“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Edward Morgan Forster …
How much of the life we are currently leading is a result of our efforts to create the life we want or feel that we need? For many of us, the need to fight the currents of life seems almost natural. And because of this, we often times find ourselves going upstream even though our destination may lie in the opposite direction. Yet in spite of our best efforts to swim against the currents, life will continue to push us in the directions that we must travel. The beauty of this realization, though, is that we do not have to fight against life, for life is bringing to us everything that we need–emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically.
As spiritual beings having a human experience, keeping our focus on all aspects of our personhood is vital to our health. For instance, if I had spent all my time and effort climbing the corporate ladder, I might have never took the time to fall in love and start a family. Or if I were to simply focus on accumulating great wealth, my desire to be a prolific writer, religious scholar, or professional accountant might fall to the wayside.
The majority of us envision lives for ourselves that follow some socially acceptable definition of success–a regular paycheck, a house and home, a university degrees, recognition and admiration of friends, peers, colleagues, or executives and management. And although our professional growth is very important, so is our emotional and spiritual growth–with the latter being of the most import due to its eternal nature.
Although the road may not always go where you want it to go, taking many twists and turns along the way, have faith that there is great purpose and meaning to it. At some point in your life, you will outgrow your old ideals. And by remaining open to all that life brings to you, you lay the groundwork that is necessary for you to find peace, joy, and fulfillment in life.
Let life take you where you need to be.
Questions to consider:
What kind of life do you have planned? Do you feel this is in line with what life has in store for you? Why?
Do you feel life calling you in any particular direction?
What are some of the difficulties faced when stepping out of the life we have planned, and into the roles and situations we desire?
For further thought:
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” ~ Gilda Radner