CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Lately I've had a lot of practice at learning to "let go." This has come in the form of things that haven't gone as I'd planned. Instead of getting upset and bemoaning the facts -- or trying to control the situations -- I've looked at "letting things go."
For me, this has not come easily. I'm the type who thinks I can jump in to change a situation. I often equate getting into action with helping to solve a problem. Granted, my examples are not earth-shattering. They have, however, given me the foundation to practice what I preach.
In the past couple of weeks, I've endured the following challenges, to name a few:
Like I said, none of these things are major. It's funny, though, how I've reacted. While I'll admit to being frustrated, I've made a conscious effort to shake it off within a few minutes in each instance. There wasn't really anything I could do to make the situations go away, so I decided to "let them go."
In every case, the situations resolved themselves. And I was no worse for the wear. That got me thinking -- if I can learn to do this with little things, could I repeat the pattern with bigger things?
I'll mention one of my favorite sayings again, courtesy of my niece, Caity. She often tells her toddlers to "PIP it!" Translation: Put Into Perspective. Whenever I do this, I can always find more peace in any situation. Easier said than done, though.
I'm not saying we should stuff our feelings down inside. I'm just suggesting you may want to consider moving on more quickly. When you think about it, we actually create or perpetuate much of the stress in our lives. Here's a chance to relieve some of it before it can take hold.
The sprained foot has given me an opportunity to sit and sort through piles of accumulated stuff in my home and office in an effort to be more organized. Come to think of it, this is how the injury occurred in the first place -- hmm. I was attempting to rearrange some things in my home office, and a portion of a desk surface fell down right on top of my foot. Ouch!
Fortunately, nothing was broken (although it certainly felt like it at the time). So, I'm just making a fashion statement with a somewhat-less-than-attractive sandal "boot" foot while everything heals.
Speaking of healing, I've been musing on the location of my injury. I often look for hidden meanings in things, so I've been tossing around the concepts of "getting more grounded/slowing down/getting a foothold -- and heeling." Whether this is merely playful -- or indeed has some validity in metaphysical healing practices -- it's given me a chance to pause and reflect.