I’ve traveled a lot for both business and pleasure over the
years, and have encountered my share of airplane delays, lost luggage,
and even sports injuries on these trips. Besides my normal reading
of my industry “trades,” I like to read a lot of spiritual
literature. About ten years ago, I kept noticing the word “benevolent” used
in stories about Angels. As this is not a commonly used word in the
English language, it was quite noticeable to me.
One day I read the suggestion to request benevolent outcomes for events
in your life. I decided to try it out, and was amazed how PERFECTLY
it worked for everything, from small requests such as a parking spot
next to a busy restaurant or a seat on the subway in Paris to the really
important negotiations in my business. After having made these requests
between 10,000 and 15,000 times over the years, I am firmly convinced
that our Guardian Angels are there to assist us in living more gentle
lives. We just have to ask.
So when do you make these
requests? I request Most Benevolent Outcomes (MBO’s as I call them) for everything. While packing for a trip,
I’ll say, “I request a Most Benevolent Outcome for remembering
everything I need to take on my trip. Thank you.” When it comes
time to go to the airport, I request a Benevolent Outcome for the drive
to the airport in safety and with no delays. How many people have you
heard about that have missed a flight because of a traffic jam or wreck
on the freeway?
At the airport, I’ll say, “I request a Most Benevolent
Outcome that my bags arrive safely and on time. Thank you.” I
always say “thank you” to my Guardian Angel. David in St.
Louis emailed to tell me he requested a Benevolent Outcome for making
it through the Security check line with no problems (nothing can slow
you down more than being “randomly” chosen for a full search).
There were two lines, one that traversed back and forth and the other
for flight personnel. Just as the person ahead of him was directed
into the maze, the gatekeeper closed off that path and let David be
the first person to pass through the fast-path route through security.
As he said, “that was cool!"
David also mentioned that
he likes to request MBO’s for meeting
interesting people on the plane. I tried that out recently on a business
trip back from Washington DC, and after a gentleman offered to trade
seats with a young lady sitting next to me so she could sit with her
friend, he turned out to be a buyer that I had not seen at the market.
I was able to give him some information that will result in a sale.
That’s how Benevolent Outcomes work. It is so much fun to see
how your Guardian Angel makes these things happen!
Last summer my wife and
I went to a conference in Mt. Shasta, California—a
really beautiful place. On our way back to the Sacramento Airport,
I requested a MBO for a safe and problem free drive. On the car radio,
there was a news bulletin that the California Highway Patrol was getting
tough on Interstate 5 and would be ticketing anyone barely over the
speed limit. As we were driving along, I had passed several slower
moving cars when an oversized pickup came up behind me. I decided to
let him pass, although there was still another car to pass ahead of
me. As he passed, I started to move out again to pass the car when
suddenly out of the bushes in the median roared a CHIP’s patrol
car with lights blinking. I jumped back in line and watched as the
pulled over the pickup. That could have been me. I have found over
time that after requesting a MBO for a drive, the highway patrol cars
are either turning off, going the other direction, or have just pulled
someone over as I pass by.
One time I rented a car in Nice, France for the 20-minute drive to
Cannes on a freeway. Naturally I requested a MBO for the drive. A few
minutes into the drive a small car passed by me at a speed of approximately
90 miles an hour. About 100 yards up the road, he tried to weave in
and out of traffic, lost control, spun out and bounced off the guardrail
ending up straddled across two of the three lanes of traffic. Had I
been five seconds earlier, I would have been in danger of being involved.
I was able to slow down and creep by the car on the far right lane.
In Milan one night, I had
eaten dinner on one of the downtown “walking
streets.” After dinner, I walked out of that area to a busy boulevard,
thinking I would easily find a taxi back to my hotel. All the taxis
that passed were full, so after five minutes, I requested a Benevolent
Outcome for a taxi. Before the words were completely out of my mouth,
a taxi turned right in front of me, I signaled to him, and off we went
to the hotel.
The Milan airport is a long drive outside the city, so I checked with
the hotel concierge to see if I could share a taxi for the very early
drive to the airport. He had no one scheduled at 5:00 am in the morning,
so I requested a MBO for someone to share my taxi. The next morning
when I checked out of the hotel there were no people in sight, so I
was resigned to paying for an expensive taxi, when in walked five or
six doctors from the Mayo Clinic that had been in Milan for a cancer
conference. They had hired a mini-bus to take them to the airport and
invited me to join them, at no charge!
Jean from Ontario, Canada
emailed to tell me she was in Seattle on vacation. She was exploring
the city via their “excellent” bus
service. She asked for a Benevolent Outcome for her ride downtown.
As the driver approached his stop in front of the Seattle Center, home
of the Space Needle, a parcel delivery truck suddenly stopped in front
of him. The bus driver had been looking at the bus stop to see if any
passengers were waiting. “Something” told him to look ahead,
and he did, bringing the bus safely to a stop within inches of the
truck. No one was injured, and Jean was able to joke with the driver
about all the paper work he had just avoided!
What are some other Most
Benevolent Outcomes (MBO’s) you can
request while traveling?