The Confidence to Let Go

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, Release your inner Bitter Betty, I’d like to share my thoughts on another key to living an uncommon life. How you handle the end of a day, project or chapter in your life is almost as important as how you began it.

We considered the fact that many new and fresh opportunities are spoiled by a simple unwillingness to meet them with open arms as they appear on the horizon. Failure, for those who develop this bad habit, comes early. It’s just as easy, yet twice as tragic when failure comes as a result of refusing to give thanks for that which has come and gone. Instead of appreciating and moving on, some develop the bad habit of refusing to let go of that which is no longer relevant to the present time.

This tendency manifests in many ways. The tattered baby blanket jealously guarded by a ten year old. The closet filled with formerly useful goods. The post-breakup stalker. Trying to recreate the “good ol’ days” in an entirely new set of circumstances.

If you do the best that you can, if you meet every new thing that comes your way with gusto and in the current of victory, if you follow it all the way through and if you give thanks and let it go when the time is right, you will enjoy a measure of fulfillment, regardless of the outcome. These “ifs” reside in every circumstance and improving your ability to handle them with aplomb and artistry is the key to gaining the confidence necessary to let go of that which has culminated in your life and move on to the next adventure.

7 thoughts on “The Confidence to Let Go

  1. Colin

    I like to think that the end of some part of my life is one of the most exciting parts. If you keep moving and enjoy each moment as it comes, there is no need to keep looking to nostalgia for fulfillment.

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  2. strawberryfields

    As a mother of grown children I have had to learn to let go, again and again. I love the quote and I do smile. The nicest part of living is there is always a next part. I do agree, how you handle your endings has every thing to do with your next beginning.
    Nice post.

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  3. Joshua

    One really needn’t look to far, to find implications for the application this.
    Letting go, in the spirit of appreciation is such a freeing, fulfilling part of the process. An area which has specifically come up for review in the past couple days. Thanks Gregg, for your unique, and simple approach. I appreciate the oppportunity starting right now, to step through this door that has been opened, and leave all the baggage where it belongs!

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  4. Doug

    Great post. Never thought of this. I’ve had experience with former employees creating situations that prevented me from helping them as they moved to their next department or company. Come to think about it, it is one of the first questions I ask on an interview. “What happened in your last job and how did you leave things?”

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  5. Flow

    Such a great post! The unwillingness or inability to let go results in “dis-ease” or lack of ease (lack of flow.) Disease is the result of a blockage in the flow system which usually starts by holding on to a thought or emotion. This process causes physical changes/blockages within the body.

    If you find yourself “holding on” breathe in and out, slowly and at an even pace. This activates the autonomic nervous system (the part of the body that connects you with the rhythms and cycles of life) allowing an opening in the heart, mind, and entire body. Life is all about flow!

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