Letting Go


In the last six months or so, I have had occasion to work with several clients
struggling with very high risk behaviors, including violence, serious substance
abuse, self-injurious behaviors, and/or suicidality.  On more than one
occasion, I have found comfort and strength in the words below (author unknown).

I have found great wisdom in these words, and have noted their helpfulness to
me personally in other areas as well — including parenting, marriage, work
relationships, and just with maintaining a healthy attitude generally.
I invite you to ponder their application in your life:

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 is the realization that I can’t control another.

To let go is not to try to 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 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 to correct them.

To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires,
But to take each day as it comes and to 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!

– Warmest Regards!

Dave

One Response to “Letting Go”

  1. Joan Says:

    Wise words. Thank you for taking the time to share them.