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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %SACRIFICE LETTING GO TREASURES VALUES IDEALS SELF+980518 %GOODNESS EVIL RELATIONSHIPS ALIENATION SIN OTHERS 980518 Our personal and communal integrity depend upon what we are willing to let go of --- and in what way we let go of what we actually let go of. Often we cling to what we need to let go of --- and trash what we need to cherish. Often we do not know the difference between the two ---and confuse them with each other. Who can tell the difference with any reliable certainty? We can describe what we let go of with words such as those which follow --- taken individually and/or in various healthy AND un-healthy combinations: CHILDREN OPENNESS HONESTY DIALOGUE GENTLENESS CHARITY FRIENDSHIPS RESPONSIVENESS TRUTH GENEROSITY THANKFULNESS TRANSPARENCY INTEGRITY HEALTH WHOLENESS DISCIPLINE CONTROLS COERCION STANDARDS COMMANDMENTS LEGALISM PRESCRIPTIONS PROSCRIPTIONS DEMANDS EXPECTATIONS ASPIRATIONS FEARS HOPEFULNESS ANXIETIES COLLUSIONS ADDICTIONS TECHNOLOGIES POSSESSIONS EXCLUSIVITIES ARROGANCE RIGHTEOUSNESS SUPERIORITIES HUMILITY COMPETITIONS The import of our letting go (or not letting go) depends greatly upon how/why we let go: willingly, reluctantly; gracefully, tempestuously; intellectually, emotionally; logically, manipulatively; affectively, effectively; privately, publicly; etc. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================