NOTE TO READERS: Apologies….this is a bit of a long one! 🙂
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
“The future depends on what you do today.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
“Action expresses priorities.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
“Never confuse movement with action.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” ~ Carl Jung
“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.” ~ Mitch Albom
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” ~ Joseph Campbell
***“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action, rather it is “timing”, it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” ~ Fulton J. Sheen
“Patience. So much of this is patience – waiting and thinking and doing things right. So much of all living is patience and thinking.” ~ Gary Paulsen
from The Desk of MarDrag:
On last week’s posts about Destiny, Life’s Purpose and Direction there were many comments and much discussion, and I love that. It lets me know where your thoughts are about what I write about and if you are interested in the messages. Thank you for your interest and input, and I am glad these posts make you ponder about these matters. One thing that came up last week were thoughts on the concept of “Letting Go” and discerning when to take Action in life or when to be Patient and Wait for what is to come. I have previously written a post about “The Art of Letting Go”….it is in the archives to the right if you would like to read it…but I thought it timely to add some information and dialogue about Letting Go and Action vs. Wait.
First, let’s consider the act of Letting Go, for it is, indeed, an action. We hold on to thoughts, feelings, emotions, ideas, mind pictures, people……hoping that they will all work out the way we want them to, have life happen with them the way we want them to, thinking that this will lead to happiness. Sometimes they do work out and we find joy in them, and sometimes, we are disappointed to find they do not work out.
It is often difficult to Let Go of something we feel passionate about for fear it will leave us, or not return, or not happen in the way we would like. So, there is a certain “Fear” around that thing. And, because Fear often has a false voice, it tells us we should be afraid of what will or will not happen, and so we spend a great deal of energy in concern for the outcome.
But, consider this….if it is THE right and best thing for us, it will come about. Then we need not waste any energy in Fear. But, if we are trying to force something, or cause something to happen that is not best for our lives, it likely will not happen no matter how we try to control or affect the outcome. And further, if we do manage to “make it happen”, we will soon find it does not bring the happiness we counted on it to bring.
That old adage that I am sure you have all heard…”If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it was yours. If it doesn’t, it was never yours to have”…applies so profoundly here. It is something we need to remember when we are in the grips of torment over what we want to create or to happen or to have. We must ask ourselves the very question of, “Is this really right for me”, and listen for the answer. It will come from the Wiser Voice within us and from our Higher Powers. And then, we must be honest with ourselves about the answer…and Let It Go. The right thing will happen, and we would be wise to accept that.
The other aspect of Letting Go is also an action…to Let Go of all the old dialogue and feelings that no longer work for us and keep us chained to wanting things that are not right for us. The past belongs in the past, and if we can Let Go of it, there will be that much more room for all the amazing things that will enrich our lives to come to us.
Now, above I spoke of the “action” of Letting Go…so this brings us to the other concept coupled here in this post. And that is Action vs. Wait. If we want to create something in our lives or reach a goal we have set or draw in something or someone that we want….do we take Action to “make it happen” and keep our focus and energy on it, or do we Wait and have patience waiting for it to come? It is a fine line to walk…But…
We do BOTH!
If there is some practical Action to take such as sending out resumes for a new job, or being social to meet new people, or preparing paperwork, etc….then we most certainly take Action and do those things in order to aid in and create energy and focus around that thing we want. BUT, at the same time, we Let Go of any attachment to the outcome so that the right thing, the best thing for us has a chance to come through. Like the quote by Fulton J. Sheen above says, “Patience is power. It is not an absence of action, rather it is timing, it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and the right way.”
There is also another saying, “Timing is Everything”. If we push something too hard or try to control it or force it, we stand the chance of ruining the outcome. If we do not take enough Action, we also stand a chance of losing what we want. So…we must be alert to that voice within and to our Higher Powers who guide us in the right direction, and listen to what we ultimately KNOW is the right thing to do. And then be true to that and ourselves.
If you are confused, and the messages are mixed….Don’t Do Anything for the time being! You will “know” when the time is right to Move Forward….and Wait!