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Apr 23, 2010

I’m About to Take My Own Advice

Lesson 80 in the new edition of my book, Soul Proprietor, is “Doing nothing by appointment is essential and energizing.” I wasn’t planning on using this lesson today because productivity is on my mind.

I’ve just come from a one-on-one training at Apple to really nail down the label making process. I went to show the young man an entry I’d made yesterday which turned out not to be there. I know for a fact I entered it. Yet it didn’t show up on the list. I took a deep breath, didn’t blame him for making it disappear, didn’t give up and didn’t cry. But my frustration level was rising.

Now I’m in Starbucks. The library in Stamford doesn’t open until 10am. Since when don’t all libraries open at 9am and provide the free Internet access I was expecting? I wanted to use my time productively as I wait for an 11am appointment. I’m creating a document I owe someone. I’m trying to drag photos onto the page, but the computer is not letting me do that. Every time I go to ‘insert,’ nothing happens. I have reached a dead-end.

I know that Mercury is in retrograde, but, hey! I’m unable to complete the work I’ve set out to do and in the time slot I scheduled in which to accomplish it. I even paid for time to use the Internet. But I recognize that I need to stop.

I am going to do nothing for the next hour; just let the pieces fall where they may, breathe, observe and stay quiet. There’s only so much swimming against the tide I can do. I write this to let you know that I experience everyday frustrations regularly. Here’s an inside look at how I deal with them. It’s not a pretty picture, which is why I recognize the need to stop and change course. This, too, shall pass.

It’s in these in-between times that the Universe manifests. I have no idea what the next outcome will be. I just know it’s essential to take down the sails for the moment and just be.

See ya later!

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  1. donna elle

    sometimes we create more resistance by being resistant so when we allow better feeling thoughts surrounding that resistance we then climb out of the disallowing state and discover a shift of things working in our favor…..all we have is the moment so why not challenge ourself to thinking better feeling thoughts rather than resisting thoughts………….and voila! xo

  2. wendy

    Oh Jane, how frustrating for you, but I can tell we are built from the same mold…..I think part of the battle in life is following the path of least resistance. It’s not being lazy or non-productive, it’s being real.
    When we stop, and adjust, life will follow it’s path.
    I can get a billion things done when I am in the right frame of mind and the world is aligned. When it’s not, it’s best just to change course and do something nurturing for yourself or someone else.
    It’s a balance.
    Hope today is a better one.

    (donna, loved what you wrote)

  3. janepollak

    You’re SO right. I can feel the resistance coming up in my body. It feels powerful, which becomes confusing, because it’s counter-productive. Going with the flow and allowing actually becomes the empowering thing to do.

    Yes, getting through these frustrating days usually is followed up by amazing flow. Not quite flowing yet, but the attitude adjustment has been helpful. Thanks for your input.

  4. Sharon McCormick

    Hi Jane,
    I went to visit my brother in Indiana over the weekend, and my flight home got cancelled. I had to spend an extra day there, and cancel all of my Monday appointments. But, I decided to let it go and go with the flow. My brother and his wife asked to take me to lunch, and they gave me a tour at Andretti Racing where he is an engineer. I had a blast sitting in the race cars and trying on the racing suits. It was the best day of the weekend by far because I had no expectations at all for my lost day.
    Thanks for your blogs,

  5. janepollak

    This is SUCH a great story. Not letting go of the missed appointments would never have served you. Thanks for sharing this!


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