So why do we continue to hold on?
The art of appreciating something for what it is, in the moment is one that if we were all to reflect deeply on; we couldn’t say that had truly mastered.
Letting go.. such an easy concept to consider. Logically, you let go of what no longer serves you. Surely, anything that robs us of our happiness should not remain a standing fixture in our lives. However, for one reason or another, we can’t help but linger on those memories past of that someone or that time way back when that made us feel all those things. The notion at play here isn’t about that person, that situation or that place in particular. Put simply, it’s about wanting to remain in the moment of that feeling. We truly are nostalgic beings and it’s easy to let our minds slip back to a time of euphoria.
I’ve come to liken this sense of looking back to actions associated with addiction. We experienced a high because of that time, person or place but it didn’t last. It faded into our memories and whenever life reached its most certain state of mundane, we reverted back to chasing that same high. What we don’t realise at the time is that the exact same sensation that we long for can never be achieved again. It inevitably becomes more dull and distant the more we attempt to chase it. But this is what makes the occurrence and the sensation so beautiful in the moment, knowing that it is fleeting and that we will never experience it this way again. It is the ultimate example of why you appreciate that moment in the present and treat it for what it is, but then once that moment has passed, close our eyes, practice gratitude that it occurred and then let it go.