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Let It Go, There Is Always A Choice

By Wayne Elsey | Submitted On February 25, 2015

We don't think about it very often, but there is so much we can learn from a child. A few weeks ago, a four year old sang me Idina Menzel's song "Let It Go" from the movie, Frozen. Since that day, I have thought about the words and have listened to the song several times.

If you have not heard the song or seen the video, I encourage you right now to take a listen. This song is about empowerment and freedom from fear. And to have a little child sing it to me, with all of the future still ahead, has made an incredible impression.

We all feel fear from time to time the difference is only in degree. Some of us can be apprehensive about something as simple as an important business meeting with a superior or a big client prospect. Perhaps there is a very tough conversation we need to have with our significant other. Other times, some of us can become overwhelmed with fear after major life challenges where life seems to close all of the doors.

Fear is a given in life. The question becomes what we do with it, and that becomes courage.

If you listen to the words of the song, you hear words of entrapment, fear and isolation. But, as the song progresses, the time has come to let it go:

"It's funny how some distance

Makes everything seem small

And the fears that once controlled me

Can't get to me at all

It's time to see what I can do

To test the limits and break through

No right, no wrong, no rules for me,

I'm free!"

Isn't it the truth that in each of our lives there are often times we simply have to "let it go"? We each walk through life and hope that the rain does not hit us too hard.

However, we do have an option. We can choose how we react to the challenges that come along. We can choose how we will react to the fear or apprehension. We can create a whole narrative that kicks that little voice inside our minds into overdrive and causes us to slowly become embroiled in a whirlpool of negativity and despair.

Or, we can acknowledge the angst and anxiety that we may feel and choose to break free of any chains that are trying to bind us - always understanding that those shackles are of our own making.

It may not seem so, but we always have a choice. I know some of you may be reading this and are thinking there is no choice because you have to pay your bills, feed your family, hold on to the job, stay in the relationship, fight the disease, etc.

But, I am saying to you, there is choice. You may not be able to quit your job today, but you have a choice about how you perceive your day. You may accept that the job is not the one you want, but you will work through it because it is indeed helping to support you and you will make it a point to network and look for another position each week until you find another work opportunity.

You have a choice about staying in a relationship you no longer find is helping you grow. You can accept that you may not be able to leave this instant because of planning, but you can have the tough conversation in an honest and open way, and begin the process.

You have a choice about how you face down a life-threatening disease. No, you did not have a choice in getting the disease, unfortunately. However, you can choose, and medical research has proven it helps, to have a positive outlook as you undergo treatment.

There is always a choice, even at those points when you think there is none. And in those moments there is courage and empowerment. It's hard work, it's not easy, but one of the major life lessons in life is learning to let go of the negativity and fear and knowing there is always choice we can make that will make all the difference - even if it comes one small step at a time.

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