Letting Go, Holding On
We’ve heard the phrase many times: The past is the past for a reason.
Did we not know that? What does it even mean?
It’s a nagging whisper to remind us that whatever or whoever we’re clinging to from the past should be let go. We need to set it down. It’s a jarring reminder that we can’t go back. The past is the past for a reason. It’s a sounding alarm.
How do we set down a past that occupies a great deal of our present thoughts? How do we let go of prior regrets, lost love, anger, and betrayals? These experiences may be dead in the past, but jeopardize our life, happiness and success today, right now.
When we can’t let go, we drag along with us a sack filled with yesterday’s aftermath that we refuse to leave behind. The sack is heavy so it holds us back, weighs us down, and handicaps our current efforts. We’re not able to keep up with the opportunities that are offered today. We may struggle to get ahead because we’re dragging around this sack of the past, we’re stuck in yesterday.
Dragging our pasts through life everyday will never allow us to change any bygone circumstances. Holding on to yesterday will not provide control over what has occurred. But we can be invested in our future and have 100 percent control over our thoughts and actions today.
The past is your history. It’s a history that may have been painful at times, but also made you more wise, more cautious, more kind, and more confident. You can honor who you were by becoming who you are meant to be. I love this quote by Jeffrey McDaniel: I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go. How fitting after letting go is their return to the living in spring, more ample.
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