We are living in days when everyone is determined to hang on to what they have left. Most of our thoughts are consumed with holding on to our jobs, our money and our territory. But, even in these lean times we have to learn to let it go.
My six year old has been living with his very first loose tooth for a few weeks. He was afraid losing the tooth would hurt. So, he stopped eating certain foods to keep from knocking the tooth out. Every meal was a mental exercise of what he could and could not eat. He wouldn’t allow me to look at the tooth for fear that I would pull it out. Last night I had enough of looking at that little tooth all leaned over to the side and barely hanging on. I asked him to open his mouth and within seconds I had yanked out the little tooth. He yelled and asked, “Did you pull my tooth?” My response was, “Yes, it was time to let it go and move on!” With his baby tooth gone, he could know see the healthy new permanent tooth that was hidden behind his temporary one.
So, what’s the point? Sometimes we hold on to things that were only meant to be temporary. We spend much of our time, plotting, planning and defending things when their time has passed. So, when new opportunities and experiences arrive we are too frustrated, frightened, tired and distracted to notice the healthy relationships, thoughts and business opportunities that are available. Am I saying that you should give up? Absolutely not! But, in order to experience peace and growth, sometimes we have to let it go! It may be as simple as letting go of your need to be right, or as complex as letting go of some material possession. It may not be as painful as you think- but making the change to let it go may be worth the risk!
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