“One of the happiest moments ever is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.” ~Unknown …
The majority of us would probably agree that it is quite difficult to “let go of the things you cannot change.” We generally feel that we see things more clearly than others; that our way of living life is the best way; that our solutions to life’s difficulties and problems are the optimal ones. However, trying to control life–especially the life of others around us–is not conducive to happiness. Furthermore, it is often quite harmful to others and ourselves.
The moment we are able to let go of trying to control the thoughts and actions of others is truly a life-changing moment. It is when we realize that we do not have to have things our way to experience true happiness in life… we can simply live and let live.
We have one life to live… and that is our own. And the people we know and encounter in life were put here in life to live their own lives as best as they know how to. And if we love them, and we love ourselves, we will let others live their lives in their own way and find happiness as best as they can. And we will surely not judge them or condemn them for making mistakes–whether we warned them or not.
Reflect upon the following: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Questions to consider:
Why is it sometimes difficult to let others make their own mistakes?
Is it even possible to give good advice to others if we have yet to figure out ourselves?
What are some ways in which we can help to remind ourselves not to try to advise others of what they should do or how they should live?
For further thought:
“The real secret of happiness is simply this: to be willing to live and let live, and to know very clearly in one’s own mind that the unpardonable sin is to be an unpleasant person.” ~Galen Starr Ross