When do you fight, and when do you surrender? When you find yourself falling in love, do you fight it? When do you acknowledge that to resist is futile and it is time to let go? After all, falling in love wasn’t my plan, and I was determined not to succumb. Nope, no way. The more I fought it, the harder everything got in my world. I finally saw I was helpless and surrendered. I let go; to continue the fight would hurt myself even more.
Sometimes a path calls us and we resist. It wasn’t our plan; we had something else as a goal or destination. But the more we fight, the worse we feel. We try to turn the ship around and get stuck or we sink. When we accept our fate and stop the struggle against the flow, we find ourselves on a new path. We don’t know where it will lead, yet it turns out to be just right.
This process requires discernment and grace. When I start to feel stuck or my path seems to hard, I will ask myself why. Have I failed to accept a new path and spend all of my energy to remain on the old one? That keeps me from progressing in any direction. Maybe I need to acknowledge that it’s time to abandon my old path and enjoy the ride down the new one. When I accept the new direction, there is a shift to peace that puts me in a better place. But do I always know when that moment of surrender has arrived?
How do you know when it’s time to stop fighting the path that wasn’t your choice and to simply surrender?