What do you think of when you hear the word “surrender”?

Like many things, it sends me to Springsteen lyrics:
Well, we made a promise we swore we’d always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter’s night
With a vow to defend
No retreat, baby, no surrender

Surrender is less a part of my vocabulary than is dog-with-a-bone-commitment (see July 25).
When faced recently with a life-changing opportunity, I found myself trying hard to plan and figure it out.
Paula suggested that I look at what it would be like to let go and go with the flow.

We went to a friend’s house shortly after and there were “divine cards” spread out on the kitchen counter.
I picked one up and the message was “divine surrender.” The core message was to “not know.”

I grew up in a family where knowing was valued highly. I get paid to know.
Yet I felt a sense of relief at the prospect of trusting the process and not obsessing how to design and navigate each step.
There is an ease available in (at least considering) yielding to a power that we don’t understand.*

Have a look at the places where you are disposed to knowing — and perhaps battling about rightness and correctness.
See what happens when you try on not knowing. It might just be fun.

*Watch the movie I Am by Tom Shadyac to explore a wonderful story and great information about how we are all connected.

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