Week Twenty: The Great MKMMA Adventure – Grist for the Mill

 
The Grist Mill

The Grist Mill

Gristmills…..  Most incorrectly imagine that wheat is simply poured into the mechanism of the mill and out comes flour! We don’t see the transformation process. We don’t see the reasons why wheat yields flour under the pressure of the millstones.

What is that unseen factor? It is actually the art of the Miller. It is he who has the knowledge, experience, and skill to separate the grains of wheat to yield flour. He knows how to work with grist, the grains of wheat separated from the outer shells and ready to be poured into the next sieve.

Looking at your life, what do you see that is grist for your journey? Is Fear grist? What about

The Tools of a Master Miller

The Tools of a Master Miller

Guilt? Or Unworthiness? Or Hurt Feelings? Or even Anger? How are these beneficial to you in accomplishing your goals and desires?

Each is a highly valued friend and ally, a tool to master in the toolbox of life. I didn’t always think this, but I’ve had the benefit of working with a Master Miller who knows exactly how to turn ‘chaff’ into food for the soul.

One night last March, I rounded a bend on a highway to see a stopped vehicle half-way in my lane and half-way in the lane to the left. There was no time to stop. Slowing down would not have saved me. I was awake, alert, aware, and totally focused. I was also scared. Hitting a stopped object at 65mph would not be pretty. I could die. If there was anyone in that stopped car, they could die. I was hyper-concentrated on my surroundings. I successfully maneuvered my vehicle, avoiding the stopped car without bleeding into the lane to my right, thereby not endangering the cars in that lane that were also traveling at high speeds.

Fear. Food for Life in that circumstance. What did I learn about fear that night? When I am afraid, I am super conscious, focused, aware, alert, and alive. I took appropriate action, and a ‘happy ending’ ensued. Can I take that experience, insight, and understanding to every situation wherein I find myself afraid? Definitely, but only if I am conscious of being fearful. Fear can be subtle, and when it is, it becomes a tool to keep me in patterns and habits that do not serve me, unless I identify it. Once named, I can take fear and put it to work to further my goals and interests.

Question: Can you think of a time when fear actually helped you? Please share those experiences in the comments below. I’ll be answering every comment.

Then please share this on your Facebook, Twitter, and Social Media accounts and let’s see how many ways fear can be Grist for the Mill of Your Success.

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