The title of this blog post is the name of Law 2 from 40 Days to Personal Revolution by Baron Baptiste. When I was reviewing this Law/Chapter, I thought "Uh oh!" I had a feeling I was gonna have to go to a place I didn't want to.
I'm a Type-A personality. I'm very particular, I plan out everything, and everything needs to be done exact and if a monkey wrench is thrown in, I get frazzled or I just yell "#&@%!!!!!!!!" I used to punch walls until the last wall I punch ended up with a hole in it and poor Mike had to patch it up. 🙁That was embarrassing. The point is, I was never one of those laid back, go with the flow types. I do feel like that is changing as I get older.
Getting back to this law I was reading, I really had to look into what was holding me back from being my best self and this aspect of my personality was a part of it. I can't control every aspect of my life and I can't lose sleep over it anymore. Ever watch a Control Freak lose their shit? It always happens, because things never go exactly as planned, I know this...but I plan anyway without leaving room for flexibility or change.
I'm learning that when you start to let go, that is when things start to fall into place. Last Summer, when I was in the thick of purchasing my first home, I was sooooooo stressed out about everything - when do we close? How much do I need for closing? Can't they just tell me how much I need to close already? I need to be out of my apartment by the end of the month! What if we don't have enough money to pay for everything? This was my entire Summer. Now I look back and everything went fine and I made myself sick for nothing.
That was a big lesson for me and was something I reflected on during this challenge. I need to let go. Give up control to heal all the harm I inflicted on myself mentally and emotionally. Let go of expectations and be open to what can happen. Stop trying to make things happen but instead allow things to happen. I'm opening myself up to opportunities now that a month ago, I would not have considered (more on that in another post). There are other things going on right now that have been unexpected and pretty upsetting but this new outlook is helping me get through it. All of this recent self-reflection has totally shifted my way to looking at how I live life and the type of impact I want to leave on others.