04 May Letting the Wind Take You…
For someone who tries to be as planned out as possible, it takes a lot to sit back and just let certain situations unfold. When you’re a goal-oriented person like myself who is also busy pretty much 24/7 life only runs smoothly when it’s planned out and executed to the plan.
Of course there’s always course-correcting and flexing with the unexpected, but literally just letting go and allowing things to happen at their own pace in their own way?? That’s stressful. I’ve been telling myself that sometimes the wind picks you up and places you somewhere different for a specific reason, but that doesn’t make it any easier to not try and reach out and grab onto the steering wheel in whatever way I can.
This wind will upset your plans, distort your vision, and sometimes take you so far away from the beaten path that you don’t know which way is up or down anymore. More than stressful, it can actually be a little scary to allow situations to unfold without much direction or prodding.
I have to keep reminding myself that the wind might have carried me to this place because I wasn’t meant to continue on in the same way that I had been without this new vision in front of me. And while instinctively when this happens I find myself wanting to curse the wind (damn you wind for showing up and disrupting my original story!!) I also find it refreshing to look around and see things from a new, fresh perspective.
Often I find that this new place I’ve landed has actually lifted me up and helped me to see the situation more objectively. Even if I wasn’t prepared for the shift or ready to see things differently, after a bit of adjustment I am usually able to shift my perspective based on this new landing place.
These inevitable winds of change seem to crop up every so often to keep me on my toes.
They’re uncomfortable, unpredictable, and the kind of change that can’t be mapped out with a planner and pen (you know how I love me a planner). Being obedient to the change and open to the unknown outcome are some of the hardest things I’ve had to do. But I know that if I lead from my heart and know what I want for my life, I have to trust these moments. I have to believe that what’s meant to be will find it’s way through the wind and when everything settles down it will be right where it’s supposed to be.
How do you handle the winds of change? Do you have a strategy for keeping calm as everything around you shifts? Drop it in the comments below. I would love to learn about what works for you.