Getting Rid of Your Baggage

My Letting Go Tree

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The little tree in the photo is one I have had for more than five years. This is my 'letting go' tree.

I wish I had had a Letting Go tree sooner. I read the little book , Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo many years ago.

It is filled with wisdom that each of us might consider.

Aufait stopped by and commented on this hub and said that a life without baggage would mean one had been living on the sidelines (paraphrasing), letting life pass by. A statement I cannot disagree with at all.

I actually do not think I have ever met anyone who has not had some baggage, some challenges to face.

However I do think that facing off with whatever the baggage is that may come, acknowledging it, and letting go is what works for me. Perhaps that may not work for someone else.

Keeping tucked away somewhere whatever it was also serves as a reminder for future experiences that may come.

used with permission One member of this family reunion group left the party too soon three years ago...We learned t olet go of fear and sadness through his sudden death.
used with permission One member of this family reunion group left the party too soon three years ago...We learned t olet go of fear and sadness through his sudden death. | Source

Let Go of Fear

One person who commented on this hub said that they realized that my family and I have gone through some difficult challenges so for me to write this meant a lot to her.

Well, one area I did not mention was letting go of fear.

If you have a loved one or more than one loved one, who has been diagnosed with a catastrophic illness which may or may not be described as terminal, then you know about fear.

There are other types of fear that hold us in their grip as well. My greatest challenge was living in fear of what next with my family members whose lives pretty much are controlled by their illness. They are not defined by the illness but the fact that they have them does dictate a lot of how they live.

As the Momma and the Nanan of these two, I tried to control the next day and the day after that and the months ahead. And of course I could not do that. My life became consumed by worry and angst. And I was enveloped in fear.

I had an epiphany at some point. I realized that I was mourning them and they are ON the planet. I was missing the moments that I should relish. From that point forth, I dumped my fear and have not looked back.

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not.

Add what is uniquely your own

— ~~Bruce Lee



Do you wake up every morning, and even before your place your feet on the floor, being reminded of or thinking of something that angers you, hurts you, saddens you? Is it something that you cannot let go of?

Is it something you have struggled with for far too long but just have not chosen to put in your past?

It really is about choosing, you know.

You, meaning we can be defined by some past injustice, some past wrong, some past misstep on our own part.

We can stay in that place where we were at the time it first happened and be miserable for ever. There is a way around it: we can choose to let go.


The Innocence of a Child Can Remind Us of the Joy of Being Free

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Because of Winn-Dixie Signature Edition

A must read for all ages. A dog, a young girl, a local woman deemed a 'witch' and other characters who will enchant you are part of this story that you will not soon forget.

 

Letting go of anger

Anger is so powerful. It seemingly holds all of the cards. It is a hand loaded with the all of the reasons to stay angry. What that person did was so horrendous, why would I ever consider letting go?

He, she, they stole my childhood, my livelihood , my children, my comfortable retirement. How can I not get up every day consumed with anger?

Anger eats at our insides…eating its way from deep inside of us, festering, gnawing, chewing away at what is at the core of our very being. Devouring ever fiber of our goodness until one day we are face to face with that demon.


“How many of us walk around being weighed down by the baggage of our journey? You can’t possibly embrace that new relationship, that new companion, that new career, that new friendship, or that new life you want while you’re still holding on to the baggage of the last one. Let go… and allow yourself to embrace what is waiting for you right at your feet.”

— ~Steve Mariboli

Decide how to come to terms with anger

Anger can steal the better part of any day and can drag on for far too long, draining us of our positive energy and positive outlook.

We have worn it for so long that it has become a natural part of us, an expected part of each day, but at some point, gradually and insidiously, it begins to reach beyond us to those that we love and those that love us back.

Before it is too late, choosing to let go is the only choice.

There are those psychologists and psychiatrists of which I am neither who say that confronting the person the anger is directed towards is the way to move on. And that may be true for some. But I believe there are other ways and I think, notice I am saying, I think, because I am using my personal journey, that finding what works for you is equally as important as what someone else decided is best for you.

