One of my favorite movies is called, Under the Tuscan Sun, starring Diane Lane. Some may dismiss it as a “chick flick” as it falls under the romantic comedy genre. I for one believe that there are some great lessons to be learned from the movie. I am sharing one of those lessons with you in this article.
Under The Tuscan Sun is based on author Frances Mayes’s 1996 book and memoir. At the beginning of the movie, Frances’ seemingly perfect life and marriage takes an unexpected turn when her marriage suddenly ends in divorce after she discovers her husband is cheating on her.
Devastated, Frances’ world turns upside down. She can’t write and get on with her life. A gift from a close friend to travel to Tuscany, Italy saves her. While on the tour she falls in love with an old Italian villa and impulsively buys it on the “spot”!
She starts a new live and adventure in Tuscany. Initially she has buyer’s remorse because of her impulsive decision. She hires a contractor and crew to remodel the villa.
She becomes good friends with an eccentric British woman named, Katherine who lives in the moment and nurtures her sense of childlike enthusiasm. She approaches her world in the same way with joy, playfulness and laughter.
When Frances struggles to make sense of her life and is at the point of a breakdown from being so unhappy, Katherine offers her a simple, yet profound advice. She tells Frances this story:
“When I was a little girl, I used to spend hours looking for lady bugs…finally I would just give up and fall asleep on the grass. When I woke up, they were crawling all over me.”
Frances responds by saying, “so?” to which Katherine says, “So go work on your house and forget about it!”
And that’s when things began to change for Frances and she experienced a sense of peace. In the end Frances attracts all the people and events that she was hoping for all along.
So the lesson here is…whenever we become too attached to our desires, we are actually keeping them away from us. The more we try and chase it, the more it eludes us.
Why? Because we stifle the energy on that one specific situation or desire, and there is no room for anything else to come in.
Many times we may also be trying to control the outcome and how we want the desire to be fulfilled, thereby not leaving any room for other possibilities and synchronicities to occur.
I have experienced this very thing in my life and business. When I am working on a big project and I am expecting big results, I often set it aside and go do something fun so that I can create the space to manifest it into my life….And it works!
In truth, it is only when you finally release your desire to the Universe and let go, then you allow your desires to come into your life.
In fact, one of the prerequisite to manifesting your desire is to detach yourself, release and let go once you have intended it, visualized it and taken all the necessary actions.
So dear reader, what about you? What desire(s) are you too attached to? What one specific action can you take to detach and let go so you can manifest your desire?
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As CEO & Founder of her company Power With Soul, Meriflor combines her expertise on women’s relationship with money and her 15-year executive experience in leadership, business strategy and social impact for phenomenal results.
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She is a recipient of the prestigious Amethyst Award for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement from the Government of Ontario, Canada.