Shrill is the spirit’s groan as it recognises the inner signs of panic—“How am I able to hold on in this circumstance... where is the escape route should my spirit demand it?” When we need to escape we should—no ifs, no buts. Escape is the moment’s solace, executed just in time.
Yet, there are times, also, where our intellectual selves allow us to hold on despite tremor extant on another level. Times such as these there’s another level of conscious ‘us’ superintending our mood, overseeing action, directing the intelligent flow of personal life. If it works, at such a time, so be it. Don’t criticise this level of functioning; just assist if it feels okay, whilst somehow supervising it.
Then there’s time, again, where our spirits have decided, in advance of us, that to bow out is right, just now, and we creatively accede. It’s important we sense the direction of our inner selves because, whilst some challenge to it is okay, we’re to be ever gentle.
Holding on, when necessary, is an art form of conscious tenacity, as wisdom is in letting go.
Each for its determined moment—there should be no pre-scripting; just allowance for the in-flow of critical psychological information pertaining to our status. A person in touch with their mind is an awesome creature; even better is the mind in sync with its heart; empathising with the mind, does the heart, and advising the heart, does the mind.
The Criticality Of Decisiveness
Desperate times are not the place for onerous demands for either decisiveness or fluidity.
Instead of “How do I hold on?” it could be “How do I let go?” or, equally, “How do I respond?” What is right for the time and circumstance—it pays, now, to be gently decisive; in other words, without emotion for regret.
Within patterns of decisiveness there is consequent panic; that because of the pressure to make decisions, and for the momentary consequences of those decisions. This can be too much pressure to bear.
We need to restore the moment’s objective balance; we problem solve only for now, whilst planning ahead if we can. We resolve to keep things poignantly simple. We enjoy our latest breath.
The pressure of deciding is half of the stress. If we simply hold on or let go, not keeping a foot indecisively in both camps, we will regain strength and peace.
There is a season to hold on; a season exists, also, to let go. Peace is in prayerful consideration, then courageous but gentle decisiveness.
© 2012 S. J. Wickham.