One of the great things about having 4 seasons in a year is that nature forces me to change. The changes of the season from summer to autumn, requires me to change the type of clothing I would wear, the fruits that I would eat, the amount of daylight I would enjoy and when I can exercise and so much more. Like the leaves of trees that falls during autumn, it begs the question, is there anything that I need to let go off in order for me to be ready to usher in the new?
To remove what’s old and not needed is part of making room for something new and exciting. Too often we keep and store so much junk from tangible things (clothes, gadgets, shoes etc) to intangibles (hurt, pain, forgiveness, anger, bitterness, etc) that it weights us down. The more significant aspect of this is that it leaves us with no room to take in the new. The new learnings, growth and experiences that is in front of us is hindered as we can’t let go of the old. To move forward is not about carrying as much as we can but to enjoy the experience and release it in order to enjoy new experiences.
What can we do to let go of the old and embrace the new? Ask yourself:
- What I am holding on to? Is it holding me back or not?
- What do I need? Hint: the answer is not everything.
- What am I looking forward to? What do I want to achieve next?
- What steps do I need to take to leave behind the old?
- What steps do I need to take to accept the new?
It is useful once you have completed all the “self talk” that you share it with someone. Talk through it, get feedback and take steps to achieve it. Looking back is great to learn from mistakes, feel good about what was accomplished but life is about moving forward. To move forward require that you look forward and not look back. You can’t change the past but you are certainly in control of changing your future. Start by releasing the old and letting in the new. Enjoy the new season of life.