When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
I had lunch with a respected good friend the other day. We don’t get together often so when we do we catch up on what is going on in our lives. My friend is still actively involved in helping to make our community a better place, Over the years she has helped numerous organizations become successful. She is one of those behind the scenes individuals who you don’t hear about but who make our city a better place to live.
She is still young, only in her early sixties but in our conversations I learned that we had something in common and that was the need to let go of our past roles and realize that it is now the responsibility of others. It was not all that easy for me to be uncritical or interfering in activities that once were partially my responsibility. The good news is that I soon learned others were more than capable of doing what needed to be done. I also benefitted from being free to do other things.
Here is a story that I picked up some time ago that I think has value
In exactly the same way that birds have to find the courage to let go of a branch in order to actually fly, we must also let go of our emotional branches if we are to experience the exhilaration of soaring to our highest potential in life!
The branches we hold on to are our innermost attachments: our beliefs, our bad habits and those memories which keep us stuck. And then there are the outer attachments: they are people, possessions, positions and privileges – to name but a few. We must be aware that as long as we hold onto them, we will actually live in fear (of letting go and loss) and we will never feel the freedom that we all deserve. Once you become aware of those birds and the initial courage they display when they let go of their branches just prior to flying, you will be capable of experiencing life in a totally different way.
This can be your new recipe of how to live a life where you learn to let go of one branch at a time, and learn to have new experiences, one at a time. The birds have found that by letting go of one branch, they are then able to spend the rest of their lives trying many other branches, one branch at a time, and they can enjoy the view from each new vantage point. What a way to live!
Are you actually flying and soaring in your life, or are you stuck on one branch, resenting others as they fly past?
You can do it, go on, just try letting go!
Remember this – not letting go of old stuff is the same as driving through life with a flat tyre on our cars; not stopping to change it; hoping that it will fix itself; pretending that the ride is smooth; knowing that it isn’t; until one day it gets so loud and bumpy that we are forced to stop and take a look, and actually get help!
Some think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go.
There was this guy in a mental hospital. All day long he had his ear to the wall, listening. The doctor would watch this guy do this day after day. The doctor finally decided to see what the guy was listening to, so he put his ear up to the wall and listened. He heard nothing. He turned to the mental patient and said, “I don’t hear anything.”
The mental patient said, “Yeah, I know. It’s been like that for months!”
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.
A guy was visiting his friend in the hospital who was “all torn up.”
“What happened?” he asked.
“Well, we were hunting the Mumba snake. It has yellow and black stripes, and likes to sun itself lying across a pathway in the jungle. You catch it by grabbing the tip of it’s tail with one hand and quickly running your other hand up the length of it’s body so you can grab it behind the neck.”
“Go on,” the friend urged.
“Well, I stealthily sneaked up to the tail laying across the jungle path, grabbed it by the end and rapidly moved my other hand upward …just as the procedure goes.”
“So why are you so banged up?” the friend asked.
“Have you ever goosed a tiger?”
It is wise to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
While I am not Jewish I love their humor and enjoy sharing some of it with you.
Jews give gifts for every occasion. Occasions are not only birthdays and weddings, but also college acceptances, weight loss and the like. Sometimes we ask others’ opinions on whether to bring a gift, but we always do, no matter what the advice was.
Some pointers on giving and receiving:
- Every gift you get will have strings attached. You will never understand what those are.
- Your new relative would never be so insensitive as to give you a gift certificate. That would deprive you of the joy of criticizing the gift, agonizing over how to say you’re exchanging it, schlepping it to the store, and arguing about the store’s return policy.
- Select gifts for your new family with great care. They won’t like anything, but that’s no excuse not to drive yourself insane hunting down a better present than anyone else will give.
Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.”
One day a gentleman walked into one of Ben Franklin’s book stores. As one of the clerks went to assist him, the gentleman asked the clerk the price of the book he wished to purchase. The young clerk looked at the price posted on the book and said, “That book is one dollar, sir.” The gentleman began to haggle with the clerk over the price. The clerk assured him that the correct price for the book was one dollar and no lower. As the man realized that his efforts to haggle with the clerk were going nowhere, he insisted on speaking with Ben Franklin directly.
Franklin stopped his work, walked out to the storefront and the gentleman asked, “What is the price of this book?” Franklin answered, “One dollar and a quarter.” The gentleman was confused and replied, “Your clerk just said it was a dollar.” Franklin looked at the book again and answered, “Yes, it was a dollar. But now you’re wasting my time.”
They say not to put all of your eggs in one basket, but I’ll be darned if I am going to roll 12 shopping carts out of the grocery store!
I was sitting behind an enthusiastic mom at my son’s Little League game. Her boy was pitching for the opposing team, and she cheered as he threw wild pitch after wild pitch. The poor kid walked every batter. It was only the first inning, and the score was 14 – 0. Then one batter finally smacked the ball. “Oh, no!” the mom wailed. “There goes his no-hitter!”
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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