Life is like a river.
It flows downstream all the time.
At birth, we put our figurative canoes in the river and go with the flow.
As we get older, we begin to choose thoughts that fight against the current. Sometimes we hang onto jobs, places, or people even though our life is calling us to something greater. Often, the current of the river will make us let go of the things that are keeping us from evolving.
But not after we fight and fight and fight.
Fighting makes me tired. With the last two years under my belt, I've had to learn to let go. Hanging on caused me uphappiness. Letting go turned me downstream in my canoe and I am learning to go with the flow. Going with the flow means that I choose any thought that causes relief.
The problem is, is that I'm really adept at paddling my canoe upstream--like I've got Arnold-pre-govenor-still-the-Terminator-Schwarzenegger-like muscles. Seriously, it may be the only part of me that's in shape. I'm so adept at paddling upstream that sometimes I don't even realize how hard I'm working.
But here's the reality: Letting go feels good. Letting go allows me to stop being beaten against the boulders in the river. Letting go means I can lean back and enjoy the ride instead of paddling upstream with all my might.
Our society tells us that paddling upstream is the norm. But it's not. Paddling upstream is what we've inherited from our collective belief that "doing" is better. Doing is fine, but being is better. Allowing is better. Loving is better. Feeling peace, happiness, and joy are better.
Letting go is better. The River has got us. All we need to do is enjoy the ride.
Letting go brings me joy. What brings you joy today?