Jaw clenched, exhausted mentally and physically, after a long, sleep deprived day of worrying, I googled the phrase “letting go.” It lead me to this quote on a blog called Tiny Buddha:
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” (Eckhart Tolle)
The quote is a very small part of a larger post that’s well worth the read.
After all, in my heart, I know it’s silly to be so stressed over all this house crap. No one is sick, no one is dying, out of work, or not thriving. But, still, it’s easy to get caught up in the land of worry and become hyper focused on a world of what ifs and a laundry list of to-do’s.
Sometimes, I need a reminder about what is real and what is not, what is worth worrying about (practically nothing) and what I need to let go of, namely, my illusion of having control. I’d say my google search paid off.
Interestingly enough, the second place my search led me was to an old favorite that I hadn’t visited in a while, Zen Habits. Coincidentally, it was a guest post by the author of Tiny Buddha (ok, maybe not as much coincidence as google tracking). Similar article, but still, another worthy read.
It doesn’t matter where you’re at in your life, planning a wedding, taking finals, having a baby, dealing with death, divorce, bankruptcy, whatever, or, maybe it’s something you’re not going through now, but can’t let go of, in the past, a lot of us carry around excess baggage, in one form or another. If you’re one of those people, I suggest you try “letting go,” too. It feels amazing.
And now, in honor of the Olympics, I’m going to: