Ever seen a juggler try to juggle while not letting go of anything???
We try to control way too much of our lives and our surroundings…too many unimportant things. We try to control ourselves, our expectations, and others. We have a tough time dealing with the unknown, the unexpected… worrying about all the “what if”s that might come up. We worry and stress over things that MIGHT happen as if they already have happened, and reflexively we attempt to CONTROL what we really can’t – because we’re afraid of something going wrong, even if we’re not sure what it is.
Even when we think we are in control, we really know that control is just an illusion…
We expose our bodies to a lifetime of stress unnecessarily… Health-wise we’re more likely to over-eat, not sleep well, develop heart disease, depression, chronic fatigue, on and on. We feel overwhelmed.
Trying to control too much is caused by an inability to discern what is and what is not truly important.
Want to live a happy life? Learn to let go. Don’t stress over possible outcomes of the future. Put trust in others…
More likely than not, the opportunity of YOUR lifetime is going to be a result of something not going exactly as YOU had planned.
Letting go does not mean not trying…it does not mean not doing your best. It means letting go of fear of what MIGHT happen. It means letting go of the expectation that everything will always go as planned because we know we’ll be able to deal with it. It means letting go of trying to do EVERYTHING yourself so that you can accomplish more than you have ever imagined when you enlist the help of others.
It means letting go of the future (what might happen), and of the past (what did happen), so that you can truly enjoy life (what is happening now).