Have you ever heard the saying, “Go with the flow”? If you are like most people, you think it means that you need to be more adaptable, flexible, or spontaneous. No matter what has happened, you need to accept and “flow” with it.
That is what the statement means, but I think there’s more to it than that.
Sometimes All You Can Do is Surrender
Recently, I had a work-related project not work out…at all. As I watched my miserable results—actually no results at all—I felt more and more disappointed, discouraged, and upset, especially since I had put a lot of energy, time, and effort into the project. I sat around feeling sorry for myself and unsure of what to do next. I wanted to fix the problem, but, at a certain point before the project entirely failed, I accepted the fact that it wasn’t going to work out.
And at that moment, I went into a place of acceptance. There was nothing I could do to change the outcome. And I thought, It is what it is. Maybe it’s all working out the way it’s supposed to. Perhaps this particular project didn’t work out because I need time for something else that’s going to happen soon. Perhaps the Universe is trying to tell me that this isn’t what I’m supposed to be doing—at least not right now.
I surrendered to what was happening and replaced my disappointment with faith and trust that everything would work out for the best.
Going with the Flow
For me, that is what it means to go with the flow. Yes, it’s about responding without resistance to whatever happens around you. It also is about trusting that the Universe has your back.
Going with the flow is realizing that something more powerful than you sees the Big Picture and is directing the show. From your perspective, however, you only see a part of the picture.
You can call this “something more” God, Source or Creator. But you have faith and trust that it ensures everything is working out the way it should for your highest good and that of all concerned.
And from that place, there is freedom.
When I reached that place, my depression and frustration lifted. I wasn’t upset any longer. Instead, I felt relaxed and at peace.
Isn’t that what we all want—to feel at peace?
Allow for Something Better
If you can get in the flow, you also start allowing in the possibility of something better or different than what you wanted. Once I surrendered, I was much happier. I was relaxed and focused on things that made me feel good—and how to create more happiness and peace in my life.
I remembered an affirmation I frequently used in the past: Everything is working out in the perfect way and at the perfect time for my highest good and the highest good of all concerned.
Now, I repeat that affirmation every morning as a reminder that I want to be in the flow.
In fact, we are always in the flow. Yet, we can allow the flow or fight it. It’s like being in the strong current of a river. You can hold on to the rock and try to remain in one place, attempt to swim upstream, or let go and allow the water to take you where it will.
When you let go, you go with the flow. And that does take trust, faith, and courage.
I know we all want to direct our boats. We want to avoid white water and to arrive at a specific destination. Sometimes there is someplace different and better we are supposed to be—and a different way that we are supposed to travel there.
I want to challenge you to stop fighting against the current, hanging on to how you think things should be, and swimming upstream. Instead, release your grip, and go with the flow—even a little bit—and see if your results change for the better. See if you end up somewhere unexpectedly amazing.
Do do you manage to go with the flow? Tell me in a comment below.
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