A reversal of outcomes

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spike
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A reversal of outcomes

Post by spike » Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:47 pm

Two negative things happened to me recently that ultimately led to positive outcomes. One had to do with cigarettes and the other with scaffolding. Yes, cigarettes and scaffolding.

The other day I lost my keys. I lost them somewhere outside. They fell through a hole in my pocket. I traced my steps in hope of finding them, with no luck. The next day our window cleaner came by, on a day that wasn’t his norm. After paying him I ask if he had ever lost his keys? I told him I had lost mine yesterday. He then went into his detective mode and got the idea I may have lost them somewhere near the house. Then, like his routine, he went across the street to buy cigarettes, where he asked the store clerk if anyone had handed in keys they may have found. The store clerk said yes! The window cleaner rushed back to tell me. Shortly after I went over and discovered that yes, they were mine. Great! What luck! But if it hadn’t been for our window cleaner and his vice for cigarettes I may never have gotten my keys back.

The next negative had to do with scaffolding. It started with channels missing on our TV, channels that are normally there. I called the cable company who told me everything at their end seemed fine but that they were sending a technician to look things over. The fellow they sent told us we needed a new cable, which required a new hole drilled through the wall to reconnect to the cable box outside. I found that odd, that the cable needed replacing. However, he couldn’t do the work outside in our alleyway because our neighbour had erected scaffolding to do some brick work, which prevented the cable guy from doing his job. You see, the cable company has strict rules about its employs doing work in obstructed areas because of safety and insurance concerns. So we decided to put-off the work until another day, until the scaffolding was gone.

The next day a new technician came by, not knowing what had transpired the day before. Luckily the new guy discovered that it wasn’t a cable problem after all but a software problem in the cable box connected to our TV. That was great because he did’t have to do unnecessary work. Thank goodness for the scaffolding and its obstruction. Imagine, a lot of needless work wasn't done because of that scaffolding. Lucky again!

I guess the moral of the story is that negatives can often lead to positives.

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Re: A reversal of outcomes

Post by Harbal » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:27 am

You lost your keys, someone found them, they were eventually returned to you. Don't you think you may be making more of it than it deserves?

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Re: A reversal of outcomes

Post by Lacewing » Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:12 pm

Spike... I love noticing that kind of flow... (Harbal isn't easily impressed, apparently).

When things don't go as I expect or plan, I WATCH even more carefully/patiently than usual... because it usually reveals a more "perfect arrangement" than if I were to apply my own logic or force to the situation. I've discovered that some amazing stuff happens when we stay out of the way and allow it. This is why it seems to me that everything is connected. It may seem disjointed or disrupted to us, but that's likely because we are the ones making it so.

The larger flow seems to work on a much more efficient level! I find it thrilling to notice that in action... and then dance with it rather than stomping it down. (It has taken -- and still takes -- me a lot of practice and attention to dance rather than stomp. :D )

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Re: A reversal of outcomes

Post by spike » Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:49 am

Lacewing... I like your observation about the flow.

The flow thing has something to do with not always having to be in control and letting things unfold. But it's strange, looking back, in my case, how things transpired, that there was sort of a ditachment from what was occurring. It is difficult to explain.

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