Things are blooming and shifting. Spring turns much of our thoughts and actions to change and letting go. Some are clearly visible like our renewed focus on decluttering our spaces. Some are internal like our struggle to release the unessential. Letting go can be looked at from many perspectives including attitude, balance, bravery and possibilities. I compiled some favorite quotes from my collection to encourage a conversation about letting go.
ATTITUDE - Letting go of the familiar or sentimental can be challenging. Nourishing our thoughts with an open attitude can make all the difference.
“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
- Alexander Graham Bell
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
- Bruce Lee
BALANCE - Letting go doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Think about finding a comfortable “letting go” balance by evaluating what’s essential from what is holding you back emotionally or physically.
“A big part of letting go is recognizing when it is time to stay in a situation and when it is time to move one.”
- Darren L. Johnson
“The art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”
- Havelock Ellis
BRAVERY - Letting go can be scary. It takes a dose of bravery and perhaps some deep breaths to allow room for growth.
“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”
- Raymond Lindquist
“Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.”
- Oprah Winfrey
POSSIBILITIES - Letting go is about change and growth. When we let ourselves venture forth, we move out of our own way to set the stage for positive outcomes.
“Every exit is an entry somewhere.”
- Tom Stoppard
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
- Lao Tzu
Have you encountered any successes or challenges with letting go? What’s possible for you now?