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Letting Go vs Holding On

Balloon Girl, by Banksy
Balloon Girl, by Banksy

Holding on can be an adventure of faith.

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Letting go can be exactly what your heart needs to bloom.

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Holding on can allow time for the creation of special moments with your loved ones.

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Letting go can create special moments for yourself.

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Holding on can buy you the time to make your dreams come true.

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Letting go could have been the smarter choice.

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Holding on could be destructive.

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Letting go could be the pathway to piecing it all together again.

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Holding on can be the push the universe needs to help you along.

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Letting go can be one of the most transformative and beautiful choices of your life.

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Holding on can give legs to your dreams.

Not in the plan, but she makes a lovely ogre.
Not in the plan, but she makes a lovely ogre.

Letting go can direct you to new and better dreams.

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Holding on could just be the start of a promise that you’ll break.

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Letting go could be an illusion.

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Holding on could change the world.

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Letting go could change the world.

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Obviously, life requires a little of both.  Many times, both options call to me.  Both options have the possibility of greatness and wonder, but you simply can’t do both.

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9/18 – 9/24 : Approach-Approach Conflict: Approach-approach conflict is the psychological conflict that results when a choice must be made between two desirable alternatives

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How do you know when to hold on and when to let go?

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This week’s Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge is to pick a prompt from their list of blogging events and write about it.  That means, this week only you’ll be able to write your Prompts For The Promptless post and win a million Rarasaur bonus points (because I really do love people who participate), and link up to the Weekly Writing Challenge for a chance to be Freshly Pressed.  That’s awesome.  Just because I love you guys, I’m going to let you in on a sneak peek: This week’s Prompt for the Promptless will be on “Love Letters”– the prompt goes live on Tuesday at 11pm PST and runs for a week, but you’ll want to be linked up by Thursday for a chance at Freshly Pressed joy.

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81 comments

    1. Learning how to let go, or hold on? 😀 Or both? Once I’ve committed to a path, I can manage it… but it can take me aeons to decide whether it’s best to let go on hold on. I wish there was a quarter machine fortune teller who could just give me a push in the right direction. 😉

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      1. A bit of both – the path is never easy is it 😉 So many choices, a quarter machine fortune seller would come in handy – especially a pocket sized one 😉

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  1. You had me as far as the scenes from Titanic. The truth is lcoser to the little cartoon of the falling leaf. You don’t know if it’s a good time to let go until you do, by which point you’ve burnt your bridges Rara.
    As for me? well, I fall between the cmps, as do most people I suppose. I’ve cheerfully let go of huge chunks of my life, gone ‘Hey good while it lasted.’ And I’ve still got things in my baggage from over 40 years ago. There it is.

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    1. Haha, I couldn’t think of a better example of a promise to hold on followed quickly by the breaking of said promise. (Funny thing– on the first read of your comment I thought you wrote that I had you AT the Titanic… and I thought, “Who’d have guessed that Duncan was a Leo & Kate fan? :D) I think we’re all like you in some way or another… somewhere in the cracks. 🙂

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  2. Great post. I, like many parents, struggled with this when my kids were turning into teenagers and young adults. I was an enabler, until a counsellor said to me one day, “The more you do for them, the more inadequate it makes them feel.” Holding on and letting go, and what is best can be a difficult decision.

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    1. It can be, and it applies to so many things– relationships (with kids, lovers, brothers, sisters, co-workers, bosses), jobs and hobbies, thoughts, ideas, hurts, loves, etc… I can’t imagine the difficulty of making that decision as a parent, but it sounds like you did alright. 😀 *hugs*

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  3. This post made me so sad. My friend is doing both these things with her young son as he is critically ill. She asked me that very question yesterday, Do you hold on and wait for a miracle, or will she know when to let him go? As his mom she feels she needs to be able to do that. Your question can apply to so many things in life.

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    1. I’m so sorry for her pain. You’re right, though, when to let go and when to hold on is a question we get asked a million times in the course of life…

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  4. Letting go? I know it’s time to let go about five days too late… I struggle with letting go because I struggle with change. It’s easier to hold on, it’s easier to stay with the status quo. It’s something I’m aware of though, and I can sometimes make myself let go even when I don’t want to…

    Love letters? OoO. I’m super excited. Creative wheels turning. 😀

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    1. Yep. I’m like that with letting go. Of course, I’m awfully like that with holding on, too– it’s always one of the hardest decisions for me to make.

      Yayyy! Love Note Day celebrated on September 26! There’s all sorts of great projects involving love letters, too… I’m excited for it. 😀

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    1. That’s the tricky part, indeed. The next part of the song, “Know when to walk away and know when to run.”… that part I have down to a science.

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      1. I can appreciate that. I’ve realized that I have a strong tendency to look forward and rarely look backward. I’m way more interested in what’s next than what’s been.

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  5. I’ll have to take a pass, as I’m still in “getting back to it” mode. But I do have a post, specifically dedicated to you, coming up shortly – for I have proof you visited me, to brighten my spirit during my little bout of depression. I have …. (dramatic pause) … Rarasaur tracks in my lawn! 😯
    Stay tuned for more….. 😉

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  6. I seem to be holding to letting go. Maybe I should just let go of letting go and hold on. Either way, I love the journey.
    What a wonderful opportunity to combine Prompts for the Promptless and the WordPress writing challenge. I’ll get on it asap. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

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    1. Haha, I understand this. I also hold on to letting go… it really does become a habit, though I try not to let it. Of course, I also hold onto everything. Ah well. I’m working on figuring it out and that counts for something, right? 🙂 I’m looking forward to all the love the prompts might inspire! 😀 *hugs*

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    1. 😀 That’s the way of things, isn’t it? And if you make the right choice, then you’ve let go of stuff you didn’t need, and held onto the things that matter. 🙂 Now I just need to figure out how to make the “right” choice. 🙂

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