Last week, my teenage munchkins said they both wanted to see new release movies coming out at the end of the week. Since it was their first week of summer, and I had just returned from New York City, I decided to take the afternoon off from my hectic schedule. I told them each they could invite friends over to spend the night.
So, at noon, I shut down my laptop and picked up two of their close friends. We arrived at the theater just before 1:00, and I purchased tickets for the girls to see Fault in Our Stars, which they were dying to see, both having read the book recently. The boys wanted to see the newly released Edge of Tomorrow, so I purchased three tickets for that showing. With tickets in hand, tubs of popcorn, and sodas to keep them highly sugared, I escorted the girls to get them situated in their show, and then joined the boys in the mega theater for the new Tom Cruise shoot ‘em up bang ‘em movie!
After the movie, the kids went to play at the park, while I did some work from my back patio. As the evening progressed, I decided to make one of their favorite dinners. Around 6:00, I put a large pot of water on the stove, opened a bottle of wine, poured a glass, and proceeded to get out the ingredients that I use to make my own homemade spaghetti sauce.
As the water was heating, I was browning the ground turkey, and I received a call from my good friend and life coach in New York. She was calling to get my intuitive advice for a large presentation she had done earlier that week. As I sipped my wine, gave her my advice, talked and laughed with her, I continued making the sauce, put the noodles into the boiling water, and prepped the garlic bread that the kids love so much.
During our conversation, we were talking about situations in both our lives and giving bits of advice to each other. As my dinner preparation was getting toward the end, I told her I needed to go so I could finish getting the kids ready for dinner. We said our goodbyes, and I hung up the phone.
As I removed the pot of noodles from the stove, I had a flash back to my childhood. My sister and I had learned to cook from a very early elementary school age. Having very little money during our childhood, spaghetti was a common meal that we made, as it yielded a lot of food for a minimal cost. When we used to make the noodles, we would take the noodles and throw them on the cabinet. If they stuck, then we knew they were ready! It is something I long ago stopped doing, as I knew how to make the perfect noodles without having to run that test.
However, the universe gave me that flash back Friday night. While draining the noodles, I thought about my conversation with my dear friend. We are both going through some exciting and rapidly changing times in our lives, both personally and professionally. For me, the past six months have shown some huge changes, as I have been changing my career objectives, started planning for a move thousands of miles away, and have been planning for a very bright future in love, family, career and happiness!
How do you get to divine bliss? You throw a hell of a lot of spaghetti noodles at the cabinet! The ones that stick are the ones that are ready. I have thrown many noodles the past few years, and what I finally realize is that the ones that stick are the ones that are done. So, what do you do with the noodles that don’t stick? When you throw them at the cabinet, and they fall to the counter or floor, you don’t put them back in the pot, do you? I sure hope not! Just as in life, when the noodle doesn’t stick, don’t hold on to it and put it back in the pot. Throw it away! It means the universe is telling you that there are dozens and dozens of other noodles in the pot. It is okay that certain noodles didn’t stick; it just means they weren’t ready. You don’t want under cooked noodles in your life, do you? You need to keep focused on the pot of noodles that still have potential to “stick” in your life.
How many times do you focus on the noodles that don’t stick…getting frustrated they aren’t done yet? Just remember those aren’t the noodles for you! Keep boiling the water, stirring the pot, and eventually not just one or two noodles, but the whole pot… divine bliss…will be ready for you. Trust me…I know!
Just because a noodle isn’t done doesn’t mean you stop cooking dinner, does it? No, it just means to be patient and focus on the task at hand. If you are in alignment with your universal vibration, your pot will yield some very delicious noodles, personally and professionally, and they will stick when the time is right. Just keep cooking!
EXERCISE FOR MAKING YOUR NOODLES STICK
When something doesn’t seem to be going right, tell yourself, “The noodle isn’t sticking. Pitch it.” Then hold the noodle in your hand up to your head, wave it away from you, and say, “Baaaddd noodle.” Then forget it. Trash it. Don’t hold onto a bad relationship, a bad job, or a toxic situation. Get rid of the bad noodles as soon as you recognize them, and definitely don’t keep them in your life any longer than needed. If you realize that something in your life is sticking and is good for you, then say to yourself, “The noodle is sticking!” Then, give a smile. Before you know it, there will be fewer and fewer “Baaaadddd noodles”in your life and more and more noodles that will stick!
Live with passion,
-Author and Motivational Speaker-