The efforts we make to hold back that which troubles us can be more tiring than simply allowing it to flow. Grief, anger, fear and sadness are intended to move, even if we feel swept up in them temporarily. Several years ago, my nephew got caught in a rip tide while swimming. He didn't try to fight the tide by swimming straight in, but remembered to swim sideways until he came out of the current. When I find myself listless, stagnant and exhausted, I feel the gentle nudge of Spirit reminding me to just move sideways. Water ebbs and flows. When one of us is finally able to make it back to the beach, it's a gift and honor to bear witness to those who are swimming sideways. From the beach, with our feet in the water, we can't control the tides of others. We can offer loving encouragement.
Today, if you find yourself in swirling waters, may you find peace in letting go and freedom in no longer holding back that which isn't yours to control.