When I become overwhelmed with frustration, distraught by a given situation, it is easy to want to “give up” instead of “let go.”
I often confused these two in the beginning of my spiritual recovery but today… I know the difference.
If I allow my anger, my despair, my obsession to drive my decision regarding a difficult situation then I am giving up. I am no different than a child throwing a tantrum: unwilling to accept the situation as it is and throwing myself into a fit, until tired and worn down, I make a decision from my “shadow self” and not from a place of spiritual enlightenment.
When I disengage myself from a moment of intense passion; such as an argument gone awry, and take the time to weigh the situation calmly and rationally, from my highest spiritual place, removed from ego, I can come to the decision willingly to “let go.”
Letting go does not mean that I give up on a particular person, relationship, situation. Letting go is not about allowing my unruly emotions and my shadow self to rule the day.
Letting go is about accepting everything just as it is… accepting and then deciding how best to move forward for the sake of my own sanity and balance.
In all of my relationships, no matter what their current status: married, separated, divorced or even newly in-love, I must focus on letting go of the outcome and doing what I can in the present to benefit both myself and the person I care for.
“Dear God, help me to let go. Help me to accept life as it is and work towards moving forward with spiritual awareness.”