Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Learning To Let Go

How often have we read something that talks about "letting go"?  How often have you read about it, heard about it, were told to do it and thought, wow, I really do have stuff to let go?  It's amazing how hard it can be to let go.  I learned a long time ago that when you invest yourself in things, it becomes increasingly hard.  You become entangled and invested.  The heartache is monumental and searing, and yet, no matter what, it is you that has the power to let go.
I am of the mindset that if you are going to do something, go the distance, give it your all and do it right.  Of course that thought process often leads to me throwing myself wholeheartedly and so far into something that when it doesn't work out or isn't quite what I expected, it seems unbearable to let go.  But truly, that isn't the case.  Each of us allows things to take hold and control us.  It is not a person or an object or even an emotion that controls us.  It is ourselves.  We are the ones that hold on and refuse to to let go.  If you hold something in your hand, you can let it go - just drop it and you are free.  It is not attached to you, you are not permanently holding onto the object.  No, it can be released.  It's the same for other things; the things that seem to paralyze us and stall us.  We are our own worst enemies.  We are the ones that give the power and refuse to let go.  It's okay to jump in, throw caution to the wind if you will.  But remember, if things don't quite turn out the way you planned, you and only you have the power to let go.

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