“All my experiences make me who I am now”.
– Eddie Murphy
Once upon a time, there was a man named Robert Pennington. One could say that Robert’s life was a bit of a challenge.
Robert flunked out of an important class in college, was divorced at a young age, and fired from his job. He was then shot in the chest by a stranger, fell deeply into debt as a result, and was audited by the IRS. He also cared for his critically ill wife for almost 30 years until her untimely death from MS in 2008. True story.
In each of the aforementioned situations, Robert did what most of us do – he reacted with fear, doubt, worry, and stress. But then, after his initial reaction, Robert did something different. He learned how to respond to his challenges in a way that allowed him to see the “upside” of “down times”.
A couple of weeks ago, someone sent me a copy of Robert’s book, Find the Upside of the Down Times. I rarely review books on my blog but something told me that this book was a winner (OK, so it was my intuition that told me that… ding, ding, ding!!!).
Robert’s book arrived at the PERFECT time, as books often do. I was exasperated after a difficult conversation with a friend and was fretting over my finances. I was about to pull my hair out and organize a spontaneous pity party when my intuition said, “CHECK THE MAIL, KB”. Lo and behold, there was Robert’s book, winking at me from the bottom of my mailbox.
I took it outside with a cup of tea and ended up reading it cover to cover. I couldn’t put it down.
Each chapter begins with a true story from Robert’s life (i.e. being shot, flunking college, getting divorced, being fired, audited, etc). He then describes the lesson he learned from the experience and recommends an exercise to help you apply the lesson to your own life. My favorite part about the book is the way Robert opens each chapter. Here are a few examples:
“I was shot in the center of the chest by an unknown assailant with a .38 caliber handgun. It was one of the best things that ever happened to me.”
“I had a $36,000 hospital bill with no health insurance. It was one of the best things that ever happened to me.”
“I lost most of my yearly income in one phone call. It was one of the best things that ever happened to me.”
Since I finished the book I’ve been exclaiming, “This is one of the best things that has ever happened to me” at random, especially when I feel sad, mad, or frustrated:
“Scooby’s eating his own poop again… This is one of the best things that has ever happened to me!”
“I just spent 6 months working my ass off at the gym and I’ve gained 2 pounds… This is one of the best things that has ever happened to me!”
“The raw food fundamentalists are sending me hate mail because I ate an egg… This is one of the best things that has ever happened to me!”
Can you feel how that simple sentence raises your vibration???
I realize that my current challenges are nowhere near as devastating as the stories Robert shares in his book. But my point is that perceiving ALL of your experiences as if they are blessings will radically transform your life.
Through giving intuitive readings I have come to understand how even the worst experiences serve a very important purpose in our lives. The sooner we understand this, the sooner we reveal the joy and peace that is always present underneath the chaos.
If you are going through a difficult time right now, I highly recommend Dr. Pennington’s book to help get you through it. You can buy it on Amazon OR enter to win a free copy below. The winner will be drawn on Monday, October 17, 2011.
To enter, simply tell us what you’re going through and then tell us why it’s going to be one of the best things that has ever happened to you.
With love & gratitude,
K to the B &
R to the P