What made the change? Surrender to the reality of the situation. Holding my little one today, I saw myself in my Heavenly Father's arms fighting the reality of life. My stresses, my anger, my frustration at things or people not behaving the way I WANTED THEM TO!!! Fighting the existence of problems in my "Happily Ever After," wishing and waiting for EVERYONE ELSE to GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER!!! so I could be happy and have everything the way I want it to be-- the way it ought to be!
Isn't that what frustration is all about -- our inability to control our environment, ourselves and others. Oprah taught,
"All stress comes from resisting what is."
We spend our energy fighting with the reality of life around us instead of accepting reality for what it really is. My little one wasted 40 minutes of her/his morning worrying, stressing and being angry about something s/he could not control. How much of my life have I wasted stressing about something I can not control?
I am learning that the pathway to peace is not found in controlling, harnessing or even powering through my life (or workouts...) but in admitting that I do not have the power to change or complete life on my own. This surrender allows me to create and exist in a new or different reality-- the reality I have fought against-- the one that really exists. Surrender can really be positive.
Neal A Maxwell said, (I miss that guy...)
Consecration [giving yourself to God] is the only surrender which is also a victory. It brings release from the raucous, overpopulated cell block of selfishness and emancipation from the dark prison of pride. (emphasis added)
Thank you, little one, for your reminder today. Sweet Surrender is what I can give.