Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Goodbye Woody

If You Love Something, Let It Go. If It Comes Back to You, It's Yours Forever. If It Doesn't, Then It Was Never Meant to Be - Anonymous

I had a discussion about this quote the other day and it really got me thinking. (FYI, "the other day" could mean anything from yesterday to years ago.) I have always hated that quote and thought there was no way it could be true. I resisted letting go of anything I loved. I was too afraid of it not coming back. Recently I came to realize that I really do think this quote is true and it can be applied in more places and ways than I had imagined.

This made me think of the people in my life I have let go and who, for one reason or another didn't make it back. There are people and relationships that are only meant to last a season and sometimes it is really hard or sad to watch them go. These people can change you and leave a lasting imprint on you. I had to realize letting go doesn't make them any less important. It may just be that the role they played in your life is complete. I watched Toy Story 3 the other day and as I watched Andy give away Woody I thought of all the Woody's in my life who "have been my pal for as long as I can remember" or "never gave up on me" or "would be there for me no matter what." Those are the kind of people you want to hang on to but sometimes you cant.







Goodbye Woody...

1 comment:

initial said...

"If You Love Something, Let It Go. If It Comes Back to You, It's Yours Forever. If It Doesn't, Then It Was Never Meant to Be."
This statement troubles me for other reasons. I don't think unconditional love is possessive unless the reference is to loving oneself. There is the possibility that one can let ones 'self' go, but that is an entirely different discussion. If you love something you never held it captive so how can you 'let' it do anything. If it comes back to you? Once you've been loved you are always loved. You can forget it, deny it, and cover it up, but the reality is once you've been loved you are never who you were before that love. It can't come back when it's never left. The same goes for once you've loved, that person you changed will never be the same.