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Let It Go

Posted in Behavior, Change, Games, Human Resources, Parenting, Stories, Unlearn Strategy, Wisdom

Squeeze_Chicken I have two children — ages 9 and 11. I love them dearly but they have been known to not play so nicely with one another on occasion. What I find really fascinating is how they can be at each other's throat one minute and then playing peacefully together the next minute.

They have mastered the art of letting go. They don't hold grudges.

As we get older, I think we unlearn this habit and it isn't healthy. As example, I'd like to ask you to grab a pen. Now squeeze it as tightly as you can for a minute. At the end of the minute slowly begin to loosen your grip. It feels wonderful, doesn't it?

The real question, of course, is this: What else in your life are you holding on to? Are you squeezing on to a prized, physical possession (e.g. a car or a house); a personal relationship; or even an idea about yourself?

Now, think about letting that object go. Is it really as important or vital as you think it is? What would happen if you now really let it go?

The answer might surprise you because it could result in greater happiness.

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One thought on “Let It Go”

  1. Tim says:

    “The marksman hitteth the mark partly by pulling, partly by letting go.”
    –Egyptian proverb
    “Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go.”
    –Sylvia Robinson
    “The Buddha answered: ‘Lose your greed for pleasure. See how letting go of the world brings deep tranquility. There is nothing you need hold on to and nothing you need push away. Live in the present but do not cling to it and then you can go from place to place in peace. There is a state of greed that enters and dominates the individual. But when that greed has gone, it is like poison leaving a body and death will have no more terror for you.'”
    –Sutta Nipata
    “Those who know this truth, whose consciousness is unified, think always, “I am not the doer.” While seeing or hearing, touching or smelling; eating, moving about, or sleeping; breathing or speaking, letting go or holding on, even opening or closing the eyes, they understand that these are only the movements of the senses among sense objects.”
    –Bhagavad Gita 5:8-9
    “Let go of body and mind, until you reach a state of great rest, like letting go over a cliff ten miles high, being like open space. And don’t produce representations of discriminations of random thoughts arising and passing away; the moment a view sticks in your mind, use the sword of wisdom to cut it right off, not letting it continue.”
    –Huai-t’ang

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