“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?” Rumi

 Last week, I wrote that I was fairly happy with the appearance of my blog, but wanted to make a few changes, and when I woke the next morning, the new design flashed through my mind.  But here’s the rub.  When I tried to implement those changes, I spent hours frustrated by the limitations of the theme’s template or my own technical deficiencies.  By yesterday morning, I was so frustrated, I gave up.

 It’s so interesting what happens when you give up.  The technically oriented friend who usually helps me had had a computer meltdown, so she couldn’t help when I decided to try one more time.  At that point, I gave up a second time, deciding I better learn to live with the design I had.

 In the evening, during the marketing class I’m taking, the instructor directed us to look at a particular blog.  It looked nothing like my blog, but had a format similar to the one I wanted to create.  I quickly discovered it was from the same blogging company I used and this template design had originally been my second choice.  I rushed to the blogging site, applied the template to my blog, and miraculously my blog appeared with all the design flaws corrected.  In addition, I had an abundance of feature choices.

 How fortuitous that the teacher had directed us to that blog! Again, I thanked Spirit for this little miracle, and remembered the lines by Rumi.  Getting all tied up in irritation always creates tangles that circle in unpleasant loops, never solving the problem.  It’s only after we take deep breaths and open up the surrounding space, that we can say, “Ah, there’s the rub – so what? Turn it over to the Universe and let that mysterious connection with Life loosen the tangles, and solve the problem.” 

It is amazing what comes forward when, even for a moment, we accept we do not know the answer to the problem confronting us.  Our egos hate that and urge us to force an answer no matter how ridiculous.  But if we choose acceptance instead, something magical ripples through the Universe, polishing our rough edges and opening us to the best solution.

© 2011 Georganne Spruce

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