‘Surrendering in Hope’
There is a difference between giving up in despair —“I can’t do this anymore!”— and surrendering in hope —“I can’t do this anymore by myself.”
Surrendering in hope is not giving up, it is looking up. It’s a willingness to ask for help. It is allowing what you cannot control to unfold in its own way and time. It is the recognition that the unseen world can support you in the seen world.
When you are unwilling to tolerate unexpected events or ambiguity, you are not free. You are imprisoned by the need to know and the compulsion to find answers when no answers are forthcoming. Surrender your ego and inspiration will flow.
When You Are Reeling
When your life is turned upside down, when a major illness sends you reeling, you are forced to take a new road. That’s where your new journey begins, the outcome of which is never knowable in advance.
Surrendering in hope means peacefully coexisting with uncertainty. The more you try to reduce uncertainty when you have no real control, the more inner turmoil you create.
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