#MotivationMonday: Let Go
“Let Go, Let God. “
Let Go Like most people, I like to be in control. I like to know that I am in charge of the results of whatever efforts I put in. It can be really frustrating to work so hard at something. And only to watch it crumble before your very eyes. Many times I would find myself questioning “what am I doing wrong? Why can’t this just go my way?” The answer is actually pretty simple, I am only in charge of the action part of the equation, and the results are left up to God.
Sometimes it’s easy to let go of controlling certain things, and sometimes it’s really hard, especially if I really want something.
I’ll give an example:
I love fitness and racing, but last year I injured my leg. I am on the last phase of my recovery, but recently it started acting up. Then my other leg started to bother me, and as all this is going on, I injured my shoulder. This happened within a matter of weeks and I became frustrated. I was more focused on the results and less focused on the action that I should have been taking. You see, I wanted what I wanted and I wanted it now.
I lost my patience to allow my body to finish healing and became focused on pushing through so I could get the results I wanted. So, after all this controlling, what actually happened? I started to make it worse and pushed back my training time in the gym – the very thing I was trying to avoid. Every time I push through pain in an unhealthy controlling way. I also suffer the consequences of actually not being able to do what I was trying to do all along. I am then forced to let go and let God take over. And I have to give up control and trust the process, even if I don’t want to.
I can think of
Numerous situations where I let my will destroy my dreams. All because I just couldn’t, or wouldn’t, give up trying to run the show. You know if I had let go, listened the suggestions of others, and allowed my body to heal, this probably would have all been resolved months ago?
As silly as this may sound, I believe this experience has really helped me grow. In the past I would have ignored all the warning signs and just did what I wanted. I wouldn’t have taken into consideration any consequences and would have driven my life into the ground, just like I did when I was drinking. The great thing about all this is that sobriety offers a new way to do things and allows us to grow through trials, rather than fold. I don’t have to keep making the same mistakes, I can change and it can happen today.
Just for today, I am going to allow myself the time to heal and recover. Today I am going to relinquish control over my body and life. Today, I am going to let go and let God.
Written By: Watershed AshlingTags: keep calm, let go, motivation monday, motivational monday, Watershed Ashling