What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
This is a hard prompt! I had to think about it for a while. What did I let go of this year? Well, I can’t say for sure that I did it fully and completely, but I definitely have been aware of what it feels to be attached in my life. And it’s something I’ve been letting go of…in small doses.
Letting go of that attachment, even in the smallest way, has been informative. I’ve learned that being attached to things, people, ideas, places, etc, is just a way of not bringing enough of myself to the table. When I’m attached to something, I’m deferring responsibility. And I’m not allowing myself to move fully on my own.
“Work performed with attachment is a shackle, whereas work performed with detachment does not affect the doer. One who works like this is, even while working, in solitude”. ~Ramana Maharshi
When I look over the past year through this lens, I can see so many situations where I’ve made the choice to let go of attachment. It hasn’t always been a total success, but this sort of thing is a long process, right? You move from awareness to letting go with a million detours in between.
“Love without attachment is light.”
~Norman O. Brown
Previous Reverb10 posts:
Day 1: 2010, In A Word
Day 3: 3 Moments from 2010
Day 4: Wonder
(photo by Ali Einser, from last night’s Latke Party )