There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.
Yesterday I suggested that as we age we need to make sure we stay in the game. Often that means we have to adjust to the reality of our capabilities as well participating in an ever changing world. I told a friend who is about to retire from a professional role he has had for many decades that I hope he finds the days ahead as rewarding as mine have been after I retired.
I have enjoyed doing things I never got to do during my working years; I also was surprised that I still had as many, if not more opportunities to make a difference. I think many of us get so stuck in our old way of life that we can’t seem to break away, and yet that is where the fun is. If every day seems the same with little chance to visit new opportunities then it is time to let go. It may not be easy but it is worth the effort, there is a lot out there but you have to go find it.
Here are some letting go thoughts that I copied from the Positive Thoughts blog that can help you move on.
Let Go …
Life is not about control or making things happen in the ways we think they should happen. In fact, it’s rather arrogant for us to be on this planet that’s been here for so long and expect to be able to control life on it. If we want to see changes, then our task is to set things in motion, not to micromanage and make them happen in the ways we think they should. If we have something that is possessing us, such as alcohol or our television sets or our cell phones, then it could be time to let it go and move on with our lives. If we’re holding on to resentment and anger, we’re simply raising our own stress levels and blood pressure, but we’re not contributing anything positive to the situation–and it’s time to let it go.
We have to decide if we’re going to spend our time fighting life, or living life. Are we contributing to life, or are we telling life what we think it should do and be? Are we at peace when life shows us something we didn’t expect, ready to deal with it on its own terms, or does such a thing knock us for a loop, making us fearful and upset? Too many of our disappointments are caused by our own expectations, and until we can let go of those expectations, we can be sure that we’re going to experience many more stressful, difficult moments in life, moments that we’ve caused ourselves.
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
One of the world’s greatest scientists was also recognized as the original absent-minded professor. One day, on board a train, he was unable to find his ticket. The conductor said, “Take it easy. You’ll find it.”
When the conductor returned, the professor still couldn’t find the ticket. The conductor, recognizing the famous scientist, said, “I’m sure you bought a ticket. Forget about it.”
“You’re very kind,” the professor said, “but I must find it, otherwise I won’t know where to get off.”
“An old timer is a man who’s had a lot of interesting experiences — some of them true.”
When a physician remarked on a new patient’s extraordinarily ruddy complexion, he said, “High blood pressure, Doc. It comes from my family.”
“Your mother’s side or your father’s?” the doctor asked.
“Neither,” he replied. “It’s from my wife’s family.”
“Oh, come now,” the doctor said. “How could your wife’s family give you high blood pressure?”
He sighed. “You oughta meet ’em sometime, Doc!”
“Any husband who says, ‘My wife and I are completely equal partners,’ is talking about either a law firm or a hand of bridge.”
A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody- or-other had printed it.
“Not Gutenberg?” gasped the collector.
“Yes, that was it!”
“You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!”
“Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much,” replied the man. “It was scribbled all over in the margins by some clown named Martin Luther.”
“A good wife always forgives her husband when she’s wrong.”
A salesman from another country was making a pitch to the furniture buyer of a Glasgow department store. “And if you carry our new line of dining suites, I’ll have the pleasure of presenting you personally with a case of fine wine,” the sales-man said.
“Oh, we’re not allowed to accept gifts,” said the buyer, “that would be a form of bribery.”
“I’ll tell you what,” said the salesman, “just to keep it all above board, I’ll sell you the wine.”
“How much for?”
“Say, a pound a case.”
“Oh, well,” said the buyer, writing out the purchase order, “at that price, I’ll take two cases.”
“Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.”
- W. C. Fields
A guy walked into his friend’s office, he found him sitting at his desk, looking very depressed. “Hey, what’s up with you?” he asks.
“Oh, its my wife,” replied the man sadly. “She’s hired a new secretary for me.”
“Well, nothing wrong in that. Is she blonde or brunette?”
“Neither, He’s bald.”
A computer expert is someone who can tell you logically why he doesn’t know what to do about your problem.
An airline customer-service agent got a call from a woman who wanted to know if she could take her dog on board.
He told her the dog was welcome, as long as she paid a $50 charge and provided her own kennel. He further explained that the kennel needed to be large enough for the dog to stand up, sit down, turn around and roll over.
“I’ll never be able to teach him all that by tomorrow!” she said, and hung up.
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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