Friday, July 27, 2012

Holding On and Letting Go

I don't think I've slept through the night once this week.  And it doesn't seem like there is any obvious thing weighing on my mind, nothing in particular that should cause me to wake up and toss and turn in the early morning hours.

This morning between 2:30 and 4:30 am, I did all I could do to fall back to sleep.  But I couldn't help thinking about writing projects, weekend plans, to-do lists.  I tried to breathe deeply, to relax.  I pondered this quote:

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

So true.  I came across this thought-provoking quote within the album cover of a Keith Urban CD several years ago.  Some attribute it to Rumi.  Regardless of the origin, it makes me consider my life, my balance, the holding on and letting go.

Throughout life, we hold on and let go of many thingspeople, places, emotions, memories, dreams. But in order to know whether we should hold on or let go, we have to understand the significance, the importance, the reason why we should keep something or someone close or choose to let go.

To strike the right balance in life, we have to know what's right for us, what we need and want.  Everything else can afford to be let gonegative thoughts, people who bring us down, fears and failures.  Holding tight to the people who love and support us, faith and hope, places that feel like homethose are the important things.

Today, I'm keeping this quote in mind.  Perhaps it will bring a kind of peace, guiding me to that elusive balance, helping me to see what's worth holding onto and what I simply need to let go.

What should you hold onto?  What should you let go?


  1. super delayed in commenting on this - it's been up on my browser since i read it! wanted to say this was a good one. we should be asking these questions a lot. maybe every day. thanks for the thoughts ;)


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