22-059 Surrender

Today’s Mandala

“The moment of surrender is
not when life is over, it’s when it begins.”

— Marianne Williamson

“Sometimes surrender means giving up
trying to understand and becoming
comfortable with not knowing.”

— Eckhart Tolle

“Sometimes, it’s not the times
you decide to fight, but the times
you decide to surrender,
that makes all the difference.”

— Sissy Gavrilaki

Today’s MotD asks us to ponder the concept of surrender. We usually think of surrendering as giving up; however today we’re talking about surrendering to what is. It’s from this place that our options broaden, our perspective changes, and we can actually start moving forward, often in a whole new direction.

Surrendering does not mean condoning, it just means that we acknowledge the current situation, and from there we can create a plan of action that ends up empowering us.

For instance today. I started the MotD on a different piece of paper (see below). It was coming along nicely, rather cute, and then I smudged some of the ink. I usually take pride in working with boo-boos as happy accidents and incorporating them into the painting. Today, however, the more I tried to work with it the worse it got. I really wanted to make it work and then I realized that ”resistance was futile”. I surrendered my pride and pulled out another paper (of which I totally forgot to take a before photo).

Ponder where in our lives we need to surrender.

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em.
Know when to fold ’em.
Know when to walk away.
And know when to run.

— Don Schlitz (“The Gambler” lyrics)


The Mandala Lady

btw…I started out on this paper but I smudged and then tried to fix it. The more I tried to fix it the worse it got. I wound up using a different paper (above) but forgot to take a before photo of that one. Oops it’s…all of over the place today.

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