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Stepping Back to Let Go

We've all been there. We had our glasses just a moment ago, and now we can't find them...anywhere! Normally I'm pretty good with my glasses. I've devised a system that involves multiple pairs strategically kept in the places I use them (office, nightstand, pocketbook, organizing bag, and car etc.) This makes life simpler and less stressful. My glasses are always ready and waiting.

However, the other day, the oddest thing happened. I walked in the house carrying too many things. When I set the items down on my desk, I knocked over my glasses and heard them drop to the floor. Instead of picking them up right away, I first took care of a few other things. I watered the plants, smelled the newly opened candy-scented irises, sorted the mail, emptied the garbage, and filed some receipts.

Then, I went back to my office to organize the rest of my packages and pick-up my glasses. My dropped glasses had disappeared. I looked everywhere. It’s not a large area. I crawled on the floor, used a flashlight to look beneath the cabinets, and emptied my pocketbook. I kept thinking, "They have to be here. I heard them fall."

I walked into the space and out again, hoping they'd magically appear. Where the heck did they go? Glasses don't have wings! Then I started getting silly. I'm laughing at myself because I just knew they were there and I just wasn't seeing them. I told myself to stop getting nuts and wait for my husband to come home. I figured with another person's perspective, they'd be found quickly.

I wanted to let go and stop obsessing. And then it happened. As I stepped back one last time to take an overview of the area, I saw my glasses. They had landed on their edge onto the connecting hardware of my desk chair.

Lesson learned. Sometimes in order to let go, we have to step back. Have you ever found that a different perspective allowed you to let go? What was your experience? Come share with us and join the conversation.

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Reader Comments (4)

As a wearer of glasses I was holding my breath while reading - sure that you were going to find your glasses by stepping on them ... so glad you didn't.
I often have a wee chat with myself when I can't find something. when I say myself I guess I really mean the universe ... I quietly ask for some help finding the thing I lost. then I do something else (step back) and what I am looking for usually arrives in its own good time.
I love how you have also written about trusting yourself and your knowledge that the glasses were there because you heard them drop - you didn't start doubting - you just knew and you accepted that part of the process. love love love
sarah xx

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarahwaldin


So happy to hear your wonderful voice. I appreciate the way you shared how you "step back" with confidence and a knowing that what you seek will find its way back to you in time. And for your too, there is a trust in self and something larger that allows you to hold that perspective. Just lovely.

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Definitely! It's a bit like that quote from Kahlil Gibran: “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were.”

November 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- Great quote! And how true. I'm always amazed when we let go of people, outcomes and things. The results continue to surprise me.

November 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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