I want to tell you about a wake-up call I recently had.

I have this car that is giving me freaking grief.  I want to tell you that I’ve been able to see it as an “opportunity”, but I’ve only seen “trouble”.

It started with the “check engine” light which is the little warning that something is wrong but it’s not a big deal yet so go get it checked out, right?  I didn’t heed this warning early enough, and it turned into a disaster.  Something else had had happened with this car in the last year and now with this second issue, I developed this attitude.

“This car is trouble.”

But this is how the universe works…the energy we put out is the energy we get back.  I’m putting out “this car is trouble” energy and the universe is responding with more trouble.  I know this!  But at the time, I was just not paying attention.

And more trouble.  And more trouble.

In contrast, I have another car that I love and trust and find so reliable.  It doesn’t ever give me any problems.  If something needs to be done, I do it but I never change my attitude about that car.  I love that car and it just has all this happy energy and all these happy things around it.

So this other one is getting worse and worse and gets to the point where we open up this car and it’s car cancer.  It’s over.  It’s everywhere.  This is done.  I’ve dumped money into this car that now is finished.  Energetically, I’m feeling very much like…not just is THIS car trouble…

“CARS are trouble.”

So that’s the new attitude that I develop, and I’m taking the car I love down for some maintenance and I get a rock chip.  Now you might think it’s just a rock chip, but for me it was a sign, a wake-up call.  And I was like, “Oh yeah!  That’s right!”  This is the universe’s version of a “check engine” light for me.

Sending me that rock chip, that little “bing”, the universe was saying, “Stacy, are you sure that cars are trouble?  Are you sure that you want me to show you that cars are trouble?  I’m going to send you this little problem but if you want to keep sending me “cars are trouble” energy, I’m going to keep sending you trouble.  And it’s going to get bigger, and bigger, and bigger.”

And I didn’t want that.  I didn’t want that!  It was time for me to develop some gratitude about cars, about how they affect our lifestyles, our ability to do things we enjoy, to support our families, to see people we love, to live in a vast country that has so much land and be able to get from place to place.  It was time for an attitude adjustment.

Here’s the reason I’m telling you this story.  Here’s how it works with the universe.  When you develop a certain energy, the universe is going to send you a rock chip or a “check engine” light saying, “Are you sure that is what you want to put out?”

It’s going to start small.  And if you keep putting that energy out, the universe is going to keep responding and keep responding.  And it’s going to escalate until you are getting full-on car cancer, cancer, the big worst possible thing you can imagine.  IF you allow that energy to be the one you put out.

I challenge you today to look at your life and try to see where you are getting your little rock chips.  Before you get yourself into trouble, where is the universe sending you a message asking you, “Are you sure that’s the energy you want to put out?”

Rather than having to re-learn this lesson the very hard way like I did, I would like to save you from that.  In any area, you can start responding to your rock chips before you get yourself into trouble or more “opportunities”.

Look around for your rock chips and decide what kind of adjustments you want to make so that you can live the life you WANT to live and put out the energy you WANT to put out.