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Published 12:00 am Monday, August 30, 1999


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Get high on life

Harold Keller / L’Observateur / August 30, 1999

Many parents who call me with problem children are looking for answers.

They always assure me that they love their children, but feel so helpless.

My advice goes something like this. If you really love your children, youhave to let go and let God. (That’s easy to say, but hard to do.) Let go of theproblem because evidently you haven’t found any solutions. Let God havethe problem. Solving human problems in His specialty.Please allow me to share the following written by Margaret J. Rinck, “CanChristians Love Too Much?”

To “Let Go” Takes Love To let go does not mean to stop caring, it means that I can’t do it for someone else.

To let go is not to cut myself off, it is the realization that 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 blame another, it is to make the most of myself.

To let go is not to carefor, 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 effect their own destinies.

To let go is not to be protective, it is 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 correct them.

To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.

To let go is not to criticize and regulate anybody, but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To let go is not to regret the past, but to grow and to live for the future.

To let go is to fear less and to love more.

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