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I am glad I let go

Ray’s Daily

May 3, 2017

just let go

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.”

Hermann Hesse

I have been amazed most of my life with what I have been able to see and do. My careers have taken me to many places in our world. I participated in the growth of the computer industry from its infancy. Through my work with Kiwanis I was able to work with key players in global public health i as well as government leaders from around the world.

In my city, I was given the opportunity to serve through public civic appointments and on not-for-profit boards. I also was selected to participate in our cities first leadership development program. Over the years I have met stars from the entertainment industry, government leaders, and a wide variety of really good people.

I don’t think any of this would have happened if I had not been willing to let go of where I was in my life and willingly move to something more. What brought this to my mind today was an article written by Marc Chernoff on letting go of the uncontrollable. Here are excerpts from what he offered.

Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in your journey.

The most powerful changes happen in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over everything you don’t.

  • Most people make themselves unhappy simply by finding it impossible to accept life just as it is presenting itself right now.
  • If you worry too much about what might be, and wonder too long about what might have been, you will ignore and completely miss what is.
  • When you are lost in worry, it is easy to mistake your worries for reality, instead of recognizing that they are just thoughts. Mindfulness is the remedy.
  • Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a little while, and that includes YOU.
  • You won’t always have it easy, but there is always a reason to be grateful. And the greatest gift of your gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.
  • The secret to getting ahead is to focus all of your energy not on fixing and fighting the old, but on building and growing something new.
  • In most cases, you can’t calm the storm – it’s not worth trying. What you can do is calm yourself, and the storm will pass.
  • Oftentimes letting go is simply changing the labels you place on a situation – it’s looking at the same situation with fresh eyes and an open mind.
  • You must let go of certainty. And you must remember that the opposite of certainty is not uncertainty, it’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace life as it is, rather than resisting it. The ultimate challenge is to accept yourself exactly as you are, and accept life just as it is, but never stop trying to learn and grow to the best of your abilities.
  • Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation that no longer fits, or no longer exists.
  • When it comes to social drama, letting go of other people’s rude remarks is the best step forward. Most haters don’t really hate you; they just hate where they are in life, and you’re a reflection of what they wish to become.      
  • Your heart might be bruised, but it will gradually heal and become capable of feeling the beauty of life once again.       It’s happened to you before, and it will happen again – life is always changing. When something ends or someone leaves, it’s because something else or someone else is about to arrive – you will feel alive and whole again soon.

 

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“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”

Lao Tzu

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Nadine and Jill were talking about a friend who had just given birth to triplets.

“You know, that only happens one in twelve-thousand times?” said Nadine.

“Amazing!” said Jill. “How did she ever find time to do any housework?”

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Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

Henry Van Dyke

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Recently, I called to make reservations on a small charter plane that departs from Teterboro airport in New Jersey.

I knew that I would be flying in a very small plane, so I was not surprised when the clerk said, “The plane is very full with baggage and passengers.” Then she asked, “How much do you weigh?”

Not thinking clearly, I responded, “With or without clothes?”

“Well,” said the clerk, “how do you intend to travel?”

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“We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?”

Jean Cocteau

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Mrs. Harrison took her three-year-old daughter, Jenny, to church for the first time. After arriving, the church lights were lowered, and then the choir came down the aisle, carrying lighted candles. There was silence in the entire sanctuary until Jenny’s voice was suddenly heard, loudly singing: “Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you…”

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On my first day of school my parents dropped me off at the wrong nursery. There I was…surrounded by trees and bushes.

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Drew and Timmy were brothers. One day Mom and Dad had to go into town. Dad told Drew, “While we are gone I want you boys to clear away the dirty dishes, clean your room, and mow the grass.”

When they returned nothing had been done. Dad was very upset. He asked Drew, “What have you been doing while we were gone?”

Drew replied in a low voice, “Nothing.”

Dad then turns to Timmy and asks, “What have you been doing?”

Timmy replied, “Helping Drew.”

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Doing nothing is very hard to do…you never know when you’re finished!!!

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What to Say When Caught Sleeping On the Job

This is just a 15 minute power nap like they raved about in that time management course you sent me to.

I wasn’t sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm!

This is one of the seven habits of highly effective people!

I’m actually doing a Stress Level Elimination Exercise Plan (SLEEP). I learned at the last mandatory seminar you made me attend.

Ah, the unique and unpredictable circadian rhythms of the workaholic!

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“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell

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Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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