A few months ago, I went to a writer’s conference in San Diego called Movers and Shakers about how to build a stronger platform to help get my book published. One of the entertaining speakers, Cheryl Richardson, told us a story about how she often leaves affirmation cards (also called inspiration cards and gratitude cards) in various places to spread love and joy when she travels. As an example of where she might leave these loving cards, she said she sometimes places one in the billfold with her payment at restaurants.
A few days after I returned home from the workshop, I was having tea with a friend at one of the local coffee shops in Napa. We brainstormed ways I would begin to speak publicly about my story. As I continued to plan out my next moves, anxiety started to bubble in my stomach. The more I talked, the more worried I became. “What if I never find an agent? What if my writing sucks? What if I can’t figure out a way to speak clearly about my message? What if this has all been a waste of time? What if I fail?”
I said goodbye to my friend and walked with a heavy-mind, back to my car that I’d parked on the opposite side of the street. As I approached the windshield, I saw a purple, square card. I looked around to see if other cars had this peculiar looking card on their windshields. My car was the only one. I lifted it from out and under the windshield wiper and realized I was staring at an affirmation card. Goosebumps shivered up and down my arms. I shook my head as my eyes darted from one person to the next. Who put this here? Was it the couple sitting across the street at the Bounty Hunter restaurant? Was it the man with the blue hat walking his dog? “This is totally crazy,” I said under my breath. No one knew about Cheryl’s story of handing out affirmation cards. I hadn’t told anyone. (Later, the synchronicity deepened when I googled the card and realized it was created by the same lady and company—Louise Hay and Hay House Publishing—who had put on the workshop.)
I quickly unlocked my door and jumped into the front seat. I continued to shake my head and rolled down the windows. I stared at the gratitude card and read the message out loud, “I release all fears and doubts.” I read it again, “I release all fears and doubts.” This is pretty amazing, I thought as my eyes filled with tears of wonder. I read the other side of the card, “I accept myself and create peace in my mind and heart. I now choose to free myself from all destructive fears and doubts. I am loved and I am safe.”
I placed the inspirational card upright on the dashboard and stared at it for a few minutes. I breathed in a deep breath and relaxed into the message of the card. “I release all fears and doubts.” I have no idea who left the card on my car, but I thank them, Cheryl Richardson, and Louise Hay, for reminding me of just how powerful and perfect, my life and the universe can be.