What Does It Mean to "Let Go"? Part 1

Day after day we hear people talk about the difficulty they have with letting things go. Sometimes it's related to codependency and the trouble they have with not controlling others. Sometimes it's when a person has trouble with an addict in their life. Others just have trouble letting go of old wounds and resentments. So we thought we would help our readers see what "letting go" actually means, and clear up any misconceptions about it.

  • When people let go some might think they are in denial, in reality they are in a state of acceptance that they can't change anything but themselves.
  • Part of letting go means you admit your own part to a problem and remembering you might not be a victim in this situation if you caused some of the problems. This means you aren't judging and criticizing others, but just looking at yourself.
  • Letting go is an act of self love. It's accepting that you can't control the future and might have to roll with things one step at a time. Letting go does not mean you get your way every time.

Remember letting go is an important part of healthy living. If you don't practice letting go, life can become heavy with all the negative things you carry inside! Check in tomorrow for more!

Written by guest blogger Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Renewed Horizon Counseling. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.