Letting Go

26 Jan

I am not usually a poem enthusiast, but I ran into this one and it spoke worlds to me… I had to share it. (link to poet’s blog)

Letting Go

To let go doesn’t mean to stop caring; It means I can’t do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off… It’s the realization that I can’t control another…
To let go is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To let go is not to try and change or blame another, I can only change myself.
To let go is not to care for, but to care about.
To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own outcomes.
To let go is not to be protective, It is to permit another to face reality.
To let go is not to deny, but to accept.
To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue, but to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes and cherish the moment.
To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone, but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To let go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to fear less and love more.
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Shannon Miller

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2 responses to “Letting Go

  1. smilesmommy

    January 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Isn’t it always easier said than done…

    • Peaceful Controversy

      January 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Yes, very true, but, I chose to copy this poem into my blog because I have let go of very important people in my life and it was painful, but I have since reaped rewards from letting go. The poem really hit a chord for me because I when originally decided to “let go”, I did it for myself. I did it because I needed time to understand what I need and how to make myself happier without the distraction of worrying about others. But, lo and behold, not only did letting go help myself to become a much better, well rounded and confident person, but it helped the people I let go of – my children – to learn the why I had to do what I did and ultimately helped them understand life in a more profound way.
      I am close with my children now, but the road has been very difficult and guilt ridden.


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