Let's say your life is the wheel. And let's say that you are the hamster. In order to keep the wheel of your life spinning, you have to generate all of the energy all of the time. You, and only you, are responsible for any and all of the movements of that wheel. The wheel can't move unless you're inside running and running and hoping that you don't lose your footing. There is no in between - you're either working really hard all of the time to make the wheel spin, or the wheel is totally still and nothing is happening. It's really easy to spin out, or get caught up in it, and you're tired all the time from the constant running.
Now let's imagine that you build a windmill. You look around for the most open place, and you set it up. When you're done with the construction, you don't have to stand there and turn the vanes - if you did, it would actually inhibit the relationship between the windmill and the wind. Once your windmill is in place, you can move on to the other things that need your attention because you trust in your craftsmanship, and you trust that the wind will do its own work within it. As you move about your other tasks, and your times of rest and nourishment, you will look out across your own openness and see the vanes turning, doing the liminal work that is as visible as it is invisible.
When you run the hamster wheel, you're on your own, generating all of the energy and forcing things to happen.
When you build a windmill, you become a co-creator in partnership with the wind and the forces of nature. You're in charge of certain parts of the process, but not the whole thing and not the end result.
In what areas of your life do you need to replace a hamster wheel for a windmill?