Last updated: Mar 1, 2023
Letting go can be one of the most peaceful and productive things you can do when it comes to your past.
Holding on to things that no longer serve a purpose can weigh you down and prevent you from reaching your full potential.
Letting go can be difficult to do, but it is a necessary step in order to move forward. When we are burdened down by our past, whether it may be through relationships, work, or other aspects of life, we often find ourselves stuck and unable to progress with our lives.
But when we make the conscious decision to let go and accept that some situations cannot be changed, we can start fresh and look ahead towards what lies ahead.
So if it's time to move on in life, here are some inspiring quotes about letting go.
"The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward." - Steve Maraboli
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that certain situations are over. It's okay to accept this fact and start fresh, even if it feels scary at first. The truth is, no matter how much time has passed since a particular event occurred; letting go will always remain an option for us whenever we choose to take action.
"Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself." - Deborah Reber
Realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself is an important life lesson to learn. Being able to let go of your grip on those people and things in your life that are out of your control can help you focus on what truly matters - yourself.
Taking a step back from emotionally-charged situations can be hard, but it may be necessary in order to stay focused and healthy. Instead of investing energy into trying to change the external forces around us, we should prioritize ourselves first and foremost by allowing ourselves permission to let go when needed.
"Forgiveness means letting go of the past." Gerald Jampolsky
When we forgive others it gives us the opportunity to be present in our lives without being weighed down by negative experiences from our past.
With letting go we open up new doors and explore new possibilities that have been blocked due to our unresolved pain or anger towards someone else’s actions or words.
"Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over." Nicole Sobon
Starting over presents many opportunities for growth and improvement. New beginnings allow us to shed old habits and create fresh paths for ourselves that can lead us towards greater success than before.
"You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy." C. JoyBell C.
"If we cling too tightly to our pasts, we may never find out what lies ahead." Unknown
"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." Oprah Winfrey
"Life becomes easier when we learn to accept an apology we never got." Robert Brault
"The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward." – Steve Maraboli
"Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." Buddha
"We must be willing to let go of the life we've planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us." Joseph Campbell
"Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness." Steve Maraboli
"Enjoy what you can and ignore the rest. Let’s not waste any energy fighting things that are outside our control." Paulo Coelho
"Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on." Eckhart Tolle
"Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." Lao Tzu
"To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own." Jack Kornfield
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone." Henry David Thoreau
"Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go." Hermann Hesse
"Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive." Bryant H. McGill
"Give up your attachment to having things your way." Iyanla Vanzant
"You are not giving up when you let go, you are moving on, there is a big difference." Catherine Pulsifer
"Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny." Steve Maraboli
Learning how to let go can be liberating and empowering—there’s something freeing about finally being able to release whatever it was that had been weighing you down. We never know what’s in store for us until we take the leap of faith so don’t hesitate any longer—breathe deeply, remind yourself that this very moment is all you truly have for sure, and then let go!