Have you ever had a situation where something happened to you that you thought was really bad at the time, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise? If you stop and think about it, you’ll probably find that it happens more often than you think.

I was reminded of this recently when talking to my friend Maja in Switzerland. She has been a little frustrated recently because the things she was developing for her business were not happening as quickly as she’d like. The person who is doing her web site wasn’t getting back to her, nothing was going as it should and she was not able to move forward.

Then she began having intermittent problems with her computer, which have become gradually more severe and frequent – and it’s only 6 months old. It got to the point last week where she just wasn’t able to do any work on her computer at all. So instead of getting more frustrated and irritated, she decided to focus on the things that she could do. Things like clearing and organizing her office and her home – things she’d been wanting to do but really hadn’t had the time to do before.

Does this sound familiar at all? This has certainly happened to me and I’m sure it has happened to you. What we tend to do is distract ourselves with things that are familiar, things that are known, or things that we think we should do or that others tell us we should do. We get so busy doing these things that we often miss what we really should be doing.

Maja had to stop what she was doing because with her computer down she couldn’t do it any more. These things weren’t working anyway, they were just leading to frustration. Now she has the answers she was really looking for all along and they just came to her when she stopped trying to do the other things.

So when you find yourself trying to do things that aren’t working, but are simply leading to frustration, stop and focus on something else for a while. You might find that what you were trying to do resolves and things start flowing again, or you might find that you are redirected.

If there are technical problems and the computer stops working or the phones don’t work or something else stalls you, instead of seeing it as a bad thing, ask yourself what you can do instead. I have no doubt also that because Maja focused on clearing the energy in her environment this is what helped to bring the new idea and opportunity to her – she created the space for it.

Things really don’t have to be as difficult as we make them. When you’re dong the right things for you then everything flows. When your energy is right and in alignment with what you’re doing then there is no struggle.

So the next time something happens that seems like a bad thing, stop and ask yourself if you can see it in a different way. Look for the opportunity that lies behind the seemingly bad situation – it’s there, if you allow yourself to see it!

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