Searching for just the right bone, Cricket dug at her basket for a minute, curious I wondered would she tip the basket over to get to the bottom bone or surrender and accept what was available. Sometimes she works hard to get to that bottom bone -- other times she enjoys what is available to reach from the top. I often reflect on what I can learn from Cricket.
Thank you, Dr. Alan Wolfelt for another excellent quote I will incorporate into my group tonight and a message I can be reminded of in my life as well:
The concept of surrender teaches you that when you stop resisting and surrender to your situation exactly as it is, things begin to change. Resistance is an instinctive mechanism you use to push away or deny your pain to protect you from your feelings of loss and grief. In the end, resistance robs you of your capacity to heal and transcend. When you surrender, you acknowledge, "This is what I am faced with right now in my life's journey. While Id like it to be different, I must allow myself to face the reality of what is happening -- When you surrender you release attachment to how you feel your life should be and invite yourself to be in the presence of your life exactly as it is. While naturally difficult to do, surrender is an act of courage.