“Let Go” (poem)

Someone on one of the online Lewy Body Dementia support groups shared
this poem. The poem’s author is unknown. The poem is included in
Jolene Brackey’s lovely book Creating Moments of Joy. It describes
the healthy choice of letting go for the right reasons. Perhaps this
will resonate with many of you.



Let Go

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’s the realization that I can’t control another.
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’s to make the most of myself.
To let go is not to “care for,” but to “care about.”
To let go is not to judge,
But to allow another to be a human being.
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 regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to fear less and love more.