Opening New Dialogue

Who is enough? What is enough? How much is enough?  Do you ever wonder?

Lately I’ve been hearing from my inner critic a lot, the voice of what I like to call my Business Brain. It tells me I haven’t done enough research on middle schools, I’m not giving enough attention to my kiddos, I’m not marketing enough, I need to do better financial analysis.  I’m not enough, not enough, not enough. If you’ve read my story, you know I know this voice all too well, as it’s been speaking to me (sometimes softly, sometimes loudly) for most (if not all) of my life.

     Yep, I'm a little bit Lucy.

Yep, I’m a little bit Lucy.

So last week, inspired by a suggestion of one of my wise spiritual guides, I started a new practice. At the end of my morning prayers and affirmations, I started asking the highest power for a bit of an impromptu performance evaluation: “What do You want me to know about how I’m doing?”  

And then I’m quiet.  In this headspace, my Business Brain is subdued. I tune in for words from Universal Brilliance.  

Today I heard these, slowly and distinctly:  

Listen. Love. Learn. Leap.

There I was, listening, and I was told to listen more! I loved it. It felt like confirmation that I was on the right track at that very moment.

Love. With all my heart, I prioritize love over all else. Again, I’m on the right track with this.

Learn. If there’s one other action that I’m taking constantly, it’s learning, from everyone I meet and everything I experience.

Leap. Ah. It’s time. Time to take the leap into the decision I’m currently facing, carefully considering what I’ve learned, who I love, and what I’ve heard from them.

Do you ever ask the Universe for direct feedback?  If not, wanna try it?  Let me know in the comment section below what you hear. I’ll be tuning in daily.


  1. Nancy Clark

    Debra, I used to think people would get feedback from the Universe by actually hearing a voice. There have been several instances in the last year when I've had a strong "thought" to do something. I've followed these illogical thoughts and have had good results. One instance, as I was driving I had a thought to "change to the other lane." I did that and as I rounded the bend in the road, a huge grading truck with a lift in the front came barreling down a steep side street and couldn't stop. It took up the entire lane I had been in. I thanked the Universe.

    I've also decided to pay more attention to synchronicities, especially when books or author's names come up. Right now I need to look up one: Ken Wilber.

    • Debra Woog

      Nancy, that's powerful! What I hear sounds like thoughts to me too. It's just that I can tell these come from a different place than where my typical, sometimes racing, thoughts originate. Good for you for noticing. I feel like I know you a little better now!

  2. Jennifer Zwiebel

    Loved this Debra! Thanks for sharing.
    So I took your advice and this is what I heard:

    "Rest, rest, rest and take care of yourself. Say no to everything and follow your heart."

    This may be because I'm still nursing a cold, but on the other hand, the cold was probably a great wake-up call. So I hereby give myself permission to say no to everything and just do what I want to do. Thanks Debra! xo Jen

    • Debra Woog

      Yes, yes, yes, Jen!!! xoxo

  3. Wendy Wilsker

    Debra your email came at a moment when I need to make an important business decision. The older I get the easier I find it to listen, love and learn and the harder it is to leap! Your email was the sign that I needed to leap and to leap with joy! I know it's been a while since we have been in touch, but do know that I read your blogs and am always inspired by you! All best, Wendy

    • Debra Woog

      Wendy, you made my day! How interesting that you find the leaping more challenging. I wonder if that's because at our age we have more appreciation for what we have to lose? I'd love to hear what you decided to leap into with joy in your business. Big hugs to you!

  4. Dawn