Flexible not limber: Letting go of your plan

Have you ever heard the saying, ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans’? Well, whether or not you are religious, it is not hard to realize that life can be incredibly unpredictable. So unpredictable in fact, that sometimes the idea of making plans sounds absurd and letting go seems to be the only option.

One moment you’re laughing with someone, the next thing you’re standing over their grave, one moment you’re climbing your way up the career ladder, the next you’ve slipped and can’t seem to find your grip. Of course, it can be unpredictable in some wonderful ways as well: One moment you’re walking along and the next thing the love of your life pops out of nowhere like some sort of miracle, one moment you’re scrounging around for the next meal and almost like a dream, your big break walks right through the door with a wink: ‘I’m here!’.

Either way, it’s almost as if life likes to give us a tiny twirl when it thinks we’re getting a bit arrogant. It’s not hard to admit that the idea that such a tiny expression of the universe can control its ebb and flow is slightly hilarious.

Now, this is where a lot of people tend to get apathetic. ‘It doesn’t matter what I do anyway’, or ‘nothing I do works out’ are usually signs of a disillusioned person who got his or her first lesson in the illusion of control.

This is a trap and one that many spiritual people, including myself, fall into. ‘Let it be’ and ‘control is just an illusion’ is not code for sit on the couch the whole day and do nothing. Rather, it’s a reminder that we need to be flexible to the ever-changing tides of life. We need to let go of the idea that our planned out story may not be the best path and perhaps the universe has something greater in store for us.

This does not mean that we don’t plan. It just means that we are open to change when it comes along. We are open to letting go of our plan. This way we can step into our power and allow the divine waves of life to take us wherever it sees fit.

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