Sunday, August 16, 2009

August 16, 2009

Too often, we try to gain a clear perspective before it is time.
That will make us crazy. We do not always know why things are happening the way they are. We do not always know how a particular relationship will work out. We do not always understand the source of our feelings, why we've been led down a particular path, what is being worked out in us, what we are learning, why we needed to recycle, why we had to wait, why we needed to go through a time of discipline, or why a door closed. How our present circumstances will work into the larger scheme of events is not always clear to us. That is how it needs to be. Perspective will come in retrospect. We could strain for hours today for the meaning of something that may come in an instant next year. Let it go. We can let go of our need to figure things out, to feel in control. Now is the time to be. to feel. To go through it. To allow things to happen. to learn. To let whatever is being worked out in us take it course. in hindsight, we will know. It will become clear. For today, being is enough. We can trust that things will work out for our good, even if we cannot see the place today's events will hold in the larger picture.
-Melody Beattie
The Language of Letting Go

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