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Reflections: Letting Go…

13/05/2012

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” Oprah Winfrey

Reflections: Letting Go…

Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love? Leo Buscaglia

What are we holding onto? Are we even aware of what is holding us back? My spin teacher always reminds us to breathe… Right in the middle of class, as we spin away, lost in our own reverie, her voice cuts through the air, interrupting our thoughts… “Breathe! Breathe! Don’t forget to breathe!” Invariably, I find myself laughing, as everyone in the class, including me, takes a deep, gulping breath. We marvel at how well she knows us. But it is our nature to hold on to our stuff and, from time to time, with some awareness or a reminder, we let go of our baggage … and, like an eagle, we can soar.

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” Raymond Lindquist

Reflections: Letting Go…

let it go by e. e. cummings
let it go – the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise – let it go it
was sworn to go
let them go – the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers – you must let them go they
were born to go
let all go – the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things – let all go
dear
so comes love

The key is to be able to live,  let go, and soar in a regular rhythmic way. And that takes conscious practice. If we are constantly bogged down by petty annoyances, we must work to change how we react to them. Some use affirmations, meditations, prayers, or other visual or mental practices to move things along. A great teacher once said that everyday, we must ask ourselves: What must I let go of today and how can I serve? This week, what do we hope to let go? More below!

“Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.” Oprah Winfrey

Reflections: Letting Go…

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. Gloria Naylor

Just like we all remember Nike’s refrain,  “Just Do It!,” we remember the refrain to –  Just let it Go… However, it is not always easy to drop it or let  “it” go. We have to be ready, willing and able to take that leap.  It might even take some blood letting, some pain, to force us to take the leap. Soliciting the help and advice of those we respect, imagining a future free of the burden, and having a game plan on what we plan to replace the old stuff with helps. Above all, we must ACT! We must be vigilant to Let Go of the old tapes and ACT.    What about you? What are your thoughts? Why are you holding onto stuff? When do you plan to let it go? What good is it serving you right now? What impact might it have on your life? Do share! Thank you. 😉

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

Positive Motivation Tip: Let go of the past and embrace the future with greater and better possibilities.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All photos Soaring bird, Blood letting, via Wikipedia and/or  Letting Go by Vijay Gunda, via  Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. 14/05/2012 12:54 am

    Thank you for this… very timely post for me personally..

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    • 14/05/2012 12:59 am

      Thank you Helen. I needed the advice myself as I have to begin clearing out our space. TY! Have a great week. 🙂

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  2. 14/05/2012 2:36 am

    I don’t know the ee cummings poem, so thanks!

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  3. Freedom, by the way permalink
    14/05/2012 3:05 am

    I’m ready to pack my bags…!(not literally!)

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  4. 14/05/2012 3:28 am

    I woke up feeling this need…and here you spoke of it…
    I bet your insight quite amazes yourself sometimes…
    ~mkg

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  5. Catherine Johnson permalink
    14/05/2012 3:54 am

    This is closely related to forgiveness. Super post Elizabeth!

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  6. 14/05/2012 5:20 am

    I think I’m pretty good at getting rid of stuff, but I probably hold on a bit too long to the emotional stuff. It’s a work in progress. One day at a time, one breath at a time.

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  7. 14/05/2012 5:38 am

    I needed this post today after Mother’s Day. Thank you for reminding me to BREATHE! Happy Monday!

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  8. 14/05/2012 5:55 am

    Sometimes letting go is easier said than done. Although, I think as we get older, it gets easier as we begin to realize first hand, there is no purpose in holding on to the past, or to damning emotions that won’t let us find peace, etc. Age does have its benefits. 😉 Have a great week ahead!

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  9. 14/05/2012 6:07 am

    Thank you for this post! 🙂

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  10. babs50nfab permalink
    14/05/2012 6:30 am

    I’m in the middle of a lot of letting go at the moment. It’s freeing once you allow yourself to do it.
    Thanks Elizabeth.
    b

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  11. 14/05/2012 7:13 am

    Thanks for the ee cummings poem, not sure if I ever read that one. It’s perfect, just what I needed to read today! 🙂

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  12. 14/05/2012 7:44 am

    Thanks Liz, I really needed to read this post. Take care love.

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  13. 14/05/2012 7:47 am

    It is definitely time to let go. Thanks for the reminder. Miriam

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  14. 14/05/2012 8:30 am

    Let go of the past and embrace the future – not easy, Eliz …

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  15. 14/05/2012 8:43 am

    Letting go requires courage and do well to remind us. I love e e cummings by the way

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  16. 14/05/2012 10:15 am

    Sometimes it is just so hard to let go because we are afraid of what people might think, but often it is purely for our best. I used to never let go of my feelings and I’m paying for it when the blow comes back harder than ever. Beautiful post!

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  17. 14/05/2012 1:38 pm

    Letting go and change are so intertwined. Both are sometimes just so ingrained that it’s hard to do. Other times we don’t even realize we resist, but we do. What a thoughtful post. You made me really reflect today and for that, I thank you, my friend! 🙂

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  18. 14/05/2012 5:55 pm

    Letting go…sounds so easy but whew, thanks for the reminder 🙂

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  19. 14/05/2012 6:35 pm

    Thanks, needed this words. Refreshing

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  20. 15/05/2012 4:05 am

    Exquisite thoughts to relect on. A lovely presentation on a variety of thoughts. I have not seen quotes from Leo Buscaglia since I was in my mid 20’s. Thanks for reminding me of him. I may have to pull out a book I have of his.
    Lovely ….
    Isadora

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  21. 15/05/2012 4:47 am

    It is not always easy letting go, but such a relief once it has been done. 🙂 Great post, and very true post! Thank you for the reminder Eliz.

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  22. 15/05/2012 6:29 am

    Reblogged this on Milenanik3's Blog and commented:
    Letting go isn’t easy but when You read this post You’ll have a hope for doing it..

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  23. 15/05/2012 5:31 pm

    I’ve always believed more so in the quote that the balance in life depends on letting go and hanging on. Yes, we need to let go of certain negativities in our past, but at the same time, we need not forget these bad situations in our past that challenge us to do better.

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  24. 17/05/2012 8:03 am

    Letting go is not always easy, and in my opinion and experience, usually takes more than someone telling us to let go. It depends on what the situation is that one is trying to let go. But sometimes it just has to feel right, whether it’s through the process of hearing your inner voice, or hearing the right words/quote at the right time, seeing the right thing at the right time, etc. that just evokes a feeling of “yes, I can let go now – it feels right, and it’s time.” If it doesn’t feel right to let go, it may keep coming back.

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