This morning, Elvis Duran (100.3FM NYC) was promoting ABC News anchor Dan Harris’s new book. I had to laugh because Elvis said he really had no interest in Harris, a white, suit-wearing, straight guy. What did he have to say in a book? I felt the same way. Really? What’s so interesting about this Harris guy that he’s already writing his autobiography. After listening a few more minutes, it turns out I may have to buy Harris’s book 10% Happier after all.
The short story is this: Harris was a hard hitting war reporter. When he returned from a particularly rough time in Baghdad, he fell into a deep depression and started using cocaine and ecstasy to self-medicate. In 2004, he had a panic attack live on Good Morning America. Now here’s the part that really got to me. In Harris’ own words:
“At around the same time, I was assigned to do a series on religion for ABC that sent me into a journey of self-help. This eventually led to Buddhism and meditation and a series of brain exercises that changed my life, and, as the title of the book says, made me 10 percent happier.”
Let me repeat what I feel is the most important part of what he has to say (in capital letters for big emphasis) AT AROUND THE SAME TIME, I WAS ASSIGNED TO DO A SERIES ON RELIGION. That, my friends, is no coincidence. This man, a “lifelong nonbeliever”, wasn’t just guided to find help; he was pushed there! He probably didn’t know it then and he probably isn’t admitting it now, but he has guardian angels. Harris was able to get help for himself because God (or whatever higher power you choose to insert here) was watching over him and set him in a different direction. Harris did the work. He had to say yes to the assignment and did whatever was required of him. And to his credit, he is still here 10 years later promoting meditation as a way of taming our egotistical, logical mind.
Please know that you don’t need a major breakdown on national television in order for God or his angels to step in and help you. What you can do is ask for help from above, KNOW in your heart that you DESERVE divine assistance, and then be open to the signs all around you, especially coincidences. Tune in and follow your gut instincts. You are always on the right path in life, but sometimes the direction signs just need to be a little bit more clear. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions.