The Snow Queen and The Fab Four
I have struggled with stresses, demands and worries, and during a particularly overwhelming period, I kept getting the same advice: just let it go. I wasn’t frustrated at the advice in particular, it made sense, I could see the value in it, and I wanted to be able to do that – just let it go. But I couldn’t. The more I tried to let it go, the more the problem would dog me.
I also didn’t have the first clue about how to let go. Do I think about the issue more and try to solve it? Do I reason with myself on the benefits of letting go? Do I clear my mind of any thoughts whatsoever and hope that the problem just doesn’t find its way back in? Letting go seemed like such a strenuous activity in and of itself, and I wasn’t good at it, so the result was that I just got frustrated with myself. Why can’t I let this go? What’s wrong with me? This is so stupid. I was compounding my stress.
So, one day I was lamenting the fact that even though I wanted to, and even though it would help me, I just could not seem to let it go. As luck would have it, I got some even better advice from a wise person in my life. He said, “don’t try to let it go, just let it be.” There was a freedom in those words that I hadn’t experienced before. All of a sudden, it seemed so do-able. I could give up the fight and just accept what is. I could let things be what they are and trust my ability to handle them. Get out of my mind and back into flowing with life. Just let it be.
And so, if you find yourself in a similar situation, I invite you to ditch the advice of a certain animated snow queen, and instead embrace the wisdom of the Fab Four:
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be There will be an answer
Let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be
- The Beatles (Lennon, McCartney)
(The picture for this post is the actual page from my calendar today. I love it when the Universe gives us little winks.)