Thursday, September 13, 2012

Surrendering


It is the time of year for list making...yes, it is! I tend to make a little family list of things to do around the house at each seasonal change. It helps keeps us focused on the things that need to get done before and during the coming season. With fall upon us, the fall list has been written, but unfortunately none of it has been completed, and I have a feeling there will be a lot of things that don't get done.

Justin injured his knee three weeks ago and has been pretty much couch bound. We have been to urgent care, the emergency room, the doctor's office and finally a referral to the surgeon. He had surgery yesterday, is home, resting comfortably and seems to be in much less pain than he was before the surgery, which is really great news.

Each day I look at that list, most of which I can do. You know the clean up in the garden, the putting away of the outdoor furniture, the raking, even cutting the grass I can do. Those are the usual seasonal things, but this fall I wanted to get us a little ahead for the coming gardening season. I had big plans to get our new raised beds in, order the topsoil, get it moved and into the beds and plant some garlic. It is unlikely to happen now. And so I have chosen to surrender.

Surrender to the fact that I cannot control everything. Surrender to the fact that a few things will not get crossed off the fall to do list. Surrender to the here and now and just go with the flow.

We are happy, healthy, and Justin is healing, and so a few things won't get done this fall, I am okay with that. I will surrender with grace.

That garlic, though, it will get planted, just not in a new raised bed, and I am sure it will be just as happy.

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  1. Thank you for writing this. Reading it helps me to let go of our own ongoing list of unfinished chores. We have been choosing to use our weekends to explore while the weather is nice, knowing that soon we will have cold weather and fewer hours of daylight and we might enjoy staying inside to organize and unpack. Yet it still goes against the grain to leave things unfinished, sitting on the list week after week... and it is hard for me to let it go. But you are exactly right. Surrender.

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    1. No problem, I find it hard to let things go unfinished, but right now it has to be that way. I am hoping in a few weeks Justin will be back at it and together we can tackle some of the fall to do list, but I know it won't all get done, so I surrender :)

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  2. Surrendering and going with the flow...thank you for reminding me. I really need this today (I am such a control freak - eeep!) - it's one of the biggest lessons I keep getting from Bea and the Universe. I'll get there... :)

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    1. Sounds like we are two peas in a pod :) And children are the best teachers when it comes to teaching us to let go, go with the flow and surrender.

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  3. sometimes surrendering is the best feeling of all.... hoping your family is healed up and well soon!

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  4. We're living in the land of surrender too. I hope Justin's recovery is swift. Sending healing vibes and comfort to you all. As I told KC, I'm still reading and following along with your posts though not commenting as much with my little one at the breast all the time.

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  5. First of all, I hope Justin heals quickly and properly. Second of all - coming from a go with the flow kind of gal - deep breath in, relax and let go. All that stuff isn't going anywhere and there is some freedom in relaxing just a bit. Justin and Reece need you more right now than the garden does....but get that garlic in the ground ;)

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    1. Thanks Melissa. And I am doing it right now...deep breath, relax and let go. Done! You are so right, it isn't going anywhere.

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  6. I am learning a lot from you sister!! and i'm glad that the garlic is going to be planted even in the reality of surrender. I hope Justin's knee continues to heal and may it be soon and very soon.

    grace! surrender! hug!

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  7. Poor Justin. He must be feeling frustrated that he can't do what he wants to at the moment. You are right though Kim, the best thing to do is surrender and enjoy the here and now, to enjoy the moment. Maybe you can all have some nice quiet family time. Enjoy it all. xxoo

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    1. Frustrated would be the right word, very hard for him to just sit around. We are enjoying the here and now and some family time, which is lovely.

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  8. I learned to surrender a long time ago! Right now healing is top of the list, all the other stuff can wait. Perhaps it is a sign to come together as a family and just be, let all the other things fall away.

    Wishing Justin a speedy recovery!!

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    1. I think you are right, it is a sign and we will do just that. Thanks Jennifer.

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