LET GO and MARGIN TIME
It has been quite a while since I shared some of the wisdom that I am blessed with from my best friend, Lisa Cool. She is an incredible woman, wife, mother and friend. She is also pretty darn smart and one of the most intuitive people I know (which actually drives me crazy at times). Lisa not only puts up with me, but is the mom of our almost 16 year old triplets and has a masters degree in counseling…which she uses on us and for her own self preservation more than I wish to say.
Lisa has shared some thoughts with us in the past and she has recently shared a couple of insights that I think will resonate with you as well.
Thanks Lisa!!!! Hope you all enjoy these.
I love the practice of Yoga, and find that I have been able to apply lessons learned “on the mat” to my everyday life. For example, the other day in practice, we were told to hold a pose that I dislike immensely. The instructor encouraged us to just “soften” and let gravity do the work rather than struggle through it. I took her advice and stopped exerting so much and just “let go.” Strangely enough, my body just melted deeper into the posture and exceeded anything I could of done while trying so hard. I thought of how that applied so much in my life. Many times, I live my life striving, and not simply abiding. I guess that comes from a type A personality that likes to have a plan and be in control! It’s a tough balance, but I do believe that by letting go of expectations and outcomes, we may be pleasantly surprised how much farther we can go….and how much easier the journey.
It is amazing how busy we all seem to be these days. What I have noticed is that when I am in a rush and hurrying through my day; I become insensitive to what is going on around me. I am sure I have been short and impatient and have hurt many people’s feelings that I may never know about. You know, the clerk who is going so slow, the waitress who forgets to bring you your bill , and then there is traffic! And then there is the tension when we are waiting in the car for a family member or co-worker and we’re already running late! When we are in a hurry; we often miss the most important and precious moments of our lives. I am working on getting more margin in my life to eliminate this stress. I am giving myself more time between things, eliminating what’s not really urgent, and simply learning to slow down. How is it when I work less, I accomplish more?? Maybe because a sound mind is far more productive than a stressed out and scattered mind. Try giving yourself more margin…see what changes it brings.