Have you ever started out on a new expedition or journey in life, brimming to the top with excitement to see what’s to come – what will grow – what will happen next? You start off in faithful anticipation, only to doubt and question the process – this journey you’re embarking on – before it’s over.
Every single day, I continue to learn the importance of faith. Life can be scary, yes. With every turn, we risk loss or disappointment, “failure” or heartbreak. But what’s the point of being alive if you never truly live? More importantly, what if instead of digging up our dreams in doubt, we water them with faith and allow them to grow exactly the way they were meant to?
I was sitting out on my balcony the other night, taking in the sunset while gazing through a book I’ve had for a while now – A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. I honestly don’t know what made me pick up that book in that very moment but I’m so grateful that I did because I read something that I really needed to know. And believe. And sit with.
In this section, Marianne talks about surrendering and, more specifically, giving up results:
“Everything we don’t care that much about – fine [The Universe] can have it. But if it’s really, really important, we think we better handle it ourselves. The truth is, of course, that the more important it is to us, the more important it is to surrender. That which is surrendered is taken care of best… To keep it ourselves means to constantly grab and clutch and manipulate. We keep opening the oven to see if the bread is baking, which only ensures that it never gets a chance to.”
WOW. I read that to myself over and over again because it’s SO true (and I even do that whenever I put anything in the oven!) When something is very important to us, we care about every little detail. We do whatever we can to make sure the end result turns out exactly when and how we expect it to. But it’s true – if we continue to open that oven, the bread won’t bake how it was meant to. How it was created to rise. Organically. Naturally. With time.
And it’s about more than just being patient. To surrender means to entirely give something up. Release it. Disconnect yourself from the end result or even the ongoing status. Instead, allow.
When we walk in a world of doubt, we begin surrounding ourselves with negativity, limiting beliefs, lack, and a constant barrage of discouraging thoughts. Doubt poisons our well of life. Fearful thoughts take over and before we know it, we’ve dug ourselves a hole we can barely get out of. Instead of digging, have faith. The plant will grow. The bread will bake. Maybe not on your own timeline or in exactly the way you wanted it to, but it will happen the way it’s meant to.
Have faith in that.
Have faith in the Universe.
Have faith. Everyday. Remind yourself to release and let go.
Invest in yourself today. Let’s work together.
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