“I cannot prevent the wind from blowing, but I can adjust my sails to make it work for me.” ― Code of the Order of Isshinryu
There is a flow to the universe which happens regardless of our actions. This flow goes by many names: Natural order, God, Cause & effect, Karma, Physics, Fate, etc.
But flow it does, leaving us only one real choice: join it or resist it.
When I resist I get very busy. The world abounds with opportunities to spend my energy. This gives me the illusion I’m getting somewhere. Swimming up-river is a lot of work, but it’s a very inefficient use of time & effort.
It’s easy to work hard, but working smart tends to be more productive. Working hard in smart directions should be unstoppable. So… what should I work on?
How about getting in touch with this flow? If I work hard on recognizing the flow, I can learn to drift with it and get “there” faster. I’m freer when I release my destination and learn to focus on where I’m heading… particularly when my heading needs to change.
If my goal is to arrive in only one place, I can fill my life with lots of work and the constant feeling I’m not there yet.
On the other hand, if my goal is to explore and express my true fundamental desires, I’m always being where I’d most like to be and I’ll still wind up somewhere. Surprisingly, this formula leads to many wonderful places and a more enjoyable journey as well.
OK, so how do I identify my true fundamental desires?
That, my friend, is an entirely other blog entry. 🙂