Hey, there, hey! I hope all is well. Ironically, this is how I begin emails, but I digress. Let me get into. I used to be the queen of stress and anxiety. “What if?” “They might not like it if…” ” I hope they don’t get offended” and “but, how do I know this is right.” “What will I do if?” And my personal favorite, “I’m not there yets.” Or the “What am I supposed to be doings?” Thank God for Jesus, because after some time of reflection and retreat, I’ve learned to let go of that unnecessary anxiety and learned to let life flow. If you’re like me, this post will be helpful to you. Scroll on. I share five ways to let life flow.
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Flow- noun| the action or fact of moving along in a steady, continuous stream.
I was thinking back a few days ago. Once again, this moment of reflection was prompted by the same question my Husbae to be asked me, “What was a moment in your life you felt the most free?” Gearing up to answer that question caused me to go down a rabbit hole of thoughts, but when I came back to the surface, I had realized I spent a lot of time in the passed so anxious to get to the next thing, that I missed the opportunity to enjoy the blessing of the moment–the present. Get it? Present. It’s the current, but also a gift. I know you see it, but I digress.
Looking back, I recalled being in high school, and having a great thing going. I was living at home rent free, eating free food, being a whole leech off of my parents. I was in school without much worry, but I remember being so anxious to show my tail and get to college. Iight, so boom I get to college and it’s the same thing. I have a good thing going. I’m on scholarship, and I’m just learning and exploring without any real worries. And yet and still, I’m anxious and eager to get to the next thing. I get to the next thing–the real fucking world. BOOOOOOOO. I hate it here.
But, I digress. I began working in my career, and its really going well. Life was really good, I was gaining opportunities, exploring my craft. I really had a good thing going, but now wait. I was still anxious and eager to get to the next thing. Now my complaints are: I’m not making enough money, or this isn’t glorious enough for me, or some other spit in the face to God. Because in real life, God was present and blessings were everywhere, but I was missing it. I was not allowing myself to enjoy the little things.
In doing so, I was fighting the current of my life swimming away and swimming hard towards–shit, I really don’t know. I was just swimming in circles for real while hoping to get to some form of peace and wellness, but I missed the mark every time because I was fighting the current instead of flowing with it.
Current- 1. adjective|belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now.
2. noun| a body of water or air moving in a definite direction, especially through a surrounding body of water or air in which there is less movement
Break it down, B:
So much life was being lived then. So many blessing were pouring, yet because I felt like I was missing something, and in some ways I was, I never gave my self the chance to make roots where I was and see what else God had for me in those spaces. I was always trying to do or be something else. I even remember having an attitude like, “don’t get used to me in this teaching thang because I’m not going to be here long.” Whole time teaching and leading was a part of my calling. Now, I can’t help but imagine in what ways did I miss an opportunity being anxious.
I say all that to say, slow down. Can you imagine me saying that in slow motion? S L O W D O W N and enjoy life as it is. The climb and ambition need not to go anywhere. I mean God is going to continue to move on our behalf and fulfill our desires, but let’s not be ungrateful for what we have. Instead, take a moment. Pause where you are, and enjoy the flowers. Below, I have some tips.
5 ways to let life flow
- Gain some perspective. I had to get a grip at the end of the day. I realized that life was short and tomorrow is not promised. Once I realized each day is precious, it helped me understand the need for enjoying every moment of life.
- Reflect on the flow of your life. I looked back at how God has previously worked in my life. In doing so, I learned there was never a moment when God’s presence was missing. That said, reflection made it easier to trust the direction life is going while enjoying all its nuances.
- Have faith. It’s very hard to flow with the current of your life if you don’t trust and believe it will carry you. If you doubt your maker and orchestrator of your life, you won’t be able to move along the way you were designed.(Matthew 14: 29-31)
- Count your blessings. It’s easy for us to be eager for the next thing, but practicing gratitude will help us become humble and enjoy what’s happening now. Our fortunes are not by mistake, slowing down to enjoy them is essential, so when we recall what they are it easier to appreciate.
- Breathe. Yup. Simple and plain. Breathe in and out. Breathe slow and deep. Feel all of that air entering your lungs. That’s called life. When we stop to inhale and exhale, life in the present becomes sweeter.
Let all the stress and worry go. Your life is precious. Go with the flow your your life and it will all work in your favor. It’ll be smooth like a cold glass of water on a warm day.
“I am surged upon and over swept, but through it all, I remain myself. When covered by the waters, I am; and the ebb but reveals me again.”– Zora Neale Hurston
- Life is short, so appreciate it while it lasts.
- God had you then, has you now, and will will have you in the future.
- Worry does not add days to your life. (Luke 12: 25-31)
Thanks for reading! Thanks for helping me to build my dream! Love you guys.
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