“Just close your eyes and imagine yourself on a gentle journey downstream without a care in the world.”

[Excerpt from Hello Little Owl, Said Augie Otter, a Hello Little Owl story]

Some years ago, I got some very sage advice from one of the younger generation, my nephew. I was upset about something, feeling sorry for myself, and complaining out loud. He very calmly addressed my “mad moment” with this bit of wisdom. He said, “Just let it go, Aunt Mary, like a leaf floating on a river.”

I stopped and thought about that for awhile, envisioning a leaf tumbling from the sky, landing gently on the surface of the water, and continuing on a peaceful journey downstream. It didn’t fight the current and sailed lightly along on unobstructed waters. It peacefully drifted along without care or concern. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be more like that leaf floating on a river? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be more peaceful?

Becoming Like a Leaf Floating Down a River

Life can be like this for most of us if we step back from what is upsetting us, take a deep breath and calmly navigate the situation. We tend to make our issues larger than they seem by creating obstacles that don’t exist. By taking some quiet time to circumnavigate or “sail around” the imaginary obstacles, we have a better chance of arriving at a solution peacefully. I dutifully try to do this now, so as to avoid upsetting myself, and others, unnecessarily!

So, during the times that you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by your circumstances, become that leaf floating down the stream and go with the flow. Float away and let it go! Allow yourself to sail around your obstacles to create a life that is more peaceful.

Something for fun …

The next time you are upset about something, before having a temper tantrum, lie on your back and close your eyes. Relax, and pretend you are as light as a leaf and are floating on water. Let the current take you where it wants to … around a bend, over a waterfall, into a calm bay … don’t resist! Keep your eyes closed until you feel peaceful.

  • Did you find a solution to your problem? Or, did you forget why you were upset in the first place?
  • Did you feel an inner calm and sense of relaxation?
  • Do you think you will practice floating like a leaf more often? Remember: “Practice makes perfect.”

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