Monday Motivation: Just Let It Go Already!!

“Let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymore /Let it go, let it go turn away and  slam the door!/ I don’t care what they’re going to say/ Let the storm rage on, The cold never bothered me anyway….”

As an Early Childhood Educator, Queen Elsa and the other members of her Frozen team seem to have taken over my life. I mean I can’t take one step into my classroom before someone is asking, “Can you play Let it Go?”

Ugh, so I oblige and put on “Let it Go” and even unknowingly sing along with the lyrics in perfect order and with correct tempo and  cadence. ( All my musicians out there will understand the importance of this! :P)  Until today, I actually took a time out and googled the lyrics-and they actually are pretty deep!

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/idinamenzel/letitgo.html

Have you ever had a situation that just won’t go away because YOU just won’t let it? Well I know I have. I used to be the type of person to dwell on it and allow it to infiltrate my thoughts and at times even my actions. Although that may be the most natural reaction( I mean we are human and are innately programmed to react/attack) It’s not the healthiest choice, physically or mentally.

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Some situations you just can’t control. For example, in your life you may encounter a person who doesn’t like ( and may never like you ) for whatever the reason may be. In situations like this, take some time out to check yourself. Ask yourself these questions: Was it something I said/did?, Did I add fuel to the fire?, What can I do to rectify this situation?  If you find that you’re not in the wrong ( and I mean you’ve earnestly looked deep within yourself and have proven this to be true) then I’m sad to say.. there’s not much you can do!

So, how to you deal with a situation like this? Old me would have told you to make a big deal about it, probe everybody you can probe to find out why this person doesn’t like you and maybe even be mean-spirited and rude towards that person ; all of which I have done I mean old me and even sometimes me right now( don’t judge me I’m a work in progress and my what a progress I’ve made :)) can walk into a room, and pretend that you don’t exist and feel no way about. However, I would feel some type of way, when someone would comment about my behavior to my face or  behind my back. Guys let me tell you, I’ve had some situations where my homegirls have even said,” I don’t know how you put up with that”. I think that’s all been a part of my journey though. Learning how to love people whether they like me or not. Trust me, it’s easier said than done. You have to mentally and spiritually prepare yourself to take the negativity that may be continuously spewed your way. It’s actually physically draining too and so not worth it, to battle negativity all the time! I’ve really had to literally learn to “let it go”. You never know what kind of insecurities someone may be harboring within themselves. So instead of feeding into their negative behavior, love on them a little harder. Even go out of your way to show love, even if you know it won’t be reciprocated.

One thing that has truly helped me on this journey is my faith. As a Christian it is important to me to no longer let trivial things take precedence in my life. One scripture that has helped me during this process is Matthew 5:44 which reads:

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” 

Okay, if that doesn’t make it plain and clear and simple then I don’t know what else  to say. Yes I know, this is easier said than done. However, here is one motto I reflect on when I’m struggling to do this; it simply says “Let Go and Let God” .

What does it mean to ” Let Go and Let God?” Well let’s break it down into two parts:

  1. To “Let Go” means simply to let go or get rid of anything that is physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually dragging you down or hindering your stability( people,living situations,work ,conflict, family struggles etc..)That means earnestly seeking God to help you do so. If you just go through the motions of “letting go” and never actually “let go” you’re wasting your time because your struggle will always win. Letting go means allowing yourself to heal from being hurt( this also goes hand in hand with “Let God”) There’s a quote that says, “Hurt people, hurt people..” ( meaning if you are hurting, ultimately you will hurt others.If you don’t take care of your hurting self, you will be of no use to yourself or anyone.
  2. To “Let God” means to let God take control of the situation. Really taking the self out of it and understanding that there is someone greater than you that can turn any situation around for your good. In plain and simple terms, stop meddling in God’s process. Just do your part by being obedient. We may not always understand the process or see what the outcome may be, but it’s our job to utilize our “mustard seed” faith and let the master do His work!

    Psalm 55:22 New Living Translation (NLT) Give your burdens to the Lord and he will take care of you.He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

Letting go of fear, anger and resentment, is probably the hardest thing you will ever have to do , but for the weight that will be lifted off your shoulders, it is certainly worth a shot! I mean what do you have to lose ( other than your sanity, health and peace of mind LOL) Let it Go and “JUST LOVE THEM ANYWAY!!! 😉

I couldn’t seem to fall asleep
there was so much on my mind
searching for that peace
for the peace i could not find
so then i kneel down to pray
praying help me please
then he said you don’t have to cry
cause i’ll supply your needs

chorus:
as soon as I stopped worrying, worrying how the story ends, i let go and let god, let god have his way
that’s when things start happen
i stopped looking at things back then, that when i let go and let god have his way…

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So much goin on, sometimes i cant find way and often times i struggle, struggle from day to day i had to realize it not my battle it’s not my battle to fight i had to know if i put it in your hands that everything will be alright

Let Go and Let God!

Xoxo

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