On one of my favorite design shows, participants are given a task in which they have many things to overcome in order to creatively complete it. On a recent episode, one of the participants gave himself an additional problem to solve.
He decided he would do the whole thing without taking the additional help available to each participant.
There was not an extra bonus for making things harder for himself. There was no high-five from the judges. There was no extra respect given to him. He gained nothing from it, and in fact, he was unable to complete his room because of his decision.
Even at the end, when he was eliminated and said, “Yes, but I did it without the extra help,” the judges’ answer was, “Why?”
Since this is May, and beautiful spring flowers are popping up everywhere, I wondered if nature would do such a silly thing – refuse the rain perhaps. Perhaps a daffodil would pop open an umbrella, hold it over its head, and proudly proclaim, “I can grow all by myself.”
Of course, this is silly, daffodils don’t have umbrellas, nor do I think they take credit for their growth. They exist as the action and beautiful expression of the Divine.
However, we make it harder for ourselves all the time. My mom would tell you that when I was a teenager, I would often say (in quite a huffy tone of voice), “I can do it myself!”
At the time, I was trying to declare my independence and find myself, and that seemed like the only way to do it. Isn’t this what many of us said when we were young? However, now we are wiser. Now we know that not accepting help, making things harder on ourselves on purpose, is a habit we should be outgrowing.
It is not only a terrible habit; it is an affront to those who are standing by to be of service. The man in the design show did not win any friends over his choice. Everyone was bewildered by his choice, not inspired.
How many times have you found yourself not able to do something, and instead of asking, or searching for help, have wasted minutes, hours, or even days trying to do it yourself, on your own? Like the man in the design show, are you even able to complete your task under these conditions?
Imagine an infinite army of helpers and an infinitely massive warehouse full of supplies standing by waiting for a signal from you to be able to come forward and be of service. How long must they wait?
May is the month of Hearing The Truth, and harmony. (Listen to recording below for more about this.)
The symbols of help given to every aspect of creation, are given to be used in harmony. Every particle of our bodies is an example of harmony in action. One piece is always helping another.
The entire system of universes are a symbol of harmony in action, each piece fitting perfectly together and none able to exist alone.
Each of us yearns to be appreciated and known for our unique expression Doesn’t it feel amazing when someone recognizes the gift you bring into Life, and asks you to use your gift in some way to help them?
When we are struggling to overcome a situation, there is no reason to add another struggle to it in order to prove something to ourselves. Let’s not raise an umbrella against the flood tide of Love that flows to us. Let’s open ourselves up to it instead and drop off anything that attempts to keep us in the habit of making it harder on ourselves.
Look around, and see all that provision at your beck and call. Look around, and notice how you are the provision for others. Offering, giving, asking, and receiving are all part of the harmonious round of action that we call Love.
This is the perfect month to notice how every person, place, and thing is a symbol of God’s provision. For heavens’ sake – literally – let go and receive it. Settle into the harmonious expression of the simple, elegant, beautiful way of Life and Its infinite assistance, and thrive!
Listen to this recording to hear more about the harmony, and power, of May:
Here’s a Truth 4 Today to expand this idea: As the reflection and idea of infinite Mind, we can say, “All that I need, I Am.”