Lessons from the Universe: Surrender

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It sounds more ‘woo’ than it is

The topic of the Universe may seem a little woo, but I think you’ll find it pertinent, so stay with me here. Lessons from the universe work a lot like gratitude – at least in my experience. Once you start paying attention to things to be grateful for, the more things you notice that cause you to feel gratitude. Same goes with lessons from the universe: once you’re tuned in and receptive, the Universe will provide you with a situation or circumstance that can help you develop whatever it is you need. Make sense yet?

Every so often, I realize the universe is trying to help me learn a new skill. Unusual or stressful situations will arise right around a time when this skill could really come in handy in another area of my life, and once I realize this I say, ‘Ahh. I hear you, universe. I’m picking up what you’re putting down.’ It’s happened in all sorts of ways, but let’s get more specific.

“You want it? You got it. Love, the universe”

Here’s a very recent example: on Friday afternoon, I was involved in a car accident. In reality, it was not my fault. While I was traveling at a safe speed for the wet highway, the other driver seemed to think it would be a good idea to pull out of a gas station into oncoming traffic; i.e., directly in front of me. Doesn’t matter how reasonable my driving was up until that point – contact was unavoidable. But in spite of not being the cause of the accident and in that way not at fault, with the rules of the road being what they are, I am probably at fault in the eyes of the (stupid) law. If a witness had stopped, I’m certain they could have vouched for me, but no such luck. Them’s the breaks, kid.

Lately, I have been struggling with the concept of surrender. Of doing my best and letting go. Of relinquishing control over uncontrollable situations. What more clear lesson could I have asked for than this, a car accident, as a major practicing session for surrender! When faced with a situation that strips you of any control over the outcome, you HAVE to surrender to it. I can’t bemoan that I shouldn’t be perceived at fault, can’t blame myself for not being able to stop on a dime on a wet road, can’t feel guilty for essentially not having psychic abilities in order to have known what that driver would do. Gotta let it all go.

Let. That. Shit. Go.

As much as I believe in lessons from the Universe, I believe equally that when we ignore those lessons, they’ll come back around until you get the damn message. How many people out there go from job to job, relationship to relationship, situation to situation encountering the same struggles on repeat? If we could all decide to learn from what we’re given instead of deciding we’re going to rail against it, the act of surrender would not seem like a loss. It’s not waving a white flag and saying, “Okay, I give up, you’ve beaten me down”. It’s standing firm in who you are and saying, “I’ve got my own back and for that reason, I’m letting go of the shit that doesn’t serve me.”

My surrender mantra is currently “I can’t do anything about that.” There’s a lot more to surrender than just that, but for my beginner scope, I’m gonna try it on for a while. We all gotta start somewhere. Pay attention to learning opportunities. Next time you’re in a shitty position, ask yourself, “Is there something here I could use?” Do your best, let it go, and trust that the Universe wants what is best for you because your success is the success of the Universe! I ended on a little bit of a woo note, but it’s okay. You get what I’m saying. And if you don’t…

I can’t do anything about that.

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