Relax, slow down, and let things take shape on their own accord

Wonderful advice from Matt Perryman:

Relax, slow down, and let things take shape on their own accord. There’s little use in forcing things out, and then stressing out when they don’t work out as you planned. Set ambitious goals, yes, but don’t let them own you.

It might help if you think of your life as more like a garden than a factory. If you try to manage your garden like a factory, you probably aren’t getting much of a crop. Gardens require tending rather than intrusive management. You pick the kinds of plants you grow , and pull out weeds, and make sure that light and water and even temperature are suitable for your flora. Contrast that to actual management, the belief that somebody has to be there overseeing and guiding every aspect of the process lest it collapse into itself. Tending a garden means guiding along processes which, for their intended purposes, are far smarter than you could ever be. Respect the garden’s nature as an organic, fluid, adaptable system and it will flourish. Your job is to guide the ship, so to speak, to provide direction.

Wonderful advice from Parker Palmer:

Periodically reflect on where your life has taken you (versus where you want your life to go).

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