Hanging On

<May 24/12> I got the thought on a recent walk that everything is really kind of all about hanging on. I’ve thought for ages (years & years) that the supremo problem or issue among humans on Planet Earth is control. Such a lot of trouble comes (& has come, for 1000s of years) out of our determination to control things…hmmm?

They’re pretty close, these two, control & hanging on.

& all the wise spiritual people are always telling us

  • Live in the moment
  • Let go


& my, how we resist!!

The rich & powerful on the planet are pretty darn determined to hang onto both their money & their power – or it sure as heck looks that way to me!

Heck, even those of us neither rich nor powerful wanna hang on…don’t we?

To our

  • Money, power, privileges
  • Our possessions…our things…our stuff
  • Our ideas
  • Our judgments, & expectations...opinions, resentments, stereotypes
  • Our own ways of doing things
  • Our relationships (even some that are clearly quite bad for us)
  • Our children
  • Our lives
  • Life itself.


Heck, it’s natural. It’s understandable as all heck.

It just doesn’t always work out so very very well, does it?

A lot of the hanging on we do (or try to do; lots of it, of course, is doomed to failure anyway) is kind of like “destroying the village in order to save it.” You know??

But we don’t let that stop us.

Here’s to hanging onto what’s good, & truly valuable, & reasonable, & good for us – & letting go of lots of what really isn’t.


‘Quote of the day' with this post:“Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong. Sometimes it’s letting go.” – Sylvia Robinson

A few other relevant quotations

“Who breaks the thread, the one who pulls, the one who holds on?” – James Richardson, poet, professor (b. 1950)

“When I pray, I ask for guidance in my life to be the best person I can be, to learn what I need to learn, and to grow from what I learn. Always when I pray, I ask to let go. Letting go is the hardest part.” – Julia Butterfly Hill in The Legacy of Luna

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens – that letting go – you let go because you can.” – Toni Morrison, novelist, Tar Baby – Utne magazine May-June ’03.

“I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep. …Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.” – May Sarton, poet/novelist, “Journal of a Solitude”

“Energy always flows either toward hope, community, love, generosity, mutual recognition, and spiritual aliveness or it flows toward despair, cynicism, fear that there is not enough, paranoia about the intentions of others, and a desire to control.” ~ Michael Lerner, quoted in “The Great Turning – From Empire to Earth Community,” by David Korten

“There is only one courage, and that is the courage to go on dying to the past. Not to collect it, not to accumulate it, not to cling to it. We all cling to the past, and because we cling to it we become unavailable to the present.” – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh