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Issue of September 17, 2014

A hope note
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A hope note
Dr. Wayne Willis reflects on life and hope.

Like the song says ...

May 21, 2014 | 11:47 AM

There are two song titles I hope you have in — or will add to — your repertoire.

One is the theme song from the hit Disney movie "Frozen." My granddaughter and I saw the first showing of it on opening day. At an elementary school talent show I attended recently, "Let It Go" from "Frozen" was the most performed song.

Fun words for little children to sing, "Let it go!" can become a mantra for adults bent on leading healthy, happy lives. We inevitably fail, flop and fall many times along the way. After giving ourselves ample time to grieve and lick our wounds, one day we must say to ourselves: "Self, enough! Let it go!" Neither could we nor should we forget the experience. We need to learn from it. But, after a while, it is time to dispatch its grip on and power over us.

We are bound to make enemies along life's way. Some people are going to hurt and wrong us, but part of being a responsible adult is recognizing that coddling grudges hurt us more than anyone. Some fine day we need to tell ourselves: "Self, that's enough; let it go!" We may have to say it more than once.

A second mantra to consider adding to our quiver of song titles is "Let It Be." Paul McCartney, when he was going through hard times in 1968, had his mum, who had died 10 years earlier, appear to him in a dream and speak calming words like, "It's going to be all right. Just let it be." Out of that sweet dream came the classic Beatles' song.

I hope you are unable to put "Let It Go" and "Let It Be" out of your mind. Repeating three words might even change your life.

Dr. Wayne Willis


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