Hi. It’s me. Susanna. Do you still remember me? I know I disappeared off the face of the Earth for a bit but I promise I’m still here. I guess this is what happens when you decide to just go with the flow.
Earlier this year, when I decided to take this year as a sabbatical, I didn’t really know what would happen.
Sure, I knew I was going to say no to all client work, put an out-of-office email on, and only do the writing I felt like doing. However, what I didn’t know was that I wouldn’t pick up a computer for months. That I wouldn’t compete with my horse. That I wouldn’t even have the slightest desire to do either.
I also didn’t know that I would shovel and rake 3.6 tonnes of stones to make a gravel driveway extension. That I’d spend three months landscaping our garden. That I’d spend three days painting kitchen cupboards.
The habits I thought were deeply ingrained in me disappeared in seconds and new ones appeared in days. My morning ritual shifted and a new evening one formed. Everything changed with very little effort from my side.
I guess this is what going with the flow is like. Letting go without holding on. Trusting the right things will happen. Releasing the thought and pressure of having to do anything. Giving yourself permission to do nothing. Taking the time to just breathe.
Funnily enough, doing all of the above doesn’t mean you actually end up doing nothing. You simply do the things that matter most.
Sure, some days you feel like just recharging so the only things you do that day might be spending time in nature, eating nutritiously, and cuddling your puppy as you binge-watch a feel-good show on Netflix. Other days you feel like spending eight hours nurturing your garden and making sure it’s got the biggest chance of thriving through all the four seasons.
That’s the beauty of going with the flow. You never quite know what’s coming yet somehow when it comes you know it’s right.
If you want to give it a go, I highly recommend it.
Simply pick a day, or even a portion of a day, to just go with the flow. Then, just sit back and enjoy.
I know, easier said than done. But practice makes perfect. All it takes is the decision to give it a go ;)