A man named Jack was walking along a steep cliff one day, when he accidentally got too close to the edge and fell. On the way down he grabbed a branch, which temporarily stopped his fall. He looked down and to his horror saw that the canyon fell straight down for more than a thousand feet.
He couldn’t hang onto the branch forever, and there was no way for him to climb up the steep wall of the cliff. So Jack began yelling for help, hoping that someone passing by would hear him and lower a rope or something.
HELP! HELP! Is anyone up there? “HELP!”
He yelled for a long time, but no one heard him. He was about to give up when he heard a voice. Jack, Jack. Can you hear me?”
“Yes, yes! I can hear you. I’m down here!”
“I can see you, Jack. Are you all right?”
“Yes, but who are you, and where are you?
“I am the Lord, Jack. I’m everywhere.”
“The Lord? You mean, GOD?”
“God, please help me! I promise if, you’ll get me down from here, I’ll stop sinning. I’ll be a really good person. I’ll serve You for the rest of my life.”
“Easy on the promises, Jack. Let’s get you off from there; then we can talk.”
“Now, here’s what I want you to do. Listen carefully.”
“I’ll do anything, God. Just tell me what to do.”
“Okay. Let go of the branch.””What?” “I said, let go of the branch. Just trust Me. Let go.”
There was a long silence.
Finally Jack yelled, “HELP! HELP! IS ANYONE ELSE UP THERE?”
We all have or will experience “letting it go.” We have to make a choice to do it, just like we have to make a choice to be happy, grateful and laugh. Letting go of situations, people, bad habits, hurts, relationships, unhealthy food, etc., etc., can be very painful. It’s not always easy to do.
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/letting-go
3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
“If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely you will be free.” –Ajahn Chah
I shared in my first blog: I was on my way to work in August of 2013. I went through the green light. A driver didn’t stop at her red light and ran into my car. My car was totaled. I have replayed that incident over and over in my mind. What if I would have waited a few minutes longer before going through that green light? What if this, and what if that? Coulda, shoulda, and woulda haven’t helped anyone that I know of. The fact is, it happened, it’s over and I must let it go.
Some bad situations can actually be blessings in disguise. We block those blessings because we choose to not let go. I believe some people enjoy holding onto things. Some people want to let go, but just don’t have the strength, or know how to do it.
Here are 8 things that I do or say to myself to help me let it go and be happy:
1.) What does the Bible say about your situation? Find out, and then meditate on those scriptures.
2.) Instead of focusing on what you have lost, focus on positive things.
3.) Look at your actions and see if you can do things differently the next time.
4.) What’s done is done. You can’t put spilled milk back into the glass.
5.) Concentrate on today, this hour, this minute.
6.) Be grateful.
8.) God loves you and He cares. He’ll help you “let it go and be happy.”
What will you say or do to help you let it go and be happy today?
Bye for now.