Go with the Flow

From Elaina: I’ve talked before about how I am a huge planner. When I have a decision to make, I like to think of every angle and all the consequences, good and bad. Over the years, I’ve realized that the universe has a path set out for me. Of course, I have choices to make. Some of them lead me toward where I should be, some lead me further away. I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older, that I can see the times when I fought against my best future. Those are the times that everything seemed like a battle.

When I graduated with an aircraft engineering degree, jobs were hard to find. The military had just cut a lot of jobs and those people with experience were flooding the job market. Instead of expanding my job search to other fields or continuing my education, I fought and fought to get a job in my field. I had my mind set and didn’t heed what the universe wanted me to hear. I did eventually get an engineering job. It was a horrible experience in a company that didn’t have good business practices. I worked there for two years before I couldn’t take anymore. Shortly after I left, the company went bankrupt. I planned to change fields, but ended up starting my family. I had never planned to be a stay at home mom, but was extremely fortunate to have that choice.

I’ve looked at other decisions in my life where I went with the flow and never could have imagined where it would take me. I started taking water aerobic classes and fell into teaching. My first regular teacher needed a sub because her husband was having surgery. I did it to help her and fell in love with teaching. I’ve always seen it as a fun part time job. A few weeks ago, I realized I’ve been teaching for 18 years. That is no part time job, that is a career.

Just this past week, I received the opportunity to expand on a project dear to my heart. It required me to quit one of my jobs. I was so worried about what would happen. My boss asked if anyone wanted to pick up my classes. Within five minutes, there was a lady who has been waiting for this opportunity. By willing to go with the flow, not only did I give my life a chance to expand, but I created space for someone else to expand their lives. Where in your life have you fought the flow? Where have you allowed it to take you somewhere new?

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