By: Danny Thomas
I have been thinking about
And what that means
to me as a father and as a person
As a husband
And a human
And I guess
Where I have come to
We Must Let Go
We Must Love
Is Letting Go
Think of all the things you must let go of to love yourself
To love God (or whatever you name the things you believe)
Faith is an act of letting go – not just spiritual faith – but any faith…
Letting go of doubt and recognizing it
Acknowledging it, embracing it and then…
letting it go.
In a partnership
Or in a team
In a family
We let go of some parts of ourselves
Becoming part of a thing means
Every new day we let go of our former selves a bit….
while maintaining a bit of space for ourselves.
There is an idea that this concept of letting go
Is one of the cornerstones of existence…
We are always letting go…
Everything is changing or falling away..
I like that idea.
I think we should embrace that idea.
It is beautiful – it is what gives things, moments, feelings any meaning, any substance.
The experience of this, for me, has never been more painful or wonderful than as a parent.
It is the reason baby pictures of my children make me cry,
And pictures of them yesterday make me cry.
And thinking about them hitting puberty or going away to college, or the Peace Corp, or war
Makes me cry.
Pure. Powerful. Promise.
They are tears of joy.
They will never be babies again.
[Photo Credit: Flickr member Shanhung]
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