I love the prospect of a new year, another chapter added to your life, the expectation of what is to come, the known and the unknown… it’s exhilarating and fills my heart with happiness.
It’s true though, that you really can’t move forward unless you learn to let go. My father used to talk to me about the interesting revelations he’d discover when reading great books, and one of them (possibly from Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Riding?) was about the concept of how you can’t really move forward until you let go of what you’re so tightly holding on to. He explained that infants make the prime example of this, they might be holding on – with their adorable, tightly gripped fists – to any object, however, as soon as they see something they want next, they drop, or let go, of it (without even acknowledgment) and move on, both physically & mentally. They usually forget the object even existed.
Adults have a much harder time letting go, much less forgetting what is in their past. It’s work to let go. It’s painful to go! To me, every experience of growing up – in one way or another – is painful. So letting go in life is no different in that yes, it is both work and painful because it means you’re growing. We live in a society and culture that sadly would rather find the fast fix, so instead of letting go of what we need to, we try to keep them, our vices or past, and bring them with us into the future. The problem with bringing things you should’ve let go into your beautiful future, is that your future was meant to be lived without them! How can you ever achieve your full potential without first, letting go of what you need to? How can the infant grab want he wants if his hands are still full?
To let go of a past, an addiction, false hopes, anger, unforgiveness, or bitterness. To let go of fears so that you can confidently move forward in the future, to let go of the control you think you have, and find the great freedom in embracing the control you have of your own choices, brings a new year free of luggage, light weights, & joyfully happy!
Let yourself move on. It’s time.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. Henry David Thoreau
What lies behind us
and what lies before us are small matters compared to
what lies within us.