“Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.” – David Foster Wallace
I smile every time I read that quote because I can relate.
Letting go is hard. It’s also a process. A repetitive process.
I no sooner put something down, for just a minute… and I find myself snatching it up again.
And when I do, I cling to it more tightly than before.
Perhaps it’s just an aspect of human nature that we want to cling to things, wishing, however illogically, that they would stay as they are.
Even though we know that it is the nature of things to be always changing.
One of the things that I like about meditation is that it makes it easier to just “be with” things – even things like my difficulty letting go.
It’s a gift to be able to watch things, to watch our stories, and even laugh a little bit, from time to time, at our own craziness.
Because, what we’re trying to achieve isn’t perfection – it’s acceptance.
Things are, after all, already perfect.