I was looking for a story the other day. For a client.
I spent a few hours searching but nothing felt right. I went through files and books and notes and folders. I was getting desperate.
I had to meet my client first thing in the morning. I was blank.
Finally I surrendered. I simply said to myself, that’s it, the story will come. I had an idea that if I stopped looking and went to bed, I would wake up with the story in the morning.
And amazingly, that’s exactly what happened!
It was late and I fell fast asleep.
About 6 hours later, as I started to wake up, I had a story in my mind. You know the way you wake up with a dream but sometimes as you become fully conscious, the dream disappears? Well, I felt the story start to slip away. I grasped at it and it returned.
At first I wondered, is this the right story? Is it exactly what I need? And then I realized that it was absolutely perfect. My client thought so too!
So often I find myself struggling to find something, worrying about an outcome or somehow trying to engage with concern and attempt to be in full control.
I’m learning every day that often it is the opposite that is more important.
To simply surrender.
To believe that what will come will be perfect.
No, I’m not suggesting that we should all just give up initiative, innovation and planning. I’m saying that if we can be a bit less concerned about the outcome, more invested in the intention and mindful of the process, the result that follows will be fine!
The story that I found speaks of this too!
Who you are and what you do makes a difference. It can’t be forced and it won’t be suppressed. Once you keep at it, surrender to your intention and be true to your heart, you will make a difference. Enjoy the story and leave a comment below – what are you true to?
The Starfish Story
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,
“Well, I made a difference to that one!”
The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.
– adapted from the Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley