Saturday Serenity – Going With The Flow

Going with the flow

It’s Saturday morning here in CHItown; Lake Michigan is matching the sky above it; gray hues and faint wisps of light permeate the horizon.  As I sit here with my large mug of coffee, I am aware of a lesson I learned today, and I would like to tell you about it.

Over the past few weeks there is something that I have been desperately wanting to occur.  I have thought about it, ruminated, looked at it sideways, then turned it just ever so slightly on an angle, all the while unaware of what was REALLY going on.

I had focused my attention so specifically on this one thing happening, that I became anxious about it.  I thought over and over again, “It must happen, it has to happen, what if it doesn’t happen; no, it will, stop thinking about it.”  I had not the faintest notion that what I was actually doing was pushing ‘up stream’; I wasn’t going with the flow.  I wasn’t letting things unfold as they should.  I was completely and unequivocally attached to the outcome.  I didn’t let it gently evolve to where it was ‘supposed’ to go; I gave it my undivided, nervous attention.  To me I thought, well, this has to happen!  And then…………..it didn’t.

I was dumbfounded.  How could it not have happened when I gave it so much of my undivided attention?  And herein lies the lesson:  I was so busy trying to make it happen that I was blissfully unaware of my inability to be OKAY with whatever transpired.  I did not understand that the real ‘prize’ was accepting what is, not what I ‘had’ to have happen.

Rude Awakenings

I once read that, “Disruption is the rude awakening”.  It took me forever to finally figure out what that meant.  Today I have a gentle reminder that when we realize we are gripping too tight with our wants and wishes, we are doing the exact opposite of what we should be doing; that is, letting our thoughts simply go with the flow.  The ‘disruption’ in my case, was the collection of anxious thoughts; it was a rather ‘rude awakening’, as it jolted me into realizing that hey, I went about this in the entirely wrong direction.  The only successful beings to go against the flow are salmon; they swim against the stream’s flow; otherwise, the rest of us need to be reminded that our canoes always, always take us to the correct destinations when we simply relax and remove our nervous thoughts relating to what we “must” have happen.  I am also reminded to be extremely grateful for all of the blessings that I have; truly, I am grateful to be grateful! *LOL*

And so, as I sit here on this grayish Saturday morning, I realize my canoe was pointed in the wrong direction.  Readjusting my seat, I’m back in the flow of the current.  Life lesson understood (until the next time I need reminding)!! *grin*  P.S. Thank you, Mum; I love you!

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  19 comments for “Saturday Serenity – Going With The Flow

  1. January 30, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Que sera sera. 🙂

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    • January 30, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Ah yes, Ronnie! I need that reminder my dear!! Thank YOU! Cher xo

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  2. January 30, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Yes I know all about letting go to manifest. It hits you on the backside when you least expect it. Happy Saturday Cher!

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    • January 30, 2016 at 10:24 am

      *LOL* Cheers my dear! Thank you! I most certainly needed reminding this past week!! 😉 Cher xo P.S. and a Happy Saturday to you, too!

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  3. OneDizzyBee
    January 30, 2016 at 11:34 am

    This post came at the perfect time for me. I’ve been stressing over a situation over whose outcome I have no control. Thank you for a wise and gentle reminder that I will be okay either way.

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    • January 31, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      My dear, that is so good to hear that the post came at the perfect time. It will be more than okay. Stay in that canoe, go with the flow because the flow knows where it’s going!!! Cher xo

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  4. January 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    This is a timely reminder for me. I could feel myself doing this exact thing over starting to look for a job.

    I need to just do the things and let the consequences happen. Not ruminate and become anxious. Just walk where the actions and events take me instead of clutching madly at the place I think I want to be.

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  5. January 30, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    A very good reminder for all of us Cher!!!

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  6. January 30, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for the life lesson reminder. And, yes, moms are great.

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    • January 30, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you, Joanne!! Yes, they sure are, aren’t they? Cher xo

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  7. January 31, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I used to be so good at going with the flow, but somehow over the last few years lost sight of that idea. Your words ring true with me, and I thank you.

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    • January 31, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Oh my dear, I am so glad my words mean something to you. A little a time, and you’ll turn your ‘canoe’ around and be back in the flow!! Cher xo

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  8. February 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Thank you for this useful lesson…I find myself needing a reminder now and then. I will be all right. It will be all right. Send thankyous to your mum as well! Have a great weekend.

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    • February 5, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Why thank you so much, Leya! Yes, we must remind ourselves from time to time that if we go with the flow, it will be all right!! I shall most definitely let mum know; thank you so much!! Cher xo

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  9. February 6, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Well said, Cher.

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    • February 6, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Why thank you so much, Debra; I really appreciate it! Cher xo

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