Letting Go

November 16, 2011

Vinita Hampton Wright has been on a roll lately on her blog, Days of Deepening Friendship.  Every time I check-in, she has captured another reality of a woman’s life so well.  Here are three of her six suggestions for all of us (not just women) to keep in mind as we are invited to let go..

  1. Let go of perfection. You will make mistakes. Your house won’t always be as clean or organized as you like. You won’t keep up with friends as much as you’d prefer. Your parenting and grandparenting will always leave something to be desired. Your projects will always need a bit of improvement.
  2. Let go of goals. Remember the saying, “If you want to make God laugh, make plans.” It’s fine to set goals, but it’s detrimental to beat yourself up when the goals aren’t met in quite the way or on the timetable you had planned. Often we don’t reach our goals because life’s interruptions prevent us from doing so.
  3. Let go of loved ones. People are entrusted to you—that doesn’t mean they are your possessions. They make their own choices, go their own way, and—yes—they suffer calamity and sadness no matter how much you love them.

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What are you being invited to let go of right now? 

For me, number 3, is a challenge as a mom.  I have to remember that Brady and Abby are on their own way, and that I cannot prevent everything from hurting them. 

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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