I have been thinking a lot about surrender lately. Surrendering to outcomes that I hadn’t foreseen. Surrendering to what is as opposed to what I had decided was the best result. Surrendering to new directions that I never imagined. We are so sure that what we think is best for us is the only result that is satisfactory. That it is the only result that we can live with, and that anything else is unacceptable. But that’s not true, is it? When I was a child, I remember my Mom had a sticker stuck on the inside of her closet- “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”- it has been variously ascribed to Nathaniel Hawthorne and Thoreau. To me, that sounds like surrendering to situations as they are, and not what I’d like them to be. Not forcing them into a particular shape. Surrender does not mean that i don’t take action- it means that I work with how things are, instead of how I think they should be. Because when it comes down to it, every action we take is rooted either in fear or in grace. Grace is when we surrender to taking action, and opening ourselves to all the possibilities. Hope you had a great week, and are ready for the weekend! – Priya
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