I don’t usually schedule consultations for Saturday, but I made an exception. I was expecting my client, and new friend, to arrive shortly when I received a phone call saying that she was running about an hour behind.
I hesitated. Then, I reasoned a means of juggling my plans for the day and said that it would be OK. After I hung up, I realized that I often reason things out before deciding that they will be OK. I also realized that everything will be OK with or without my reasoning.
Oh, I understand that there’s a place for reason. And you get to decide how large a place it deserves in your life. I have decided to move it into a smaller place in mine.
I know that “everything will be OK” whether I have reasoned it to be so …or not. I know that sometimes my reasoning occupies space that I could give to creativity, or spontaneity, or love. I know that my reasoning can impede the natural flow and make things worse instead of better.
Deepak Chopra’s fourth law of spiritual success is the law of least effort. The law suggests that we practice acceptance, take responsibility for problems and opportunities, and relinquish defensiveness and be open to other viewpoints.
I don’t have to decide whether or not acceptance is appropriate. It is. I don’t have to wonder if I’m responsible for my problems and opportunities, I am. And I don’t have to prove that my view is the only worthwhile one. It isn’t.
Practicing the law of least effort allows us to spend less time reasoning, less time struggling against the flow, and more time living … knowing that everything will be OK. God is, after all, in His heaven. And, we can be in ours.