Watching The Flash Flood Of Prosperity

traffic-light-1320195_640According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood is defined as, “a flood caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than 6 hours. Flash floods are usually characterized by raging torrents after heavy rains that rip through river beds, urban streets, or mountain canyons sweeping everything before them. They can occur within minutes or a few hours of excessive rainfall. They can also occur even if no rain has fallen, for instance after a levee or dam has failed, or after a sudden release of water by a debris or ice jam.” Prosperity can be like that in our lives too. It can come in the form of an inheritance, winning a jackpot, receiving a large gift, or even your newest product going viral. But I am learning that it comes at the end of consistent work towards your dreams too!

This past week I have experienced a flash flood of prosperity and I began to wonder why I didn’t see it coming. The thought that I could be so blessed that I wouldn’t see it coming was something to laugh at before last week. I practice looking for blessings daily. I practice verbalizing my gratefulness every day. I make it a point to thank the Universe for the blessings that are coming. So HOW did I miss the flash flood? I missed it because I am still practicing the art of receiving.

The act of receiving is an art. The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that receiving is a “skill acquired by experience, study, or observation”. Who would have thought that accepting or receiving a gift needed to be practiced? That is true for me. I’ll just say ‘thank you’ and that is enough, right? Wrong. Here’s what I’m discovering: saying ‘thank you’ opens a way for the prosperity to come in but I then have to make room in my life for more if I don’t want to be flooded. Once I make a way it starts coming and as long as I don’t build a dam, it will continue to flow, carving the path as it goes.

background-1239373_640Cindy and I began with the shared dream of becoming full time travelers 4 years ago. I couldn’t see how we would draw this to us but I was willing to try. We began simply by asking, “what do we need to change to see this happen.” In that moment, we scratched out a place for the flow to happen. We carved out the trench a little more by creating dream boards and talking about what it would be like to travel all the time. The prosperity began to pool in places around us. We said ‘thank you’ and continued making the pools deeper by looking at the jobs we had and how they needed to change in order to travel more. We then began to connect the pools of prosperity by taking action with those jobs. I left my mail truck and Cindy and I went into business together at home.

girl-1144739_640We began noticing a small stream of income coming in from the pools that we connected. Our excitement began to grow so we decided to take it further. What if we take off for a month and just travel? Can we do it? Is it something we want to do? We made the necessary arrangements and headed out in our car. We had a map, a few reservations, a destination and enough money to get started. We had the time of our lives and we came home with more money than we left with initially. The flow had followed us home.

Seeing the flow follow behind us, motivated us to really dig in and dream big. Can we live and work from the road? We took several days to make more dream boards and really focus our intentions. We decided we wanted to be full time RVers. That was our dream. It took us almost 4 years to understand what the dream was but we had been carving a place for it all along.

puddle-690866_640Only a few things remained to make this come true. We still have 2 children at home and we are not debt free yet. It didn’t matter. Where there is a will, there is a way or where there is a place, the flow will follow. We continued to work towards the goal even though we had no way of knowing how this was going to work.

That’s when the flood hit, all at once, last week. Such a flood of prosperity it took my breath away. It didn’t take the form of a lottery. It didn’t come as an inheritance or a large gift and none of our ‘products’ have gone viral…yet. Our prosperity showed up as a real plan to pay off the debt over the next several years, a working solution for the taxes we owe, a vehicle to tow our trailer and finding the perfect trailer for us. It also came as separate but equally exciting opportunities for our kids to start their own lives. This flood of prosperity was everything we had been asking for and I was drowning in it.

The fear of receiving everything I wanted began to steal my breath, motivation and excitement. I was literally swimming in the flood I had asked for but I couldn’t keep my head above water. Why? I had practiced everything. I said ‘thank you’ when I received each blessing. I kept dreaming and affirming it was coming. I took action every time I was nudged to move and I still managed to get swept off my feet.

IMG_5181After working with Cindy and one of my Spiritual teachers, I discovered that I had yet to give myself permission to receive it. All that I was lacking was the permission to enjoy it. I allowed myself to feel the affects of the flood rather than enjoying the ride. Truth being, I saw the flood coming. For 4 years, I worked, created a space for it, kept it coming by acting on my nudges and being thankful in return. I saw it coming but I allowed myself to be swept away by not giving myself permission to lay back and enjoy.

I have had time to look back now that the waves have begun to subside. I am swimming in a flood of blessings. I see the small scratch that started the stream, that led to the pools, that filtered into the river, that began the flood and I say, “Thank you” to the Universe. I now give myself permission to enjoy the ride! And so it is. lizsig2

Comments

  1. Vivian Miller says:

    That was beautiful. I always wondered what your back story was and how the truck became your passion. Now I get it. I want to travel as well, but not RV style. I want to be able to go up to the farm in Connecticut and stay there a while and still do my work, whatever that turns out to be. I think I have not given myself permission to receive it because I hold on to those messages that it has to be a struggle, that you need a steady paycheck, that you have to be bossed by someone.

    Thank you for the beautiful story. I want to see what jewels I can unearth and become aware of what is right in front of me that I might be overlooking.

    Love

    • Thank you my friend. The beautiful thing about this life is I can have ANYTHING I want as long as I give myself permission to receive it. Go get what you want girl. Go get it! <3

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