I was at The Inspiration For Many Blog Posts (a.k.a. the YMCA), about to jump in the pool for my regular swim. The lifeguards’ boom box was playing the only station whose signal is strong enough to penetrate the natatorium. (Don’t you love that word? How often do you get to say “natatorium”…but I digress.) The classic rock station was playing 38 Special’s “Hold On Loosely.” And of course, it got me thinking…
Have you engaged in any of these behaviors lately?
- Thinking there’s only one way to earn a living
- Buying into the adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks
- Assuming that you know better how someone else should be living their life
- Believing that if you want to get a job done right, you have to do it yourself
- Acting as if you’ve learned all there is to learn
- Getting caught up in the “how” of reaching a goal, rather than trusting your vision
- Adhering to a finely-calibrated schedule, leaving no room for change, serendipity, or spontaneity
If so, you’re holding on tightly. Picture a clenched fist. How much flow is gonna happen through that fist? Imagine the energy required to keep that fist clenched. Not a whole lotta room for good stuff, huh?
Now, picture an upturned palm. What’s meant to land there, can. What’s meant to leave, can. That’s the epitome of holding on loosely – creating a space for what’s meant to happen. Breathing room. Freedom. Joy.
Hold onto your vision, beliefs, and intentions (large and small) loosely, and you’ll leave room for transformation. I promise.