Saturday Serenity: Going With The Flow

Lake Michigan June 5 2

It’s Saturday morning and once again I have my large, “Winnipeg Jets” (hockey) coffee mug filled to the brim and I’m thinking about the past week.  I know I’ve talked about, “going with the flow” in the past, but my goodness is it ever difficult to do that sometimes, don’t you think?

I remember years ago being in a bookstore, meandering through the rows of books, each one seemingly vying for my attention.  I stood in front of a particular section of books for quite some time without a pull to pick any one of them up and off the shelf.

A bookstore clerk came by and asked me if I needed any assistance.  I told her I was stuck as to what I even wanted to read.  It was what she said to me next that has not only stayed in my thoughts for years now, but I have shared it with many, many people.  Instead of asking me any questions as to what I ‘thought’ I might like to read she said,

“Go with the flow, because the flow knows where it’s going.”

A bit stunned by her answer I replied, “Oh okay thank you.”  And with that she smiled, and walked away.  I never saw her again, despite my repeat returns to the store.  I didn’t buy a book that day, but I realized the reason I came into the store was not to purchase anything, it was to obtain this magnificent pearl of wisdom from this dear lady.

And so, when we do not go with the flow in any given situation, it always feels wrong, doesn’t it? It never feels right; it feels like a struggle.  The only creatures on the planet that go against the flow with some success are salmon.  They swim upstream, jumping into the oncoming flow, as opposed to going with it.  I daresay the last time I checked, none of us qualified for salmon status.  With that said, I think it is a brilliant reminder to always try to go with the flow; in the long run, that flow knows where it’s going, so let’s let it steer and we’ll just go along for the ride without anxiousness or worry.

Have a lovely, flowing weekend!

  19 comments for “Saturday Serenity: Going With The Flow

  1. July 23, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Great advice! Love the story of the encounter in the bookstore. 🙂

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    • July 23, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Why thank you so much, Brett! Yes, it was a synchronistic moment with such sage words. Cher xo

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  2. July 23, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    What if the flow changes direction, or it takes the next right turn, or it comes to a do not enter sign? do Don

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  3. July 23, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I’m just going with the flow! 😀

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  4. July 24, 2016 at 3:54 am

    I love that idea! I find it so difficult to go with the flow at times… I need to learn to relax a bit more!

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    • July 24, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Thank you, my dear Suzie! I most definitely need to learn to relax a bit more too!!! Cher xo

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  5. July 25, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Best advice and just what you needed Cher. It’s wonderful how momentary moments like these can touch on our lives. 🙂

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    • July 25, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you, my dear! It is wonderful, isn’t it? I am so grateful to have met that woman that day! She has no idea what an impact her words have had on me! Cher xo

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  6. July 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Great video. I like to go into the mountains or a museum on Saturdays and do whatever on Sundays. Hugs, Barbara

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    • July 25, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you dear Barbara! Those sound like wonderful, stress-relieving activities! Terrific! Hugs, Cher xo

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  7. July 29, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Chance encounters are the best!

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    • July 29, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      They are, aren’t they, Hilary? Cher xo

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