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Dr. DeFoore's Healing Anger Newsletter entitled "Holding On And Letting Go"
January 15, 2015

Holding On And Letting Go
Moving From Fear And Anger To Love

Letting Go

January 15, 2015
Healing Anger Newsletter, Issue #080

Contents of this newsletter

Why Do We Hold On?

Holding on is automatic and instinctive. Every child holds on to her mother, her blanket, and her toys.

It's all about love and need. The more you love and/or need someone, the more you fear losing them--and so you hold on.

But...holding on too long or too hard leads to all kinds of problems:

  • Holding on to someone you love can cause you to try to control them. Many times, you're holding on to "who you want them to be," instead of loving them as they are.

  • You may hold on because you're afraid of losing them, and so you want to control their choices, so that they don't leave or threaten your security.

  • Next comes anger. When you're holding onto someone too tight, you'll be watching their every move, and when you see anything that triggers your fear, you're very likely to get angry.

  • Holding on is a closed hand, which too often turns into a fist.

Think of it this way...

"When you truly love someone, you cherish their freedom, and you would never do anything to clip their wings."

William DeFoore

The challenge of moving from holding on to letting go is a huge one. Instinctive fear says, "Never let go," so you're going against some powerful internal forces when you make this shift.

So, what's so important about letting go? Well...a lot. Keep reading.

Holding On

What Is Letting Go?

At the same time that holding on is instinctive, letting go also connects with a very basic aspect of your

Your most basic human need is to love and be loved. While fear and anger cause you to hold on too tight too long, genuine love gives you the strength and freedom to let go.

Let's look more closely at what we mean by letting go:

  • Letting go of someone means getting out of their way, not "fixing them" or trying to change them. You have to give up the idea that you know "what's best for them."

  • Letting go of someone honors their freedom and independence as a human being to make their own decisions and their own mistakes.

  • Letting go means you believe in yourself, and your security or peace of mind does not depend on the other person acting or not acting in a certain way.

  • Love is letting go. Love is an open hand of forgiveness, release and respect.

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