"How's things?" I had asked Mary one day...."I'm on the verge of another surrender". I laughed and said, "What does that mean?".
"It's giving up, not giving in," she replied. "It's surrendering to myself, not to a set of circumstances. I've found in the past that, when I reach this stage, when I've painted myself into a corner in relation to a situation, all that I can do it stop fighting, surrender, drop the paintbrush, walk through the wall and, wouldn't you know it, the wall is merely paper".
"There is nowhere else to go, and what happens is that the fighting, the resisting, has been holding me back. When I surrender, I let go, the load is lifted, the albatross falls from my neck and wonderful things happen."
Mary writes poetry, reads tarot cards and has a wonderful sense of humour in the face of difficulties.
When she told me about her latest surrender it set me thinking about simply letting go. "Let go and let God" is a powerful philosophy for many. It takes courage. I find myself using it more and more often when I don't know the answers or am perplexed by the questions.
Without fail, if I let go and let the higher force of spirit lead me, talking to the force as I would to my best friend - I don't know what to do. This is too difficult. Please take over and show me the answer or I'm leaving this up to you. Show me the way and let the right things happen. I release this problem and go free.
Then I am led to the very best solution.
This wonderful sculpture I feel represents 'surrender' perfectly. I took this photo in November 2007 at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney.