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..
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.