“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
~Ann Landers

There’s something that I have been struggling with for a long time. It’s a job that I took on because A.) I was “volunteered” for it and B.) because I believed it was for the well-being of the company.

Without getting into details, I’ll just say that while I took on certain tasks out of obligation and goodwill, it’s only been the money recently that has kept me on task. It’s like a relationship with an addict.

Hanging onYou can work and work and beg and plead and pray and try to fix someone. Or you can realize that there’s no fixing them, and only they can do it, no matter how hard you try.

While the relationship may be toxic, the tendency is to think you’ve “invested” so much time into that other person, to your connection with them should be worth the commitment to hang on. And so you do. You work and pray and argue and love and continue to work until you can’t do it anymore. At what point do you let go?

When you discontinue the relationship, there may be a sense of sadness–heartache that you can’t fix another being. Melancholy at failure. And yet, relief, hope. Optimism for the future and its potential.

How high can you soar when you let go and just stop hanging on?

This image was shot at a silo in PA shortly after sunrise. Although I had thrown plenty of leaves up into the air, I ended up adding a lot in via Photoshop afterwards. The dress is a 1950’s satin slip from a cool vintage dress shop in Cincinnati.