Try this instead of hustling or fighting

Founding Mother, Chard & Stripes

My mother had a cute slip of the tongue, which she said was cool for me to share:

She said “transistor people” when she meant “transgender people.”

But Mom was sort of right because transgender people, and all people, are like transistor radios—we emit energy and receive signals on our wavelength.

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit,
saith the Lord of hosts.


In a recent post, I said that life will handle HOW to make things happen. Our job, I added, is getting clear on WHAT we want to happen and following the breadcrumbs. But I didn’t tell the whole story:

We can’t detect breadcrumbs—life’s help—when we’re tuned into the blues or Blame FM.

In other words, no amount of hustling can’t outdo the wrong energy.

Not by might, nor by power, but by my SPIRIT, saith the Lord of hosts.

Life is always sending signals to help us, but we can’t receive them when tuned into the wrong wavelength. The signals—great ideas, strong hunches, strokes of luck, etc.—transmit better the more we tune into JOY.

If we wanted jazz on the radio, we wouldn’t tune into a rock station and fight; we’d find the right frequency—energy—and let the music happen. So why not do that to get jazz out of life?

Emotions = energy we feel that becomes energy we emit.


We’re like radios. Energy we emit (our vibe) matches what we receive, whether music or static.

Abraham Lincoln said, …

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

To me, sharpening the axe is a metaphor for dialing up my vibe, or tuning into a higher frequency, to receive life’s help, which is superb in my experience. So I suggest …

Instead of hustling or fighting, mind your emotions.

Again, …

Emotions = energy we feel that becomes energy we emit, which matches what we receive.

Think thoughts and do things that move you closer to joy—whether others approve or not—so that life’s signals can come through and lead you to your dreams by the path of least resistance.

I have things to say about resistance another day, but will reaffirm right now that prosperity is our birthright and life is for enjoying. Tragically, we’re pressured into groupthink and taught to hustle for what we want and fight what we don’t. But when does that stop and enjoyment start?

Jesus said that those who live by the sword, die by the sword. I don’t take that to mean we should ignore injustice, but to learn ways to make prosperity for all with minimal blood, sweat and tears.

AKA learn to take life’s lead.

P.S. Here’s a post I wrote with a tool to help you move toward joy.

P.P.S. After writing this story, I penned a Declaration of Prosperity that addresses resistance.

Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Harmon is a scientist turned storyteller and Founding Mother of Chard & Stripes, a “school” of prosperity making and word-of-mouth marketing platform for businesses in food, fashion and more. Subscribe to her weekly newsletter here.