Letting go is not the same as giving up.
One is born of faith and an act of courage.
The other is derived from fear and cowardice.
I have shared this list with thousands of people over the years. Print it. Put in on your fridge. Memorize it. Live it.
To "let go" does not mean to stop caring, it means I can't do it for someone else
To "let go" is not to cut myself off, it's the realization I can't control another
To "let go" is to not enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences
To "let go" is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands
To "let go" is not to try to change or blame another, but to make the most of myself
To "let go" is not to 'care for', but to 'care about'
To "let go" is not to 'fix', but to be supportive
To "let go" is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being
To "let go" is to not be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their destinies
To "let go" is not to be protective, but to permit another to face reality
To "let go" is not to deny, but to accept
To "let go" is not to nag, scold, or argue, but to search out my own shortcomings and correct them
To "let go" is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it
To "let go" is not to criticize and regulate anybody, but to try to become what I dream I can be
To "let go" is to not regret the past, but to grow and live for the future
To "let go" is to fear less and love more
Kim Halsey is a Human Resource professional, author, speaker, and Executive Coach certified in multiple disciplines to help people overcome life damaging habits and restore family relationships.