woman looked at me tear struck and said some more praises and expressed her gratitude to me. We exchanged salutations and we went our separate ways. Not even a minute after I drove off, it started to pour and rain like crazy, in the manner of torrential rain.
I started to cry because I have never hesitated (nor had second thoughts) when it comes to helping a person. If I didn’t offer the umbrella to the woman, she would of been drenched in the rain. But furthermore, what was the whole reasoning of the umbrella and the woman? What was that all about? Somethings are coincidental and other things serve a purpose. And what did my hesitations mean? Was it telling me to be more discerning when it came to helping others?
Sometimes, we don’t realize certain experiences in life changes us subconsciously, until our actions reveal it. We can not allow any experiences to change who we are, unless it makes us better. And the universe will test us to see if our hearts has been changed for better or worst and if our hearts has been tainted.
When we are a vessel to bless others, we can not hesitate, not when it comes to compassion.
The Divine(God/Goddess) works in mysterious ways.
You have to keep believing in the power of good, the power of love, the power of being a positive force in the universe and most of all; the power of all that is Divine in you. That the compassion in your heart, the emphatic spirit in your soul can not be compelled or swayed by outside influences.
In giving the woman the umbrella, she gave me something also, and that was, “there are still good people in this world.” As if that message came from the Universe itself, a Divine intervention that the good in world starts with me.
That's the story and the moral of it with this year being a year of self mastery, how will you "allow" circumstances, experiences and etc. outside of yourself: to shape, mold and redefine who you are? Will it be for better of worst? The mastery of self never comes easy and is always faced with challenges to bring about change. Will the pressures of life deconstruct who you are in soul and spirit, who you are becoming? Or will the pressures of life mold, refine and redefine you into the jewel that you are within? Hmmm... only time will tell, as with all things.
There's other morals to this story as well, because of the angles and how everybody sees things differently. But I let you figure them out for yourself.
Anyhow, may the challenges of 2018 be the catalyst to stimulate, spark the changes that we need to incarnate our truest self; and the mastery of it.
CC.: The Umbrella - © 2013 (Edited- 2018)