Ripples #588: Lose to Win!
For our tribe of 25,801 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
-Lao Tzu, submitted by Linn W., Milwaukee WI
There is no growth without change; there is no change without fear or loss;
and there is no loss without pain. Every change involves a loss of some
kind: You must let go of old ways in order to experience the new. We fear
these losses, even if our old ways were self-defeating, because, like a worn
out pair of shoes, they were at least comfortable and familiar.
-Rick Warren, submitted by Rachel K., LaBelle FL
It is holding you back more than you realize. It might be a belief, a
routine, a perspective, a pattern. That was the way it has always been,
that was the way you were taught by your elders. It may have been the right
way AND it might be time for a new way. If the idea of letting it go is
really scary, then perhaps dare yourself just to set it aside for a few
months to see what new possibilities might open up when you clear out the
spaces in your heart, your mind, and/or your schedule which currently hold
“the old way.” Gently remind yourself that you can always go back and
retrieve it if “the new way” doesn’t produce the results you desire.