A few months ago I was reading an article about the importance of asking for the most benevolent outcome. I was familiar with this concept and vowed to do a better job of asking for this. Almost immediately I began to see positive results and my life began to unfold in more joyful and fulfilling ways.
I found it especially important to do this when facing challenging situations. Recently, my husband Tony and I were headed to the airport with our son where we were returning from a family trip. We had not given ourselves much time to return our rental car and get to our gate before our plane took off. We knew the rental place was a little bit away from the airport and assumed there would be good signage to guide us. However, as we approached the airport, we did not see any signs indicating where we had to go. We passed the airport and decided to take the next exit, do a u-turn and approach the airport from the opposite direction. As we did this we saw a sign that read, “Rental Car return next exit”. When we approached the exit, at the last second Tony did not turn off, saying that he thought this was not really an exit. I immediately felt concern about how little time we had and I was fairly certain that we were supposed to have turned off there. However, instead of becoming upset, I remembered my vow to myself and silently asked for the most benevolent outcome for all concerned. I remained calm and told Tony what I had asked for. Just then we saw another sign that said, “Rental car return exit here”. We managed to quickly return our rental car, catch a waiting bus back to the airport, pass rapidly through security and arrive at our gate just as our section was boarding the plane. I marveled at how much smoother things had gone by my staying focused in a positive direction.
I hope you will join me in asking for the most benevolent outcome for all concerned and that your life will also become more joyful and fulfilling as a result.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”