We were driving to dinner last night.
Dinner with friends.
Jennifer and I rarely socialise, but these were long time friends – a prominent winegrower from the district, his gorgeous wife, and a couple who have recently walked the Camino for the first time. All dear friends, and Jennifer and I were looking forward to catching up with them.
Dinner was at the winery – one of the most beautiful wineries in Mudgee, which is a town not short of beautiful wineries. It’s about 20 minutes drive from our house.
They said 6pm. As we were driving out I looked at the clock and saw that we were going to be early.
I said as such to Jennifer: I don’t want to be early. We should pull over somewhere and wait.
My phone rang. It was the security service that monitors our house alarm.
Sir, your alarm has just been activated from the lounge room, they said.
I quickly did a U turn and drove back to the house. Whenever the alarm goes off, I freak out that someone has broken in.
No-one had broken in. Jennifer had put our dog in our bedroom upstairs but forgotten to close the door. The dog had wandered downstairs, into the lounge room, and triggered the alarm.
We put the dog upstairs in the bedroom, closed the door, reactivated the alarm, and drove off again.
As we were driving out of town, out into the vineyards, I looked at the clock. We would now arrive at about 6:15pm. A good and courteous time to arrive.
Did you see what happened? Jennifer said. You told the Universe you didn’t want to be early. And then you got the call from the security service. And now we’ll be arriving exactly when you want to arrive.
She was right. I hadn’t connected the two. I had barely said I don’t want to be early, and I got that call. And now we were on time.
I got several things from this:
- Your words, and thoughts, are incredibly powerful.
- They’re listening, and they’ll do their best to try and do what you want.
- You have to be very careful what you say, and what you think – because thoughts are just words unspoken, deeds not yet done.
- They do these little things for you to remind you that they’re with you for the big things too.
- All you have to do is ask, with full intent.