Yesterday’s Story of Letting Go

letting goI guess even though I am writing this, I should be among the first ones reading this.


I have difficulties to let go of things/topics/thoughts…

But for now, I am going to share a little story with you.


Yesterday, I was out for a run reasonably early in the morning. There is a park not too far away, and I just love to get fresh wind in my face in the early morning hours.

Anyway, for my birthday I got this new watch which monitors your heart rate and lots of other stuff. For this, you’ll have to wear this belt around your chest.

This belt was a bit lose the previous time I went jogging, so before I headed out yesterday, I tightened the strings.

And, guess what happened. If you were around, you could have seen me pulling up this belt every 200m… I got annoyed after pulling it up for the fifth or sixth time. BUT I wanted to measure my heart rate, so I wasn’t willing to let go. Five minutes later, I was more occupied with this belt than with my morning run. Far away from enjoying the fresh air.

So, I said to myself “Sc… this, I am going to let go. What is the worst that is going to happen?” The answer was „Nothing, really“.

And guess what happened then when I left the belt were it was. NOTHING!

Seriously. The belt was by now around my tummy, but when I looked occasionally on my watch, the heart rate was still indicated. I don’t know how accurate it was, but that is beside the point. What really matters is, that nothing happened when I finally let go and decided to simply enjoy my run.

On the contrary, the heart rate was still monitored. (Don’t ask me how…)

So, my point is: Don’t be afraid to let go every once in a while. And I am not talking about big things, no. I am referring to little things. Like this belt.

You’ll see, the likelihood of something bad to happen is pretty small.


Your turn

What is your experience with letting go? When was the last time you let go of something? Please share one sentence below in the comments.


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  1. ..I’m often challenged to let go of the thought that I could be anywhere fast during peak traffic hours. A lot of times I have added time to my journey because I couldn’t stand waiting at a light or on the freeway ramp and tried to take short cuts but ended up getting lost. Instead I should have just accepted the fact that I can’t beat traffic.
    Sorry…that’s more than one sentence…

    • Jantje Bartels says:

      Now, this scenario certainly rings a bell! 🙂 I guess it is often difficult not to react emotionally to traffic, even though or because it is an external factor we cannot influence.

      I like the approach you want to take. Maybe we can use the time we spent complaining about the traffic with marking plans for dinner or listening to a great song or podcast. Thank you for sharing!

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