Go with the Flow

I surrender to the little things that sometimes irritate me.

Everything and anything seems to be irritating today.  It might be a lack of sleep, coupled with having a roommate, a house with inconsistent heat in the middle of a cold snap, and knowing I have 2 more days of work to get through.

It’s easy to get into a shitty mood.  The trick is to be able to recognize it and let it go.  Feel the feeling, however long it takes, and then let it pass.

I’m still practicing.  I’m not perfect by any means.  I found myself focusing on the things that were going wrong instead of surrendering to what is.

Maybe the frustration is an opportunity to make a different choice.  If sleeping isn’t working, get up and watch a movie or do something fun.

Open a window or go outside if the house is too hot because the roommate is freezing and the house seems like it’s on fire.

Remember that this job is paying all of my bills and I do occasionally get to drive cool cars in the process.

Sometimes it all needs to fall apart in order to put the pieces back together again.

I’ve gained a significant amount of weight over the last few years.  There are a few factors that contribute to it, but most of it I think, could be “fixed” with a better attitude.

As I think about programs I could join, supplements, lotions or potions, I realize it’s an inside job first.  I don’t need to buy a bunch of crap to make me feel better about myself.

Loving myself exactly how I am, and letting go of the irritations, is really my first step. 

Recognizing I am exactly where I need to be, and everything that’s happened up until this moment has been for my benefit.

I am grateful for today’s lesson, and grateful I made the choice to be calm and happy again.  I’m especially grateful for my 28 Day Gratitude Challenge for February.  While I was thinking about what I was going to write today in my grumpy, shitty mood, I started to shift.

I have the opportunity to share my journey.  I allow myself to be honest, transparent and encouraging to my future self, as well as anyone who finds my journey helpful.

I realize they are not permanent and I have the choice to stop, see them for what they are, and make the choice to move forward with a new attitude and perspective.

I am in the process of releasing all that no longer serves me, and becoming my best self  <img draggable=

When I need to take a break, I do, without guilt.

I’ve been watching the Back to the Future trilogy. 

It’s a franchise that never gets old for me, and I get a kick out of how it all fits together magically.  I was thinking about Doc, and how he’s helped himself in the past, present and future with one goal: making the time machine work. 

He sometimes needs his future self to give his “present” self the info needed to accomplish the task.  I love watching his epiphany moments and how he fixes his own problems with sheer determination. 

I think about how much I’ve learned in such a short period of time.  I see memes on Facebook that offer the choice:  going back in time to redo mistakes or fast forward 10 years with millions of dollars.  

Both have advantages and disadvantages.  The biggest question I ask myself:  Even if I went back in time to my younger self to give the best advice, or to even relive it and do it all over again, would I change anything?  If I skipped ahead to the future, what key experiences would I miss?

My life has been a rollercoaster ride for sure, but I don’t have regrets.  I am able to make solid decisions and adjust quickly right now in the present if something is a bit off.  

I’m often accused of being flakey or flip-flopping when I make decisions.  I can see that perspective, but that’s not what it feels like. 

When something doesn’t go as planned, or I have accomplished my goal prior to completing whatever was planned, I make adjustments.  Sometimes I figure it out quickly, and don’t need to see it through to the finish line.  Sometimes it’s not what I thought it was, so I stop and seek something more appropriate.  

While watching these movies, one thing is in common:  both Doc and Marty don’t really care what other people think of them.  They go about their business with the determination to accomplish their goal.  

Trouble keeps popping up, and they’re often on damage control, but they never stop problem solving.  They keep finding and trying solutions and eventually it all works out in the end. 

Life has ups and downs.  Not everyday is productive, and sometimes it feels more like problem after problem, but in the end, it all balances out. 

 

One of my friends gave me the best advice when it felt like I was hitting bottom:  

Nothing is permanent.  Everything is temporary.  

The good times won’t last.  The bad times won’t last either.  Everything will change.  

I adopt the attitude of “Go with the Flow.”

Being adaptable is one of the best ways to go through life.  I can often see opportunities more clearly when they pop up, and I have less attachment to how things work out. 

Today is a day of lower energy, reflection and rest.  I accomplished much more than I thought I would yesterday, and I’m proud of myself for pushing through.  

As I look at the plans I’ve made all mapped out in front of me, I realize I’m in the middle of filling in the missing pieces.  It’s almost like putting together a giant puzzle of my life, and I’ve got a decent amount finished for the edges, and now I’m finding the missing pieces for the middle. 

Taking time to appreciate what’s already been done, no matter how small the piece seems to be.  I’m not judging myself and I let criticism roll right off my back. 

I love the phrase “Back to the Future” as it reminds me to keep going! <img class=

Remember to have FUN, no matter what you do!

xo Brandi

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