serene ambition™

transforming the culture of aging

Allowing

Posted by Shae Hadden on 10/13/06

Was talking with a close friend this week, and we were both acknowledging how much we’ve changed over the last few months. Looking back, it would seem the circumstances of our lives have forced us to grow, to expand our individual perspectives to encompass all the challenges life has offered—from critical illnesses and ongoing health concerns to business changes, relationship transitions and dramatic encounters with fear and uncertainty.

Yet it’s not really the situations we’ve found ourselves in that have instigated our growth. Life happens…irrespective of our wants, wishes, desires, needs. The situations and events of our lives are simply potential catalysts, opportunities for us to choose.

And it’s who we’ve chosen to be that has empowered us both to take action that, to others, looks remarkable. Rather than focusing on ourselves (as we have in the past), we’ve consciously chosen to accept what is happening and to stand in a place where acceptance of everyone and everything is the way to be, where the need to resist whatever is appearing in our lives disappears. We can simply do what we have to do and, when we’re finished, move on to the next thing.

We allow Life to unfold, to organize itself (as it always does). And, somehow, miraculously, everything works out perfectly.

  • The people who show up in our lives are the right people
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened
  • Whenever something starts is the right time for it to do so and whenever it stops is right also
  • Wherever we find ourselves is the right place for us

Perhaps this new way of being explains why I’m more relaxed, peaceful and satisfied than I’ve ever been before.

Life will happen. When it’s over, it’s over.

In the meantime, I’m grateful for friends who remind me to allow what is to be, and who gently whisper, “This too shall pass.”

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