Ask, and Receive in the Next Breath
I'd just gotten home from a walk with my love to our local Dunkin' Donuts. I had my medium cold brew, black with extra sugar, and my Everything bagel with vegetable cream cheese.
The bagel was actually still hot! (Most days the heat of the bagel didn't survive the walk.) I was so excited to eat it.
I was also ready to watch a video on my phone.
Suddenly: My phone refused to load the content I was trying to watch, I realized I'd forgotten to grab a butter knife while I was still on my feet, and -- HICCUPS!
Holy moly, the stress! For a few very intense moments, I was overwhelmed.
Then I asked myself, What is it that I want?
Between hiccups and at a raised volume, as I pulled the butter knife from my kitchen drawer, I said: "I WANT TO ENJOY MY BAGEL WHILE I WATCH THIS. I DON'T WANT HICCUPS."
Instantly, the hiccups stopped, my show loaded and I got to take a bite of my delicious bagel before it turned rubbery.
Though we assume the Universe knows what we want, sometimes it needs us to clearly command it. We actually get to say it out loud and experience it in the next breath.