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Practicing the Art of Letting Go

Posted 7/2/2018 3:01pm by Shiloh Avery.

Do you ever have a disagreement with someone that doesn’t go as well as you rehearsed a thousand times in your head?  And afterwards, you spend an inordinate amount of time in autopsy mode regretting, wishing you could do it over, and rehearsing the next conversation?  

How many times have you been told to just “let it go”? Move on. Face forward.  Well that’s how we feel about this past spring.  I hope you didn’t notice, but we had a bit of a rough spring this year.  Incessant rain and flooding proved an insurmountable challenge to some of our spring crops, and I have to admit that our spirits took a bit of a hit as well.  But we’re practicing the art of letting it go. Of moving on. Of facing forward.   

And so I find myself turning my back on the spring fields and scouring the summer crops for good news.  And, as it turns out, there is plenty!  I just have to look for the right thing.  If I look for disappointment and problems, I will find them.  But if I look for the good, I’ll find that!  It seems so simple! Yet isn’t it ever so hard to do this?  Don’t you sometimes just want to wallow? (asking for a friend).   

Lucky for us, the farm season moves along far too swiftly to hang out with failures too long.  I’ll be walking by, innocently nursing some disappointment, and what do I behold?  Some ripe sungolds!  A ripening pepper! A little bean!  And boom, I’ve let go. Moved on. Faced forward.


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