“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
There is something important to be learned from the art of ‘letting go’, it is an invitation to relinquish unhealthy attachments to events, ideas, possessions, and minor irritations. No time is better than the present to make a conscious decision to release these negative influences so that, you can enjoy life as it unfolds precious moments each and every day. To ‘let go’ also means to give up resisting and struggling to hold on to meaningless issues in exchange for powerful and wholesome moments that come our way by allowing and accepting unchangeable realities that come by in our daily lives. Accept ‘what is’, and let go of what was!
As we mature and grow wiser, we realize what we need to hold on to and that which we need to leave behind. Walking away from certain situations and painful memories is a step forward. There is so much to be achieved in the short span of our lives, there are so many opportunities we can avail according to our individual capabilities, and this is not possible if we remain paralyzed by all those things we are supposed to let go-Sometimes there are things in our lives that aren’t meant to stay. Sometimes the changes we don’t want are the changes we need, to flourish and grow. Personal growth and change can be uncomfortable sometimes, but nothing in life is as painful as staying stuck where you don’t belong. The hardest part about growing is letting go and moving away from our comfort zones and moving on with something untried and new. True and valuable wisdom lies in accepting what is, letting go of what was and having faith in what could be.
Change happens for a reason, it is never easy, but then nothing worthwhile in life is easy! It is quite hard to let go and move on, but once we do, we feel free from the emotional shackles that were holding us back and we realize very soon it was the best decision we ever made. Our future hopes and happiness should never be defined by our fear-which exists only in our minds. It is a joy to follow our hearts, and a tragedy to let the lies of fear stop us.
There is no such thing as the ‘perfect moment’ for positive changes in our lives, we must let go and dare to seize the most opportune moments and make change happen-life is far too short to simply ruminate endlessly about what ‘should have’ and ‘could have been’-we are not the same people we were a week, a month or a year ago. Humans are forever evolving and growing; life and its’ experiences don’t wait for us to come around to accept them, whether we are absent or present, life goes on with its’ rewarding moments for those who findd the courage to let go of what they could not change or alter.
When we stop expecting life to be perfect, for people to be the best they can be, we are no longer holding ourselves down with things that are out of our control, we have grown and matured enough to appreciate both life and the people in our lives for what and who they are.
Simplify your lives, share your love, caring and compassion generously, communicate honestly and truthfully, stop focusing on how unlucky you are, and remind yourself about how blessed you are, there is always that one other person or many other people who have it so much worse.
I end with these wise words of wisdom from the Sanskirt-“Yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today, well-lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore to this day! such is the salutation of the dawn.
Credit to Jay Shetty for his amazing work.