So Many Lessons Can Be Learned

Gloria shows Opal that the tree is there to serve to teach more than one lesson. She leads her to see:

  • Only the present matters---do not judge others but what they were but by what you see now, what you know now of them.
  • Everyone has their own ghosts.
  • Everyone needs love and protection.

Letting Go Tree

There is a rather simple, short, and on the surface seemingly inconsequential book entitled

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Di Camillo. You may have seen the movie with your children or grandchildren. Maybe it was just you alone who went to see it. The movie is actually quite true to the book.

This small book intended primarily for young children is one that all should read. It has so much of import for us to ponder and consider.

There is a character in the story that the neighborhood children have deemed a witch. Her name is Gloria Dump. You will remember her long after you after read the last page of this book.

The story unfolds and Opal, the main character second only to Winn Dixie (a lovable dog) in my view finds out a secret of Gloria’s.

In Gloria’s back yard she has a tree from which are hung many bottles. Gloria calls it her mistake tree.

Gloria is an alcoholic and each bottle is a mistake she made. She hung the bottles there as a reminder.

Because of Winn Dixie....A Book for All, A Sappy Little Movie with Great Sentiment +++ Some Important Messages

“Everyone you meet comes with baggage, find someone who cares enough to help you unpack.”

— ~Ziad K. Abdelnour

Finding a way to let go

The application to our lives are there for the taking.

Make a mistake tree of your own and call it your LETTING GO TREE.

If you do not wish to hang bottles from it then find a way to make it work for you. Hang biodegradable ribbon or raffia from the branches, plant small plants around it when you feel a need to acknowledge something that you consider a mistake. Perhaps not your mistake but a bump in the road that is causing you angst and hindering you from letting go.

If you wish to hang or plant nothing near your tree, then figuratively 'dump' your mistakes, your anger, your fear, your sorrow. And do it at a figurative tree if using a real tree does not work for you.

Make this a meaningful experience for you...and no one needs to know unless you choose to share it. My thinking is you will probably want others to know after you find how freeing this process can become.

Yes indeed....Tim Got it Right!!!!

Nature's Beauty--- a Place to Let Go

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Dedicate Your Own Letting Go Tree

Be reminded perhaps of Gloria Dump as you dump whatever it is that is consuming your every day right there at your tree.

By actually leaving your home and walking out to the spot in nature where you have dedicated this tree, you are choosing to be rid of sorrow, or anger, or injustice.

If you live in an apartment or studio and have no tree, buy a small tree or plant to place somewhere in your home to use as your letting go place.

Perhaps you are thinking that seeing the tree will only be a reminder of what was troubling you in the first place. That may be case if you are not willing to let go. If by the action of going to your tree, acknowledging how you feel, how you have felt, and how you wish to feel from that point on is done with conviction, it will be a new beginning for you. It is about choice.

Freeing yourself, ourselves, from the ghosts that tie us to the past is cleansing and will redefine who we are and who we will become.

And, of course, your 'tree' can be simply a place where you commune with nature and take time to reflect and re-asses and to back up and regroup. Taking time for YOU is the best gift you can give yourself.


Taking Time for YOU to Experience Nature

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Let go of sadness

When death comes and it will to each of us, it is for most a time of immense grief. We mourn for that one we loved so and while in many cases leaving us meant no more pain for them, it left us filled with sorrow.

And it is so important to acknowledge that sadness, that sorrow, that pain, that longing for one more chance to hold them, our anger at them for leaving us. The grief process is our way of addressing how we feel…allowing ourselves to be washed in the emotion we experience and coming to terms with it. For some it takes longer than others to grieve. It is an individual process and each one of us expresses it and acknowledges it in our own unique way.

There does come a time though when it is time to choose to let go. Letting go does not mean forgetting how much you love the person how much you miss them it simply means that for you, the sorrow will no longer keep you from the new today that comes whether you are ready or not.

It means no longer being consumed with sadness and loneliness. It means embracing the newness of life and relishing these new moments in full knowledge that your loved one would want that for you.

As a matter of fact, it has been my experience having lost a number of those that I loved so much and longed for and missed sorely in their death, that I found a new peace and a new connection to them once I was able to let go.

Forgive those who have wronged you and learn to forgive yourself for your mistakes.

