Oprah’s interview with India Arie is a beautiful lesson in having the confidence to follow your own God-given instincts. Of the many lessons in this interview well worth watching, one valuable take away that India shares is this: When you follow your instincts for God’s plan on your life, the Universe will rise up to meet you where you are.
My reading this morning from Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, continued this theme for me. Marianne’s book carries the blessings of a daily devotional. I relate to her teachings because she is preaching what I believe: God Is Love. Jesus Is Love. If we all conducted ourselves from this foundation, I believe the travesties of today’s society would cease.
This morning’s reading resonated with me not because of its impact on a global level but because it hits me where I am today. A creative with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong desire to help others, I am as far removed from a “salesperson” as you could be. My “anti-sales” attitude causes me to stand in my own way in my desire to help others, however. I am so strongly opposed to “selling” someone that I sometimes prevent myself from doing what I really want to do: help them.
“When we are motivated by the desire to sell, we are only looking out for ourselves. When we are motivated by the desire to serve, we are looking out for others.” Marianne Williamson
The Universe is truly meeting me where I am this morning, leading me to read this chapter at a time when I needed it most. Mary Ann talks about the concept of refusing to do what you feel called to do because you “can’t make a living doing it.” In the interview I watched last night between Oprah and India, they talked about the “walking dead,” people who are just existing in the world, not doing what they were sent here to do because they don’t see how they could support themselves doing it, or they lack the confidence to follow their instincts and just do it. They end up just going through the motions of life, not truly living. Even worse, the failure to do what you were created to do causes depression, irritability, and physical disease.
“Whatever it is you want to do, give it away to your community.” Marianne Williamson
This is so in keeping with where I am today. In a conference call with my Wildtree director last week, I told her I just don’t want to be a salesperson. I cannot approach my business that way. It is the total antithesis of who I am. I have to work in service to others, and if God wants me to make a living doing it, that’s great, but that cannot be my reason for doing it. I am doing it for the shear pleasure of helping others, and I am letting God decide what that will look like.
Thank you, Universe, for rising up to meet me where I am with these messages from my Sisters in Christ.