“Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life.” ~Eckhart Tolle
In the chaotic world we live in, with all the distractions, noises, interruptions, and disruptions of our life’s plans, how can one ever get anything done? It is a challenge to focus on one thing at a time. To concentrate on one task. To put energy into one idea. It seems we need constant movement, brain multi-tasking, and stimulus overload.
People-watching can be quite fun in a restaurant. Just watch sometime. Notice how many people find it difficult to just pay attention to a conversation without texting or emailing someone else at the same time. Or at least having their iPhone within arm’s reach. We can not just go with the flow. And simply enjoy the moment.
just around the corner.
Right?? What if we miss an important Facebook update? What if an important email comes in? How can we just sit home and relax when we can be out socializing?
We force relationships because our time is running out and we can’t be alone. We rush into something because we don’t want to take the time to really see the person for who he or she is. Because if we do, we might see all the flaws and remove the joy in the fairy tale. Or realize they are completely wrong for us.
Even if we feel like we are going against traffic of swimming upstream, we still choose this route to find happiness in all the wrong places with all the wrong people.
It is a world we live in where instant gratification is the only thing to please our impatient nature. Everything has to happen NOW, the way we want it to, even if it DOES feel forced or fake. We can’t wait patiently downstream for the joy to flow to us. That could take to long. We have to seek it out, even if it goes against the flow.
We have to be constantly MAKING SOMETHING HAPPEN, instead of letting things HAPPEN TO US once in awhile. We try and force things that may not be right because we don’t want to miss out. We don’t stop and smell the roses. We barely even notice the garden! We walk by, hurrying on to the next place.
How many times do we want something so badly that we keep trying to make it happen whether in a career, relationships, hobbies, or even our own value system? Even if it goes against all we believe in. Why do we do this? To fit in maybe? To feel like we are a part of something? Because we don’t want to wait for things to happen in the natural course. The way God has planned it to happen.
The Truth is…
Raw inspiration is unexpected, not planned. True love should not be forced or rushed. Real passion for a career comes easily. and brings joy. Genuine friendships happen naturally. Things should not be forced or demanded. When you hear the voice in your head or the feeling in your gut telling you that something is not right, listen to it. It’s God’s way of guiding you on the right path.
Is it okay to go against the natural flow? To stir up the post? Yes, of course, but not because you are rebelling, not because you lost patience to let things happen naturally. But because you are original. Because you are seeking an alternate path – one that is new and hopeful. We are ALL original when we are born, why not stay that way? Go with your own flow. Not everyone else’s.
But, have the wisdom to know when it is time to surrender and find a path of least resistance. Life should be fun and joyous! Not miserable or painstakingly difficult. Take time to relax. To single-task. One thing at a time. Focusing on one thing can help you see things more clearly.
So what if we miss out because we put some of the distractions and disruptions aside?
We need to find a way to feed our soul with simple things, helping others, the joy of God’s love and grace, the genuineness of true love and real friendships. Life does not ALWAYS need to be an uphill battle.
We need to not only stop and smell the roses, but sit down for a few moments and enjoy the natural flow of life.