Just Let Go

This week, instead of ending with a quote, I want to start with one. And this is one that has been top of mind for me a lot lately, as I navigate many changes in my life, all at once. I look at this quote everyday to remind myself to just let go. But letting go can literally be one of the hardest things in life to do.

The longer we live on this planet, the more I believe we see our lives a certain way. The more we feel we need to move down the path we have been headed down. And that is whether it is what we really want or not. We have this tendency to feel “invested” in something, but what is the true definition of Investment?

investment

noun
1. theinvestingof money or capital in order to gain profitable returns,as interest, income, or appreciation in value.
2. a particular instance or mode ofinvesting
3. a thinginvestedin, as a business, a quantity of shares of stock, etc.
4. something that isinvestedsuminvested
5. the act or fact ofinvestingor state of beinginvestedas with garment.
6. a devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, emotional energy, etc., as for a purpose or to achieve something.

 

For the purposes of this discussion, lets throw out all the definitions but the last one, because lets be honest, this is the one that matters most to most of us.

I love the words used in this definition.  Words like devotion, giving of time, talent and emotional energy.  Things that can often feel in short supply in our lives.  How often do we actually feel like we have the time to devote to things that matter a lot, or even a little, in our lives? Much of our emotional energy is often spent dealing with things we’d rather not be devoted to, like paying the bills, working a job that drives us crazy, dealing with relationship drama, etc. Today I want to challenge our traditional mindset of thinking these are the things that matter the most and pose the question, are you devoting time to doing the things that truly matter to you?
Sometimes life can feel like we are just going through the motions, like we need to be shaken awake so we can realize our true potential and the real investments we want to make in our lives.  If you feel like this is you, and you need a jolt, here it is.  Learn to let go! Stop trying to control everything in your life.  Don’t just go the direction you think you should because you feel a false sense of investment.  Instead learn to go with your heart and embrace the life that you were intended for.

 

Now, you may say, Lauren, that all sounds well and good, but easier SAID than DONE!  And touché.  Nothing that is worth doing is supposed to be easy. And I don’t expect you to change your life by quitting your job or ending a relationship (if these are things that speak to you personally, more power to you), but the real message here is to start investing in your investments. Don’t just go through the motions when you can give more and want to give more.  Find a way to hone in on the things in life that bring you true joy and happiness and make your world better, not worse.  Happiness truly comes from within and we all have the power to be more or less happy.  It’s all about finding your happy place in the world.

 

So start with just letting go and see what that opens up for you.  Search your soul to see if you’re investing in the right things for you.  Things that lift you up and make your life better. Not things that drag you down and make life unbearable.  After all, who wants to live an unbearable life???

Stronger by letting go!
L