Open Your Hands, Let Go

By: Megan Minutillo, Regular Contributor

Open hands are hard to hold onto anyway

Open hands are hard to hold onto anyway

Open hands are hard to hold onto anyway…

Well, sh*t.

I mean, SH*T. Now, that phrase is not my own, but I’m gonna repeat it for you all.

Open hands are hard to hold onto anyway

Open hands are hard to hold onto anyway

Open hands are hard to hold onto anyway…

There’s a beauty to the music of Ingrid Michaelson that is so real and raw and true that it almost hurts to listen to at times.

Cause she gives an ebb and flow and life to the things that we often think and feel and know, and yet keep tucked away in the deepest and darkest crevices of our hearts.

See, an open hand does nothing if it does not grasp yours right back. An open hand does nothing if it doesn’t mold to yours to pull you up, to lift you up, to give you the support that you cannot give to yourself.

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How often to we cling to the open hands – the ones that will never be there to help us when we need it most?

How often to we cling to the idea of solidarity, of unity, of partnership?

How often to we hold onto a one sided romance?

How often are we the ones putting all the work and effort into a friendship?

But, perhaps the words of Ingrid Michaelson will give you the strength to walk away…

Now go on and drift away

The tide can hold you out

Go quiet now

Go sound go safe

Open hands are hard to hold onto anyway…

I can’t stress this enough – holding onto the beauty of yesterday, the promise of what was, instead of dealing with the hear and now, well, it won’t do your heart any good.

Cherish what was. Look back on your love or friendship with grace and positivity; know that it had a hand in making you the woman that you are today.

But then let it go.

Say goodbye to what was and undo the clasp of your hand.

For you deserve the tightest grip to hold you back.

Let's Chat! Tell us about a time that you were able to step back, gain some perspective, open your hands and let go of someone or something. What did you learn? Share your story here!

About Megan

Megan_Minutillo-Megan_Minutillo-0117.jpgMegan Minutillo is a playwright, director, and founder of the arts and education site, The Write Teacher(s). Her articles have appeared in HelloGiggles, So Worth Loving, I Am the Modern Career Girl, and Glass Heel. She is currently at work adapting her show, Ghosts in My Vodka, into a musical.

 

 

 

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