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Two years ago I wrote this column and yesterday I went searching for it, because I realized the crowbar was in hand...
Sometimes I need to wait on a thing, but I insist on trying to push through anyway. Even though I know deep down, I shouldn't. Unfortunately, I'm a champion debater. 'This is exciting, Suzanne, you can make it happen. If you don't push things along, the opportunity might disappear.'
And the rebuttal, 'You've been here before, you know you need to wait. Slow down, the timing needs to be right. Red flags are flying.'
One would think after all these years I'd take my own sound advice about letting things happen in their own time. Because if I convince myself when I know better, and push ahead, then I stumble. Then when I'm wondering why things didn't work, I remind myself I didn't pay attention to my litmus test for making decisions.
Years ago I had a little talk with myself, and decided if I had to try too hard to make something happen, I was messing with the natural flow of things. Possibly even standing in the way of something better than I ever could have imagined. So I came up with a litmus test, or as I refer to it, my crowbar test. It's very simple.
If I have to get a crowbar out to "open the door," to make something happen, then it wasn't meant to be. Simple as that.
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