Letting Go Is Not Something You Do

It is something you stop doing

Words by Joshua Fields Millburn

Letting go does not require a trip to Goodwill
or a purchase from The Container Store.

Letting go is not something you do.
It is something you stop doing.

You stop pretending every thing is precious.
You stop clinging to toxic relationships.
You stop acting like busy is a good thing.
You stop posturing as if achievements make you, you.
You stop thinking new habits will solve the problem.
You stop trying to “fix” everything.
You stop turning to breaking news for information.
You stop mistaking information for understanding.
You stop polishing the facade of success.
You stop chasing happiness.

No matter the fixation—
be it possessions, people, or prosperity—
attachment is always suffering.

Always.

When you let go of attachments,
you pick up freedom, peace, equanimity.

But if you hold on,
you’ll get dragged.

Joshua Fields Millburn

Joshua Fields Millburn is a bestselling author, writing instructor, and international speaker. Best known as one half of The Minimalists, he is the author of four books, including a critically acclaimed memoir, Everything That Remains. He has been featured in Time, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Village Voice, LA Weekly, and many other outlets. Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1981, he currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

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