Letting Go

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Why do we rush around so much?

Why do we feel happy and or disappointed?

The simple answer to this is that we are striving to achieve something, and the result of that striving when compared to others around us and our goal, directly dictates our feelings of success or failure. A microcosmic version of the concept that a sane person in amongst a nation of mad people is considered mad!

We naturally tend to accept things that we can not change. Things like day and night, the weather and the time it takes to boil an egg, however we as humans are masters of adaptation and change. We are the only species on earth that dramatically tries to change our environment to suit our selves – we hang drapes or curtains in an overly sunny room to regulate the brightness, we install air conditioning, electric lighting and even develop microwave cooking to speed things up a little. We even take medication to make out bodies more efficient to try and speed up the healing process and manage our emotions!

Through this strive to change and achieve, we seem to have lost the ability to accept things as they are in the moment. By not being able to accept things in the moment, we also lose the ability to think critically about the circumstance that we have just observed, the net result of which is inefficiency and panic.

To take control of this cycle is very simple and easy!

Take some time to savour and appreciate little things in your life. That first sip of tea or coffee, the fragrance of a flower that you pass or even a perfume or aftershave you smell in the mall or on the street, a piece of music you hear playing in the car next to you in the traffic… Let those sensory moments slow you down and enrich you and allow you to let go of the clutter for a moment and just be.

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