Many, many years ago a friend introduced me to the teachings of Abraham by Esther Hicks. It's pretty far out, new age-y kind of stuff (much of it based in the Law of Attraction), but the messages are so good. I found Esther's voice to be so soothing as she shared the messages, I often listened to her CDs in the car between appointments. One message that I seemed to hear again and again was about "up stream" thoughts vs "down stream" thoughts. How many times does it feel that we are fighting, pushing to accomplish our goal or whatever it is in that moment and it is just extra hard ... it's like trying to paddle up stream against the current, you may make tiny, slow progress but it is difficult, exceedingly difficult and you really won't get too far, if anywhere. Achieving our goals and dreams aren't easy, hard work is involved. Sometimes though, you just need to stop fighting to go upstream (you aren't supposed to be going that way) and just relax and allow yourself to be carried downstream. I've felt that so many times for myself, in particular this year. I'm still working hard, but it feels infinitely easier, it feels right ... and that feels really good. This quote reminded me of Esther's message and the analogy with the stream. What are you chasing?