— author unknown

Let go of mistakes and guilt

Letting go of mistakes and guilt may be the most difficult challenge we face in the letting go department. It seems that forgiving ourselves of anything is next to impossible.

The wasted years of agonizing over the what if’s of our lives have become a shield against facing the mistake--the mistakes, and the guilt that have become an expected part of our lives.

Again agonizing of whatever it was can not undo it. It cannot change it. It can only serve to keep you punishing yourself over and over and over.

For some going to the Letting Go tree will not be enough. If it is not, then you will need to find a way to make it right for your life. Write a letter and do not send it. Write a letter and send it.

Meet with the person that you feel deserves an apology or at least an acknowledgment of what you consider the reason for your guilt. This can be very painful and hurtful. You and the other person may feel worse for a time after the meeting but in time you will feel the sense that you have let go. By meeting with that person you will have faced down your demons, you will have done all you can do. Now it is time to forgive yourself. Forgive yourself and let go.

Allow Each Moment to be a New Step Forward

Every day is an opportunity to make the choices that will put the past where it should be. That does not mean that there are not lessons to be learned from the past. It simply means that the anger, the sorrow, the guilt, the mistakes can be left there…learn what you can from them and move on. Move on.

We have been given only a few minutes on this planet to spend it trying to second guess the past. Beating yourself up over something that happened long ago serves no purpose. It will destroy you and in so doing your relationships with others.

Use your minutes wisely. Hug them closely to you and selfishly guard them so that they are used to increase experiencing LIFE in the most remarkable ways that unfold for you.

Choose to let go and make each moment a new step forward.

Dedicate a Letting Go Tree …A Mistake Tree…whatever you wish to call it and choose to let go.

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Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

http://www.best-self-help-sites.com/letting-go-quotes.html

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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Learning to let go has been a blessing to my life and has made me see things more clearly.

Angels are on the way to you Benny01


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Tillsontitan for stopping to read and comment. learning to dump what is not worth hauling around has made so much difference in my life.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Benny01 21 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Well written @ps. Letting go is the only option to live a happy life.


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

I think others here have said much about your tree and your ideas. Anger and grudges get heavier to carry as time goes on, letting go is the only way to ease the burden.

You pictures are lovely too.

Voted up, useful, and interesting. I am sending blessings to you dear friend.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida Author

True a life without any adversity would be less of a challenge. But I do believe, Aufait, that clinging to that baggage can hold our lives back.

Deal with it, acknowledge, but do not let it own me...that is how I have chosen to live. Perhaps that is not right for someone else and I am adding that to this hub.

Thanks for visiting Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas

I think one cannot live their life fully without collecting a bit of baggage along the way. To me a person without baggage is a person who has sat on the sidelines watching life pass him/her by.

At the same time, I agree that one should deal with adversity and learn from it rather than allowing it to become a burden to be dragged around for the rest of one's life, spoiling the future, rather than being dealt with and put to rest in the past where it belongs.

Voting this up and useful/interesting. Sharing. Blessings to you and yours also.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good idea...letting go and moving on...I have had a lot of years to practice this whole letting go thing. There were times when I found it very difficult to do.

Thank you for your insightful comment.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps


hlwar 3 years ago

Thank you for a very honest, wonderful hub! (´∀`)♡

Unfortunately, I've become notorious for holding grudges, and have let every little thing bother me to the point I've basically suffered break downs. It's definitely hard to let go of anger, resentment, and guilt, try as I might. But sometimes it's not even about letting go of those emotions, but the people who cause them.

I love the idea of the Letting Go Tree. I have two rescued evergreens in my yard; maybe I'll find what to hang on them and adopt them as my Letting Go and Moving On Trees. \(*T▽T*)/


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Glimmer

It took me time to get to this place. There were too many things I clung to that weighed on me daily. Letting go brought me new peace and freedom.

thanks for visiting....Angels are on the way :) ps


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

So incredibly powerful and beautiful. Letting go is something extremely difficult for me, but I realize how important it is. Well done!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

What a wonderful inspiring hub! I had to face death before I realized that I must let go of all the things you've mentioned in this hub. At first it was not easy - they are quite sticky. But eventually I got them all out of my system. Life is too short and precious to allow negative thoughts and emotions to steal our joy.

