I am no longer willing to drive into the future using my rearview mirror as my tool of navigation.
I read a story about a woman whose childhood was haunted by prophesies of gloom and doom, consequently, she spent much of her life feeling afraid. She was constantly peering around corners, searching for emergency exits, and waiting for the light to unexpectedly change. While she was able to acknowledge that she had enjoyed a successful career, a loving family, countless contingency plans, and a clean bill of health, she also observed that she had lived in almost continuous dread and fear.
It was not until the years that stretched behind her far exceeded the ones that still remained that it occurred to her that perhaps her primary task on earth was to learn as much as she possibly could from her time here, and that her major life lesson was to learn to trust in life itself. She would need to trust that each of her experiences (even the painful ones) offered her important lessons, and further, that often the ultimate value and quality of an experience is in direct proportion to what we do with it.
In order for her to live fully and learn from her present, she concluded that she would need to let go of the pain from her past.
After reading this story it was obvious to me that this woman could have very well been me. I spent a few years living in fear because of something terrible that had happened to me. I am happy to report that I did learn the lesson well .
I suspect that for most of us, we must first encounter and then recover from a painful and involuntary loss before we can begin to understand that letting go needn't simply be about giving up. On the contrary, it's as much about embracing as it is about releasing. In letting go of what no longer serves us, we free ourselves to go to, to move closer towards that which sustains and nurtures our well-being and growth. In letting go of what no longer works, we make room for what does.
I hope you all are blessed with a WONDERFUL Wednesday!