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The Practice of Letting Go

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Let go.


I was in Kansas yesterday and saw this lake. (Photo borrowed) The dead trees in the lake remind us of the beauty that can still exist, even when it's time to let go and move on.


As humans, we often struggle with letting go of things, whether it's a dead-end career, a wilted plant, a relationship, childhood things, or a lost dream.


It's natural to want to keep trying, to keep pouring our energy into something in the hopes that it will come back, or we surround ourselves with stuff and collect junk as an effort to never forget.


I've been guilty of this myself. I once tried to revive a baby puppy for an hour, even though I knew deep down that it wasn't coming back. I couldn't bear the thought of disappointing my daughter, who was heartbroken at the loss.


But sometimes, no matter how hard we try, something is simply beyond our control. It's like the dead trees in the lake - even though they're surrounded by water, they're still lifeless and unresponsive.


However, even in the midst of death and decay, there is still beauty to be found. The stark contrast between the dark, skeletal branches and the shimmering, reflective water can be breathtaking in its own way.


So if you find yourself in a situation where it's time to let go and move on, remember that there is still beauty and hope to be found.


Embrace the lessons that the experience has taught you, and trust that new growth and new possibilities will come in time.


And like the dead trees in the lake, find peace in the stillness and the beauty that can be found in even the most challenging of circumstances.#lent#lettinggo#beautyinthejourney#hope#faith#movingforward

(Repost: Instagram @shantelcdavis)

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