Several years ago, I made an important decision that was life changing. It was a difficult time and although I knew it was right for me, I wasn't sure I would survive the upheaval and exhaustion that resulted. However, I kept moving forward keeping a few simple principles in mind...
25 December 2008
I am quite adept at succinctly putting my heartfelt thoughts in written form. My blog has captured the process of creating my company, and all the inspired adventures along the way. However, this particular blog entry was initiated in October 2008, and has been left unfinished. This is very unusual for me, and definitely not my pattern.
Recent events have caused me to revisit this post, and to finish what I began and have wanted and needed to say. Why are we so reticent to just let go, give up the control, and submit to a higher and wiser authority? Have there been times in your life where you have felt so keenly attuned and aware of everything surrounding you? All of life's trivial pursuits fade and the real stuff surfaces when you are in this state of awareness. These times are memorable, and leave lasting impression and lessons, such as those I have alluded to in past posts about rescuing a frog on a field or rehabilitating a broken baby bird. If you have experienced this heightened state, you probably agree that during this time you did nothing...other than listen and follow a wiser voice, and that the process felt pure, with the end result being the affirmation of love.
I have let go, and I have been reticent. Even when we know in our hearts and minds that this is the best path to take, it is still hard to do. We over-intellectualize our human options, and in doing so we interfere with all the extraordinary possibilities open to us. We cannot possibly know what this life holds for us if we insist on remaining in total control of our future. We simply have to submit.
My beautiful daughter, Carolyn, has inspired me to keep on my current path. She has solid and steadfast values, and now she is teaching me. She is never without a smile, or wonderful friends around her. "Grudge" is not in her vocabulary...she forgives and moves on. Cares is caring, never judging or objecting to anyone's lifestyle, mistakes, or decisions. She regards loyalty as one of life's most important qualities. I am blessed each minute I get to spend with her.
Smucciettes Cares and Taylor adorn Smucci t-shirts and assist in delivering Smucci pet beds to customers. It is wonderful having these energetic girls a part of my team!!
BTW, submission is not synonymous with weakness. Rather, it is an admission that we all need guidance. Knowing when to call for expert help, when to listen, and when to trust...is strength.