Letting Go and Moving On

by Jonathan Hilton

ten quotes changeSometimes a change will come as quick as an Earthquake totally changing the landscape of your life.  Other times changes happen so slowly as to be almost imperceptible to the observer.  Yet no matter the time they take, change is constant, and powerful, like a river carves a great canyon where none existed before, change affects your life each and every day.

I say this because there have been many changes over the past year for me to absorb.  Experiencing the events happening in my life right not is the easy part, but for me to actually let all of the past go, that has been the hard part.  Yet all things do change and all things do eventually end.

Even though I know that there was an ending many years ago, I still kept a hope alive that in time there would be a reconciliation in some way.   I always wanted to make sure that I was available, should this moment arise.  This thought has been stopping me from living let-go1life to its fullest, and the change that is taking place is that it ends today.

This is no monumental feat or grand accomplishment, in fact to all other people it will mean nothing at all.  Yet to me it is the ultimate in letting go.  I have forgiven, I have understood, but I have never let go, and it is time that I did.

So when you look at the world today, looking up at the clear blue sky, or later tonight seeing the moon hanging in front of its pitch black canvas, understand that in a small way, the world is different today than it was yesterday and a very small part of that is because it was finally time to let go and say goodbye to yesterday and accept the promise of the future.

8 thoughts on “Letting Go and Moving On”

  1. “Everything that has a beginning has an end, Neo.” – a fitting quote from the Matrix, trilogy. “It is inevitable.” That doesn’t make it any easier to take, does it? Knowing that things will change, even being okay with change in general, doesn’t help us let go of the past and move on, embrace the future. I think we just get too comfortable with the routines we set up for ourselves. We know them, we accept them. Letting go of that is scary, and once we start dwelling on it that fear can really set us back. However, if we can recognize the fear for what it is, irrational, unimportant, we can grasp the change with both hands and move forward confidently. Boldly step forward to whatever end the future has in store for each of us.

    1. I agree whole heartedly about the fear Matt, it is often irrational and doesn’t make sense but it reeks havoc on our lives and gets in the way of what we really want to do. I think all of the routines we surround ourselves with day to day work to provide the illusion of control in a world that is uncontrollable and that is a bit scary isn’t it? 🙂 I echo your call to step boldly into the future because it is coming whether we like it or not, we might as well face it well. I am grateful for the thought and for the comment!!

      1. Brilliant – the future is coming, we might as well face it well.
        And, yes, our routines are our attempts to control, or at least trick ourselves into thinking we have some control, in a world that is beyond such measures.
        Great thoughts, JD.

  2. Congratulations!!! You talk about forgiveness, but for me, the ultimate in complete forgiveness is that there are NO attachments left at all- when you think of a particular event or person, no buttons get pushed, there is no reaction into the negative (and believe you me, it’s a process). Sounds like you just stepped into a place of complete forgiveness, of being able to totally let it go, of peace (or quite near to it). I barely know you and I am so very proud of you!! One thing I have learned is that when you let go, you have just made room in your life for something even better to enter in (especially when you keep this intention). So excited for you, for your future!

    1. Thank you so much for commenting and reading this. I wrote this with a particular person and situation in mind and I believe that you are correct. It was the first time I had thought about it without feeling little bits of anger. I feel that sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking we are forgiving others, but then it hits like a burn to the heart. When that fire is gone then you know you have forgiven. It seems to me that the magnitude of the wrongs people “did to me” got larger over time but really it was just my perception. I agree that moving the old out also gives you a bit more room for something better to enter into your life and for more happiness. I am also excited for the future of what is going to happen next. I believe that the Universe is moving us toward where we should be and if we take what we think we should do out of the mix we have a lot better chance of finding this quicker. thank you so much for your thoughts and for taking the time to share them with me. 🙂

      1. You are most welcome. I’ve been on a steep learning curve over the past 3-4 years, and the thing that keeps coming back to me is that we gain life experiences, both good and bad, bit by bit; and in “healing” things like anger, we deal with it layer by layer. Just when you’ve got one big layer peeled back and dealt with, another might pop up (I find this happens to me because I’m ready to tackle it). And one day, no more layers come up. You’re doing great!

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