One of my key intentions for this year is to LET GO OF CONTROL.
And by that I mean to ALLOW more.
To GO WITH THE FLOW.
And to ease up on being ATTACHED TO A SPECIFIC OUTCOME.
You get what I mean?
It’s a tall order. Believe me, I know.
We’re so action-oriented. Society has taught us to make it happen.. So to suddenly step back, take a deep breath and follow the breadcrumbs feels odd.. Interesting, but odd..
One of the ways that I’m embracing this new perspective, is to ditch my judgement of events that I deem as wrong. Because that’s when I inevitably try to control the circumstances to make it right!
So I catch myself in the moment (well, I try to), suspend judgement and observe with curiosity.
Here’s an example..
A few days ago I needed to buy some supplements from the pharmacy and draw some cash to pay a friend. I had a 15 minute window between appointments so I dashed into the pharmacy with the intent of finding an autobank afterwards.
I wasn’t really paying much attention when I was paying, so as I swiped my card my eye caught sight of the total amount owed and it seemed rather inflated.
The till slip proved it true – I had been charged for an item twice.
Not the end of the world, I know. But inconvenient none-the-less. And time was ticking..
Normally I would have been frustrated, and probably annoyed. Both for the inconvenience and the waste of time.
Yup, I would have simply judged it as wrong.
But I caught myself in time and decided this would be good practice for my bad-ass intention (see above).
So I decided to simply allow this to unfold as it will.
The cashier was super-apologetic and summoned the supervisor who whisked me off to issue a refund.
And as it turned out, cash was the only refund option available (another long story..).
But here’s the thing, the process took less than 5 minutes and I walked out with cash in my wallet. The exact amount I needed to withdraw.
Need I say more?
It’s a small example of the potential that exists when we get out of our own way..
Opportunities show up.
Perceived issues resolve.