Many years ago I attended a workshop by Famous Amos of the cookie fame. Here he shared the trials and tribulations of his life including losing his cookie company Famous Amos Cookies. In his message, according to my memory, when he learned to “Let go and let God”, it lifted the anger and took a big burden off his life. These events no longer controlled his life and ability to be happy. This was my first time hearing this approach to life. While the message was crystal clear but it did not resonate with me at the time.
Last month I had a dream where I received a message that said “Believe in me, as I believe in you”. This hit hard and had a profound effect on me but I was not sure what to do with this message.
Have you ever had that moment when something or everything seemed to go wrong? Have you ever thought or said #,%#! Yikes that #o*$# should not happen like this! Or why is this happening to me? During these times you feel as if you are spinning around the drain and it does not feel good.
I humbly admit I recently had that moment. You see, I am investing in expanding my business (websites, people marketing, etc.). We all believe this investment is sound and it should have a great outcome. The intention is to provide expanded and improved services to our clients and create more jobs in our community. Unfortunately, this week brought another payday where we could pay everyone else except yours truly. When this sunk in, my initial reaction was not good. For several months I have had to delay or reduce my pay to get through this expansion. This was not expected and I have plans and bills to pay. My initial thinking was “You are at the point in life you should NOT have this problem”. I then started worrying about all these things that probably will never come to pass. Yes this was real tough on my ego. To get a grip on my feelings, my first move was to get outside and go for a walk. Walking gets me outside, provides clearer thinking and makes you realize there is a whole big beautiful world outside of the negative thoughts in my head.
I don’t know about you, but I try and try and try to be in control of my own destiny. I plan, plot and set plans, but guess what? Plans never turns out exactly as expected. Sometimes the results are better, sometimes different and sometimes in ways I do not understand.
Some say there are no coincidences; It just so happens that the Unity Daily Word earlier this week was “Let Go, Let God”. It started with “I joyfully let go of fear as I let the love of God flow through me”. It went on to state “The love of God flows through me. I surrender what no longer serves me, I feel light and free. My mind and heart are as clear as the crystal waters”. I thought about this as I walked through the neighborhood and it really helped.
Too often, at these trying times my ego says, “Letting go sounds great but we have to face the world of reality and take action to the happening in my world today”. This is very true; we do need to take the appropriate responsible action in the path of our lives. But as I have learned there is a much better outcome when we take these actions with spiritual guidance and awareness. Letting go really takes the burden off my shoulders. A real positive outcome of this approach is I can then think more clearly.
A recent message by Reverend Jean at Unity Eastside Church talked about the happiness or misery in your life happens right between your ears. This is very true. Letting go and not trying to be in control of every outcome really reduces the misery index.
Currently I have many decisions and changes happing in my life including my business, health challenges, perhaps putting together a group to walk the Camino this summer, downsizing, selling and buying a smaller home and more. It is my intention throughout this process to keep repeating to myself the message of my dream “Believe in me, as I believe in you.” Let Go and Let God.
I urge you to get outside and go for a walk and think of how Letting Go and Letting God could reduce your stress and enhance your life. I’m in; Are you?