“Onward…”

The universe always delivers exactly what you need when you need it the most…

The picture doesn’t mean the universe will deliver you free coffee from Starbucks. Although that would have been really appreciated at the time this story took place. This is another story where the universe chose Starbucks to be the place where I was to learn one of the most important lessons in my life. It was in late February of 2012, while I was in the process of recovering from serious health issues, that coincidentally also started at the same Starbucks a few months prior. The recovery progress I had been making, suddenly began rapidly spiraling downhill and out of control. My frustration in dealing with this situation was becoming intolerable. One morning I walked into Starbucks and there was a new display stand filled with copies of Howard Schultz’s latest book “Onward’ standing beside the order counter. For some strange reason the visual of seeing the word “Onward” being repeated so many times began manifesting inside me to simply keep moving ‘Onward’ that everything is going to work out. Everyday that I went back to Starbucks and saw the book display, that feeling kept growing stronger and stronger within me. No matter how things were going to go that day all I had to do was just keep moving ‘Onward”.

A couple of weeks before my birthday in May, I was down at Starbucks with my longtime friend and roommate Sara and she asked what I wanted for my birthday. Normally I usually tell her not to get me anything, but this year I decided that I would really love to have a copy of the book. Upon hearing my request, her face immediately made the most bemused and confused look I have ever seen. Her facial contortions weren’t caused because this was the first time since we had known each other that I actually wanted something for my Birthday. It was created by that fact that I had requested a BOOK!. Yes a book, because she knew I avoided anything to do reading and writing due to the way my mind processes the written word. On my birthday one of the gifts I received was a copy of the book. This is one of the very few gifts that I have ever received in my life that I am truly thankful for receiving and cherish. After unwrapping that gift I immediately went and prominently displayed on that night table beside my bed, so that it would be the first thing I saw when I awoke, the last thing I would remember each night before going to sleep. Most importantly to remind me when during the day when I would be laying in bed writhing in crippling pain caused by my seizures, that as long as I kept moving ‘Onward’ everything was going to work for the better.

I wrote this article in 2018 to give to Sara as my gift to her for her Birthday and to mark our 1st year Anniversary since the universe intervened and sent us off on our own individual journeys. The lessons we both have learned on our 12 year journey together have provided each of us with greater clarity and wisdom that will serve us well in plotting out our uncharted futures. I will always be eternally grateful for everything that your support and encouragement has enabled me to accomplish. Have a Happy Birthday and may next year be one filled with health, happiness and good fortune!

in gratitude,
Bill Macquis

PS The universe eventually did deliver me that free coffee from Starbucks that I needed. Every copy of ‘Onward’ came with a commemorative ‘Onward’ Starbucks card with $5 loaded on it! The money was spent long ago, but the card is always in my wallet serving as a constant reminder to simply keep moving Onward! The book has found a new home, sitting prominently displayed on my desktop to keep reminding to keep moving ‘Onward’

After I finally recovered enough to resume being able to live a relatively normal life I finally did sit down and read the book, which more than ever confirmed my belief that…

‘Miracles in life don’t just happen. You live LIFE to make them happen!’

Bill Macquis – ‘LIFE’ explorer,discoverer and pioneer.

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