Letting Go

Letting GoIt’s Hump Day again, y’all!

“It seems life is full of twists and turns …” Anyone heard that before? It comes from a poem (“Just Don’t Quit!”) that is integral to a “12 Step Program”. While we feel that strength and power lies in our ability to “hold on” to something, or get more of another “something”, it also may involve “letting go” of some things, perhaps!

Each of us is unique in one way or another … maybe even in many ways. Yet, we each are similar in many more ways. Often times, we get “caught up” in the differences, especially if it makes us “look” better or superior to another human being. In my opinion, this is the perfect time to “share” (I didn’t say “give”!) your knowledge or possessions with others. We can share a good feeling … good thoughts … maybe even a “good way” to get through something. This requires a certain awareness of “humanness”, if you will, that all of us are more similar than we are different.

Have you ever experienced feeling down, or grappling with a challenging situation, and … along comes someone or “something” to point out to you how far down you are (or “below” them, perhaps) and offer no encouragement?! How does that make you feel? Some of us have encountered those situations so often that we just don’t give a damn about anything or anyone … not even ourselves!! You may encounter people like that. Or, there are others who are always on “the take” – meaning, “What can I get from you before you realize that I have it and am gone!?” Life, with its twists and turns, often “offers” that approach to those in such challenging situations. We each must be well aware of our choices.

There is a certain amount of strength … spiritual strength, if you will … required in “letting go”. In my opinion, again, this does not mean “trashing” or “destroying” what we thought we “had”. But, it means to simply let it go. Many humans have issues with possessing things … or people … or relationships … even jobs or homes and cars. Occasionally, I contemplate what it must be like to do that final “Let Go” when our lives have truly expired. Don’t get me wrong … there is a difference between “letting go” and “giving up”. Yet, for me anyway, I have had to learn to let go of things that were not growth producing for me … even challenging things can produce growth from time to time. This requires a certain amount of wisdom, peace and spiritual maturity. Just some thoughts of mine for today!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, All!

Be well,

John I. Cook, Director

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