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I had the good fortune to meet Sandy through an introduction by Pearl Mattenson with whom I attended most of my core curriculum coaching courses (that’s a mouthful). We connected immediately and soon Sandy began attending one of my Mastermind Groups. Now she’s attracting creative women into her own practice through her process painting workshops and by being who she is.
Her monthly newsletter is always thought-provoking and inspiring. I wanted to share a segment of her March edition because she’s articulated so well what I’m feeling.
After briefly summarizing the Jewish holiday of Purim:
King Achashverosh decrees that the Jewish race be annihilated, seals it in his book as an unchangeable mandate. His wife Queen Esther quietly orchestrates the reversal of the decree. Through prayers and fasting, she unites the Jewish people to stand together with renewed pride and belief as they celebrate with joy the restored hope for their survival.
Sandy goes on to note that the miracles that took place on Purim were hidden.
Even Esther’s name means ‘hidden.’ When something is hidden, we need to look harder to find what’s there.
During this recession, many of us are in despair and don’t see the end in sight. And yet, there are many hidden miracles that are occurring around us. Often, it is in moments of despondency that the most important miracles reveal themselves.
There are always signs around us, and we can miss them if we don’t know what we are looking for.
How many do you know who have lost jobs and are now realizing that they were on autopilot? They may now be figuring out what they really want to be doing with their lives.
Some who have been cutting back on purchases are finding out that they didn’t need most of what they were buying. As a result, we may end up with less waste and more resources on this planet.
Families who have cut back on watching television in order to save money on their electric bills are spending more time bonding, reading and playing games together. We are learning to appreciate what we have and not take things for granted like we might have in the past.
Let’s pay attention to the hidden miracles in our day. Focusing on the possibility that lies right beneath the surface can give us the momentum to get through this dark time.
I see miracles every day in my life and coaching practice. Start looking! They’re hidden everywhere. Let me know what you find.
Diane Lohman, owner of Seed, is a member of one of my current Mastermind Groups. Her goal for January is to gross a specific dollar amount, to the penny, per month through her own contributions.
Diane is a jewelry designer and has pieces available in several shops in Connecticut. Her short-term goal, after our first session, was (1) to figure out how much she had in inventory, and (2) to create a list of stores where she would like to sell her product.
I also challenged her to role-play her sales pitch at our second session as though we were prospects.
In addition, Diane noted that she was willing to work at a part-time job 20 hours per week to supplement her business until it becomes fully self-supporting.
Rarely have I seen a more confident woman walk into our Mastermind Conference Room. Diane appeared yesterday with a new bounce to her step and a more commanding presence than I’d previously witnessed. I could hardly wait to hear what had happened in the two weeks since we’d met.
In doing her field work for our sessions, Diane brought her samples to the WAVE Gallery in New Haven. Her sales pitch must have been right on the money, even without rehearsing it in front of our group. Not only did they invite her to sell her work there, but also were so impressed with Diane’s presence that they offered her a job–part-time–in the store.
It’s the perfect environment for her. She’ll be working 2 1/2 days per week in the center of creative hand-made products, can keep her finger on the pulse of her buyer as well as ‘talk up’ her jewelry to customers.
Diane moved into action, took several steps in a positive direction and got results that affirmed her vision and what she wants to create in her life. That’s a miracle!