Oogway: Look at this tree, Shifu, I cannot make it blossom when it suits me nor make it bear fruit before its time.
Shifu: But there are things we *can* control: I can control when the fruit will fall, I can control where to plant the seed: that is no illusion, Master!
Oogway: Ah, yes. But no matter what you do, that seed will grow to be a peach tree. You may wish for an apple or an orange, but you will get a peach.
Shifu: But a peach cannot defeat Tai Lung!
Oogway: Maybe it can, if you are willing to guide, to nurture it, to believe in it.
Shifu: But how? How? I need your help, master.
Oogway: No, you just need to believe. Promise me, Shifu, promise me you will believe.
Kung Fu Panda Disney Movie
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I don't like to go on rides that I can't control.
I can't. It is an *illusion*.
What I can learn to control is to trust the one who is in control, who sees the bigger picture, and believe.
It is not an easy thing to do. But it is a freeing thing to do.
It frees me up to do what I can do.
I think I have finally stopped running around the room and taken my seat in Master Trusting Kindergarten.
I notice now, when I am trying to wrestle for the illusion of control, and then I'm learning to let go and step back.
I can choose where to plant the seed, I can choose to take care of it as best I can, then I have to let go and believe that it will grow.
Then wait to see the beauty of life and the wonder of the Cherry tree's blossom...
"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us." ~ E. M. Forester
"The road of life can only reveal itself as it is travelled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man's future is hidden." ~ Unknown