By: Teresa Manning
When I pondered on the words “Be open,” many thoughts came to me. First the negative: “I’m not,” “I can’t be,” “It’s hard, scary, not safe!” Then, I explored what ways I have been open in my life and how it has benefitted me and opened my life so much. The words that finally came to me and settled with me were, “Be open to the good.”
This has been a hard thing in my life. I was raised with thoughts of: “there isn’t enough to go around; I’m not deserving; I don’t really need or deserve good; when is the next shoe going to drop” (or the next bad thing going to happen to me)?
Thankfully, when I made a big move in my life to a new town, I was able to begin making lots of shifts. When I searched for and found a new church community and the amazing people there, there were new thoughts I was exposed to like, “Life is about joy” and “There is abundance and you deserve it.” These were not easy things for me to swallow. I can remember putting ten dollars in the church basket and crying, feeling like I couldn’t believe it was going to be okay to let go of that money, yet also feeling such a sense of relief that I was going to be blessed and taken care of by God and myself and those around me, because I was opening myself up to their kindness and love.
I had been raised poor, told that suffering was good, and there would never be enough to go around. To think that there was enough and that God would take care of me brought a sense of confusion, but so much relief once I was able to fully accept it.
I have begun to be more open to the ideas that life is good, joyful, abundant, and that I deserve that. I can give and accept help and love freely from God and the people around me. How freeing this openness to good has been! Be open to your good!
What does living your best life look like to you?
Where are you open? Where are you closed off?
Are you open to others new ideas? To meeting new people? Do you have your solid group of people or are you open to new friends, even if you don’t need more? Maybe someone needs you?
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Are you living in financial fear or do you come from an open place of abundance? Are you open to change in your career, health, relationships and life to bring better balance?