Week #27 – “Let the balloon go…” (What are you holding on to?)
I want to be honest with you…last week was a pretty tough week for me. My birthday is not always my favorite day of the year — and because Rob and I were born so close together, this was the first birthday I ever celebrated without him. It was hard to grow a year older knowing he won’t ever catch up…and all the while I heard his voice in my head saying, “Let the balloon, Grace. Just let the balloon go…”
I spent a good many of my adult years worrying over things…real things, made up things, hypothetical things, future things, past things, never-gonna-happen things. Dr. Suess’ book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” did little to prepare me for “Oh, the Things You Can Worry About!”
This drove Rob crazy. A) Because when I was with him I was supposed to be having the best time ever (how could you not?)! And B) Perhaps it was because his spirit was wise beyond his years and knew that time was short.
As I started to grow up and deal with my worry, I read about a technique that was good for those 2am worry sessions: you imagine the worries you are holding as helium-filled balloons. And one-by-one you release them and visualize them floating high up into the sky. I must’ve shared this with Rob at some point — because he knew when I was holding on to a “worry balloon.” And he would often say to me as he watched me drift away in concern, “Let the balloon go, Grace. Just let the balloon go.”
Do you have things you are holding on to today that you want to let go? Anger, resentment, grief, loss, a mistake, a regret, a secret, or simply a missed opportunity you are punishing yourself over? Or maybe it’s physical things like clutter that is standing in your way…or toxic relationships that are holding you back?
Your assignment for this week: What better time than the first days of Spring to open up space for new possibilities?! This weekend — find a release ritual to help you “let those balloons go” and open your hands to new and exciting possibilities. Here are some ideas:
(But whatever you do PLEASE DO NOT release real balloons into the air…they are only a metaphor! And otherwise very bad for the environment!)
- Write it down – then burn it (safely please, I don’t want to worry!), flush it, float it out to sea, send it down a river, sink it in a lake, or bury it in your garden. Write your NEW intention on a fresh piece of paper and keep it front and center as something for you to build on, rather than something that tears you down.
- Throw/Give it away – I’ve been decluttering my space and it’s been helpful to keep a tally of how many items I’ve thrown away, and in some instances even take photos of those items (and share them only with the closest of friends).
- Love it — enough to let it go! Sometimes the last thing we need to do to release something is to love it, to accept it, to acknowledge its importance, and to be honest about its role in our future.
They say to love something is to set it free. I remind myself of this over and over as I cling tightly to the memory of my brother…knowing full well I must open my hands so that they are free to do my best work: the work of Happyness!
On this — the first day of Spring — what “balloons” do you need to let go of this week so that your hands are free to do YOUR best work?
Spread Happyness — “Let those balloons go!” And share your Release Rituals in the comments!
3/20/15 by Grace Church
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