When I first moved to New York City, I did what most artists do. I sublet an apartment. In the first three years, I moved a total of 6 times until I found the neighborhood I would eventually call home, Hell’s Kitchen.
The first couple of moves were effortless. I packed up my duffel bag and hopped on the subway. But by the sixth and final move, I had to borrow a buddy’s truck.
When I pulled up to my new place, I was filled with excitement. But by the second climb up the four flights of stairs with my arms full, I began to question if I really needed any of this stuff.
About halfway through the move, a kid that was sitting on the stoop watching me move, spoke up and said. “You know you don’t have to take the stairs, right?”
“How else am I going to get all that stuff up there?” I asked.
“There’s an old elevator way in the back.” He said. “It’s real scary, but it works. My mom won’t let me use it, but the old man on the third floor does when he buys groceries.”
“Really? Why didn’t you tell me sooner?” I asked.
“I thought you knew, but then I thought maybe you didn’t,” he replied.
Embarrassed but grateful, I thanked the kid, patted him on the back and moved the rest of my stuff into my new place.
The kid was right, that was one scary elevator, and I never used it after that day.
I lived there for three wonderful years. When I did move, I packed up two duffel bags and gave the rest away, making my next move effortless once again.
“You don’t have to take the stairs.” – Gruberism
I believe that many of us take “the stairs of life” when we don’t have to.
What do I mean by “the stairs of life?”
“The stairs of life” is the hard way. The belief that we must toil, suffer and sacrifice to acquire, accomplish and deserve what we want.
I am here to tell you that you don’t have to take the stairs of life. There is an easier way, a path of least resistance that is uniquely yours.
You will begin to realize this once you begin asking yourself this very simple question.
What would be the easiest way for me to accomplish this goal?
Here are a few additional suggestions that may help you along your path.
1. Stay present, focused and positive.
2. Recognize your ability to create a path of least resistance.
3. Consider any and all possibilities, asking “what if” questions.
4. Leverage your strengths, talents and skills.
4. Utilize every aid that becomes available to you.
5. Ask for help, from the universe and others.
6. Continually monitor and adjust your thoughts, emotions and actions toward ease.
7. Be open to adjust or change your path when it no longer serves you.
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Copyright 2007 Rob Gruber Life Coach
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