A hand lets go of birds

In our webinar on December 15th, (hope you were with us!) we talked about Priority # 7, Take Hold and Let Go. I promised all participants I’d put this poem in the next newsletter. It’s been a very powerful reminder for me of the depth of meaning and challenge in letting go, no matter how old my children are.

I hope it is helpful to you, also.

Letting Go

  • 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’s to make the most of myself.
  • To “let go” is not to care for, but to care about.
  • To “let go” is not to fix, but to be supportive.
  • To “let go” is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
  • To “let go” is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own destinies.
  • To “let go” is not to be protective, it’s 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 instead 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 everything in it.
  • To “let go” is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.