Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Reflecting on 2010: Reverb10 Day 5

Let Go
I bought this in Little Rock, as I processed this question. It really symbolizes the thought behind the prompt. It's the Angel of Freedom, and I hope it reminds me that there is freedom in simply letting go.

December 5 – Let Go.
What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley) See the original post, on Reverb10.com here.
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I’ve written this response several times in my head, as I’ve pondered just what I’ve given up this year – what I’ve “let go.”

I’m not sure I’ve “let go” of much this year.

I think I need to let go of my need for perfection.

It’s not that I expect perfection from others, so why do I expect it from myself?

The need for perfection leads to a lot of negative self-talk.

It also causes me to doubt my skills, and be afraid to try new things – because ultimately, I think, I fear disappointing not only myself, but others.


This book has been on my “to read, for pleasure” bookshelf for a few weeks now. I bought it at the recommendation of a friend. At the time, I was mildly interested in reading it. But now, it seems, as if God was just getting me ready to read it for more than just pleasure.

Perfection is paralyzing.

By letting go, I hope I’ll instead find freedom and even joy, in the imperfections of life.

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I have "let go" of several things this year.

I have “let go” a bunch of clothes, that simply didn’t fit right. I keep thinking, thanks to a friend, “What if what I give away, helps a woman have the right clothes for a job, or job interview?”

I’m also striving to let go of some of my “stuff.” (Yes, that also means I’ll probably get rid of some of my books!) I’d like to have less “stuff” that clutters up my home and more “meaningful” items.

There's some other stuff I'm letting go of.... but I'm not sure I'm still processing it.

As a couple of my favorite kiddos say to make me laugh - "peace out!"

2 comments:

  1. Letting go makes room for God to give you more, but it's still extremely hard. I,too, struggle with expecting self perfection. God be with you my friend. Peg S.ESUMC

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  2. Letting go is a really difficult thing. Some of these things get attached to places deep inside of us, and we often don't know it until we try to let go. I think your angel reminder of freedom at the other end can give the hope you need to let go of things that keep you bound. Wishing you well!

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