Good Morning Everybody, Shavua Tov,
If you’ve spent some time playing with a yoyo before, you’ve probably learned some fun tricks. (Walking the Dog, Around the World… just a couple of my personal favorites.) But the best trick of all… is knowing how to fix the string when it gets all twisted up! As you might know, after “yoyo-ing” for a while, the string gets all contorted and knotted up. The tension on the string gets so high that the string twists all over itself. It’s a big stringy mess, and the string needs straightened out before you can play anymore.
So the trick to untangling it is to take the string off your finger, hold the yoyo in your hand and then let the string dangle towards the ground. The string literally unwinds ITSELF. You can actually see the tension that was knotting the string “release” as the string goes back to normal and once again is ready for action.
Perhaps this is a lesson for us when we ourselves become overwhelmed with tension. As we know, when something is weighing heavily upon us we can get pretty wound up and bent out of shape. We start micro-analyzing every little detail– what he said, what she said, what if I do this, what if he does that, what if things don’t work out… We get entangled in our own thoughts. The more we try to figure things out, the more knotted up we get. That’s when it would really help to just take a breath and relax. Just let go. When we allow ourselves a moment to “unwind our mind,” we become a different person– a refreshed version of ourselves without all the anxiety that’s preventing us from thinking straight.
Taking a moment to de-stress also gets us back in touch with Hashem, who we frequently leave out of the equation when we’re all tensed up. By letting go of our ego’s desire to control everything, and solve everything, and “know” how every last thing is going to work out, we make room for Hashem. That humility is just the thing that widens our perspective and enables us to see more clearly, judge more favorably, and have more empathy. Which might just guide us to a solution, or at least lead us in the right direction.
So the next time we feel overwhelmed and all “wound up”, let’s take a moment to just LET IT GO. Just take a breath and UNWIND. Not only will it put us in a more resourceful frame of mind, reconnecting with Hashem is always the best way to manage the “ups and downs” of life.
Have a joyfully productive day everybody,
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