Letting Go 手放して

Only two weeks to go! Time has gone by so quickly these past couple months! This time has been an odd in-between season of preparation different from what my normal rhythm of life has been in the past two years.


Lately, I have been listening to Steffany Gretzinger, and her song “Letting Go” has really resonated with me during this season, as I find that I am having to let go of lots of things. I’ve been selling possessions and downsizing my wardrobe. Giving up my room. My car. I find, though, that it’s the intangible things that are harder to give up. Things like friendships, time with family, American dreams (not to be confused with the American Dream, I never had much of an attachment to that). And then there’s those things that you never cared much about, sometimes even forgot you had, but somehow, you still don’t want to give up. All kinds of letting go.


Both Jesus and Buddha have taught about the importance of letting go. They may have used different words, whether if it is detaching yourself from this life, or laying down your life, or not being engrossed in the things of this world. However you want to phrase it, there seems to be something transcendent about letting go. A butterfly must let go of the cocoon before it can fly. Usually, when we let go of something, we find that we are somehow freer than we were before, as though the something were holding onto us, too. One must let go of one thing before one can grab hold of a new thing. I suppose what we choose to hold on to can be important as well.


Having said all of that, though letting go is transcendent, it is rarely easy.



About Stephen

My name is Stephen Gabriel Falke, and I am passionate for all things Japanese. I have been accepted to teach for the JET Program starting 2015. In the past, during my time in college, I also had the chance to participate in a study abroad at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, for Japan's 2012 school year. On my blog I write about my love for Japan, my journey to get there and stay there, and my adventures studying and teaching there.
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One Response to Letting Go 手放して

  1. Michelle Noyes says:

    Amen. Id also point out, a caterpillar has to “let go” of BEING A
    CATERPILLAR forever and enter a time of restriction and total undoing
    before it can emerge as a butterfly

    Id love to hear more about the “american dreams” you mention. What did you
    have in mind?

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