Letting Go, What Matters Now?

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We both felt what we felt and that's just that

But grace comes more naturally after the fact

After when it's time to rise above

I chose then and I still choose now - to love

Trying to make sense of something that has no sense to be made

Has such potential to drive a person completely insane

Why am I so driven to share the truth and to know the truth

Really, I ask, what is there in it to prove

Nothing at all, it seems, and I hardly know what is real anymore

What it is that I should care for, or what it is I should abhor

Unhappiness leads to a change of path

Losing friends along the way that perhaps I never had

Believe in yourself, that’s what they say

Because no one else will be around for long anyway

Don’t expect, don’t even dare to ask

But is there even much point to that

There’s more to life than just ourselves

More to others than just themselves

Do people leave because they just don’t care

Or do they go because they are too scared

Of what might be the end of a story

Worry about those we love, though, comes with the territory

And the story ends how it will end no matter when or how

No one really ever knows beyond the here and right now

Grudges serve no purpose nor does wondering why

People disappear instead of watch you learn to fly

But if fear is the reason love must not be expressed

And that caring in the heart must be suppressed

Know that the price is higher when heaviness gets the best of you

Be sure you are letting go of all the right things when you do

Think of all the blessings that come from caring to be missed

Life’s too short to worry about all of the what ifs

Especially when there never is any certainty anyhow

What matters then may not matter later, perhaps not even now

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cleaner3 10 months ago from Pueblo, Colorado

A lot of questions asked... who really knows the answers... until we experience them ... each one deals with pain and heartache in different ways.. expression and the questions are needed for each of us to grow... I like your write,, shanmarie

thank you for sharing..


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manatita44 10 months ago from london

A lot here, with a clean ending. It's all about the journey and how we deal with it, determines how fast we get there, but again, we live in such a way that that there's no rush ...just NOW!

I like the way you flowed with this one, shanmarie. Excellent!


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

Letting go is painful but sometimes it's the best solution. Easy-does-it comes to mind here. Cheers.


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Ericdierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A wonderful piece. It sure is hard to let go sometimes.


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shanmarie 10 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, cleaner. I don't know that anyone really knows the answer even after experiencing things. Life sometimes just happens.


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shanmarie 10 months ago from Texas Author

Hi manatita. No rush, just now. That's another thing entirely, though.. . people trying to rush others into doing things on their time instead of allowing others to simply experience what they feel. It's all a complicated interaction. No winners. No losers. Nothing to prove. Plenty to lose, but even more to gain.


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shanmarie 10 months ago from Texas Author

Hello, Ruby. No, it's never easy. One of these was awhile ago, though,and the other idea was conceived around the same time. No matter how much I let go of, I will always think it is sad that people let go of each other when they claim to still care. It's so unnecessary. Time heals, but I miss people just the same.


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shanmarie 10 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Eric. It is hard, yes. And sometimes people just naturally drift apart. That's not always easy either, especially in this technological age. People get too busy to write letters, emails, send a message via social networks, etc. I'm not even into social media much. I prefer one on one contact, but sometimes just letting someone know they are being thought of makes a huge difference. Anyway. . .now I'm off topic, I suppose. LOL. Thanks again for stopping by to read.


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manatita44 10 months ago from london

The journey ....alas! alas! You have my Love and prayers ...I need yours ...


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shanmarie 10 months ago from Texas Author

Of course I will pray for you, manatita.


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Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

I don't think I could have expressed those thoughts any better than you did, Shanmarie. I totally related to everything you wrote, and you carried me through it with the flow of your knowledge. It was lovely, and it was true. Love your wisdom!! Great Job!!


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Missy! I don't feel so wise, though. Sometimes I think truth and wisdom both are in the eye of the beholder, so to speak, like beauty. :)


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ChitrangadaSharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

Beautifully expressed poem and I can relate to it. It is so difficult to 'Let it go' but that is the best option.

"---Life’s too short to worry about all of the what ifs

Especially when there never is any certainty anyhow

What matters then may not matter later, perhaps not even now."

You summed it up beautifully!

Thank you for sharing!


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, ChitrangadaSharan. Sometimes it is harder not to ponder the what ifs and the whys. It almost seems as if understanding those things might somehow make a difference in the future. But that is not necessarily the case either.

That last line, though applicable in many ways and under many circumstances, was inspired by my belief that people let other people go or distance themselves over things that seem so important at a particular point in time. Later, those things may only be shadows compared to everything else of worth and yet people still maintain their distance as if the past is still a part of the present. Smaller things making mountains that should probably be leveled. When people understand where others are coming from, why they perceive things a certain way, or do things a certain way hearts can soften and ways of thinking can alter enough that a balance naturally finds itself. But, people don't try to understand. They don't want to. Or they are scared of what it requires of them. Whatever the reason. . .It's almost a pity.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 9 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Enjoyed this. A very expressive poem.


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Rasma. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.


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shprd74 9 months ago from Bangalore

Excellent.

To let go, it take more than an ego.

it takes real thorough, know-how,

of our own reason in this globe,

when earth is on a constant move,

why we earthlings, shouldn't be so.

- Hari


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Great comment, Hari! Thank you.


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lawrence01 9 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Shanmarie

I agree life is too short to worry about all the 'What ifs'

Great hub

Lawrence


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Lawrence. :)


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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas

Sometimes people disappear from our lives and we may never know the reason. People's relationships grow or in other cases wither and die. Nothing is static in life just as it is not static in nature. Try not to mourn the past and get on with life. That is all anyone can do.


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Oh, definitely. When the past becomes the past, I don't mourn it. Nonetheless, it's still bittersweet at times. It's always incredibly sad to me when people purposely let things whither away. Those ties so matter because love matters. All else pales in comparison.


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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas

Agreed....but we are not always in control of every situation. True love takes nurturing and time and is also a two way street. The same can be said for friendships. There has to be a meeting somewhere in the middle for those relationships to work long term.


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

I agree, Peggy! And I see no reason why middle ground should not always be sought, especially if one truly cares for another. It's mostly a matter of communication and then understanding. But then again. . .I'm probably just a hopeless romantic, romantic love or not.


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Larry Rankin 9 months ago from Oklahoma

Beautifully said.


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Larry. jI'm glad you stopped by to read.


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Au fait 6 months ago from North Texas

Letting go can be so freeing, and take tons of weight off one's shoulders. Hanging on can distract one from something better that is right beside them, but they lose it never knowing, because of trying to hold onto something that is over, or that can never be.

Very insightful and well expressed.


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shanmarie 6 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Au Fait. There's always something waiting.

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