Voted up and awesome :)


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

This such a powerful emotional, and healing essay. I love the idea of the "Letting Go Tree" and your common sense and wise counsel to all of us about hot wasting our lives entangled in negative and destructive emotions and patterns. Recently a friend and I planted a small decorative (six feet I suppose) tree/bush in my yard. I can see it through the window from three different rooms in my house. That is going to be my Letting Go Tree. Thank you for giving all of us this gift. Bless you. Sharing. Theresa


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi pstraubie48

I really like your idea about having a letting go tree. I see it as something that is good for the mind, body and soul and healthy way to deal with our anger and fear. Voted up+++ and sharing

Have a wonderful weekend

Sue


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Suzetter

The journey to the place where I have been able to leave alone those destructive feelings, that baggage that I carried around for so long was a long and winding road for sure.

But I am so blessed I have learned and hope that others may find this helpful for their lives.

Sending Angels your way this evening. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Suzetter

The journey to the place where I have been able to leave alone those destructive feelings, that baggage that I carried around for so long was a long and winding road for sure.

But I am so blessed I have learned and hope that others may find this helpful for their lives.

Sending Angels your way this evening. :) ps


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

What a wonderful idea - a forgiving and letting go tree! I have never thought of that so your suggestions and advice are spot on. We cannot let what others have done or said to us completely consume us. This is a great idea for 'dumping' those awful feelings onto another object and ridding ourselves of them. Planting a tree is so optimistic of the future and watching it grow is so soothing and theraputic. Thanks for writing this and for your wonderful idea.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning DDE

You are so right. Digging down deep inside and finding that piece of us that propels us forward does define who we are.

Each day is a new opportunity to do just that.

Glad to see you today

Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning DDE

You are so right. Digging down deep inside and finding that piece of us that propels us forward does define who we are.

Each day is a new opportunity to do just that.

Glad to see you today

Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning MrsBrownsPalmer

And you know what, I keep on learning ---every day I find some new bit of wisdom from someone that enlarges my life even more. My Momma always told me that learning was lifelong and she was so right.

Thanks for visiting

Sending Angels your way...:) ps


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Letting go of any emotion is never the easiest one has to do this in their own time. You did this so well the challenges we face makes us who we really are,


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Letting go---such a powerful topic! There is so much wisdom here in your writing, and I found this helpful and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your life lessons! ~Lurana


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Sweet Shiningirisheyes...

Over the years we all have bumps and even detours that cause us to either wake up and let go or cause us to go down a sad, lonely dead end.

Not for me to say how others should do...I only know from past experience that I wish I had realized sooner how destructive the holding on was.

Thank you for stopping by...many Angels and blessings are on the way back to you :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Sweet Shiningirisheyes...

Over the years we all have bumps and even detours that cause us to either wake up and let go or cause us to go down a sad, lonely dead end.

Not for me to say how others should do...I only know from past experience that I wish I had realized sooner how destructive the holding on was.

Thank you for stopping by...many Angels and blessings are on the way back to you :) ps


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Outstanding description of how to deal with and ultimately let go of fear and anger, as they go hand in hand.

You are such a strong woman and I take great inspiration from you.

I send so many blessings and good wishes your way my dear friend.

XOXO


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy

I hope you have a chance to read it...I really did not do it justice. Kate DiCamillo has a way with words.

And I do agree that most of us experience all of these, anger, sadness, and so on...and how we get through it determines the quality of our life, don't you think?

So nice to see you this afternoon.

Angels and blessings are on the way to you :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy

I hope you have a chance to read it...I really did not do it justice. Kate DiCamillo has a way with words.

And I do agree that most of us experience all of these, anger, sadness, and so on...and how we get through it determines the quality of our life, don't you think?

So nice to see you this afternoon.

