LETTING GO

“In our journey through time, we all struggle constantly with what to bring along and what to leave behind. It feels so hard to throw anything away, but if we don’t, we will drown underneath a weight of our own making. The river is a good model. It doesn’t own the water that rushes by, yet it couldn’t be in more intimate relationship to it, as the force of what moves through shapes it. It is the same with everything we love. In truth, there is no point to holding on to the deepest things that matter, for they have already shaped us. The purpose of sentiment is to release the powerful feelings that sleep in us. Sometimes books and cards and shells and dried flowers do this. But often we carry more than we need, seldom trusting that what these small treasures represent is already living within us. Often the most useful gift we can give ourselves is to lay our lives open like a river.ame with everything we love. In truth, there is no point to holding on to the deepest things that matter, for they have already shaped us. The purpose of sentiment, is to release the powerful feelings that sleep in us. Sometimes books and cards and shells and dried flowers do this. But often we carry more tan we need, seldom trusting that what these small treasures represent is already living with us. Often the most useful gift we can give ourselves is to lay our lives open like a river. ~ Mark Nepo”

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Mark Nepo

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I found this on Facebook last night and it felt very timely. I am really struggling with what to hold onto, and what to leave behind.

A friend added the following advice:

“The Masters would say hold on to nothing but that is a tough thing to learn to do and much practice is needed – so take your time and let no one tell you what you should do or not do or when to do it. That said, it is also important to not try to hold on to something that is no longer real when it is time to move on. Love does not change; it is an infinite experience that you should never try to let go of. Each of us has many purposes in life and that life has many phases. You have entered into a new phase; ask it what it wants from you and then embrace it and commit to it. Without that we waste the gift the Creator has given us and deny others of that gift.”

 

I plan on printing this out (I formatted it in a Word document) and putting it on my refrigerator as a reminder for those days when I am struggling to let go of “stuff”.

 

 

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2 Responses to LETTING GO

  1. Janet Miles says:

    Great words of advice. I have lost two people very close to me, my father (over 30 years ago) and my oldest sister (over 10 years ago) and still there are days when I cry. Sometimes I even get really angry. However, it does get easier and you know that Laureen would not want you to waste the rest of your life holding on to the “stuff.” Another beautiful picture you have here. Thanks for sharing.

  2. nowandzenn says:

    Thank you, Janet. I am grateful for all of your thoughtful comments. And I know what you mean – we lost Laureen’s dad 7 years ago now and it really hasn’t gotten much easier. Thank you for caring and sharing too.

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