If You Love It Let It Go ...

Versions by Albert Schweitzer, Douglas Horton, and others:

If you love it, let it go. If it comes back to you, it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was.

It occurs to me that this is actually directly related to the theme of this blog.

Here's another version:

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. (Ecclesiastes 11: 1)

Yeah, that's from the Old Testament. Here's something from the words of Jesus:

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6: 38)
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. (v. 32)

You could even say that God was invoking this principle when he told Adam in the Garden:

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, nevertheless, thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee; but, remember that I forbid it, for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Moses 3: 17, emphasis mine, see also Genesis 2: 16)

Here's my version:

If you love it, let it be. Anything worth your deepest love is not yours to hold or change, anyway.

Which is still only telling half of the story.

The reason these quotes seem so important is simple. We need to untangle our wants from our needs, and we need to look carefully at our needs and understand them.

Usually, the things we need the most are the things we most need to keep our hands off of.

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