Letting Go


I think planning can be helpful, even important, but I also believe that it is just as important to let go of the plan especially when it’s not working, but also when life calls us down a slightly diferent road.

I loved reading Joseph Campbell, he had deep insight, and he once said:

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

Which is similar to John Lennon’s well known comment: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” Good to plan, not so good to be too rigid about it. Good to have direction, so long as you’re willing to modify or change as needed. Sometimes we can’t see, don’t realise, for any number of reasons, that plans get us going, but we need to allow for points of departure. And yet, strangely enough, looking back, the twists and turns, the points of departure look something like a plan that was meant to be all along. Sometimes we need to attend to those deep inner shifts in us that disturb our moods and thoughts, feelings that twinge, and attend to where life is calling us.




Filed under life, mindfulness, psychology, self-development, Spirituality

14 responses to “Letting Go

  1. I couldn’t agree more 💯💯

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  2. how I’ve always tried to live my life .. with very flexible plans or goals or you might miss the exciting divergence along that path 🙂

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  3. So weird that you wrote (and I read) this now. Just 10 minutes ago I wrote a note to myself to be more mindful about “diversions” (usually other people) that I can sometimes (if I’m stressed or busy) treat like a distraction from my goal/plans.
    A well-timed post – glad I took this diversion 😉

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  4. I like this. I think paths are constantly branching, as you walk, you learn and as you learn, more paths open — they diverge because before you learned you couldn’t imagine the new path but once you learn, you find there are forks because the learning can take you in different directions. It’s also good to have a great sense of direction in case a path deadends. I remember once having to drive a road backwards because it narrowed and narrowed and then just ended. No place to turn around. Beautiful area though. Worth the road ending.

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    • What you say resonates deeply, love the way you have said it. Thank you for reflecting and responding. I particularly like the dead end reflection. For me it also speaks of Robert Frost’s poem The Road Less Travelled

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  5. Jerry Peri

    Inspiring post!
    I also wrote about Letting go, you may wish to read it “Letting Go,Inner Peace” http://www.jerriperri.com/peace-2/

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