Lane Merging

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I'm an avid full moon observer and the only plan I had for Friday night was to meet a friend for the Open Center's full moon circle. Being part of an active group of friends in NYC, there is always something going on, so I was also invited to join a happy hour beforehand. I was hesitant about going since they were meeting in Soho (west) and the Open Center is in Nomad (east). That meant I would only have about 30 minutes to hang out. It also meant I wouldn't have time to eat dinner before the circle. After coming up with excuses on why I couldn't go, I finally decided the heck with it, grabbed a banana to throw in my purse, and rushed out the door to meet them.

When I arrived to Banter, the bar we were meeting at, I noticed @senzaglutennyc Cafe & Bakery next door. I thought this couldn't be right. Surely this wasn't an entirely gluten free bakery? Oh but it was!

I popped in to eye the selections under glass domes while taking in the aroma of delicious baked goods. There was so much to choose from that I felt overwhelmed with options. The woman behind the counter said the almond-ricotta-orange bundt cake was their best seller and I was sold. Then I saw the sign that said "Cash and American Express ONLY." The music in my head came to a screeching halt. In 2019 it's rare that anyone has cash, and if so, it's not much. I'm probably one of the few that doesn't have an Amex either.

I reached into my purse to get my wallet, somewhere under my banana, and as I pulled out the little cash I had, I asked how much a slice was. $6.50, she said. I had $3. My joy soon turned into disappointment. I put my wallet back into my purse and thought "at least I have a banana and won't starve." The woman could sense my defeat and quickly offered to give me a slice for free since it was my first time there, and encouraged me to come back with friends. I was elated and assured her I would be back!

The full moon is a time for reflection and a time to let things go that no longer serve us. One thing that I've been working on to let go of is a mentality of scarcity and instead embrace abundance in all forms. This was one of those times when I felt abundance out of my seemingly scarcity of cash on hand. It's a reminder that my lane of scarcity is coming to an end and merging into the lane of abundance, I just need to keep showing up and keep my eyes open to the abundance that appears before me.