Every cloud has a silver lining
"Life is a journey, life is what you make of it, look at the glass half full, every cloud has a silver lining," all these quotes out in the universe must be there for a reason, right? They are so easy to say to someone else going through turmoil, but when turmoil lands in your lap, do we go to what we preach or do we get on the pity train?
This is what I have loved about this flood experience at our Bristol spa. The proof that my personal work on myself over the last 20 years, reading books by Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Louise Hay, David Richo and the endless supply of self help books out there kicked in a positive patty outlook in what could otherwise be viewed as a dismal situation.
I learned that the culture I have created with my team kicked in a We Can attitude that continues 12 weeks later. The alayne white spa goddess team has been calm, creative and focused during this transition of having a lovely place to work filled with clients to a makeshift space with great clients willing to do whatever it takes to help us get back up and running.
What’s taking so long is probably going through your minds?
I’ll use the water as a metaphor. First you have to mop it up, assess the situation, call upon the powers that be to assist, and most importantly give it time to dry. During the drying time, things come up, smells, continued leaks, minor fixes, band aids to hold you over while you are waiting for everything to return to normal. All part of the drying out process and because I have been really conditioning my mind to work on paying attention to signs, no matter how seemingly insignificant, I have remained steadfast in paying attention. This is how the move came about. I realized that I have been renting space for almost 11 years, and the opportunity came up to buy something that I could own on my own for both my business and my residence. As a single woman, single mother, entrepreneur, community activist, I could not pass up the opportunity and took a huge leap of faith and made an offer, it was accepted, all financing was approved and we are in negotiation for the appraisal.
This takes a lot longer than the neat little fantasy sale I had worked out in my mind, but I continue to believe that it will come to fruition at exactly the right time. Meanwhile, we may be able to use our original space in Bristol due to the generosity of my landlord who is willing to put it back to normal to hold us over until the transaction is finalized. Once again, proof that everything is happening the way it is supposed to be happening,
I honestly never imagined that owning a business could be such a deep instrument for both the education it provides me and the deep life lessons I continue to learn both professionally and personally. What I have learned in this process is that sometimes waiting is exactly what I am supposed to be doing, seeing what is stirring under the surface without my knowledge. Teaching me to meditate even for just 5 minutes morning and night, instructing me to breathe, to exercise, to eat clean and most importantly live in the NOW and BREATHE knowing that everything always works out exactly the way it is supposed to if you first do the work and then surrender it when you have no more control.
I love knowing that I am on purpose and that I lead a team to believe that they too are on purpose and that they can create that same feeling for our clients.
We could all use a little more calmness in our busy worlds, yes?
In the midst of all of this seeming chaos, we have managed to find the beauty of our purpose, reinvent who we are as a business and a team and our amazing clients will ultimately be the beneficiaries of all this goodness and gratitude.
We thank you again for your patience and your belief in us and we are so glad you are on the ride with us.