“People wish to be settled; only as far as the are unsettled is there any hope for them”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Being unsettled means being in a constant state of becoming. Growth, a never ending process, can be exciting. It can also be scary, exhausting, and anxiety provoking. A re-frame of this thinking may be all one needs to find peace in this state of unsettled-ness.
Choices, Not Obligations
Instead of feeling this constant state of evolving is forced, or an obligation, one might choose to actively participate in the process. Co-creating each day and living with intention sets one’s life on a path, a trajectory, toward purpose and peace. When we are actively participating in life, without forcing our own narrowed will, and allowing change to occur, we live happy, balanced, and joyous lives.
When we do this, we are able to become open and curious about each day. Curious about what experiences, learning opportunities, and discoveries will occur. Rather than resisting, controlling, and minimizing this life experience, curiosity sets the tone for non-judgmentally allowing for participation without expectation.
Rejoicing in the feeling of being unsettled, one can acknowledge that nothing is for certain and permanent. Embracing this constant state of evolution can help one grow and evolve. Remembering you don’t have to be who you were yesterday is the path to true freedom and happiness.
As I embrace this sense of unsettled-ness as a choice, I see the positive evolution in myself. Each moment, each day, and each year that I intend to be better than I was previously allows me choice, to decide on purpose who I will bring to the world while allowing the universe to do the rest.
May you find peace among chaos.