Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Recently I came across a beautiful poem in net. It explains the necessity of letting go in some phases in our life. Here is the poem-

Let Go

Letting go is one of the hardest lessons in life.
Yet over changing seasons and passing time,
You will have to learn to let go of certain
People, relationships, situations and things,
That fall way beyond your control.
… …. … ….. …. …
As life likes to dish out surprises and challenges,
Sometimes it is only through letting go,
When your heart cries in anguish,
That in the agonizing process that you realize,
What is truly worth holding onto.

Letting go does not signify weakness,
As it might take more courage to let go than holding on,
Like the big, inflexible tree that snaps in the storm,
While tiny blades of grasses yield and live on,
Revealing the strength of letting go.

- Fion Lim

As the poet says, sometimes letting go is not weakness. On the contrary it requires strength. When we find some past memories serve no purpose to our happiness and to our future it is wise to let go of the past. When we can no longer hold some persons in our life it is better to let them go from our life. Unwillingness to let go will only create more problems and more aches in our life.

Say goodbye to the past and welcome the present. Letting go of a life as you have known it, and accepting the changes that come with it, is difficult and can at times, be quite painful. Letting go and go on to a future will not be the same, but might even be better once you let go of all the pain and realize that you can make it through.

Find new friends, new things to do, look to the future, and accept the past as being just that - the past stored away as a memory and open a new page in the book of your life. Let go of the past, and you are free to think clearly and positively in the present. You are not your past. It is really insanity to conjure up your own reality based on the past and relate to it, rather than to relate to the present which is the only reality.

You can glimpse something higher than your own painful certainty over who you think you are. There is always something higher; a life beyond the limits of your present sight. To see what is farther you must be willing to lift your eyes from your present point of focus. Release always follows revelation and real revelation is always a glimpse of something that was only just out of sight.

So be strong and release yourself from your pain. Let go of your agony. Start now to accept your strength. See that the suffering we encounter is self created. Learn to let go and move forward in your life. As Ajahn Chah advises, “If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.”

- N.Ganeshan

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