Yesterday in the post below we talked about the idea of endurance. Now that the worst of this three day stretch has passed I want to talk about the idea of when it is time to let go or do we need to keep holding on?
I agree with Buddha - endurance is hard.
But I have also found sometimes it is even harder to let go when that which you are 'enduring' no longer serves you.
We can take pride in our ability TO endure rather than understand when it is no longer serving our higher needs.
We can find comfort in the pain of enduring because it is familiar and to let go and move on is the greater fear we next need to confront.
Endurance is essential to this journey we are all on. It is something we need on the days when the pain and suffering are so great it is all we can do to just keep on breathing.
Some days that is enough.
But endurance is not meant to be forever. A life endured is one that has not been fully lived.
Endurance gets us to where we want to go, it is not meant to be the place we live.
Yet how many of us keep holding on to something even when we are complaining or blaming it?
When do we know when it is time to let go?
What today in your life are you enduring that is painful, stressful, causing suffering, and just doesn't seem to be serving a purpose?
When you imagine letting it go, what happens? Do you feel fear? Do you have a list of reasons why you can't? Do you start naming all the things you don't have control over?
For today, what are you enduring and why?
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