Thursday, July 7, 2011

Holding On * Letting Go

 For everything there is an equal and opposite force.  It's the law of opposites, the nature of balance and the balance of nature.

We work hard to find the balance in our joy and our pain; our gains and our losses, our successes and our failures;  our compassion and our judgements; our love and our hatred for things; passion and apathy; finding the positive while life may be fueling the negative energies within us, harmony and discord;  hanging on and letting go.

Life is made up of a series of moments.  And within each moment, is a gift, sometimes hidden.  If we choose to stay open with our eyes, our hands, our heart and our mind to the gifts being offered, we allow ourselves the opportunity to learn, to grow, and to flourish in some deep and meaningful way that we may have never experienced before.

Sometimes the gift is in the arrival and experience of the moment.  So often, the gift is not the package as it presents itself.  The gift is sometimes that which is left behind, when all obvious remains of the person, the material thing, the situation,  the experience, is gone from our lives.    And sometimes, it is in the letting go of those things that we hold hard and fast to that we find the true meaning of the gifts as they meant to be for each of us.

Without pain, we can't know joy.  Without understanding judgement, we know not the true meaning of compassion.  We will have many failures in our attempts to be successful.  With every loss, there is a gain. We must let go in order to know if there is anything worth holding onto.

LIFE IS A GIFT.  Be open to all the possibilities.   When we loosen our grip, let go of the comfort of what is known, or what we think is ours to keep,  it is amazing the space we create for gifts that are meant to be put in our presence, things we may have never known possible, the things that are meant for us to hold.

"All the art of living lies in the fine mingling of letting go and holding on."  ~ Havelock Ellis

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