Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Catch and Release

"Free yourself from the burden of feeling the need to hold on to everything. Let go—you are a part of everything." – Steve Maraboli 

I tend to cling to reprimands and mistakes. "Should have's" play over and over again in my mind, revealing fresh hurt and regret every time. I grew comfortable with this routine until it became a part of my life. I began to expect that I would be disappointed in any situation, and by self-fulfilling prophecy, I got the small reward of the "I told you so" dance followed by the replaying of the mistake in my head again and again. 

Obsession wears on me. It takes up time and energy and ultimately does no good. I cannot go into the past and change it to my liking anymore than I can will the future to play out exactly as I want it to. Obsession effectively yanks me from the present moment and cuts me off from enjoying the pleasures of now. 

By letting go, I open myself up to receive what the present moment has to offer. I can cast my net wide and become human again, interacting and receiving and responding. The world becomes full of potential, rather than the place where I made that one wrong decision. The potential is effervescent, sparking and igniting the moment and lighting up my world. 


  1. Thank you for this post. The 'should haves' and the 'what ifs' can be a constant noise that lead to a feeling of not being accepted. The struggle is loud sometimes. I am learning more everyday just how acceptance starts with accepting oneself for who I am and knowing that, that is just fine...XoXo

  2. i have made so many bad decisions. mainly from not listening to my inner voice, and it is so hard not to hold onto them, but it is also a huge lesson on letting go.