When I recently heard the Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go” (it’s from the popular new animated film Frozen and is sung by a character voiced by Idina Menzel) I thought of the inspirational poem “Let Go” that I’ve posted off and on in my waiting room. Not only are the titles similar, but there’s also a little thematic overlap.
Or maybe that’s a stretch. No matter. Here they both are.
I. LET GO… (Author Unknown)
To “let go” does not mean to stop caring; it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To “let go” is not to cut myself off, It is the realization I can’t control another.
To “let go” is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To “let go” is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To “let go” is not to try to change or to blame another, it’s to make the most of myself.
To “let go” not to care for, but to care about.
To “let go” is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To “let go” is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
To “let go” is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes but to allow others to affect their own destinies.
To “let go” is not to be protective, it’s to permit another to face reality.
To “let go” is not to deny, but to accept.
To “let go” is not to nag, scold or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.
To “let go” is not to adjust everything to my desires but to take each day as it comes, and to cherish myself in it.
To “let go” is not to criticize and regulate anybody but try to become what I dream I can be.
To “let go” is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
TO “LET GO” IS TO FEAR LESS, AND TO LOVE MORE.
II. “LET IT GO” from Frozen
In brief, Elsa, a princess, has the ability to create ice and snow. Following a period of having to hide this rather unique trait, “she flees to the mountains and, free to unleash her powers, builds a magnificent ice palace” (IndieWire).
Watch the movie clip and/or read the lyrics at Genius.com.