My friend Christine Van Loo, once named the Female Acrobatics Athlete of the Decade, is a 7-time National Champion in Acrobatic Gymnastics. As evidenced from the pictures below, Christine can do things I can’t even imagine.
Embedded in the beauty, grace, and athleticism of Christine’s performance is a fundamental principle of life: hang on to what you ought to hang on to and let go of what you ought to let go of.
Let’s consider the first half of that principle: hang on to what you ought to hang on to. As we journey through life, we hang on to all sorts of things: purpose, memories, beliefs, relationships, experiences, possessions, values, and habits. Hanging on to some of these items enriches and enhances our lives:
- Hanging on to valuing honesty.
- Hanging on to the habit of regular exercise.
- Hanging on to the belief that all people deserve respect.
But we can also hang on to what we ought to let go of, can become a barrier to a more enjoyable, a more flourishing, and effective life. Imagine the detriments to hanging on to what we ought to let go of.
- Hanging on to an unhealthy relationship.
- Hanging on to possessing 103 shirts when we never wear half of them.
- Hanging on to a habit of sarcasm.
Realize that sometimes:
- we don’t feel like hanging on to what we ought to hang on to,
- we feel like hanging on to what we ought to let go of.
- Identify 3 things I am hanging on to that I ought to hang on to. What are the benefits to hanging on to these things?
- Identify 3 things I am hanging on to that I ought to let go of. How are hanging on to these barriers to a more fruitful or meaningful life?
As you go through the following week, see what you are experiencing through the lens of hanging on.
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