I was walking in the beautiful northwoods and actually listening to a cd about going with the stream. They had a very interesting analogy that I took to be quite literal as I sometimes do. They were talking about going white water rafting and how you have to go downstream because you truly have no choice and that it is not Disney so they can't stop the river when you want to get off. There is no way you can paddle upstream because the river is way too powerful. Then I started thinking about my life and how when I try to paddle upstream (which I do a lot) it doesn't ever seem to work because I am not going with the flow of the stream. And then I thought of the flow of life (you see where this is going...) and how when we fight against the "stream" of life it is very difficult and we literally are trying to paddle upstream without a paddle. When we go with the flow of life we quite literally do not need a paddle as we are flowing downstream and you can go pretty darn fast downstream.
So, what am I getting at you ask. Well, how is your stream flowing? Are you hanging on to the paddle and trying to paddle upstream or are you going with the flow of life? Going with the flow...what does that mean? It means letting go of the paddles and allowing life to happen the way it was and is intended to happen in your life. For me, I get the visual of when I went white water rafting and the water was really low so the guide let me jump in the water with my life preserver on (I was a good swimmer) and "float" down river. The water was rushing quite fast and it was the most exhilarating "float" down the river and the sun was shining and I was hooting and a hollering! I was completely flowing downstream with life as it was supposed to be and loving every minute of it!!! This is the feeling I want to feel when life is going the way it is supposed to go! We shouldn't have to keep paddling upstream and getting nowhere.
What I want you to do, if you are struggling, is stop what you are doing (if it is not in the middle of running a marathon or something) and think about whether you are flowing downstream with the wonderful current of life or if you have your paddle and are struggling to get upstream where you know you can't get and where there is nothing for you! If you are paddling upstream, take a moment to think about what it is you are trying to accomplish. Is it something you really want to do or is it something that somebody said you should be doing (other than work bosses)? Whatever the answer is remember you have one life to live the life YOU want and if it is something you don't want to be doing just think about what it is that you want to be doing and gently guide yourself to your life's passion...whatever that is!! (I know some people are doing work they don't want to do and you don't have to change today but I just want to plant that seed...:))
The reason I am talking about this is because I know that I was not doing what I was supposed to be doing and I got hit over the head with a dis-ease and have been blessedly forced into doing what I want to do. That doesn't mean I know exactly what it is but I am trying each day to allow my day to unfold the way it is supposed to by following my intuition and inspirations that come to me.
Whew...a long winded one today!
Have a truly awesome day,