The Art Of Letting Go

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”The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.”
Seneca

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No matter how much we want things to stay the same, life is all about change. Sometimes change is for the better, and sometimes its not.

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We all have expectations of how things ‘should’ be. However if we have few expectations etched in stone, we will rarely be devastated by disappointment. Of course, it may be tremendously hard to let go of certain expectations. Because you still expect your personal values to be respected, you do not expect to get a debilitating illness, and you may even expect that most people mean well. Still, the more expectations you can let go of today, the better.

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But what happens when one of our expectations is tied to an unchangeable past event? What happens when you still subconsciously expect an outcome that never came to be, and the time and place for it to happen has passed? It is all too easy to become stuck…….It is time to let it go.

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Letting go is not about having the ability to forget the past – it is about having the wisdom and strength to embrace the present.

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We can not use past experience to change past outcomes, but we can use past experience to change present outcomes. Now you have the opportunity to practice acceptance, to let go of old expectations, and to make the best and most positive use of this moment.

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To gain wisdom we need to life experience, including negative experiences such as heartbreak, failure, illness and loneliness. These are not the kind of life experiences you go looking for, But when they find you unexpectedly you may as well learn from them, and use them to your advantage.

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And remember unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realise that the situation is over, you cannot move forward. Today is a chance to go forward with wisdom and hope.

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Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”
Steve Maraboli


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