Go With the Flow

Tom Upton is quoted as saying “If you just go with the flow, no matter what weird things happen along the way, you always end up exactly where you belong”.    

Have you ever  watched the wind blow ferociously, and the trees bending in its direction? 

Have you ever seen a riptide, or watched the river in high tide, or changing tides, carrying big logs,  or tree branches far offshore, in whichever direction it’s flowing?

Have you heard Pete Seeger’s song sung by The Byrds “ Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)”?

Well, after my graduation, I held onto the same job I had been doing during my studies. Then one day life threw a curve ball at me, and I faced immediate suspension and imminent, unexpected dismissal. I was gutted, anxious, and I lost focus. My difficult, and very challenging growing-up, had conditioned me to fight and protect myself,  especially when my back was against the wall and I had no options. Being a single parent to my 3 children, I felt really scared of losing my job, my only comfort zone. 

So, I challenged, resisted, and fought tooth and nail. I turned the tables upside down trying to overturn the process. I spent  a lot of time and energy, going to the trade unions, drafting letters of defence, and having meetings with my employer, whilst experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety in the fight to keep my job. I lost faith, trust and focus on everything else, except the fight to hold onto that job. Finally, after some exhausting and turbulent months and sleepless nights, I won the right to  keep my job, only to leave that same job within a few weeks for another which was more related to what I had graduated in and offered new fulfilling opportunities and much-needed growth potential.

In hindsight, this confirms that sometimes it’s important to surrender to events and situations when they happen. I had wasted time and energy instead of accepting and listening in hope. Trust that sometimes things happen for a reason, and that the riptide or strong current, might actually be transporting you to your next golden path. 

Danielle LaPorte is quoted as saying “When you go with the flow, you are surfing Life force. It is about wakeful trust and total collaboration with what is showing up for you”.  

Even the Bible, in Ecclesiastes, states. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.”

You should Trust, Accept and Believe in the Universe, accept what is, and be willing to surrender and go with the flow. This usually takes you to new heights and new horizons.  These lead to growth potential, a deeper discovery of your true most authentic version of yourself,  which  is usually more Blissful, has more Life Meaning, Life Purpose, Value, and is more Wholesome. 

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