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Sometimes we ache for a shift in some area of life, and when we finally create change, we release energy into our lifestyle. Sometimes it comes in with a burst. Then it feels great to have released that aching need, and we have a fresh smile and a bounce in our step. So why don’t we just jump into change and reap those benefits right away? There are several reasons.
I’ll share a personal example about flooring. Sounds mundane, doesn’t it? But The Great Flooring Project became a metaphor for projects that release energy to us at powerful level. When I bought my home, I had new carpeting put in, underlain by padding. It had a 7-year warranty. By the 9th year, it had developed wrinkles and no longer looked really clean after a shampooing. It was so embarrassing looking, so out of character for me and my husband, that we no longer felt we could entertain, with that tatty looking carpet. Now I have owned the home for 12 years.
My husband and I both appreciate neat and harmonious living. As a stress/energy expert, I do Feng Shui consulting. Our home is Feng Shui balanced. I also am artistic, with my paintings adorning the living room walls. We love beauty and are jarred by what is messy, ugly, and dysfunctional. So the carpet had to go!
By now, you’re thinking, “so replace the carpet already!” Agreed! But we were stuck: what to replace it with? This, I believe, is exactly the balance point on which so many are stuck: WHAT is the next step? In what direction? In our case, we debated for several years : how much of the floorspace to cover and with what? Some materials wear out at convergence areas, and we have two major convergence areas that take a lot of punishment from foot traffic. New materials have been coming on the market. So we thought of the porcelain tiles that look like wood. But we find hard materials jolting to walk on. And real hardwood wears. Matching material to patch it will never be found several years down the road. Carpet collects more dirt than flat surfaces, but grout collects grime and requires maintenance.
At last, we were drawn to a flooring company that moves the furniture for you, an option I was unaware of previously. Moving the furniture is no small thing, in terms of time and wear on one’s spine. We liked the quality of materials they offered. We liked the idea that carpet could be done in one day, whereas our porcelain idea,or any tile project,would take 3 days. We are least-fuss people, and we do like the feel of carpet under our feet. So we finally—FINALLY—launched The Great Floor Project with a carpet plan. At last!
Now here’s the surprise fun: in the five minutes after we landed on our plan, I felt an incredible release. I felt so calm, so relieved. My mind had instantly cleared. Apparently, the drag from the Great Floor Project had created enough drag on my consciousness that I was having a low level of brain fog.
I sailed off to a meeting and was very centered, speaking powerfully and connecting with colleagues easily. I was back in the Flow, having only made the firm PLAN for The Great Floor Project. Two days later, with the lovely carpet installed, we are experiencing a huge rise in energy, in vitality and vibrancy. It’s the release of the need to make a decision, the relief of having made it, and the enjoyment of the results. Energy abounds!
What if we take this principle to the global level? Actress Camryn Manheim has said:
Instead of hating, I have chosen to forgive and spend all of my positive energy on changing the world.
So what are you stuck on? Large or small, what top issue do you need to move off the start mark? Pick an issue or condition, get whatever information or help you need to make a decision, and get going. Reap the rewards, and let me know what new energy you experience! Create change and release energy. And that’s Upbeat Living!
- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. That and her newest book, Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, are available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com.
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