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The larva sheds her skin and the butterfly emerges.

Sometimes, it’s as simple as that.

The key to letting go of sadness, unforgiveness and resentment can rest in just walking away as one takes off a mask that has become uncomfortable–letting go of the skin that once held us.

Yet to my dismay, I find that at times, I want to hold on. I find myself making it difficult.

But listen, o my soul: your freedom rests on the other side of that door.

All you need to do is walk out and walk in. Out of darkness into light. Out of sadness into joy. Walk out of bondage into surrender. It is called letting go. It is called letting God.

Like shedding uncomfortable clothes at the end of the long day and replacing them with a pair of sweats and favorite sweater–comfort that releases tension, comfort that helps breathe.

The shedding of what we know can be scary. And painful. Unfamiliar. Letting go is like stepping into into life at a new level, like stepping into a new world.  Everything feels different, looks different, functions differently. And all the rules are new. Like toddlers, I learn again how to crawl, and walk and run in the freedom of heart that is on the other side of that door.

And even though the heaviness of the load held on to for so long leaves a mark on my soul, the breathing gets deep and fulfilling all the way down to my toes–and the smile emerges. The soul-scar just reminds me that surrender is my fate.

Surrender is the core of my victory. Surrender is the purity of my joy.

I lay down and close my eyes. And smile.

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