Hanging onto beautiful childhood memories that float through your heart and stir positive emotion is a good thing.

Hanging onto a negative relationship out of guilt or obligation is not a good thing.

You have to know when to let go. When it’s not only okay to let go, but necessary to your heart.

I’ve let go of a few things and people and events in my lifetime. I’ve let go of hatred, and betrayal, and heart ache, and anger.

I’ve forgiven people that many might not think deserved that forgiveness.

I’ve let go of people that some might never had been able to had they been in my shoes.

What I’ve learned about hanging on and letting go, is that you are the only one to know what to hang onto and when to let go. You’re the only one to know when you’re strong enough to cut loose someone, or something that has hurt you.

And always know that letting go is okay. And sometimes completely necessary.

In parting I’d like to also say that forgiveness is as powerful a choice and action that there ever is… not easy, but always worth it in the end.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean holding onto a person that is toxic to your life. Or excusing what they did or said that was so hurtful. What it means to me, is that I understand that people are flawed, they make mistakes, and everyone deserves a little understanding. And that it’s finally time that I let go of the event or action or pain that someone caused so I can move on and live the life I was meant to live. One can’t live a fruitful and lovely life holding onto hurt and hate.

Here’s to hanging on and to letting go.

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  1. “you are the only one to know what to hang onto and when to let go. You’re the only one to know when you’re strong enough to cut loose someone, or something that has hurt you.”

    It really is so individual. Thank you for saying this so well.

  2. This is a great and knowledge filled post! We all have to learn to let go even when it isnt easy. Sometimes it is letting go of our kids and allowing them to make their own mistakes. Other times it is letting go of those who changed our lives for the better or for the worst. Letting go is hard but as you said well worth it in the end.

  3. I actually just heard the best talk on forgiveness by Wess Stafford, the president of Compassion International. He has such a powerful story about how God can use pain to bring redemption and beauty.

    I also just read his book: “Too Small To Ignore.” I highly recommend it.

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