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To Let Go Takes Love – a beautiful poem about the power of letting go

I have this poem by my bedside table and I read it as often as I can.

Letting go it seems is one of my biggest lessons. I don’t think I’m alone in this:-)

I have such big plans and dreams for my life, and also for this wonderful dream on community that we are building. Sometimes I want situations to turn out in a certain way…and for people to act as I would like them to act (whether that is as a friend, or a lover, or a community member)

But they don’t. People and life find their own way.

Sometimes, that’s not the way into your heart, into your businesses, or into your life.

Letting go and trusting is hard, but every time I read this wonderful poem, I am reminded that letting go is ok, and I promise myself that today, I will let go just a little bit more.



by author unknown

To “let go” does not mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.

To “let go” is not to cut myself off,
it is the realisation I can’t control another.

To “let go” is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To “let go” is to admit powerlessness,
which means that the outcome is not in my hands.

To “let go” is not to try to change or blame another,
it is to make the most of myself.

To “let go” is not to care for,
but to care about.

To “let go” is not to fix,
but to be supportive.

To “let go” is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.

To “let go” is not to be in the middle, arranging the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own destinies,

To “let go” is not to be protective,
but to permit another to face reality.

To “let go” is not to deny,
but to accept.

To “let go” is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.

To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take every day as it comes, and to cherish myself in it.

To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anybody,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To “let go” is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.

To “let go” is to fear less and love more.

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8 Responses to “To Let Go Takes Love – a beautiful poem about the power of letting go”

  1. Sharman

    Reblogged this on sharmansworld and commented:
    This is one of my most treasured poems and has helped me through many times when I wanted to cling on to someone, something, or some aspect of myself that needed to change. Charles Swindoll’s book The Grace Awakening was a revelation to me when I first read it years ago. It is one I try and re-read every so often just to make sure I am living Grace-fully to myself and others.

  2. Beach Walker

    Found this poem when my only child was leaving home. Now that son is 41 and through the years I often re visit these words when I am tempted to jump in to help solve a problem for him. Mothers need to read these words and understand that “letting Go” is what we all must do to allow our children to grow and mature.

    • Kim Masters

      Hi Beach,

      Thanks so much for your comment here, for sharing your story, and for your wise words.

      I don’t have children, but I know how hard it is when someone you love has a problem, and you want to solve it for them.

      I’m still learning to let go like that! Well done for doing that with your son, I’m sure he’s learning to trust in himself and that’s the greatest gift our parents can give us.

      Thanks for being a great example of how to ‘let go’.


  3. wendy

    I enjoyed your poem very much , I need to let go of a relationship, that i really don’t want to but need to ! the heart on the stone, has a significance to me as well. keep writing beautiful poems

    • Kim Masters

      Hi Wendy,

      Thanks so much for your comment!

      I didn’t write the poem, just love it, and have been helped by the words. I hope that it helped you to find the strength to let go of this relationship.

      I remember when I was dating a man who was really no good for me, and it was only when I walked away that I was free to find the man who is now my husband and is my soul mate.

      I wish you all the strength with this.

      My thoughts are with you.


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