Asking for Directions

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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.

4 responses »

  1. Love this idea! In some parts of my life I find it so easy to ask for directions, in other parts of my life it seems harder. When you think of it, it should never be hard to ask God for help. Perhaps our humanness gets in the way. Great blog! I can’t wait to read more!

  2. I love the reminder to be open to signs. Shortly after my mother passed away, a huge rainbow glowed in the sky above our home – Mom protecting us and keeping watch over us. The day I got laid off? A double rainbow – one facing up, the other down (a smile and a frown) – Mom again, telling me while this was sad, it was also positive, new doors would open. While waiting on results from a brain MRI? You guessed it – I saw a rainbow in the sky while rinsing dishes in the kitchen sink – Mom telling me to relax, everything would be o.k. Best of all – another double rainbow the first night my family and I vacationed down the shore since her passing – at her favorite spot at the Jersey Shore – Mom reminding me to have fun, and not be sad in this place where we once spent so many fun hours. To me, these were all signs to help with my emotional healing! Love your blog – I’ll be reading often!

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