Woes and Troubles: A Poem

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Yesterday we talked about how having troubles can be a measure of your success. Today, here’s a poem I found that can inspire you as you’re making your way through the rough patches.

 

Letting Go ~Author Unknown

 

To let go doesn’t 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 that 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.

To let go is not to try and change or blame another,

I can only change 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 a human being.

To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,

but to allow others to affect their own outcomes.

To let go is not to be protective,

It is to permit another to face reality.

To let go is not to deny, but to accept.

To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue,

but 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 the moment.

To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone,

but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To let go is not to regret the past,

but to grow and live for the future. T

o let go is to fear less and love more.

 

Keep this poem handy and let its hopeful message inspire you. In the comments below, let me know if there are any lines in particular that you liked.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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2 thoughts on “Woes and Troubles: A Poem”

  1. The line that really resonated with me is “to not be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own outcomes. ” I may think I know what’s best for others, but I really don’t. I also appreciate the line “to let go is to fear less and to love more”. When I can remember that letting go is really all about this, that makes it easier to do.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, Julie! We’re so eager to help others avoid the potholes in the road that we dive right in thinking that we know what’s best. We don’t realize that part of others’ growth hinges on them hitting potholes and learning from the experience.

      The first line resonates with me, too, that letting go and letting someone make their own decisions does not mean I don’t care. By me letting go and allowing them to live their life, I’m telling them that I trust them and I know that they can work through any rough patches they may hit. To me, that’s a healthier type of love and caring than trying to arrange things for the people I love.

      I’m glad you liked the poem! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Julie! I appreciate it very much.

      Your Friend and Pep Pal,
      Lauren

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