In Creating Happiness by Barbara Jacoby

I know that this is the next component that I want to tackle in this series and immediately after I created this new page, I had absolutely no idea regarding what I should write. No inspiration – nothing – nada. So when I find myself in this situation with regard to anything that I wish to accomplish, I just set it aside and come back to it at a later time when the inspiration has finally arrived.I believe that inspiration is given to us. I first learned this when I wrote the lyrics to the music on our CD “Let Life Happen”. I had never written a single lyric in my life. I had never had any desire to do so. But, one morning as I was waking up, the words were in my head so I wrote them down and within 20 minutes, I had the first lyrics completed. I had no idea what I would do with what I had but it didn’t matter.This process was repeated for some unremembered period of time with the same thing happening over and over, always on a Sunday morning, always as I was just waking and almost all of them were completed within 20 minutes. For the few where I only received partial lyrics, I would set them aside and come back to them later until the remainder of the lyrics arrived. I later realized that this was the way that my desire to do something in the way of a meaningful project with my husband had actually materialized from my prayers.

So, that was when I learned that if I wanted to accomplish something in my life, I would put that desire out into the universe and wait for the inspiration to arrive. In my own personal life, for me that is in the form of prayer where I ask my God for what I desire, in the most general terms, and wait for it to arrive. It is not always in the timeframe that I personally would like but it does always arrive at exactly at the right moment.

The most important thing to do is to act upon that inspiration when it is received. You will never accomplish anything that will create happiness for you unless you are willing to do your very best when you have an opportunity. For example, I have a project in which I have been interested for about 7 years now. Five years ago, I received an inspiration about what to do and acted upon it but nothing came to fruition. I did learn a lot from the work that I did for that effort though.

I have just recently been given another direction in which to take this project and believe me, I am acting upon it. I don’t have to push anything or anybody but I do need to get a clear picture in my mind of the direction that I need to take, formulate a plan and just do what needs to be done. Should I find that any part of the plan is not working as I go along, I will modify it as necessary. If you just listen to your instincts, I believe that we have the answers to everything inside of us.

I think that life is really very easy. I believe that we have the answers to everything inside of ourselves. I don’t mean that literally. But I believe that if I don’t know what to do or how to do something, I do know who can help or where to go for the answers that I need. And when I don’t know what to do, then I just pray for the answers to be given to me and know that they will always arrive at exactly the right moment.

The other point that I would like to share is that the worse thing that we can do to ourselves is to create timetables for our lives. How many people set out to do a 5-year or 10-year plan regarding what they plan to do or where they plan to be in life by the time that they are 30 or 40 or 50? Then when they don’t meet those deadlines, they feel that they have failed. Well, I just remember something that I heard a long time ago that went something like this – there are two plans for my life, my plan and God’s plan. Guess which one is going to win out? If I keep that in mind, then I will enjoy each day for what it brings to my life and when I receive an inspiration, I will know that it arrived at exactly the right moment when all of the other pieces of the puzzle are also in place.