Be the Mosquito

Have you ever felt bogged down, trapped, and hopeless?

Today was that day for me. I was on my way back home today after a few days out of town, and boy was I was feeling stuck. Lately, it seems like I can’t help but worry about all of the scary things looming over me: the lack of a place to live after the summer (and more precisely, the lack of money to pay for a decent place to live), not being able to return to the university I’d attended for the past few years (& more precisely, the loans I feared I’d have to take out to continue schooling), stress from searching seemingly endlessly for a job (which could provide the money for these other worries), and a rag tag group of countless other little doubts and despairs.

Needless to say, with a mind buzzing this erratically, my radar was not necessarily up for catching a lesson, but a quirky lesson found me nonetheless, courtesy of National Public Radio. If you’re anything like me and have ever had “one of those days” where nothing seems to be panning out, when all of the fear, fighting, doubting, and despair kicks in,  you will resonate with this funny but powerful life lesson taught by none other than a mosquito.

“Imagine how tough life would be if raindrops weighed 3 tons apiece as they fell out of the sky at 20 mph,”

the story went.  “That’s how raindrops look to a mosquito, yet a raindrop weighing 50 times more than one can hit the insect and the mosquito will survive.”

The voice on the radio went on to detail an experiment that explains how mosquitoes survive torrential donwpours, and this is where the lesson lies. They hop ON the raindrop and ride it out. Rather than resisting the downpour, they jump headfirst toward that raindrop and go with the flow. Then, when the wind has caught their delicate little wings, they’re able to fly off, unharmed by what could have been a deadly collision.

What downpours are you resisting, fighting, or running from?

The amazing thing is, once I accepted what was happening to me, and decided to go with it rather than fight it, things started happening. Seriously, less than 24 hours later and my seemingly major problems were completely dissolved. Why don’t we take note from the mosquito instead, and gather ourselves, hop on that raindrop, and let go of what we perceive as an impossible situation?

What happens when we let go of how hopeless our situation is, or how we could never survive the downpour, and simply be in this moment, accepting what is and trusting that we will be guided? After all, isn’t life about the journey?

How will you ride your raindrop?

If you enjoyed this article & gained some insight, or want to tell me about the downpours you’ve raindropped (yes, I just invented a verb) out of in your life, leave a comment below!

Oh, and if you want to hear the original story, you can find it here.

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Why You’re Sinking In Fear, & What You Can Do About It

Fear manifests itself in a multitude of ways. It is an ugly demon with millions of faces. It is a huge, dark, and undefinable mass comprised of every little insecure thought and every niggling doubt you ever allowed yourself to bring into existence. It hovers over your shoulder and whispers lie after lie into your self-conscious mind until you come to accept it as truth. It breaks you down until you lose the will to get back up again.

But you are stronger than that fear…

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Fear can be triggered by just about anything, be it something you can change, such as the fear of public speaking, or something as inescapable as skin color, gender, race, or sexuality.

But if we dig really deep, and look inside of ourselves, we realize that all of these external worries boil down to the fear that we are not going to be accepted.

The way we see it, if we are not accepted, we have no chance of being loved.

If we have no chance of being loved, we lose half of our divine purpose, because to give love is only half way fulfilling. To receive love as well makes our cup overflow.

Don’t despair, because all things, even fear, can lead to love.

I want you to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and take a moment to let it all sink in, to really understand that no matter what the fear is making you think:

 

You are a Divine Creation,

Brought into existence by a Divine Creator

Your Creator deemed you worthy of love, therefore,

YOU ARE WORTHY OF LOVE.

Never let anyone tell you otherwise.

Guard your mind, guard your heart, and guard your spirit.