Angels and blessings are on the way to you :) ps


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I think that most of us if we live to a certain age have experienced losses and grief in our lives, some more than others. Uncontrolled anger can literally ruin a person's health as well as happiness. This little book sounds like it is packed with good advice and your review of it...whether I ever actually read it or not...was wonderful and inspirational. Many up votes and happy to share this with others. Bless you and your family and may you always be surrounded by angels.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi rajan jolly

This particular article is very close to my heart as it was a personal journey for me. I have not always been free of that which caused me pain and angst. So writing this was another way to free myself.

Nice to see you this evening. Have a great week.

Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi rajan jolly

This particular article is very close to my heart as it was a personal journey for me. I have not always been free of that which caused me pain and angst. So writing this was another way to free myself.

Nice to see you this evening. Have a great week.

Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

That is a great way to put it, Scribenet. Whatever we can do to let go of anything that interferes with living our best life is a good thing.

I struggled for far too long with demons I needed to park somewhere. And park I did. And how much better my life is.

Letting go is hard to do is an apropos song to describe this too..:)

Sending you Angels this evening :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

That is a great way to put it, Scribenet. Whatever we can do to let go of anything that interferes with living our best life is a good thing.

I struggled for far too long with demons I needed to park somewhere. And park I did. And how much better my life is.

Letting go is hard to do is an apropos song to describe this too..:)

Sending you Angels this evening :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Victoria

You can find the book at almost any bookstore and I imagine your public library may have several copies. It is worth the read...it is short and packed full of wisdom.

There have been many things to let go of...one of them was living in fear...I had to learn to live today. And that was life changing.

I may need to add that to my article.

Nice to see you this afternoon. Have a lovely week.

Angels are on the way and thank you for your kind words. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Victoria

You can find the book at almost any bookstore and I imagine your public library may have several copies. It is worth the read...it is short and packed full of wisdom.

There have been many things to let go of...one of them was living in fear...I had to learn to live today. And that was life changing.

I may need to add that to my article.

Nice to see you this afternoon. Have a lovely week.

Angels are on the way and thank you for your kind words. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Carol

As I said in this sharing, I carried around baggage for far too long. It weighed on me and was denying me the real joy that life was trying to give me. There just came a time when I had to make peace with it and move on. It was not easy at all but it was such a relief.

Sending Angels to you, Carol, and to yours.

:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Carol

As I said in this sharing, I carried around baggage for far too long. It weighed on me and was denying me the real joy that life was trying to give me. There just came a time when I had to make peace with it and move on. It was not easy at all but it was such a relief.

Sending Angels to you, Carol, and to yours.

:) ps


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Just beautiful ps, when my husband died three and a half years ago, we planted a tree in honor of his life. It's a little different from what you suggested, nevertheless, its growth now represents our growth since he passed. And, yes, there definitely is a new connection, I have found. I know his spirit watches over us and is guiding us through our lives. Bless you, Kathi :O)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I have not learned to let go of many things that I should. I may have to find a copy of that book. I would love to read it. I also loved reading your hub. It was beautifully written. I know you have suffered great loss, so for you to say these things you share means a lot. Thanks so much.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very motivating read and time to start off a new day. Thanks. Voted up and useful.


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Scribenet 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

"Letting Go is Hard to Do," as the song says...but how liberating and peaceful the result! I like to think of negative chatter as so much "static interference on a screen" and getting rid of it makes for much clearer thinking and a clearer picture!

Great Hub and advice!


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I believe there is a lot of wisdom in taking physical steps whether your heart and mind agree or not. It is a way of feeling in control of situations you really can't control. It is hardest to get past someone who has wronged you because you can't do anything about them. You can only do something about yourself. Up and useful.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Powerful ...And timely...I think we all have chronic guilt, sadness and loss..from years past. Our lives just are not perfect. I have one of each and I do wake up plagued with one of them..Not everyday but enough to notice. So well written and we all need reminders to let go...It is past and if we cannot make changes then it is always good to findways to let go.....I am bookmarking for future reading....maybe several times..Voting up and sharing. So well written my good friend...and glad I found it this morning.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Acaetnna

And thank you for stopping. Learning to let go has been a journey for me and it continues to be. I try each day to remember these very words I have shared so I do not get mired down in the lonely unhappy place that holding onto to STUFF can lead.

Angels are on the way to you this morning :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hello, my friend, prasetio....

