Learning to “go with the flow” doesn’t mean we still don’t benefit from planning, setting our intentions and/or designing according to what’s wanted. I suggest you plan as much as you’d like. But don’t be so attached to things going specifically the way you’ve planned them out.
Life, after all, is so much more complex than what our little pea brains can comprehend. I don’t say this as an insult either.
I imagine that there are so many of you that read or come across my blog only seeking some information on gardening and maybe wanting to know how in the world you can get me to crash your yards. Who knew Ahmed was such a Philosopher…
I’ve always thought very deeply. For as long as I can remember, I’ve carried on these conversations in my head. As a kid I’d watch cartoons with Sylvester the cat. He’d often find himself in debates with his good and bad conscience. I related to having these good and bad sides of myself. As I’ve gotten older and more mature, I’ve come to understand that there are many more complexities than just good and bad. I sometimes joke and say I’ve got 87.5 different personalities. I simply made up this number one day but it feels right when I say it and claim the amount of various different ways in which I feel, think, understand, comprehend and react or behave in life.
Each day it’s something different. I wake up in the morning and typically start my day searching for inspiration. I like to feel good and enjoy assisting and being part of others feeling good.
I share quite openly and honestly with so many folks because I understand our commonalities as human beings and seek to bring both value and goodness to the relationships I create.
I’m a passionate, tree hugging Sanuk wearing, Northern California Foothill living, landscaping workaholic. But that’s not all!!! Nope there’s more!
When I started writing my weekly blogs I knew that what I really wanted to do was write books. I wanted to write about my life, about LOVE, about my pains, about my experiences, about what’s fun, scary, empowering and helpful. My blog is a form of therapy for me and it’s an opportunity for me to share, express and relate to others abroad. It’s practice for the books floating in my head. Those books are the ones that I’m writing and working towards, while going with the flow and trusting the process and the people along the way.
Each Tuesday my Blog writer and co-author, Jason Britt, makes time for me. I typically send him my blog in its raw form. He then takes it, reads it and assists me with adding photos, links and editing. Sometimes I’m a bit scattered and it’s Jason’s job to help me to get my flow right. I’ll then read thru what he and I have created and I’ll edit and make suggestions myself. Once Jason and I have done our writing we ask my wife, Tiffanie, and a friend of mine, Karen Cook to lay their eagle eyes on the read. They’ll assist us with proper punctuation, misspelled words, etc. My other co-author, Marie Blackstock, will sometimes join in as well depending on her availability and or interest.
Within a few hours we’re live and I’m promoting whatever the hell it is I wanted to write about that particular Tuesday. Consistency is not necessarily my strongest suit. Between my ADD and my complete intolerance for routine, I purposely have no regular routine in my life. This blog is basically it! It’s my commitment to write every week and I’ve been doing so since last October, so this is a pretty big deal for me!
Yet, I have learned with blogging what I have learned with landscaping. It’s easy to stay the course with something when you’re inspired, the trick is in staying inspired. Being inspired is what it takes to do anything worthwhile. So make your plans, continue to dream and follow your hearts inspiration. But don’t be so attached to things going specifically the way you’ve planned them out. In order to experience peace, we need to remain mentally flexible. This is what “going with the flow” is all about. Fighting life, and its changes that come, will ultimately wear you out and beat you down. Learning to go with the flow will you allow you to travel through life, hopefully, enjoying life’s processes and experiences. Allow life to show up a lil different than what you’re imagining. So long as you still arrive at your destination, does it really matter about the details of how you got there?
Thanks for reading and sharing.