Letting go is truly an art, isn't it? I mean, as humans we get so attached to things, people and ideas. Usually we do this in order to fill some sort of a void within ourselves/our lives. When we don't feel fulfilled, we tend to do that thing (you know what I'm talking about - the first thing that came to your mind) that might bring us pleasure in the short-term, but never really uplifts us in the way we had hoped. And eventually it stops working and that's the indication that it's time for a change. So letting go is about consciously arranging our lives so that we can appreciate it more and feel great.
My first hard lesson in letting go was nearly 10 years ago when I quit drinking for the first time. At the time, I honestly couldn't fathom the idea of letting go of something that was such a part of my lifestyle. But the truth is that my behavior was leading me further and further down a deep dark emotional hole. I had no choice but to surrender and take a chance on the unknown. It seemed so scary to let go, but my life improved dramatically from doing so. Looking back, I thank God that I had that tough lesson. It paved the way for future courageous acts.
Courage, the ability to do something that frightens one. Letting go sometimes takes a tremendous amount of the stuff. Since that #1 frightening experience in my life of getting sober, I've faced so much more fear, from heartbreak to public speaking. These occurrences can feel incredibly uncomfortable in the midst of them, but every time I've walked through the fire, I've come out feeling free.
As I grow, I notice myself taking more risks than ever before. I recently let go of a part-time job that was draining my energy. It wasn't a terrible place, it just didn't feel aligned with who I am. It just didn't feel good. So even though this job offered me some financial security, it got to the point that it stopped working for me on an energetic level. I had to take a leap of faith and let it go. My attitude is that the Universe has always had my back, even in the toughest of times, so why would it stop now? I'm looking forward to seeing what opportunities pop up now that I have more time and my energy is more positive.
I think it's a good idea to look at our lives and often ask: What can I let go of? What isn't serving my highest and best?
Whether it's an addiction, that closet full of junk, the negative person who brings you down, or the way you speak to your own self, what is it that you can clear away in order to create more space for new and awesome people, things, and opportunities to come into your life?
It might seem daunting to clear the clutter, but think of it this way - our lives are happening NOW, not yesterday and not tomorrow (yet). So how is it that you want to feel today? Do you want to keep doing that thing, going to that place, or hanging around that someone who weighs heavily on your spirit? Or do you want to feel lighter, inspired and energized? You have the power to make the choice!