Thursday, April 7, 2016

The River Flows

The River Flows
I am a planner. I plan out everything and map out a pretend future. I often do it poorly because I set expectations on the impossible or the wrong. Those expectations are on things that are either out of my control or not my right to control as they infringe on the will of others. I am learning to change this. Like any bad habit, some days I get it right and other days I do not.

The river of life has a flow and a current. Too often I try to resist that flow and all I get is tired and frustrated and generally go nowhere in my lack of acceptance of circumstances. But when I let go and allow the current to move me, I can use the rudder to steer myself away from rocks and shallows and change my perspective.

As I travel down the river I can see the beauty of life, take in the scenery, delight in life and relax in the journey. When I let go of the plans and the control and work with the flow, I actually go somewhere. I move forward. I am refreshed and not exhausted. 

Of course there are places we want to go and things we will have to steer towards or away from, but changing currents and resisting the flow are not productive events.

Let go of the illusion of control regarding those things that you cannot control. Accept that life and people will have their own wills and their own currents and this is merely part of the beautiful journey we are on.

Let go, accept, and enjoy the river.

The river flows regardless our wishes.

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