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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Journey to the Plan

Our baby is now six months old. Time really flies. It has been a real joy to spend time with her and see her grow daily.

I have received a number of positive comments about my last blog. I am glad you liked it. Let go and let God is a principle that I am learning to embrace. I have read about it a number of times, and I thought I was doing it, but I don't think I had totally released control until recently. How did it happen? So many things happened at the same time that led me realize that I had to let it go. One of them is the experience of my good friend Emmanuel Lopez a.k.a Motivatorman.

About a year ago, I met Emmanuel just to catch up after my summer in Africa. Emmanuel and I have been friends since 2005, and ever since we made a tradition to meet regularly to talk about...life.
As we were talking, he shared with me that he was going through one of the toughest moments of his life. From our previous conversations, I knew things were not easy for him, but he always kept a positive attitude about everything.

I don't remember the rest of our conversation that day, all that I can recall is that we agreed that I was going to help him get back on track. I didn't know that we were about to experience a heck of a ride together.

The plan was simple. We first talked about his goals. What he wanted to accomplish for the next three months. Once done, each Monday, he had to e-mail me his plan for the week, and on Friday we would discuss about the results he had produced that week. My role was to hold him accountable and make sure that he did what he said he was going to do, and offer him some coaching if needed. I knew that by him focusing on the tasks at hand would create a good momentum towards achieving his goals.

For an entire year we never missed a week. Along the way, Emmanuel experienced a number of breakthroughs as well as disappointments. But he kept the course

Some things started to happen. At first it was about me helping him. Then it became helping each other, as every week he would tell me inspiring stories about how things were unfolding for him. Now I was looking forward to our Friday conversation just to hear one more time what he had to say as I desperately needed inspiration myself.

And then, about three and a half weeks ago, the amazing thing happen!

It was during our Friday call. As we were sharing about our experiences of the week, I mentioned to him an e-mail I had received from a minister. The minister said that many people create plans and ask God to bless their plans, instead of going to God and ask Him about His plan for them.

When Emmanuel heard that, he shouted: “That's it! That is what I am going to do! Instead of me sending you my plan for the week, I am going to ask God about His plan, and each Friday I am going to send you the results of my activities”.

It was as simple as that. I was curious to find out what happened.

Now it has been three and a half weeks since that conversation, and what happened ever since is simply a miracle. It is breakthrough after breakthrough. I am seeing a life being transformed before my eyes. Every one of Emmanuel dreams is happening at a speed that he has never seen. As I am writing now, Emmanuel is in New York (a trip he never thought he would take), and I am sure he is promoting his just released book. For five years he was trying to publish his book, and the very first week he asked God to handle everything for him, his book is now on amazon.com. How cool is that? Check out his book at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AH0EW5C

Emmanuel really inspired me and his story came to me at a time I really needed to hear something like that. Did I decide to jump as well and let God handle my things? Not right away. Something else happened. That was the trigger. You might be wondering what happened. That will be the subject of my next blog. So, stay tune.

Moral of the story? Do you want to publish your first book? Just have no plan and you will go to New York.


Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My Journey to a Week Off

It has been over three years that I post my blog every week. Last week is the only week that I did not do it. It is not that I had forgotten, I did it on purpose. I just wanted to take a week off lol

I was thinking that nobody would notice, until I got an e-mail from my friend Jim asking me: “where is this week's blog?” I guess I have one big fan lol (thanks Jim)

I also met a couple of people this last week-end who congratulated me about the blog saying that they really enjoy reading it. One of them even said to me: “if I were you, I would thank God daily for giving me such talent”. I felt like a million bucks man

About two and a half years ago, I was helping a friend of mine to put together a series of concerts. We did an amazing amount of work and things were going according to the plan. We got a number of sponsors, we had also a lot of support in the community.

As the concert was approaching, something unexpected happened. I lost my USB key on which I had all the work that we had been doing for months. I couldn't find it. I search everywhere but it in vain. I couldn't believe how careless I had been. As I was desperate to find it, I decided to let go. There was nothing much I could do. If I was to find it, it would come to me effortlessly. If it was lost forever, then I would have to start the work all over again.

A few weeks passed. We kept working. I even forgot about my key.

I took a trip to Kigali later on. As I got in my room the first night, as I was unpacking my stuff, I heard a noise. Something fell down. I was wondering what it was. Guess what! It was my lost USB key that fell out of one of my shirt's pocket! It was right there in front of me. I couldn't believe it. I lost my key in Toronto, just to find it in Kigali. All this time it was in one of my shirt's pocket. It was so funny.

Why did I tell this story?

Have you been working very hard on something for a long time and it seems that you are not progressing, or you seem to be stuck and nothing seem to work? Maybe it is time to let go and let God. Release the control to a higher power and you will be amazed how, at the right time, things will fall into place effortlessly and you will be shocked how easy it was.

I know. It is easy said than done. But with practice it will become easier and easier to let go. Try it and you will see. But you will have to completely let go. Don't stick around to see how God is doing it. Just let it go and do something completely different.

I am going to leave you with this poem by Lauretta Burns

Broken Dreams

As children bring their broken toys
With tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God
Because He was my friend.

But instead of leaving Him
In peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help
With ways that were my own.

At last I snatched them back and cried,
“How can You be so slow?”
“My child, He said, “what could I do?
You never let them go.”




Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman