Perhaps fear of failure, or fear of success, or fear of loss. Perhaps just the pull of old memories.
So many people are affected – and held back by – the fear that plagues our world right now, driven by the weak US economy and other global influences. We hear about it every day. Others are held back by broken hearts and feelings of unworthiness.
What I’ve come to truly understand in just the last few years is the power of our choices – conscious and subconscious.
We have the power to let go of what holds us back. We simply, yet not so easily, have to choose to let go and move on rather than to cling to what we know. Sometimes what we know, even when it’s fear or loneliness, feels safer than letting go and moving forward.
This poem was sent to me by a dear friend. She found it to be lovely and simply wanted to share…but she didn’t realize just how ardently I’ve been working on letting go of what has been holding me back. Serendipity, perhaps?
I hope you find it as inspiring as I did. You know you can exchange “she” with “he” and it remains fully real:
SHE LET GO by Ernest Holmes
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
~ What will you let go of today? Please share in the comments; I’d be honored to hear from you! ~
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