Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. – Herman Hesse
Understanding when it’s time to let go feels like a miracle.
My miracle is happening
Over the past several months I’ve been working hard to complete my first book. Long hours of writing, re-writing and editing resulted in being contacted by a publisher that wanted to partner with me. It was a long-awaited, exciting moment when I opened the email and read their offer.
But my excitement quickly faded when I heard my inner voice; my inner wisdom, express concern. I chose to ignore the advice and focus on getting the project completed – no matter what.
Giving up wasn’t an option even though frequent changes in project managers, poor communication and a less-than-stellar final designed book left me disappointed.
My inner wisdom was right, again.
The tight grasp I had around the idea of producing a book compromised my judgment. I was afraid if I ended the relationship, then my book would never see the light of day. I was afraid to let go.
My moment of understanding happened while helping a client. The client, a new blogger, asked me to review her articles and then suggest appropriate categories. I welcomed the assignment because it would take my mind off the troubles at hand.
Seven articles into the assignment, I found my miracle.
The article, Giving the Universe Space (part one), by Suzanne Grenager, greeted me and provided what my inner wisdom already knew, but my conscious mind had been resisting:
The trick—and it is a trick of magical proportions—is to do the letting go part when the time is right. As you too must know, the ego doesn’t like to let go, so we often need to figure out an end run that lets us get by her.
The truth in Suzanne’s words resonated with me. It was time to let go.
I contacted the publisher and negotiated an end to the agreement. I spent two days researching other publishing partners – and then found one. I accepted the fact that the book’s release would be delayed. I heard my inner voice say what my heart needed to hear, “Have faith. You are stronger than you think.”
Sometimes the simple path to letting go begins when we listen to our inner voice; our inner wisdom, tell us that surrendering isn’t a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
My strength is returning.
Letting go has helped me realize that when our thoughts get clouded by what we want to see, we fail to see the real truth.
My truth is telling me to lean on faith, don’t give up hope and know that I’m stronger than I think.
So, I’m letting go. I’m surrendering my fear, too.
What is A Simple Path?
This post is in A Simple Path, a twice-weekly series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.