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What do these sayings mean to you?

Asked by mollypop51797 (1425points) January 17th, 2010

“Learning to save one’s life might mean letting it go” What does this really say to you? Can you relate to it? To me, it’s saying, if you’re willing to learn anything about life, maybe that includes being able to let go. If your friend or pet or family member dies, maybe saving it from having to hang onto you in the past could be letting go. In other words, maybe instead of dwelling in the past, learning to let go is what truly saves them
What about this one.
“Sometimes being strong means being able to let go.” To me, this one is saying, being strong is letting go. What hurts make you stronger, and letting it go is what mend your hurt. my yoga instructor speaks about one of the warrior poses, and says, “look into the past and see it, now stretch into the future and reach for a new beginning” To me,yoga is about your strength. Keeping your control through the pain is strengthening your resistance to pain and hurt, physically and mentally. Yoga seems to speak out to me for this second quote. How about you?

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Cruiser's avatar

To me it means being able to let someone die to save another’s or even your own life…perhaps even a loved one. A could you, would you question.

wonderingwhy's avatar

for the first one, to me that says sometimes we must give up or change dramatically our current lives, or significant parts of them, in order to grow and become more at peace with ourselves.

the second one, sometimes we hide our greatest strength behind the seemingly necessary trappings of our lives. letting go of of those crutches can allow us to find our inner strength and grow more fully from within, becoming more self dependent and more capable for it.

Nullo's avatar

The first one sounds like melodramatic BS, but then I’m inclined to interpret needlessly vague things literally.

The second one makes the most sense when referring to strength of character, or perhaps will. Letting go would seem to be the healthier option, even if it smarts or is hard to do. At the risk of over-specifying, I’ll say that kicking an addiction is an example of such a case.

filmfann's avatar

Mahatma Gandhi was speaking of the importance of Non-violence (Satyagraha) to a large group, when the town bully burst in, walked up to Gandhi, and began choking him.
Gandhi did not try to stop the man, and was close to death when the man dropped Gandhi, and fell to his knees begging Gandhi for forgiveness.
Gandhi had the strength to do nothing, lest he lose what he stood for.

nebule's avatar

let go of the oars and let the stream take you down the river… or something like that! lol

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I’m uncertain about the first saying. The second reminds me of Airborne School: being strong meant letting go of the door frame and jumping out of the aircraft.

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