As I shared last Monday, this month our topic of freedom is letting go. It’s a topic that will challenge us, in many ways like the topic of change does because that’s essentially what change is: letting go of what was to get to what is. If you’ve been following along for a while you probably know that I see change as a form of freedom because when we’ve got the ability to change things we’ve got the power to do just about anything we can dream up with our lives. When we see things as rigid and unchanging we’re trapped, we can’t move forward, can’t go backwards, we’re stuck. But when we open ourselves to change we’re given the keys to the kingdoms of our lives.
One of the biggest challenges is that you may not be able to see beyond the past or the present to what could be. I’ve learned throughout my life that refusing to see the options that are available, the different perspectives of a situation or person, and be open minded to the possibilities is the quickest way to limit yourself and your potential. Saying things like “this is how we’ve always done it”, “no that’s not possible”, “that’s not how things are done around here” or “people don’t act that way around here” are great ways to sell yourself and others short and sustain judgments and stereotypes that need to be conquered.
Yes, letting go can hurt. It’s not easy to let go of the things and people that have meant a lot to you in the past. But the other side of letting go is that you’re able to let go of that which holds you back to be free to discover that which is truly you, not the you others want you to be or the you that doesn’t want to get up in the morning, but the you with infinite potential and capabilities, stuff that most people don’t begin to tap into during their lifetimes. Choose not to live in the past but to keep moving into the future where there are greater potentials and opportunities.
“In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.” Deepak Chopra