Have you heard the saying “surrender to win?” What a metaphor right?
Society tells us that surrendering means that we give up and lose — or at least that was my understanding of it. Today my understanding is different.
Glenn and I have been working diligently to build our company and vision for introducing indigenous principles as a new way of doing business. When Glenn published his book SHIFT in 2014, we believed it to be a wonderful way of introducing the idea of how indigenous principles could change the way people do business.
So far things haven’t quite worked out the way we envisioned. Yet, there have been things that worked out in unexpected ways. These things have been presented as opportunities to let go of expectations and the need for things to turn out a certain way. This sounds easy enough, but let me tell you it has been far from easy.
I will speak of my own journey of working toward the fruition of this vision. Lately, I have questioned if this is what I “should” be doing, as our finances have become more challenging. Should I get a regular job? But what will people think? Will they think our work is not valuable? Will they think I failed? Will I think I failed?
Asking these questions kept me repeating the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.
Then one day it happened. I remembered times in my life when I didn’t know where to turn or what to do. I came to the point where the only thing I could do was to let go and surrender — surrender my beliefs, my fears, and my doubts.
I decided to look for work. I put the word out that I was looking for part-time work, I filled out applications, and I took assessment tests on line — didn’t pass some of them. I decided to let go of my way of doing things and surrender to the possibility that if I did my part, which was to do the footwork and let go of the outcome, things would somehow work out.
A week later I received a phone call from an old colleague offering me the opportunity to work with her as a Spanish interpreter. The job location is about two minutes from my home and the pay is more than I expected to make with the other jobs I was applying for. Working as an interpreter will enable me to use my native language to help people, will help relieve our financial struggle, and it will also give me the flexibility to continue to work towards our vision of bringing indigenous principles into the business world.
So is this a coincidence? Or is it that by surrendering I opened up the channel to receive what the Universe had in store for me? How do you choose to see it?
I choose to see it this way: by surrendering I lost the fear, the doubt, and gained the peace and serenity of knowing that there is something much greater than me with a clearer view of where I am needed. All I need to do is surrender and trust the guidance and the process of this amazing journey called life.
Here’s a related post from Glenn’s Blog – Trust And Surrender