"He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted." — Lao Tzu
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While driving recently, I found myself getting irritable and couldn't wait to simply get where I was going.
I became fascinated about why I was feeling this way, and after taking a deep breath and giving it a moment of thought, I realized that I am exactly where I should be considering everything I've done up until this moment. After all, if I really cared to be at the destination in that moment I should have left earlier—but seeing as I left when I did, I was exactly where I should be considering the circumstances.
There's a lot of truth to this realization and it's worth remembering. When we remember this in times of frustration, it's liberating to accept the state of affairs and our responsibility for it.
Consider this: we can’t control whether a flower grows, but what we can do is plant the seed in good soil, provide water and sunlight, and then give it time. That’s all we can do. And if we'd prefer a more guaranteed outcome, there are other things we can try, like going to the store and buying a flower or taking a horticulture class.
The key is to remember that frustration is not necessary, because no matter what we choose, we are exactly where we should be considering all that we've done up until this moment.
How can you radically trust that in every moment you are exactly where you should be?
Jonas Cain, M.Ed. is a storyteller, magician, musician, and facilitator of fascination on a mission to help you experience abiding joy.