I’ve written a lot about acceptance
of our No Kidding lives, and acceptance has been and is an important word for me.
But I know, from personal experience and from correspondence with others, that
it isn’t something that comes easily, especially not early in the journey. I
think that talking about surrender is more appropriate when we are newly grieving, just
trying to get our heads around the situation we find ourselves in. Though I’m
finding too that Surrender is really important in all aspects of our life.
Surrender simply means that now,
for whatever reason, you have to stop. It doesn’t mean you have given up, or
that you are a quitter. Many times, those who have to surrender have fought
insurmountable odds. But there is a time when we all stop, for whatever reasons.
As I said in Day 1, you don’t have to like it. You can be angry and
disappointed and sad. But it is important to surrender to that fact that the fight is over.
You’ve probably spent so long
fighting against the idea of not getting what you want, that when you
do acknowledge you're at the end of that fight, just surrendering yourself can be a
relief and a release. Many of us experience a watershed moment, I think, when we breathe in
deeply, let it out, and surrender. So surrender
yourself to what is your reality. Surrender yourself to your future. You’ve
started to do that already, by showing up, feeling, and beginning to delight.
And it gets easier.
It continues to be important too,
as we live our No Kidding lives. I see some people years later, still fighting
the idea that they will not have children, still angry about it, maybe still
wanting someone or something to blame. They carry that fight with them on a
daily basis, maybe not even realising that they do so. But I feel the weight of
that burden on them. It’s heavy. It hurts. But once we can surrender, and do so
on a daily basis (because we all need reminders), we open ourselves up to other
possibilities. To a new normal. To a happy future.
I’ve been thinking a bit about
surrendering in my own life the last week or so. I’ve realised I’m fighting
something that I can’t win. For the most part, for the last 10-15 years I’ve
surrendered myself to another set of circumstances (not necessarily related to
the fact we don’t have children), I’ve found other interests to pursue, and
have followed (in recent years) this life plan that I had not expected. Yes, I
complain about it here, from time to time, but I use that as a pressure release.
But this last year it has been building again, especially as a promised reprieve
didn’t really eventuate. I know I need to surrender to what is my reality, live
the life I have, whilst trying to find ways to get what I need within that reality.
Writing this has been a very useful reminder to me, and gives me hope too. Is there anything in your life –
a goal, a thing, an anger – that you need to surrender?
Surrender. It so often is not a
sign of weakness, but a sign of resolve, a sign of hope, and a new beginning.