Closed fists cannot receive, they have no room for anything else.
Sometimes we try to hold on so tight to something that we don’t realize we are doing more harm than good. A closed fist cannot hold onto anything. It cannot grasp, touch or embrace.
When you are holding on tightly to one thing, it might be time to question why? If it is meant for you, it shouldn’t be such a struggle to hold. When we let go we make room to receive something more, perhaps even something new we weren’t even expecting.
The saying about letting something you love go, is true. Holding on tightly in order to try and keep love only ends up smothering it. Sometimes to the point that the flame is diminished. That is why they say if it comes back it was yours, if it doesn’t it never was.
Open hands receive, closed ones do not. Often we don’t even realize how tight we are holding on to something, whether it be a person, an item, an idea or an old belief.
People who struggle with change also struggle with opening their fists. They want to hold onto the past, to doing things they know how to do. Progress would never be made if everyone lived like this. Yes, change can be scary but it can also be rewarding, and liberating.
So the next time you are holding tightly onto something, think about why you are doing it. Is it out of fear, love, or perhaps habit? Then ask yourself what is the worst thing that will happen if you let go? Why does the answer bother you, or does it even bother you?
We will all see many changes as we walk through life and there are some things to hold onto. These are values that represent compassion, kindness and love. Those three words tie to everything we do, such as the way we live and interact with family, friends and strangers.
So the next time you are faced with the decision of letting go, remind yourself that closed fists cannot receive.