Sometimes letting go is the only choice we have. I remember writing a post in the summer telling the story of my hike up Bell Rock in the beautiful setting of Sedona. I had climbed up too far and the rock was slippery and steep. Fear took over my entire body. My heart started pounding and I could feel the panic as I looked down. A minute ago, the sight that was so amazing had been replaced with pure terror. It became my prison and I was stuck. I knew if I wanted to move on I had to let go of the tree I was clinging to. I had no other choice but to let go. In a matter of minutes, I made my way down and I was safe.
I think back to many times I had to make the critical decision to let something go and move on. If I kept clinging to the emotion or person or circumstance that was holding me back, I would never make room in my life for something new.
Put down what is tugging at your soul. Put down what is causing your spirit to feel dark. Know and trust that there is something better right around the corner and make that leap of faith. You may be surprised who is there to catch you or maybe you will finally discover just how strong you really are.
“We are more powerful in our letting go than our holding on”
Someone spoke these words today and I was moved by them. I felt compelled to share them and pass them on. What do they mean to you? I’d love to hear about it. When have these words made sense in your own life?
One thing I’ve learned through blogging is that generally people want to read the good stuff. The how to do this and motivational stuff that leaves people feeling rejuvenated and inspired to go out and really live another day. It’s hard to look the tough things dead in the face. We can’t deny or hide from reality but some of us just aren’t strong enough to pay attention or acknowledge every breaking news feed that comes across the screen. It takes a brave few who stand in the path of fury and take it on. Someone has to do it but not everyone is able. Usually I will put on my gloves and give it my best punch. Sometimes though, it knocks me down. I stand back up and remind myself it’s okay to let the problems of the world belong to the world.
It’s okay to block out the negative, the bad and the chaos going on all around us and just take a moment to enjoy our day. We are not meant to carry the weight of the world just like we are not meant to turn a blind eye and pretend it doesn’t exist. First you have to take responsibility for your own life. By caring for yourself and becoming the healthiest, happiest version of who you are, you ultimately make the world better place. Will you do your part?
Today, someone said something that hit me pretty hard. Imagine if you held onto your breath. What would happen if you held on to just your inhalation? Breathing is an important reminder that we are naturally meant to let things go. As you go throughout your week be aware of anything you are holding onto, whether it be feelings, emotions, thoughts, whatever. Focus on your breath from time to time and let it serve as a reminder that we do have the ability to take things in and immediately let them go. See if it makes a difference in your day. It has already made a noticeable one in mine. It’s the little lessons that bring about the most significant change. There is always something to discover and learn if you don’t make the mistake of assuming you already know everything there is to know.
How do you spend your time? Do you find yourself around people and situations that make you feel happy inside, or do you put your time and energy into things that drain your spirit? I have made some pretty drastic changes when it comes to my personal time and energy. I used to think I was stuck when it came to how and where I would spend my days. I didn’t realize until it almost broke me in half that I do have a choice. I don’t have to participate in activities that leave me feeling sad and broken. I can choose who to interact with, who to have lunch with, who to surround myself with. I don’t need to be surrounded by the wrong people and circumstances so that I don’t feel alone, it’s the wrong people and circumstances that make me feel alone in the first place. I am so grateful I have found peace within myself. It is those moments I spend alone in silence, reading a book, or blogging that I feel inspired and alive. There is nothing more empowering or liberating than subtracting the negative things from your life. Time is so important, and we can’t get it back. Make a choice to use yours wisely…