Adjusting Your Sail

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Things have a tendency to work out, have you noticed that? They don't always work out on our schedule, or in the way we think they should, but they work out nonetheless.

It's in the nature of life for things to work out.

This beautiful, crazy, still-unfolding miracle we call life has been working itself out since the beginning of time, and possibly even longer! Certainly, life was evolving and working things out for billions of years before humans appeared on the scene, and continues to do so in the midst of our futile attempts to put ourselves in the driving seat.

I don't know about you, but I lose sight of this sometimes. When I lose sight sight of the creative power and intelligence that's built into the very fabric of life itself, I start thinking that maybe it's my job to make things happen around here! Heck, it might even be my responsibility.

I've learned that there's a very simple and very reliable indicator that alerts me to the fact I might be imposing my own agenda on life without realizing it. I start feeling stressed. Burdened. Overwhelmed. Insecure. Overly-concerned about some outcome or other. Overly invested in someone or something needing to change.

Isn't it wonderful that life, in it's infinite intelligence, has given each of us a personal feedback monitor that tells us how we're doing in every single moment? It works something like this:

Align yourself with life's direction & purpose = you'll feel relaxed, inspired, grateful, peaceful, trusting, secure.....

Impose your own ideas on life = you'll feel stressed, burdened, anxious, insecure, overwhelmed, frustrated, undervalued.....

Now, I don't mean to suggest that there's no role for us to play in this drama, because we can't help but participate in the life-game we find ourselves embedded in. This is not about what we do or don't do - it's about the place within ourselves we do it from.

Understanding the true role that thought & feeling play in guiding you through life is a
game-changer in terms of your ability to navigate life's ups and downs with relative ease. Without this understanding, it really does look as though the only way you can relax is for life to get a makeover on your terms. We've all tried that one, and suffered the consequences.

There's a saying 'when you can't control the wind, adjust your sail'. You know when you're trying to make life go the way you want it to - you get the feedback. Life will seem like an uphill struggle, and you'll be stressing over it. Adjusting your sail means dropping your agenda. Let go of what you think should or should not be happening.

Trust life..... it really does have a way of working things out.