This what happened the other day: I was walking by the canal at Princeton and I noticed the water was swirling unusually much, almost like crazy.
I took a closer look and I noticed that there was a really small turtle in the water. Maybe she was the size of my palm. What happened was that after swimming in one direction, she decided to turn around and swim in the other way –against the flow..
The result was not satisfying at all, and she couldn't do it a long while. Her tiny legs were paddling like crazy, but she hadn’t moved and inch. Then she stopped for a second and the flow started to take her …
Realizing the force against hers, she started to swim again, still in the same direction- against the flow(!)- with even less success, because she started to move backwards though she intended to get forward.
Then I noticed the proportion of the turtle and the canal. How huge, gigantic the canal is comparing to this tiny, determined, strong willed turtle…
Then it hit me.
How similar we are to this turtle. The universe is huge, operating by its own laws and forces. We are tiny comparing to the universe.
We have our strong (small) will, especially when we set a goal. We go, swim, we do whatever it takes, we stress out and have anxiety… and we don’t notice that we are actually going against Thy will. If we could stop for a moment, we would be bale to see that "dinner may even swim by" and that the flow can turn us gently around and take us to a safe place: to the shore, to a swimming log or anything that can make our life easier. Swimming against to flow will definitely makes us stronger but it will not take us anywhere.
Next time when you realize that life is too challenging again; when you see that one obstacle comes up after the other; take a moment and see yourself as this tiny turtle.
Take a deep breath and set your intention that today, only today, you will go with the flow, and you will not judge, criticize anything or anybody,
You will mostly say yes to any request comes to you (if it make sense and for the highest good) (Watch the movie: Yes Man by Jim Carrey) and see your circumstances as an outsider rather than a victim.
Have fun by swimming with the flow, till next time