Cruising with the Current

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This past week after rushing out the door only to wait 15 minutes for the next train to come, I managed to pull out one of my “get my mind right” tools. I began to flip through the Whole Living magazine that my best friend gave me as a reminder to stay sane and calm on a daily basis. After skimming through and admiring the photography, I paused on an article titled “Embracing the Chaos of Life.” After reading the five-page piece, my over-analytical personality had me a bit perplexed. How and why would anyone want to embrace the situations that fall apart?

As the day progressed, the words of the article slowly started spilling into my thoughts as unexpected problems unfolded. Even though I had planned the day and how I would wanted it to flow, life kept happening – in the form of small chaotic surprises. In the middle of the day it hit me that half of my frustration didn’t come from the chaos itself, but fighting against it and holding on to my original plan. I finally realized that it’s easier to focus on the present and adapt to the situation at hand instead of working against it. Now the article’s concept made perfect sense to me.

Food for thought:

A ship cruising on a river can travel the 135 mile distance between two cities in 15 hours when cruising against the current. When cruising with the current, the trip takes 5 fewer hours.

One of my major goals this year is to simply embrace life as it comes. As women on the go, we often try to plan every minute of the day and what we want it to look like. It’s good to have an outline but be open for other options. The unexpected moments of life are often the best and most genuine experiences we’ll encounter. If we’re constantly fighting against it, we’ll deny ourselves the beauty of the unanticipated. So the next time you find yourself in a unexpected situation, simply cruise with the current instead of crashing against it. You’ll see a major difference. I promise.

Miracles & Blessings,

Ellisa Oyewo

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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