You must have been living on an iceberg this past year if you don’t know the song Let it Go from the movie Frozen. I was paddling on the lake the other day and heard a chorus of young voices singing it at the top of their lungs. My kids sing it so often, I know most of the words even though I haven’t seen the movie.
It’s a catchy song, but also a philosophy I’ve learned to adopt to be happy in life. It’s easy to let things get to you. It’s incredibly hard to let them go.
A couple of weeks ago I was talking to someone on the phone. The conversation took a turn into a contentious area and I realized I was starting to get upset and quickly steered the conversation to another topic. But as soon as I got off the phone, I knew the person had “gotten to me” and I started stewing over what they said.
As I walked out the door to head to the lake for a paddle with the girls, I knew I had to “let it go”. Easier said than done. My usual strategies are to take deep breaths, a brisk walk, or focus on something positive. At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself, is it really worth getting all worked up over this. And the answer is usually no, just let it go.
This week’s #HappyAct is to let it go. Maybe it’s something at work or home bothering you, or something someone said. Just remember. “One thought crystallizes like an icy blast, I’m never going back; the past is in the past…I’ll rise like the break of dawn. Let it go.”