If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet, YouTube, or three-year-old nieces, you’ve probably heard the main song from Disney’s Frozen, “Let It Go!” more times that you care to count. And, since I mentioned it, I’ll bet the chorus is stuck in your brain right now.
Over the past week, the annoying phrase transformed into memorable wisdom. There are so many times in life where we should just let it go.
Someone hurts our feelings and we find ourselves consumed with bitterness, internal debates about what we’d say if given the chance, and plots for revenge. The answer? Let it go. Forgive and move on.
We pursue a dream to the point that it consumes every waking moment, sucking time away from our families and elevating itself to god-like status. We hold so tightly to the possibilities that our fingers cramp from the effort. What to do to restore sanity? Let it go. Relax, recharge, and get dreams back in proper perspective.
We imagine a picture-perfect home and family with balanced, home-cooked meals, dust-free shelves, and well-behaved children. Our expectations don’t line up with the reality of a busy family with a working mother. Let them go. Face reality and focus on the things that matter most.
We spend almost 18 years taking care of a special-needs child only to learn that we must spend money and time to petition the court for guardianship so we can keep doing the job God gave us. When buried under notarized paperwork and legal documents, resentment builds. Solution? Let it go. In this country, it is what it is. And I should instead be thankful for the opportunity to do what needs to be done for her.
Last week, I let some things go. And, like the main character in the movie, once I let go, I found the freedom to be myself with fresh creativity. (Just in time because I’m headed into a second draft of a manuscript!)
What about you? What are you holding on to that you need to let go? Any other examples of when it’s a good idea to let it go?