We all think it, but nobody says it. “Divine timing” is often a colossal pain in the rear! Sure, eventually we’re happy with the outcome, but in the meantime, it’s frustrating as all get out.
What do I mean by “divine timing”? I am simply referring to that way things have of unfolding in their own time. The flower doesn’t rush to bloom and if the bear wakes up early from hibernation he’s gonna be hella grumpy. And intellectually, we know that divine timing is far better than our timing, and that if we can just relax and let things happen when it’s most optimal, life would be sweeter and outcomes would be far greater than we had imagined.
But that’s not really how we’re built as modern-day humans, is it? In a society where productivity matters, to-do lists rule, and Type-A achievers are rewarded, it feels counter-intuitive to just kick back and let the day unfold. Divine timing is frustrating because we’ve collectively created a mentality that says “Life is short! Get more done! Busy busy busy!” and from that perspective, it’s no wonder we’re creating illnesses faster than western medicine can think up names and create new pills that don’t really heal any of the underlying problems.
Put simply, divine timing is annoying whenever it doesn’t line up with OUR preferred timing. Have you ever had to wait on someone else to move forward with something? Whether it’s a four-year-old tying her shoe, or a 94-year-old walking to the car, or a job offer, or a client’s YES, or a barista’s brew, we tend to get annoyed when we live in the future instead of the present. If we’re thinking ahead of where we need to go and what we need to do, then waiting becomes the most irritating thing ever.
But if we can stop–in the moment–and be present in the moment, even if it’s just long enough to feel and acknowledge the irritation and frustration, then the urgency often dissipates and we feel more peace.
And in a state of peace, we can allow divine timing to unfold, producing outcomes that are almost always better than we had intended.
This is arguably one of our greatest hidden powers: to influence the future by standing firmly in the present; and to influence a better outcome by letting go of control and doing less in the present moment.
It’s a paradox, certainly, and it’s one I’ve been experimenting with quite a bit lately. How about you? Are you willing to — even if just for today — stay grounded in the present moment and let events unfold in their own timing?
If you’re willing to do this, I’d love to hear from you how it turns out! Post a comment and let us know 😉