Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom by Kelsey

My goodness. Letting go is one of the hardest things a person can do.

That's because holding on is so deep rooted, one of our first instincts as a baby is grasping. If something is placed in our reach we grasp it with our hands, and we hold on tight - never wanting to let go.

As we grow up we continue to grasp things tightly, not wanting to let go, but instead of using our hands - we use our minds. This is worse, because if something is taken away from us, it can remain in our minds. We control what we hold on to. As much as people can take away, they can never take away the feelings they invoked. These feelings can remain in our minds for a long, long time. We don't want to give it up, because giving it up means we are giving up on all those feelings and all those memories, and all that hope....

We can't predict the future.

What is going to happen if we do let go? What if that causes the world as we know it to crumble? What if letting go is taking away the final piece of the puzzle that is keeping everything held together? What if we regret letting go?

But as we grow older, and wiser, the world becomes a little clearer - and if we are lucky, our way of thinking can change completely. There will come a time when we realize (whether we like it or not) that letting go is acceptance, not giving up.

Letting go lets you throw away your unrealistic and hopeful idealizations of things that cannot possibly be. And as hard as it is to let these go, you will set yourself free.

Letting go doesn't mean letting go of MEMORIES. Keeping memories is fine, but don't let those memories run your life. It is one thing to reflect, and another thing to dwell. You often learn your greatest lessons through the things that are toughest to let go of, so remember these things as being important events in your life. But never as anything more than that.

Have faith that life will go on, and be excited at the idea of restarting.

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