Friday, May 21, 2010

Let go and let God

I haven't blogged for a while.

Partly, because I spent some time with my mother to support her whilst my stepdad continues to be very ill in intensive care.

The time I spent with my mum made me realise the importance of letting go of things which are outside our control, and to trust that those things - however painful - have a purpose and will work out for the good of those concerned.

Most of us have a natural desire to make a difference, get things done, help and be in control.

Sometimes, however, the best thing to do is to stop fighting and struggling and fretting - and instead just let go.

I found this poem, which really spoke to me:

To "Let Go," does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can't do it for someone else.
To "Let Go," is not to cut myself off,
it's the realization I can't control another.
To "Let Go," is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To "Let Go," is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands - but in God's.
To "Let Go" is not to try to change or blame another,
it's to make the most of 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 the human being they choose to be.
To "Let Go," is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own destinies.
To "Let Go," is not to be protective,
it's to permit another to face reality - regardless of how painful it might be.
To "Let Go," is not to deny,
but to accept.
To "Let Go," is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but instead - to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To "Let Go," is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.
To "Let Go," is not to regret the past,
but grow and live for the future.
To "Let Go," is to fear less and live more.
Let Go and Let God!


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