“If you want to control your animals, give them a larger pasture.” That’s a quote I heard at a class several years ago focused on the power of changing your attitude about the things you can’t change or don’t need to change.
The animals and their larger pasture are a form of letting go and allowing things to be the way they are – instead of trying to tightly control something, you’re loosening up, giving it more space, a larger pasture.
The animals will be happier – they will roam around and do what they naturally do. And yet your needs will be met too – you will have more space to be at peace with the way the animals are.
Stepping back and allowing certain things to happen means these things will take care of themselves. You will have less stress (and less to do), and more energy to work on the things that matter – the things you actually can control – like your attitude about everything. 😊
This is not giving up. It means showing up every day in your life with the intention to be your best self, and to do the best you know how, without expecting life to go a certain way. How many things will just handle themselves if you will allow it? Are there things in your life that you can automate, like bill paying? What can be simplified to require less of your attention?
Have goals, have dreams, aspire to take action, have great relationships, but let go of having to be so hands on with what every speck of your life must look like to be happy. Sometimes just allowing things to be what they are without orchestration is release enough.
Letting go brings peace and joy, and lest we forget that our outer lives are but a reflection of our inner state of being.
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