A dear friend sent me some of her thoughts last night. She said (I’m paraphrasing) as we go along in our lives, part of our deepest level of humanity is that we try, we fail, we get up, and we try again. As we grow, as we live, we learn new things. But just as we pick up and learn new skills and new talents along our road, we have to let go of some of the other pieces of our lives to make room for these new things.
We see this most obviously when age starts to creep in. Our bodies start to fail us. We start to lose the talents we once had; the ability to run fast, walk far, or hold steady. And what can be hard to realize as those loses start to take hold is all the gains we’ve also had, and continue to have, as we grow older. The wisdom. The sageness. The confidence. The grace. All of these things come with time. In fact, many of these things only come if we let go of other things like excitement, eagerness, over-anxiousness, and cockiness; things that are often attributed to youth.
In all instances, we have to give some to get some. Try as we might, we cannot have it all.
The important thing is to realize is that our gains will always far outweigh our losses. And those gains will always be a positive symbol of our growth and the progress in our lives.
So don’t be afraid to keep making room for new things. And to do this, work hard at keepin’ on keepin’ on, and keep on letting go.