The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 14, 2014

Ann Leach: Easter calls for letting some things go

JOPLIN, Mo. — Recently, my business coach asked a group of us to write down three goals that haven't happened yet. Then, she asked us to consider why they hadn't happened.

The majority of us said things such as "no time" or "not enough money to do it yet," but one woman stood up and said "I'm making progress, but I've had to let go of some other things first."

I instantly thought of the Easter story. To me, this special time is about the idea of dying to the old ways, thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve us.

We have to let go of some things so that we can make progress on the path to a future life that fulfills and inspires us.

Unfortunately, that may mean some things have to go.

Easter is held in this beautiful season of the year and shows us a resurrection of new life in the flowers and budding trees that spring from the appearance of dead branches and plantings.

But we know enough in our physical world to understand that just under the surface, that which appeared to be dormant was only recommitting to life and would soon burst forth with an amazing display of that commitment, letting go of the old leaves, the limiting weather conditions and trusting the cycle that is life.

How about you?

What will you resurrect this spring?

Rev. Douglas Bottorff encourages us to roll away the boulder of fear, worry and uncertainty in a recent blog post that urges us to "begin to release this fear and affirm that the resurrecting power of life is now lifting you beyond all restrictions, all uncertainty, all inhibitions and that your life is full of new possibilities, and those possibilities are unfolding now, like the spring buds bursting all around you."

That same thought is found in the Bible, John 12:24, which says, "Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."

Let go!

Holding on to the grain of wheat keeps you attached to the part of you that contributed to your current experience that is challenging you or keeping you stuck, clinging to the old and unwilling to see the fruits of your efforts.

Musician and minister Rickie Byars Beckwith sings, "I release, and I let go; I let the spirit run my life. And my heart is open wide. Yes, I'm only here for God."

When you let go, your hands and your heart open wide to the good that is waiting for you.

Try this now: Clench your fist as if you are holding on to a piece of candy or some coins.

Decide to put that object down on a table.

As you unclench your fist to let go of the items, your hand is actually opening up and is now ready to receive and hold even more good.

During this Easter season recommit, resurrect and receive that which will bring you new life.

Ann Leach is a life coach based in Joplin. Contact her at ann@life

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