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How about letting go

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Lao Tzu

 Let yourself go

A few days ago I shared with you a piece written by Irma Bombeck that she wrote late in her life about what she would do if she could live her life over again. Like Irma too many of us wait until late in life to regret the things we did not do much more than the things we did do. Every day that goes by without our allowing ourselves the freedom to do things we want to do is another lost opportunity. We owe it to ourselves to avoid ending up trying to hold up the coffin lid because we have things we want to do but never got around to doing.

Trust me there are no prizes or medals resting at the end of life’s finish line. The medals and rewards are in the race itself and not at the end. The race can be agonizing if all you do is race in the same rut you always have with the finish being one of release and not of celebration of the joy found along the way. Have you noticed that those who have unshackled themselves from convention and the need for more material things have more fun, live better lives and usually get more done?

So my friends I suggest we write our own life job description and quit letting others write them for us. Here is an article written some years ago that I think has great advice.

 

Let Yourself Go

Author Unknown

The other day my friend told me to let go…. he told me not to be so worried about what I’m doing, or what I look like, but to just let myself go once in awhile. This really got me thinking. Maybe I should let go. Maybe I should do something crazy, just so I can say I did. I’ve got many long years ahead of me, and plenty of time to live a fun and happy life.

Sometimes, an opportunity only knocks at the door once, and if you don’t answer it at that particular moment, then you’ll never get another chance. Life is tough, and most of the time we spend our days wondering why things go the way they do.

After thinking for awhile I’m finally realizing that maybe thinking about this so much, is wasting the time in which we could be going out and making the days go better. We’re wasting the time we have here on Earth. By attempting to figure out why life goes the way it does, we lose time when we could be having fun, and living our lives to the fullest.

We are only here for a short amount of time. An average of 70-100 years seems long, but it goes faster then we realize. It’s so incredibly important to live every day to its fullest potential. When you’re 87 years old and laying on your death bed, do you want to look back and think of things that you wished you had done?

I don’t know about you but I want to look back and remember all the times when I let myself go, and had fun. I want to remember the times when I actually let myself be open to try new things, and open the door to wonderful opportunities.

Life is only wonderful if you leave yourself open to be part of it. Think about it.

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We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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While vacationing on Cape Cod, my wife and I stopped at a small way-side stand and bought some tomatoes. When I commented how small they were, the proprietor’s reply was “Ay-up.”Returning a day or two later, my wife told the man the tomatoes he had sold us were tough and not very flavorful.

The old gentleman nodded, looked at us a moment, then said, “Lucky they was small, ain’t it?”

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Pessimists calculate the odds. Optimists believe they can overcome them.

Ted Koppel

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I was preparing to teach a college course on the history of banned movies and went to the library to take out some films that had been censored.

“Do you have any banned movies in your collection?” I asked the librarian.

“Oh, yes!” She answered.  “We have some really good ones.  What would you like?  Tommy Dorsey?  Glenn Miller?”

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And now for a subliminal report.

Thank you.

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A priest, a minister and a guru sat discussing the best positions for prayer while a telephone repairman worked nearby. “Kneeling is definitely the best way to pray,” the priest said.

“No,” said the minister. “I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven.”

“You’re both wrong,” the guru said. “The most effective prayer position is lying down on the floor.”

The repairman could contain himself no longer. “Hey, fellas,” he interrupted, “The best prayin’ I ever did was when I was hangin’ upside down from a telephone pole.”

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If I won’t be myself, who will?

Alfred Hitchcock

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The teacher asked her fifth-grade class, “How was Columbus treated when he returned from his third voyage?”

One student said, “Lots of people met him at the pier, and they all had a great time.”

Sternly, the teacher said, “You didn’t read the assignment!”

The student brought the textbook up to the teacher’s desk and showed her where it read, “Columbus received a cool reception when he returned from his third voyage.”

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Cruise Rules:

1. Informal…no socks required.

2. Semiformal…..two socks needed.

3. Formal….socks must match.

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I have often wondered about this myself. Ray

The doctor knocked at the hospital door before entering Jill’s room.  Jill called out to come in. The doctor then proceeded to tell Jill to remove all of her clothing after which he gave her a thorough, from top to bottom, front to back, leaving no part of her body untouched.  When he had finished, Jill looked the doctor straight in the eye and asked, “Doctor, can I ask you a question?”

“Of course,” he replied.

Jill asks, “Why did you bother to knock?”

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Character is much easier kept than recovered.

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911 Call

Dispatcher: Nine-one-one

Caller: Yeah, I’m having trouble breathing. I’m all out of breath. Dang…I think I’m going to pass out.

Dispatcher: Sir, where are you calling from?

Caller: I’m at a pay phone. North and Foster. Dang……

Dispatcher: Sir, an ambulance is on the way. Are you an asthmatic?

Caller: No

Dispatcher: What were you doing before you started having trouble breathing?

Caller: Running from the police. So don’t send them.

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Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.

Melody Beattie

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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