“Letting go” of my possessions was made easier with the move to Kaua`i. I sold my Arizona house and had to make decisions on what would come with me, what would go into storage, and what would be discarded. At some point, I’m going to have to deal with the storage. It’s interesting that the “stuff” that was important to me like my great-grandmother’s china is of no interest to my kids. I have no idea what to do about that.
I’ve been doing a lot of work on some of my beliefs that no longer serve me. Some friends I’ve had to let go, because we no longer have anything in common, and there didn’t seem to be much purpose to the relationship. Even some family members I’ve had to distance as the relationship wasn’t healthy for me. I’ve had to let go of some old wounds and spend time in forgiveness work.
The most fun I’ve had with “letting go” has been when it comes to plans for my life. I don’t like to make plans anymore. I don’t want to be “looking forward” to something in the future. I just want to be grateful for each day and what it will bring. Future planning just makes me anxious.
Bottom line — “Letting go” has been and continues to be an interesting life experience. It’s frustrating and overwhelming at times, but the joy-filled memories make up for it. We all have to go through it, because at some moment in time known only by God, we have to let go of it all.
As always, your thoughts. Much joy,
P.S. I taught a Conscious Aging class a few years ago and ran across the poem below. It’s been very useful to me in this “letting go” process, so I thought I’d share it.
SHE LET GO by Safire Rose, Agape Spiritual Center
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of 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 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 a 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.