To Let Go

by Carol Hess on February 13, 2013

My friend Sarah O’Leary over at Holistic Hot Sauce has written a great post on the art and science of letting go.  She inspired me to go poring through my files and come up with something I stumbled across years ago.

The following is not original to me, and I have no idea where it came from.  If anyone recognizes it, please let me know.  In the meantime, enjoy.  I think it contains a great deal of wisdom.

“To let go does not mean to stop caring.  It means I can’t do it for someone else.

To let go is not to cut myself off.  It’s the realization I can’t control another.

To let go is not to enable but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.

To let go is not to try to change or blame another.  It is to make the most of myself.

To let go is not to judge but to allow another to be human.

To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to effect their destinies.

To let go is not to be protective.  It is to permit another to face reality.

To let go is not to deny but to accept.

To let go is not to nag, scold or argue, but to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.

To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.

To let go is not to criticize and regulate anybody but to try and become what I dream to be.

To let go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.

To let go is to fear less, and to love more.”

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

by Carol Hess

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Categories Authentic Power, Carol's Musings, Personal Empowerment

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avatar Sue Mitchell February 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Carol, letting go has been a big theme for me in the last year. My favorite is, “To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.” I joke that I think I’m the General Manager of the Universe. It’s so easy to fool ourselves into thinking we can control what happens, but we can’t. It feels much better to stop trying.

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avatar Carol Hess February 22, 2013 at 2:58 am

I think that’s my favorite too, Sue. Maybe because I’m the GM of the Universe too. I wonder how many of us there are? LOL So great to see you here. Welcome!

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