Every now and then, we hear or read something that stops us in our tracks. I first heard this read out loud at a conference about 5 years ago. It popped up again recently and as I read it, I realized that I have a whole new relationship with LETTING GO!
The truth is I’m a recovering perfectionist (former control freak) BUT I know for sure that I’ve come a long way! Without a doubt, I have left scratch marks on many things in the process of letting go. We sometimes know that we must let go, but it’s not easy. It sometimes feels impossible. There’s been times when I struggled hanging on so tightly, all I could muster was a whisper/prayer “I am willing to let go..help me please!”
As the leaves begin to fall from the trees and we watch the process of AUTUMN and the miracle of NATURE showing us DEATH & REBIRTH over & over, this beautiful poem is worth repeating and sharing...
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgements.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming in 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 the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of all 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 discus 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's 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..."
~ Ernest Holmes
Eric Clapton wrote the lyrics and music to this beautiful song many decades ago when he was at the lowest point of his life battling drugs & alcohol. It’s a prayer & whisper for help!
"I was in complete despair," wrote Clapton. "In the privacy of my room, I begged for help. I had no no notion who I thought I was talking to, I just knew that I has come to the end of my tether... and, getting down on my knees, I surrendered.
Within a few days I realized that... I had found a place to turn to, a place I'd always known was there but never really wanted, or needed, to believe in. From that day until this, I have never failed to pray in the morning, on my knees, asking for help, and at night, to express my gratitude for my life and most of all, my sobriety."
Do yourself a favor and take a moment to listen ❤️
Freedom is waiting!