Hold On or Let Go?
In spiritual circles there is much talk about the path you’re on. How one person’s path is not better than another’s, how they are merely different paths. You also hear a lot about the journey: a heart’s journey, a soul’s journey, a hero’s journey, the journey often synonymous with life. Paths and journeys, journeys and paths.
But what if there is a third option, something that we can use to contrast and help us determine when to hold on and when to let go? Let’s consider this:
Adults follow paths, while children explore. Children explore.
Do you see the difference, no matter how subtle it may appear? And if you don’t see the difference, can you feel it?
Adults follow paths. Paths lead somewhere—somewhere the adult is probably invested in—already married to the outcome the adult is seeking. The path that leads to the promotion. The path that leads to glory.
While children explore, especially young children. They explore for the fun of it, for the curiosity of it, for the sheer thrill of it…but not for the outcome of it. Children are not invested in the end result.
Before you set off on your next journey or choose your next path, just reflect for a moment and ask yourself, “Is this a path-sort-of-thing or would I be better served to simply explore?” Depending on the context, it could reasonably be either.
It is the energy that is different.
See, the path and the exploration have different energy behind their sails. The ship with the desired outcome requires a pushing sort of energy, at times against strong winds—whatever it takes to yield the desired result. Where the exploration ship has an easy, flowing energy behind it. This is the ship that trusts it will land where it is meant to—not because its captain is in charge, but because there is a divine force involved within the captain.
Both path-ship and the exploration-ship serve their purpose, but so often as adults we forget about the latter. We jump on our path-ship and crank it up to high speed. And what happens when the seas become rough? We tuck in our chin, lean forward into the wind, and shift into a higher gear yet. But wait, what about when you begin to experience fatigue or burn-out? Not to worry! Just engage the cruise-control and allow your auto-pilot to navigate. Now you don’t even need to think about your actions!
There are times in your life when the path-ship is appropriate. However, during these times, please continue to navigate, checking your mirrors, monitoring your gas, staying in the present, releasing future outcomes, as you remain aware of your energy. In other words, be aware of your actions. And know when to shift over to the exploration-ship: when to let go.
So, how do you know when to hold on and when to let go?
The answer to when to hold on and when to let go lies in the last bit of the quote above: “…let go of all that doesn’t feed your present well-being.” Tune in to your actions, your feelings—become aware of what does not positively feed your present well-being. Stop holding on to that. Let it go.
I’m well aware that this sounds easier said than done. Letting go is not for wimps. In fact, it takes work. That’s why Letting Go is by far, the longest chapter in my book.
I’ll leave you with this one last quote from Love, Trust & Pixie Dust. If you dig my words and would like to learn more about letting go, check out my book on Amazon; available in paperback and ebook format.
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