The Bad, The Good, Let it Go

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go.. to move forward. — CSLewis

That is very true. It is also true of great experiences — those moments of ‘triumph’ when for a short time it all comes together for you; the accolades that follow can surprise and confound and are always too effusive.

Take what is healing in all of that, but the rest must be let go. Practice detachment, or you begin to believe the hype, and then you’re lost. If you have not practiced detachment, when your hand inevitably misses a rung, it will come a hard, hard fall.

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  • Mike

    Good message to counter against the sin of pride. It reminds me of a personal story where early in our married life, my wife’s parents moved into our home as they both faced serious health issues. Relatives and friends heaped lots of accolades my way and I was feeling (and acting) like I was the best thing since sliced bread. My wife approached me during one of these praise sessions and quietly whispered in my ear, “if you don’t quickly step off that pedestal you put yourself on, I’m going to kick it out from underneath you and its going to hurt when you land”. :). I stepped down and learned a great and lifetime long lesson from my wife who truly had a lookout for my spiritual well being.

  • Suburbanbanshee

    It’s a good quote, but it’s not by C.S. Lewis. Until 2009, it’s always attributed to “Anonymous.” (And I could be wrong, but I don’t think UK people even call them “monkey bars.”)

  • Suburbanbanshee

    Did a more sophisticated Google search. Apparently, it wasn’t quoted anywhere on the Internet until April 25, 2003. Given all the C.S. Lewis quoting that had been done on the Internet for years and years, that seems odd. Also, nobody ever quotes the specific book or article or letter by Lewis, which also seems odd.

    It appears actually to be by somebody named Tom Krause who’s a motivational speaker. Unless he got it from “Unknown” and “Anonymous.”

  • Joseph

    This is good to remember for those times that I think “Why should I thank God? I did all the work!”, or “It was my money and time that I sacrificed!”.

  • Augustine

    “Thou art mortal. Thou art mortal. Thou art mortal…”

  • Dynan

    I hear some pain, Elizabeth. If only Chesterton and C.S. Lewis had prededed
    St Thomas Aquinas, we might have been spared Henry the 8th and Martin Luther.
    Sometimes my ego can be a tremendous burden. I find much comfort in Augustine.
    love and prayers,
    Dynan Candon