So nice to see you this morning.

I was just in a reflective mood the day I wrote this and felt I wanted to share how I have learned to let go. And admittedly I must keep myself focused so I do not slip up and hold on to something I need to let go of.

Thanks for the votes and for stopping by

Angels and blessings are on the way to you :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hello, my friend, prasetio....

So nice to see you this morning.

I was just in a reflective mood the day I wrote this and felt I wanted to share how I have learned to let go. And admittedly I must keep myself focused so I do not slip up and hold on to something I need to let go of.

Thanks for the votes and for stopping by

Angels and blessings are on the way to you :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning drbj...

Yes Gloria's neme was well chosen. She got it right with unloading her mistakes as she did. And then passing on her wisdom to a young girl who was searching for answers.

Anger is the HUGE destroyer and keeping it all tucked up inside of us does nothing to change or level the playing field does it?

Thanks for your visit...it is always nice to see you :) ps


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

What a brilliant idea and a wonderful way to 'let go'!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub. I got new motivation after reading this hub. Thank you for another wonderful hub. Up and useful votes. God bless you :-)

Prasetio


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Focusing on the negative and/or anger, Patricia, is a behavior that causes much stress and mental anguish for people unwilling to let go. Your description of the Letting Go tree (whether real or imagined) can be a life-saver for those folks. Thanks for describing the book and the process so well. Gloria Dump was aptly named, wasn't she?


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Pamela

Glad to see you this evening.

I thought that sharing the mistake tree and making it a possibility for a letting go tree for others might be helpful to someone else.

Sending you Angels and blessings this evening :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Pamela

Glad to see you this evening.

I thought that sharing the mistake tree and making it a possibility for a letting go tree for others might be helpful to someone else.

Sending you Angels and blessings this evening :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Letting go was the way that I found my way off the merry go round of emotional turmoil I had been on for many years. It took much soul searching before I felt freed.

Thank you for visiting this afternoon.

Sending you Angels today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Letting go was the way that I found my way off the merry go round of emotional turmoil I had been on for many years. It took much soul searching before I felt freed.

Thank you for visiting this afternoon.

Sending you Angels today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi MsDora

Thank you for visiting. Learning to let go was a journey for me. I had been thinking about sharing this for a long time. And the mistake tree became a way for me to make a letting go tree. I do not actually put things on my tree...it is just a symbolic way for me dump an issue and move on.

Have a lovely evening.

Sending

Angels your way this evening. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Bill

Thank you for taking time to stop by....I thought of you as I wrote this as I know that you did let go and look how it turned your life around.

And I rejoice for you as you bring so much to our lives through your writings.

Sending blessings and Angels to you and Bev this afternoon. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Bill

Thank you for taking time to stop by....I thought of you as I wrote this as I know that you did let go and look how it turned your life around.

And I rejoice for you as you bring so much to our lives through your writings.

Sending blessings and Angels to you and Bev this afternoon. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good afternoon, O, I guess it is good evening, Faith

So glad to see you stopping by.

I imagine you realized that I had some letting go to do at some point.

It took me a while to be able to let go but it definitely turned my life around.

Sending you Angels and blessings this afternoon. :) ps


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Excellent advice and a very clever way to deal with those negativ emotions that hold up back from experiencing more joy in life. Voted up, useful and awesome. God bless.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

So true, we all need to learn to let go. I can also relate to these situations. This is an eye-opener. Thank you for sharing this with us. Votes up and sharing!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

A very practical and beautiful idea about letting go. Holding on takes so much energy. Now I want to see the movie. Thanks for sharing. Voted Up!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

PS, I am only reading a couple hubs today, but there was no doubt I would read yours. I let go a little over six years ago. It was that or die, and I chose life.

Your lessons here are so important for happiness. Hopefully many will read this awesome hub and internalize the message.

hugs and blessings coming your way...have a great weekend!

bill


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Hi Dear Friend,

What an excellent write here full of great advice. I like the idea of a "Letting Go Tree."

When we hang on to all the negative, it will literally make us ill and then we cannot move forward in our lives and life to the fullest.

Really enjoyed reading this interesting and useful article.

Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

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