“Just be still,” my friend had said. “Just be still and let the universe guide you along the way.”
It was the dumbest advice I’d ever heard.
At least that was my thinking at the time. Because I was looking for answers, and I wanted them immediately if not sooner. I needed a sense of knowing, and a clear and certain path out of the fog that surrounded me.
I wanted to control things I had no control over.
I feel compelled to bring this up today because so many of my family and friends are dealing with issues that are out of their control. Some are dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Some are mourning the death of loved ones. Some are victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I think it's safe to say that for all of them, answers are elusive and the path forward is blanketed in fog.
As I think of them, I remember that advice from years ago and offer it today: Just be still.
Because while I hate to admit it, once stillness works into our lives, it can become one of our best friends. Once we relinquish control (which for me came only after I’d exhausted every other option), life finds a way to balance out again.
In the stillness, we can find our way back to the peace that’s robbed by worry, overthinking and trying to control things that can’t be controlled. In the stillness, the fog begins to lift, and ultimately reveals a way forward.
In the stillness, our hearts begin to heal.