Letting Go: August 14, 2016
Letting go, or releasing something, can be a negative or positive experience depending on how we choose to view it. It is always our choice. Letting go is often vital for our personal growth but can be challenging. It takes courage and faith because we can’t always see what lies ahead.
There are many things that we choose to hold onto in life that keep us from growing and moving forward. I like to call them unhealthy attachments. We may be holding onto old thoughts, personal experiences, past relationships, negative emotions and feelings, or current job. It is easy to get stuck in our comfort zone and allow fear to keep us from changing and letting go. When we hold unhealthy attachments, we prevent ourselves from fully experiencing the present and the future.
I recently left my job as a Registered Nurse in the hospital where I had worked in critical care environments for about 22 years. It was my comfort zone. Even though it was my comfort zone, I was feeling the need to let go for many different reasons. It was a bit scary because it was all I had ever known. I prayed and meditated on it. One day I received a call from an old nursing friend. She enquired about what I was doing professionally. I replied, “I am still working in the hospital.” Long story short, she had an incredible opportunity for me to do something I had not done before as a nurse. I stepped out of the boat and into the water. I let go of my comfort zone. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. A decision that has led to newness in many areas.
What are you holding onto that is keeping you from moving forward, learning, and growing? Are you in a toxic relationship or just holding onto a relationship because it is comfortable? Are you holding onto negative feelings such as anger, resentment, jealousy or bitterness? Are you choosing to hold onto negative thoughts?
Deciding to view things positively will empower you to make the right decisions and let go. Negative thoughts and self-criticism do not make us better. They only continue to make us feel stuck and unable to move forward. Let go today of whatever is not serving your better good. Move forward knowing that what lies ahead is something beautiful. Move forward knowing that you are enough. Choose to let go of whatever is having a negative impact on you and taking up precious mind space. Remember, new beginnings are always possible, no matter what. It is your choice and yours alone.
Peace and blessings