Letting go of the life you planned

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Seeing life as a kind of blank canvas is incredibly freeing, but on the same hand, quite intimidating.

You mean it’s my responsibility to take that brush and make something of it?

Who the hell am I to do this? I can barely tie my shoes let alone decide how exactly to paint the masterpiece of my life.

But what if there was far more to the picture?

“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
-Joseph Campbell

Hmmm….

The life that’s waiting for us.

This is huge.

This means that, possibly, the sooner we stop kicking and screaming and controlling and manipulating, the sooner we can step into the shoes that are waiting for us.

Maybe — just maybe — there’s a huge, beautiful, wowzalicious life waiting for us just as soon as we stop with our petty little plans.

Maybe we should just fall back into its arms and trust it instead of forcing it to bend to our puny, short-sighted demands.

Maybe these so-called detours in the road of life are really shortcuts to this life that’s waiting for me.

Now, one of the most important things in this quote is the word ‘willingness’. We can’t just lay down and let life steamroll us. We must be willing to step into this life that’s waiting for us. We must be willing to sit through that red light when we’re late knowing that even though it wasn’t in our plans, it’s part of a bigger plan.

More trusting. More allowing. More going with. More releasing. More listening.

This feels nice. Really nice.

Thanks, Joe.


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