If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. – Ajahn Chah
A note from Alex: Please read to learn how you can contribute to my next book Letting Go: True Stories of Hope, Encouragement and Peace and receive a free autographed copy.
Has there been a time when you became too attached to someone or something? Or, has there been a time when it was hard to end a bad relationship or surrender your doubt or insecurity?
Even when you know the attachment isn’t good for you, it can be difficult to let go. It’s the same way with your past mistakes. You cling to past, mistakes and all, while fretting about making the same mistakes again.
When you fail to let go, you don’t see the beauty of the present moment – you don’t see the miracle of each day.
So, why is it so hard to let go?
The fear of being alone, or feeling empty, drives you to keep trying to fill up on these attachments even when you know the attachment is no longer serving you.
However, learning to let go fills the space these attachments once occupied. Letting go gives you a clearer perspective; a freer perspective to be in the present moment. Letting go isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength.
Think of a time when you let go of anger, stress or a broken heart. Do you remember the freedom you felt?
When I let go of my marriage 10 years ago, I was scared.
It felt like I was walking on a tight rope without a net. But when I shifted my focus from holding on and to looking ahead and embracing change, I was able to walk to a safer place.
When I took the last step, I found my wife there. If I had not let go, I would have brought her down with me and our marriage would have been over.
Share your story
If you have experienced a time in your life when you resisted letting go, but later found the strength to surrender and then welcomed the emotional freedom you gained, I invite you to share your story.
Sharing your struggles, obstacles and victories can help others find hope, encouragement and peace, too.
Here are the submission guidelines:
- Your story needs to be at least 250 words, but no more than 1000 words.
- Consider sharing a time when you made the decision to let go of anger; of the past; of stress; of guilt; of heartache; of anxiety; of mistakes; or of perfection (these are only examples).
- Write your story in the first person.
- Write about the inner strength it took to let go.
- And then tell about the emotional freedom you gained.
- Write about how you felt when you let go and how you feel today.
- Share your story in the same way you would if you were telling it to a close friend or relative.
- Begin your story by stating the problem or situation.
- It’s okay if you want to include dialog.
- Submit your story by using the submission form below or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submissions are due March 31, 2013.
- All submissions will be edited for standard grammar conventions, length and content appropriateness.
- If selected, your story will be featured in my upcoming book, Letting Go: True Stories of Hope, Encouragement and Peace. You will receive a free autographed copy.
Share Your Heart
The most important submission guideline is to simply share your heart.
You may never know who your words touch. But if you feel the nudge to share your story, there’s a good chance someone needs to be encouraged by your wisdom.
I’m looking forward to witnessing how your true story of hope, encouragement and peace will touch another heart.
Submit Your Story
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