“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” – Maya Angelou
When out to dinner with a friend, she asked if she could have the chicken warmed up on her barbecue chicken salad. “No” replied the employee. He didn’t say, “Sorry it’s against company policy,” “Not usually, but let me look into that,” or the most customer-centric answer, “Of course, we can do that for you.” His reply was clear: No.
So she asked the question again, and the reply was still no. She rephrased the question and asked a third time. Finally, seeing that my friend was not going to take no for an answer, the waiter asked another employee who said, “Sure, I can do that.”
What fascinated me more than the disturbing lack of customer service, was my friend’s persistence in asking for what she wanted. Three times. She was never rude or arrogant, but politely continued asking. She was clear about what she wanted.
Wayne Dyer says, “We are divine enough to ask, important enough to receive.” This is a great reminder to continue to ask. It may not happen the first time or second time, but we should continue to ask with quiet expectancy. All that we desire is already available to us. Our work is to be willing to receive graciously and lovingly. Our practice is to live in a state of gratitude.
This is a simple yet powerful reminder of what is available to us every day. “Ask and it shall be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be open to you.” Matthew 7:7
Affirmation: I accept that whatever I ask for is already known in the mind of God.
So true! When attempting to order food on the Alaska flight we took to FL, i was unable to. When on the flight they announced that pre-ordered food would be delivered. When i told the flight attendant that we were unable to pre-order food and would like some — she said that if you hadn’t pre-ordered food, you couldn’t get any! I quietly explained that I had tried as early as 2 weeks out .. up to the day before with no success. Later she brought us food!! The Universe, indeed, will answer!!!
Thanks for sharing that story Helen. It is so true! Ask with faith and love.