Letting go. Two words that are tossed around like they are easy to do. Inevitably, we will have enough relationships in our lives that sometimes we have to consider letting go of relationships…even if only for a season (or two).
While it’s easy to say the words, it’s not easy to do. Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care, or that you have someone else that you’d rather be close to. Letting go means that you no longer want to put energy into the relationship. So, for the sake of your own edification, consider the following reasons why you are not letting go.
There’s something that you have to do. Sometimes when we cannot let go, there’s a really good reason: there is something that we have to do for this person, for ourselves, or for the relationship as a whole. Maybe it’s a prayer or days of prayer, or maybe there is something that has to be said. Whatever it is, honor the feeling that you have and seek out what you have to do…then do it.
You always let go. Many people have what’s commonly known as “the gift of goodbye.” This gift allows one to bid anyone a fond (and FAST) ado when they are not behaving as the gifted one feels that they should. This giftedness is actually a control mechanism, and when we are easy or eager to let people go, there will come a time to teach an old dog new tricks. And this new trick is not letting go because you want to exert control over the situation that is bugging you.
You don’t know how to “let go.” Does letting go mean that you delete their number, block their number and act as if the person has disappeared into the a black hole in the middle of the Universe? No. Now, others may say otherwise, but letting go doesn’t have to have malicious intent. If you’re not a mean person, or if letting go feels “mean” to you, then it behoove you to examine what letting go means to you. Sometimes letting go means that you talk to your journal instead of talking to other people. Sometime letting go means a total moratorium on discussing the situation with him/her/them, and spending more time doing things that you love…for you.
Lastly, one of the reasons that you are not letting is because you don’t want to. When someone comes into your life and they mean something to you, you put energy into that relationship. When the relationship is unfruitful, you still put energy into it because the person matters to you. There’s nothing wrong with that.
If you take nothing else from this little “ditty,” then take this: Let go when (and if) you want to. If this relationship (platonic, romantic, familiar, etc.) means something to you, then you need to process it and its value in your life. If it still serves you and you see a pot of gold at the end of a currently muted-color rainbow, then by all means, be true to you and honor your intuition. However, if you’re being emotionally bankrupted by this connection, then it may be time to put your energy on the shelf and grab a massage…and perhaps a margarita…or green tea. You get the idea.