A Vizla is a highly intelligent breed of dog that is used for bird retrieval. I once purchased a Vizla because I thought they were so beautiful with their amber coats and eyes! It was soon apparent that being denied the use of her true talents, Heidi was not happy. She began to escape and steal work boots and chickens from my neighbors! After three years I was quite attached to this dog, but I understood that I had to return her to the breeder to be placed in a home where she could thrive with her natural strengths. I had to let go.
Womenworking.com recently posted this thought: “One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go.” Life has held a series of letting go moments for me and I’ve gotten better at the fight. Even after the loss of my brother, when I believed that nothing good could come of his suicide, I was finally able to let go of my grief and use the experience to help others.
Letting go can be painful, but it always gives an opportunity for growth. Our mental health depends upon our ability to adapt, to change, to accept, and to grow. At times it feels like a game of Tug of War. The rope is burning your hands and you’re trying to hold on. Sometimes you win the fight and enjoy victory. Sometimes you just have to let go.