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Friday, May 22, 2020

Lean Quote: Live a Meaningful Life

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.  — Henry Ellis, British psychologist (1859-1939)

We all want to lead a life with some sort of meaning. What that meaning is, however, is often left for each of us to decide and figure out on our own.

The key to taming this ebb and flow of what to hold and what to let go off is all about perspective. Too much letting go can leave you feeling empty and remote, while too much holding on can burden you, souring your very soul. For me, balance comes from knowing what I can and can’t control, appreciating what is truly sacred in my life, and letting the rest flow above, around and through me as I let it go.

The very act of releasing is powerful – it leads to healing, it helps recharge your energy and put things into perspective.

In-fact, most of the times these things happen naturally. When you become tired of holding on, you naturally have a tendency to let go. When you let go, all that energy that got drained from you while holding on starts to replenish. You start to feel renewed to the point where you get encouraged to take action again. In this way, letting go helps you gain clarity so you can pursue things that really matter.

Life is a balance between letting go and holding on. Life is about the journey, not the destination. Living a life of purpose gives both fulfillment and meaning to your journey. 

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