Learning to Let Go
When you have experienced a good amount in life such as facing the death of a loved one, the move to a new home, the loss of your childhood home, the loss of grandparents and the many other various trials of life...you most likely struggle from some sort of anxiety and stress that others may not. I am not God nor pretend to be so I will not act like I know what is going on in everyone's life. What I do know is that mine has been a roller coaster since about age 15 when I lost my dad. I think ever since, and after many other different trials I have faced (through highschool, college and now adulthood) have all shaped me like I've said..however don't get me wrong in that there are also many days when the thoughts and memories never escape my mind and I am trapped feeling caged in anxiety. I do not wish it upon anyone.
Along with constant prayer and reading my favorite scripture, I try to find different authors who share words of wisdom and give me some uplifting thoughts when things are going sour in my life. This poem below is from Louise Hays, who is an American motivational author. Her perspective on letting go is inspirational to say the least. Sometimes it is more difficult getting over the passed and not worrying about that which you cannot control. Hope this is encouraging if you face these thoughts occasionally too.
Letting Go by Louise Hays
To "let go" does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To "let go" is not to cut myself off,
it’s the realization I can’t control another.
To "let go" is not to enable, but to allow
learning from natural consequences.
To "let go" is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To "let go" is not to try to change or blame another,
it is to make the most of myself.
To "let go" is not to care for, but to care about.
To "let go" is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To "let go" is not to judge, but to allow another to be a
To "let go" is not to be in the middle arranging all the
but to allow others to affect their own destinies.
To "let go" is not to be protective, it is to permit another
to face reality.
To "let go" is not to deny, but to accept.
To "let go" is not to nag, scold or argue, but instead
to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To "let go" is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.
To "let go" is not to regret the past, but to grow and live
for the future.
To "let go" is to fear less and love more.