Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?
There is no power but ourselves in the Universe that can free us.
--The Science of Mind, page 295
Have you ever watched a happy child playing with blocks? First, she concentrates mightily on building an elaborate structure. Then, with great glee, she knocks her tower down, scattering blocks all across the carpet. Her giggles ring in the air. She is eager to begin again.
As responsible adults, we may lose our sense of humor in knocking down some blocks we have stacked in our lives. We look at the desire for change and call it failure. To leave a stagnant job or end a painful relationship may feel impossible. We feel imprisoned by the choices we have made.
Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. To refuse to leave when something in our lives has outlived its value can be a mistake. Particularly when a situation is destructive to our wellbeing, we must learn to move on. Continuing deprives us, and the others involved, too. To keep an unsatisfying job deprives me of joyful work, and another of a job that would be of value to them. It deprives my employer of an employee eager to participate in the business.
The Hindus describe God in three faces – the creator, the maintainer and the destroyer. Each of these roles is important in realizing the full experience of our lives. When we decide it is time to tumble some blocks and start over, we can call on the divine destroyer within us to help us exit with grace and gratitude.
Today I take pleasure in knowing I hold the creator, maintainer and destroyer energies of my own life. My job is to keep renovating, ever refining the structures I build. I honor the experience of tumbling blocks, recognizing it as step one of rebuilding. I learn to let go with grace.
Connee Chandler, RScP
Published SOM, June 15, 2002, page 53
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