The Art of Surrender


Today I want to talk to you about the art of surrender. That doesn’t mean giving up and surrender is not a sign of weakness or cowardice, just the opposite.

It’s an honest personal inventory assessment about coming to terms with how much control you do and don’t have. And it means continuing to take action steps when it’s appropriate– and accepting that full control wasn’t yours to begin with.

Control is a result of being attached to a specific outcome, an outcome we’re sure as if we always know what’s best. But micromanaging the world is a big task and is likely to exhaust us.

So how do you apply these to your situation?

So for example, if you’ve lost a child and you’re struggling with that, surrendering means surrendering to find support because we’re not meant to grieve alone. It means you need help. If you have a loved one who struggles with mental illness, addiction or thoughts of suicide, it means understanding that you can’t control the outcome no matter how much you want it. And my God I know how much you want it.

If you struggle with mental illness or thoughts of suicide it’s recognizing that you do need help and getting it.

The beauty of surrender mode is that you’re more at peace in that frame of mind. You’re calmer and more present in the moment. And that allows you to see more clearly and your vision extends out around you allowing you to see the bigger picture– to step back and see it.

So where do you find it?

You find this in people whether it’s a support group, or friends, or a therapist– it’s out there for you.

From me to you, a virtual hug. Anne Moss Rogers from emotionally naked.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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