One of my readers – Jo Ann Goertner sent this piece written by Fr. Robert Gehring to me after reading my earlier blog Overextended and Overwhelmed. I found it thought provoking and instructional and concluded that it might be the best way to end this series of posts on the challenges we face coping with the many demands of daily life.


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

To let go is not to cut myself off, it’s the realization that 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 the outcome is not in my hands.

To let go is not to change or blame another, I can only change 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 allow another to be a human being.

To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to effect their own outcomes.

To let go is not to be protective, it is 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 each day as it comes.

To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone but to try to become the 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.” Fr. Robert Gehring


Jo Ann and I hope it speaks to you and if so we encourage you to pass it on to others who you know are hoping for calm, serenity, tranquility and equanimity to be restored. . . Joanne

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