YOU ARE EXACTLY WHERE YOU NEED TO BE

YOU ARE EXACTLY WHERE YOU NEED TO BE

When I left the house I was already late. I missed my train for one inch (that was the approximate distance between my nose and the train doors when they were closing). I got on the next train and something unbelievable happened: I got off at the wrong station and had to wait for yet another train to come (delaying me even more!).Finally, when I reached my destination I couldn’t get out of the station because I had no money on my train pass!

It almost sounds like a comedy movie, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, since it wasn’t a movie, it was far from being comic. All the opposite, I was anxious and worried.

Has something like this ever happened to you?

As I was waiting for the train (after getting off at the wrong station) I remembered the words of a yoga teacher who said: “Trust that you are exactly where you need to be.” At that moment, I thought to myself: “Eh..nope, I am definitely not where I need to be.”

But then I realized the teacher was right. I was there to learn a couple of things:

#1 I was there to learn that no matter how carefully I plan my morning (or my life for that matter), something may happen and I will miss my train, or my flight, or a deadline and that’s OK. It’s not the end of the world.

#2 I was there to learn that getting anxious and worrying will not help me accomplish things faster, if anything, they will only help me get a headache. So the only thing I can do is breathe in and breathe out.

So, next time everything goes wrong, ask yourself: What can I learn from this? Because, believe it or not, there are many things we can learn from our mishaps.

And remember, you are exactly where you need to be…even if it’s at the wrong station.

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