Let go, move forward

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People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

To let go isn’t to forget, not to think about, or ignore.  It doesn’t leave feelings of anger, jealousy, or regret.  Letting go isn’t about winning or losing.  It’s not about pride and it’s not about how you appear, and it’s not obsessing or dwelling on the past.  Letting go isn’t blocking memories or thinking sad thoughts, and it doesn’t leave emptiness, hurt, or sadness.  It’s not about giving in or giving up.  Letting go isn’t about loss and it’s not about defeat.

To let go is to cherish the memories, but to overcome and move on.  It is having an open mind and confidence in the future.  Letting go is learning and experiencing and growing.  To let go is to be thankful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry, and made you grow. It’s about all that you have, all that you had, and all that you will soon gain.  Letting go is having the courage to accept change, and the strength to keep moving.  Letting go is growing up.  It is realizing that the heart can sometimes be the most potent remedy.  To let go is to open a door, and to clear a path and set yourself free.

”You don’t realize that if you stop looking backwards craving the love and acceptance which you didn’t receive from your parents, then you might open your eyes to what is available for you now.  But you won’t let go. If only you could see that looking back into an incomplete and imperfect past, with regret, blame, guilt or resentment is keeping you from the treasures that await you here now.  The past has gone.  You cannot rectify something that is no longer with you.”

Leonard Jacobson

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