The waiting game

By Angie Cowen  |  Thoughts  |  Posted at 8:45 am - December 2, 2017

Are we there yet?

As I typed the words ‘Are we there yet?’ I saw the image in my mind of young kids in the back of the car while on a long car ride. It brings me back to my own childhood where our holidays would consist of travelling 5 hours to our destination where the fun would begin!

These days the words are ringing in my ears for a different reason. With baby’s due date just days away, my body is sharing signs that we’re almost there… but almost there could be hours, days or even weeks away and I’m noticing the need to stay on top of the thoughts and feelings of wanting to get to the finish line but not quite being there yet.

These thoughts and feelings present in many different areas of my life, although this area being such a pivotal one is having these feeling show up with more strength and prominency than they might otherwise. But it has me wondering, where do I have those feelings of impatiently wanting to be somewhere that I’m currently not and how does it impact my sense of wellbeing?

I’ve heard it from many of my customers and clients in the past years, the frustration, confusion, the upset at why things look the way they do and wanting to be further along the healing journey than they are.

The thing about how life shows up is that we view from the perspective of our stories and view points. This means no matter what the situation and/or outcome there are particular ways that each of us will view them which is why life is so unique to each of us and how we each will navigate a seemingly similar situation differently.

If I am honest with myself, I have to admit that my viewpoint on life does include that of wanting to be at the next stage of wherever I am. I count down days, get impatient when people around me are slower (sorry Jeremy!), move through life as efficiently as possible, and notice that I always say I’m just that little bit further along than I actually am (like the kid who says I’m 3 and 3/4 – that’s me!)

Now this is great for some areas like creating a business or project planning but what about areas (like an impending due date) that require complete and utter SURRENDER?

Our stories and view points are never good or bad, right or wrong, they support us and they also limit us. In this situation, all there is to do is surrender. Get the story for what it is – a pattern – and choose powerfully to surrender to not knowing. Because the reality is we actually never know what’s coming. We can plan, intend, create, visualise and yet the true power of the human being lies in the ability to adapt and be flexible with how life actually presents itself in each moment.

So here’s to surrender and flexibility, adaptability and elegance.

With the end of the year approaching, I want to say a huge thank you for all the love and support you constantly and generously share.  Without you, there is no Love Life & Gluten Free and I feel a huge amount of gratitude to each of you for being part of this beautiful community. The new year brings for me the unknown of motherhood and all that entails, a new cookbook and a whole lot more of the unknown but what I do know is that I just like you have the power to choose how I want to view the journey and although I may forget, my choice is to live in an empowered way no matter how life presents. I look forward to seeing you somewhere along the journey.

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