Letting go

I think I'm going to start approaching this a little differently. I hope you don't mind. I'm still going to tell you my opinion on things, basically this is where I spill my crazy ideas! LOL! I hope they're not too crazy, but I am getting older, and you know they say as people get older they get crazier. And any rate, I think what I'm going to do is pick one photo, and kind of focus on my thoughts that stem from that photo. So, here's the photo for today

This photo is very fitting, because it reminds me to take a breath and just let shit go. In life, we are so often inundated with things that mess up our program. Other peoples stupidity, the way other people perceive us or treat us, the world, and perhaps our own stupidity at times. We're going along, and we have this nice little plan of how our day or year or week or life or whatever should go, and then all of a sudden something happens and our emotions change your course. Maybe you get mad and totally forget what your end goal is supposed to be, or maybe you get sad and go off on this other tangent whatever the reason, we have to let things go.

In a way, we can almost become emotional hoarders. And I mean that in the truest sense of the word. Everybody's watched that show hoarders, I mean it kind of like pulls you in. There you have a person, for whatever reason they have filled their house with belongings. Maybe they're clean and maybe they're not; maybe they have rats, and maybe they don't, but in the end they're all the same. They have floor to ceiling piles of stuff. I think our emotions can kind of work the same way. Someone does something and makes you angry, you store it away somewhere. Someone hurts your feelings, and there you go adding it to another pile. Someone else does something that you perceive as wrong, and it goes in a third pile. After a day, you can have one pile that's already as high as the ceiling of your little room. That's why I say you have to let things go. And don't get me wrong, I am a world-class grudge holder. I believe very firmly that there are things you should and should not do. I believe very firmly that there are certain ways that you should treat people. I guess I have what most people would call a very strict moral code. There's right, and there's wrong. And there are gray areas, but they have to be justified. It's just one of my little quirks. I try my very best to follow the Golden rule to the letter. It doesn't always work, and sometimes I do bad things. But, the thing that we're talking about here, is that when people do things that I don't understand why they would possibly do something like that. I set it off on the pile, and pick it up later and ponder on it. I rub it, and worry it to death, until finally I am ready to let it go. I have gotten so much better at letting things go, I just can't let them go right away.

In the end, I really think that that is one of the keys to a happy life. Letting things go. Here is a truth: People are jerks! People are going to hurt you and not realize why they do it or that they're even doing it. You have to let that go. You can't hold onto it. It can color your whole day. Or perhaps, your whole week or year. And I also believe, That the way we treat other people has a profound impact on their world as well. So, if we follow that logic, if I am holding onto something that someone has done to me and I treat someone in a way that's not as good as it should be, maybe that just adds to whatever problems they're having. On the other hand, if I let go of whatever I have put on my pile, and I treat someone the way I would want to be treated, maybe my smile is the thing that they needed to help them in their life. We never really can't tell how we impact another's life. All I know for sure is that we do. I want my impact on everyone's life to be a good one.

Obviously, I had an incident this morning that I have to let go. And, through this blog I've done that. Different people are at different places on their journeys in their lives. Some people never realize how much their words or actions can hurt others. So, since I seem to be farther along in my journey, I'm going to work harder on letting it go. The picture, from today is a sunset on the shores of Lake Superior when I am having a bad day, that lake never fails to lift my spirits. It is so much larger than I am, it makes me remember that even though I'm a small part I'm still in important part of the world. I hope, that each of you find something that reminds you how important you are. That enables you to let things go that are just piling up in the emotional rooms of your mind. That helps you on the path to leading a happy and fulfilling life, the kind of life that we were really meant to have.

Have a great day, and I'll talk to you all soon!

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