Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Let It Go!

I'm not a terribly religious person. I consider myself more spiritual than religious, but maybe others would call me a "Cafeteria Christian" meaning I pick and choose what part of my religion I subscribe to. I would prefer to say that I'm open to the ideas of many ways of thought.

I say all of this as a preface to something I was emailed earlier today that made me think and spoke to me. It's a poem by Bishop T.D. Jakes, who I will admit I'm not terribly familiar with, called "Let It Go." The message in this poem is a good one about the people and stuff in our lives. It reminds me that it's not good to hold onto things and relationships that are not positive in my life. Sometimes, in the past, I've been guilty of holding onto stuff (both material and emotional) way too long. And also in the past, I've been guilty of holding onto relationships in my life because I thought "negative attention or love was better than no attention or love." The fact is that negative is negative and it brings me down like a lead weight.

But that's not who I am anymore. I deserve better. I deserve relationships and stuff in my life that support me and lift me up and help me be a better person. And I hope that in my relationships, I support, lift up and make the other people be better too.

This poem reminds me of a topic I've written about before about Reason, Season, and Lifetime People. I believe that 100%. Sometimes it's easy to mistake Season People for Lifetime People, but the trick is to let them go when you realize the Season is over and not look back with regret.

Without further ado, here's the poem. I hope it speaks to you the way it did to me.

Let It Go by TD Jakes

There are people who can walk away from you.
And hear me when I tell you this!
When people can walk away from you: let them walk.

I don't want you to try to talk another person into staying with you,
loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you.
I mean hang up the phone.

When people can walk away from you let them walk.
Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.

People leave you because they are not joined to you.
And if they are not joined to you,
you can't make them stay.
Let them go.

And it doesn't mean that they are a bad person,
it just means that their part in the story is over.
And you've got to know when people's
part in your story is over so that you
don't keep trying to raise the dead.

You've got to know when it's dead.
You've got to know when it's over.
Let me tell you something.
I've got the gift of good-bye.
It's the tenth spiritual gift,
I believe in good-bye.

It's not that I'm hateful, it's that I'm faithful,
and I know whatever God means for me to have
He'll give it to me.
And if it takes too much sweat I don't need it.
Stop begging people to stay.
Let them go!!

If you are holding on to something
that doesn't belong to you and was never intended for your life,
then you need to ..LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to past hurts and pains ..

If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and see your worth...

If someone has angered you ...

If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge ..

If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction ..

If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents ..

If you have a bad attitude...

If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better...

If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him...

If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship....

If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves..

If you're feeling depressed and stressed ....

If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling
yourself and God is saying "take your hands off of it," then you need to...

Let the past be the past.
Forget the former things.
GOD is doing a new thing for 2008 !!!

Get Right or Get Left .. think about it, and then LET IT GO!!!


  1. I like this poem so much would you send it to me in paper form so that it may be sent to some people that needs this that dont have a computer or access to one would greatly appreciate it also change the year to the current year if possible.I would like to let u know this is a fabulous poem keep up the good work.

  2. Anonymous,

    Thanks for your kind note. I'm glad the poem spoke to you.

    I don't mean to sound snarky, but you obviously have access to the internet, so why don't you just copy the poem and print it out in a format that you like.

    Happy New Year!


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