What Are You Holding On To?
Updated: May 6, 2020
Archived Post from 4/10/2014
What are you holding on to that you should just let go?
Several weeks ago, a friend was sharing how she had pledged to do “40 bags in 40 days”. I asked her to explain. The concept here is to de-clutter your space by filling a bag (any size will do) with things you don’t need/use anymore each day for 40 days. Maybe you clean out a closet, maybe one day it’s drawers in the bathroom. Have a garage sale, donate the items to charity, whatever….just let go of the stuff you no longer need.
As great as I thought this sounded, I had yet to put the idea into action. Then last weekend, our closet organizer collapsed….for the second time. We moved everything out of the closed and I decided now was a good time to “lighten the load”. So when it was time to put the contents back in the closet, we sorted and purged clothes we had been hanging on to for too long.
So….what are you holding on to that you should just let go?
This doesn’t just apply to material goods….this principal also applies to the emotional clutter we carry with us on a daily basis. Maybe it is resentment, or jealousy, or dislike, or negative thinking, or a bad attitude or loneliness, or low self esteem or fear..... Whatever it is that's weighing you down, it’s time to let it all go….let it all go before it collapses your health and well being.
Make the conscious choice today to let go of all the emotional junk that has been cluttering your space. Let go of the destructive feelings that you’ve been holding on to…..just let go.
This poem says it all so well:
She let go.
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word.
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort.
There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…
~ Rev Safire Rose