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Message Board > Families / Partners of Addicts > An Inspirational Poem "she Let Go"

Posted by: Mandm August 7, 2017, 12:24 AM
A very wise man who was an inspiration to all posted this poem a while ago. PapaBear was his name. Sometimes we find comfort and inspiration in the.simplest of things. Mary.

She Let Go

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of fear. She let go of the judgements.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her day-timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

Posted by: Mtgirl August 7, 2017, 2:39 PM
Oh Mary,
I miss Papa Bear too. I hope he's doing well.

Posted by: Mandm August 7, 2017, 9:30 PM
Hi Mt, I wish he would come back. It's not the same without him! Hope you've been doing okay Mt....Mary🌻

Posted by: BugginMe October 1, 2017, 7:49 PM
When I was at my lowest, no longer able to cope with my son's drug use and searching for people who understood what I was feeling ... I found this forum. This poem was one of the things I printed out and look at from time to time to remind myself why I let my son and his problems go. I finally realized, after many years of fighting the inevitable, that I had to think of myself and could no longer hold onto the hopes and dreams of what might have been for my son. He made his choices and I couldn't swim against the current of his life stream or I would drown. It was destroying me and there was no other answer but to heal myself or sink and die.

Thought I would bump this to the top. It made a lot of sense to me.

Posted by: duchesschama October 2, 2017, 10:27 AM
I miss Papa Bear and Con on this forum! They both gave me such incite and strength!
This poem was a great inspiration to me, especially when I first joined here and was so uncertain about the advice given.

How could I let go of my son ? How could I move on and have a life? How could I stop enabling him and make changes in my life? In my heart I knew that the advice they gave me was right, and as difficult as it was, I needed to "let go"!

They were terrific members on this forum and i really miss them!


Posted by: BugginMe February 23, 2018, 9:33 AM

Posted by: Mandm February 23, 2018, 6:16 PM
Thanks Bugs! This poem always renews my strength and makes me think if “she” could do this then so can I. I enjoyed reading your posts on Rich’s post about detaching with love. How true! Wishing you well, Mary.

Posted by: Parenting2 February 23, 2018, 8:59 PM
A poem to help us take a deep breath and let go...<3

Posted by: BugginMe June 23, 2018, 8:17 PM

Posted by: BugginMe January 15, 2019, 10:25 PM

Posted by: Sallyanna January 15, 2019, 11:57 PM
Thank you bugginme for bumping this for us

Posted by: NyToFlorida December 6, 2019, 9:20 PM
bump up