On Christmas Eve, my dear friend, Marika Blades, sent around this quote from Paul Boynton, author of Begin with Yes. “The holidays are filled with so many expectations and we are tempted to put our energy into making a storybook happen for ourselves and people around us. This year let’s not try so hard to make it happen. Let’s relax, open our hearts and arms and quietly see what happens.”
Old habits of struggling and trying hard can be tenacious and energy draining. As the new year begins, I wonder about a different path – the path of trying easy. I wonder about moving gently with the flow of life within and around me. I imagine greeting each moment with eyes and heart open – receiving it, responding to it, releasing it – relaxed and ready to greet what comes next.
After devoting years to the practice of trying hard, I’m ready to experiment with trying easy.
P.S. I had decided on “trying easy” as the title and theme for this new year’s posting several days before Marika’s email arrived. Once again, I’m struck by life’s synchronicity – its offer to support us with its energy and propel us with its currents.
We are not alone, and we really don’t have to work so hard.
Happy New Year!