Have you ever felt like you were spinning your wheels trying to fix something that desperately wanted to stay broken? Or have you spent yourself – your time, energy and heart – trying to understand something that would just never make sense? Me too.
Sometimes freedom won’t come until we let something go. Until we come face to face with the reality that we can only change ourselves. As hard as it is, sometimes we have to give up believing that we can fix what is not our problem to solve.
This act of surrender always leads me to the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
What is it that is holding you down? A relationship or person? A situation? Something painful or a hurt from the past?
When we release what we cannot change, true transformation is given room to breathe and we take that first intentional step toward freedom.
One minute challenge – Say the prayer provided out loud.
Challenge option – Do a symbolic act of release. For me, actually physically letting something go helps me learn to emotionally let something go. I’ve done several of the options listed here but these serve only as examples to what you can do. Find something meaningful to you – a place where your spirit finds rest, comfort, grace and peace – and incorporate that into your release.
Here are a few options for your symbolic release:
- Take a balloon or lantern and write a name(s) or situation on it. Then take it outside and let it go.
- Write your hurt or the name of a person who harmed you on a piece of paper and burn it in a fire.
- Write names/situations with a marker onto a rock and throw it into the water.
- Put a message in a bottle and throw it in the ocean.
- Walk out into the water, lift your arms to the sky and let the waves symbolically take the person or pain away.