Chance Chat #42: Let Things Go

Last week I somewhat disagreed, and this week I’m disagreeing again.

Let the dead things go

I love fall, I love the beautiful colors. I agree it is lovely to let things go. Unburden ourselves. Quit carrying pain that only drags us down. However, when it comes to dead things. Especially loved ones who have passed away, there isn’t really a letting go. People touch our lives, change our lives, and just because they aren’t around anymore doesn’t mean they should be let go. By all means don’t cling to the past and ignore the present or future. But remember those people and recognize how they have helped shaped your present and future.

My godfather passed away this summer. And I wasn’t able to have dinner with him the week before. Now I would love to have dinner with him. I’d love to tell him about my new job, and I’d love to know what he thinks about it. Thankfully there is a new branch of his former bank near my apartment. Every time I see it my mind is flooded with memories of him and the city of Deerwood.

So while these fall colors are lovely, and yes it is wonderful to let go of things that are holding us down, not all dead things should be let go. Some things need to stay with us.

What have you chosen not to let go of?

2 thoughts on “Chance Chat #42: Let Things Go

  1. what a beautiful ode to your godfather. i’ve been thinking a lot about a loss and struggle lately. i’m reading brene brown’s new book, rising strong, and she suggests holding onto loss and remembering struggle so that we can overcome // learn new lessons // rise stronger than before. you can borrow it after i’m done if you want 🙂

  2. I think that quote only applies to things that we are ready to let go of or things that must die in order for us to be happier (like bad/unhealthy relationships, for example). I am really not great at letting go. At all. I have a hard time letting go of past hurts and traumatic experiences, and I struggle to move on and let go of people who have passed or are no longer in my life.

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