Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about flow, flowing, going with the…etc. I have my own thoughts on that. But first, let’s take a good look at this word:
- (of a fluid, gas, or electricity) move along or out steadily and continuously in a current or stream.
- go from one place to another in a steady stream, typically in large numbers.
- the action or fact of moving along in a steady, continuous stream.
- a steady, continuous stream of something.
I noticed that both the verb and noun, more or less, mean the same thing: a steady and continuous stream of whatever fits the bill. It could be your life, your day, your period (haha) or the meandering stream that runs behind your house.
Generally, this speaks to most of us about movement within our life. If you think about it, nothing is ever stagnant. Life moves along pretty much on its own and will continue to do so, with or without us. It’s a simply law of time. In our universe it only ever goes in one direction and at a pretty consistent pace. Unless we’re talking about the event horizon of a black hole, but that’s a whole other discussion.
If this interests you, you can learn more from Stephen Hawking here.
Okay, where was I? Oh yes…the flow of life.
Although I’ve always known this (it’s just common sense), I’ve been paying more attention to things ‘not’ flowing in my life and the things that are. It stands to reason that if things are flowing along nicely, that this could be a good indication that you’re doing things right. In other words, on the right life path. It could also stand to reason that if you were to ‘step off’ the right life path that you may find yourself suddenly scrambling to swim upstream with all sorts of currents and eddies. There could even be a rip tide! Yikes.
This is terribly frustrating because here we are going merrily along and suddenly we’re struggling. Things get hard, you feel uneasy and nothing falls into place, any longer.
But you know, we rarely sit ourselves down and think: gee, maybe what I’m doing here just isn’t working out… Perhaps I should head in the other or a different direction where the waters are calm again.
Nope. We typically continue to thrash about, desperate to keep our heads above the water and ultimately, we sometimes fail. We are no longer ‘flowing along’, we’re fighting everything and it’s an uphill battle we’re not winning.
Take a look at what’s ‘working/flowing’ in your life and see what it is. Does it seem easy? Things just magically fall into place? What about the stuff that isn’t flowing – the difficult crappy things that you just can’t get ahead on.
Where does your focus lie?
Are you concentrating on the stuff that just isn’t going where you want it to, or…are you focusing on the things that do?
Here’s what I think. Scrap the shit that isn’t sticking to the wall and really pay attention to the energy that you feel when things are RIGHT.
Do it. Try it. Just for one moment. Go ahead….I’ll wait.
There. Doesn’t that feel much better? It’s an easy shift of thought and energy. Because, you know, WE are in charge. Oh, yes, we are. We can drop the hard stuff any time we choose to. Life, after all, is ALL about choices.
Choose the easy route. Choose to flow rather than struggle. You’ll thank me for it, later.