Have you ever thought about what's going on behind the scenes? Like when you are watching a play or (better yet) a magic show?
All the pulling of strings, putting things into place, and orchestrating wonderful events -- behind the scenes. Everything leading up to THE BIG REVEAL that will surprise and delight you.
Yesterday was my son, Raif’s, birthday and every year, we plan a get-together with family and friends.
Even last summer (when we were all still in lockdown), we did our "family and friends get-together" on Zoom and it was perfect.
Each year, rain or shine, Raif is always excited about his yearly birthday get-together.
But this year was different....
Everything we tried to plan seemed to have a hole in it.
First of all, I’d been really busy working and had precious little time to dream up something special.
Secondly, some of our family members were going to be out of town. That was a drag.
Thirdly, (after a year and a half of zoom-school -- and way more computer gaming than I am comfortable with) I really wanted him to do something safe yet active, involving his friends, but most of his friends are now dispersed around the country.
And fourthly, the COVID numbers are spiking again, so..…
Though he would never complain, as his birthday inched closer and closer, I could see the slump in his shoulders and the loss of pep in his step. It was about to be his 12th birthday and…he wasn’t excited about it in the least.
Why? Because he didn't know what was going on behind the scenes.
You see (behind the scenes) I had been pulling strings, putting things into place, and orchestrating 2 wonderful events that were going to surprise and delight him.
His father, Rodney, (who was supposed to be out of town) was flying in to be with us and
One of his best friends was also flying in to surprise him (and spend a week with us).
When we finally got to THE BIG REVEAL , Raif couldn’t contain his joy, but up until that point, he had been feeling really down.
“What a life lesson!” I thought. “You never know what’s going on BEHIND THE SCENES! Sometimes you just "gotta wait!"
This got me thinking, what if no matter how frustrated, discouraged or disappointed we feel in the moment, we can take time to think to ourselves “I have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes.”?
I do my best to practice this "behind the scenes" thought-process in my everyday life. From the seemingly small (someone taking my parking space) to the huge and gigantic (a scary diagnosis), I say to myself:
“I have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes."
"I have no idea how good this can turn out."
"I have know idea how much I am going to learn and benefit from this situation."
"I have no idea about the plethora of pleasant surprises that are being orchestrated for me just around the next corner. THE BIG REVEAL simply hasn’t happened yet.
I believe that, (just like I did for Raif's birthday party,) God, The Universe, Source is (behind the scenes) pulling strings for me (and for you), putting things in place, and orchestrating wonderful events that will surprise and delight us. THE BIG REVEAL simply hasn’t happened yet.
Download Today’s The Force Within Personal Power Exercise. List three things that you wish weren’t happening at this exact moment. Then read them aloud to yourself. After each one, say (out loud of you can) “I have NO IDEA what is really happening behind the scenes”.
Read your words again and then say. “There may be great things being orchestrated for me behind the scenes”.
Read your words again and declare, “I have NO WAY of knowing what’s happening behind the scenes."
Do this for each of the three things you wrote.
Then do it for the rest of your life.
When you lose your keys and when you lose your job.
When you're stuck in traffic and when a healing feels delayed.
Every time something seemingly unwanted comes in to your experience -- ideally, the MOMENT in which it comes into your experience -- remind yourself that you have no idea what is going on BEHIND THE SCENES.
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Rhonda Ross is a singer-songwriter, an Emmy-nominated actress, and a Personal Power Practitioner. For musical, speaking or workshop bookings: email info@TheRhondaRoss.com