#3: By self-cleansing, the old makes way for the new

Due to the effects of global warming, the daffodils in London seem to bloom earlier and earlier every year. Whenever they appear, we are reminded that the cold autumn and winter days will someday give way to spring. However, to get to spring, nature must first cleanse, discard and renew.

Autumn Sunset Inspirational Life Lessons, Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea – Photo Credit: Emily Yang

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Eulanda and I are learning to let things go. This has not always been easy. In 2015, we’ve experienced challenging business relationships and family situations. While it is natural to want to hold on to things, we realise that many times, this only causes more grief and pain. Valuable resources (i.e., time and money) and emotional energy that could be better invested elsewhere are wasted dragging through the past and digging up issues that are better left buried. In the words of Anje Rautenbach, travel blogger at Going Somewhere Slowly, “I’ve learned a few things about myself, others and the word ‘forever’”.

By shedding their leaves in the autumn, rather than cling on to them, trees cleanse themselves of the old and prepare themselves for the new.

Autumn Sunset Inspirational Life Lessons, Washington DC

In some cases, the things we needed to let go have not necessarily been negative. We are learning that even past success can be a hindrance. By dwelling too long on past achievements, we make the mistake of turning them into shrines which only serve to halt progress. We are learning to celebrate success but to not let it cloud our vision and therefore miss the next opportunity which lies ahead. By letting go of the old, we make way for the new.

Letting go isn’t about having the courage to release the past; it’s about having the wisdom to embrace the present” – Dr. Steve Maraboli