I read this quote somewhere this past week, and it’s been ringing in my mind ever since. Simple, yet profound.
I’ve never been a quitter. I thought quitting was weak. I’ve come through on just about everything I’ve said I would. But am I better for it? I don’t know. It is a quality that I have prided myself on and wrapped my identity up in. I would tell myself and others, “I do not quit. I do not give up.”
In many situations it has served me well. That mantra got me through college and grad school at the top of my class. It has led me to a successful career. It has made me a loyal friend. But in other situations it has been detrimental. It has kept me clinging to relationships that I knew had crashed and burned. It kept me holding on to outdated beliefs that were suffocating me.
There are certain things and people in our life we invest so much time, money, and emotion into that letting go seems impossible. It’s down right terrifying. Letting go feels like we are admitting that our investment was a waste and that we were wrong. We might feel that we’ve let ourselves and others down. We can be irrational and think that if we just double-down on our out dated beliefs, or try extra hard to make a relationship work then we can fix it. We keep slamming our head into the same worn and dented wall. A piece of our spirit dies with every blow.
But letting go is not giving up. Letting go is moving on.
Letting go is like taking a huge gulp of air after being trapped under water. It breathes new life, new possibility, and new hope into our soul.
I desire to grow, evolve and learn my entire life. In order to do that I must let go of the old to make space for the new.
Change is scary. Change is good. Change is inevitable. Change is opportunity. Change is hope. Lets embrace it.