“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell …
Many of us have a tendency to desire a certain level of control in our lives–to be able to plan them out in accordance with how we see fit. And because we want so badly for certain things to happen, we do everything in our power to make them so–even it that means swimming upstream. From the classes we take and the subjects we study, to the jobs we pursue and the places we go, the longing to be in control of our lives is a very real thing. Yet life is not always what we expect, and often times it does not turn out at all like we had imagined it would. And coming to terms with this reality can be quite difficult and might even require us to seek healing and fulfillment in areas of our lives that we rarely visit and know very little about, such as the physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual aspects of our being.
Many of us spend the majority of our lives believing the narrative that we are in control of our lives, but this is just a myth. We all have a great deal of opportunity and ability to influence our lives in ways we see fit, however, we are definitely never in control of them. God is in control, and He has plans for us that are far beyond anything we could ever imagine. That is why we must be willing to accept a life that is not necessarily what we have been planning for or hoping for, and live that life to the fullest–as best we can.
I realized that although my life has not always turn out as I had planned, it has always seemed to turn out exactly as I needed it to for me to find the growth, happiness, understanding, and truth that I needed to experience. And that is perhaps the greatest blessing to be discovered within our acceptance of life: necessary growth. Losing the life I had planned opened up many doors that would have otherwise stayed closed, and I have experienced a plethora of things since then that I never would have experienced had life not forced me to give up the life I had planned.
God knows what is best for each of us… and life brings that to us. And if we really want to grow and to learn, then we must pay attention so that we can recognize when it is time for us to let go of the old and embrace on the new; when it is time for life to reveal a new direction for us–one that will be new, stimulating, and important for our becoming.
Let life lead you somewhere today you had not planned to go.
Questions to consider:
What does it mean to you to “get rid of the life we have planned?” How do we accomplish this?
Is the life you are living now the one you foresaw twenty years ago? Will the life you are leading in twenty years be the same one you foresee now?
What life is waiting for you? How do you know?
For further thought:
“We must learn to let go, to give up, to make room for the things we have prayed for and desired.” ~ Charles Fillmore