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The Perfect Meandering: Navigating Uncertainty

Charisse Glenn July 2023

The Let Go – Personal Musings: Charisse Glenn

‘The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude’ -Oprah Winfrey.

Life Is Not A Straight Line:

I love how accurately the term perfect meandering describes life. 2020 and the Covid pandemic was a prime example. Blindsided by the abrupt altering of our routines and lifestyles, we were seemingly hijacked off course.

Life is not a straight line. Shit happens and takes us off track. Even in the most ardent examples, when we think we have it all sorted, events may force us to question or reevaluate our choices.

“Becoming attuned to even the slightest detour alerts us to be present at the moment.”

Our reactions vary. When life suddenly changes, confusion and feelings of disorientation are normal. Some strive to get back on track as quickly as possible, and others move down the new road taking in the scenery. Others may stop and sit, contemplating what has just happened.

“Keep going, because you did not come this far, just to come this far.” ~unknown

Element Of Self-Awareness:

Acceptance of what is is often tricky. But, in many respects, it is an essential element of self-awareness. What once was may never be again. The idea of perfect meandering speaks to me of the realization we are precisely where we are at the moment we are there.

How many times have we been waylaid, then realized the detour was precisely needed? Or that it exposed us to something we would never have discovered otherwise? Becoming attuned to even the slightest detour alerts us to be present at the moment.

When we become rigid in what is supposed to be instead of supple in what is, it prevents us from being present. As soon as we have a concept of how it should be, we cannot see what it is; we live in a world of longing. When we fight the turn our path takes, we resist what life presents, closing our eyes to new opportunities. Acceptance allows us to experience the possibilities the current direction is here to show us.

Every tributary of change is not taking us away from our journey; it is the journey, exposing colors, textures, and flavors we may not have realized existed.

Navigating Uncertainty:

Open our minds. Let go of rigidity and accept what was, is in the past. And what will be, is for our continued growth.

To free us from disappointments when life changes, we must let go of expectations of how we thought things should have, could have, or would have been. Detach the outcome. Instead, apply focus on the process and the journey. Release self-limiting ideas, beliefs, and thoughts; I could never do that; that’s not who I am; I’m not good enough; these seemingly innocent thoughts hold us, hostage, to moving forward.

Stop worrying about those things that are out of our control. Purge ourselves from toxic relationships that hold us back from reaching our potential. Bring attention to what we have instead of concentrating on what we don’t have. Place gratitude on the richness of our lives, and accept what we have is precisely what we need. Remove the concept that more is better.

“Be patient. Uncertainty, anger, and fear are part of the journey.”

Uncertainty, Anger, And Fear Are Part Of The Journey:

We have the power to create our worlds. Our thoughts and our reactions are our most vital tools. Be patient. Uncertainty, anger, and fear are part of the journey. These emotions must be experienced and may feel like they will last forever, but they, too, shall pass.

With a positive attitude of happiness and gratitude, we move forward even if we do not know where we are going.

Release fear. Fear is the emotion that keeps us rigid. Krishnamurti says one is never afraid of the unknown. Instead, one is fearful of the known coming to an end. By looking at fear straight on, we will understand whether it is what we see in the ending or simply something we do not know; instead of avoiding it, acknowledge its existence. The action of confronting it will allow us to move past it.

Enjoy the ever-changing adventure of the journey we call life. Remember to let go and go with the flow, trusting we are right where we are meant to be each step of the way. Life is the perfect meandering; each turn brings us to who we are.

“The next message you need is always right where you are.” ~Ram Dass

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About the Author:

Charisse Glenn, Casting Director, Equestrian, and Creator of The Let Go. She is 66, gray, aging gracefully and has lots to say. Charisse is half Japanese and has the wisdom of that culture she was born into. She has been a casting director for commercials in Los Angeles for 35 years and is an equestrian having competed in 100-mile horse races around the world.

The initiative she writes, called The Let Go serves as a reminder to let go of all that no longer works in our lives, opening a pathway to happiness, love, and balance. Proudly she embraces the freedoms age provides serving as a role model to both men and women. She is a badass with a beautiful soft touch. You can find her on either her website , or follow her on The Let Go in Instagram.