Saturday, June 5, 2010

Gotta have GAS

One of the more-intriguing aspects of life: the always-present issue of balance. If you think of any area of our lives, somewhere inside it is a need for, or a resistance against, balance.

My wife, the amazing Julia Rogers Hamrick, is big on the concept of allowing, of surrendering control to the aspect of ourselves which is always connected to the All That Is, or Great Mind. We usually refer to our connection as our Higher Self.

It struck me this morning that one of the balancing aspects to that idea of going with the flow and letting life be easy requires of us more than ease and relaxation. Of course, that's the nature of the yin/yang, give and take, push and pull. Life is all about the contrasts and contradictions.

When we are able, though, to allow the seemingly contradictory feelings to coexist, we can end up in a really cool place.

While allowing our daily lives to flow and move with a rhythm of their own, we also can be passionate about what happens and care a great deal about outcomes.

In fact, it is the very passion we feel welling up in us which helps the river decide its direction and speed. It is our GAS (Give A Shit) factor.

If you don't GAS, you don't enjoy the ride of the leaf on the water nearly as much.

We trip up when we care so much that we demand total control and take the wheel. It's a challenge being easy and free, yet caring a whole lot at the same time. When you are in that sweet spot, though, there is nothing finer.


Piotr said...

Great post on giving a shit! though I'd like to mention that sometimes it's best to not GAS. While at other times it's important to care even if you don't want to.

Thanks for the enlightening post!

Rick Hamrick said...

Piotr, my take on it is that we are hard-wired to care at the right moments about those things which are innately important to us.

In other words, I don't believe in caring when you don't want to. That's different than sometimes wondering if you have the energy to dive in one more time and give it all you've got. That's just weariness, and a good night's sleep will cure that.

Really lacking motivation or desire, though, is a clear indication that whatever it is, is not yours to care about! Let it attract the right person, or it may fade away for lack of interest.

Thanks for visiting today!

Olivia said...

I like this daily post thing a lot Rick. Enjoyed today's very much. xo, O

Julia Rogers Hamrick said...

I love this post. And not just because you call me amazing in it! But I do love that, too. :)

Will Conley said...

This should get the "Life explained" tag as an Appendix entry.