I don't know if you've ever seen that video where the guy talks about holding on to the bottle of water with your arm extended. He goes on to say that the longer you hold it out, in an extended position, the more you will struggle. The more pain you'll be in. The weight, size, and shape of the water bottle never changes. All that has to happen for the pain to cease, is for you to let go of it. And yet so often, we make the choice to stay in a certain place, arms extended, in an enormous amount of pain. Truly, there's nobility enmeshed in the cause of enduring for virtuous reasons. There are certain pains in this life that must be endured for the necessity of personal growth. But there are pains that live longer than need be, due to our inability to shed the fears that come with letting go. Tony Robbins said "change occurs when the pain of staying the same, becomes greater than the fear of change." How enormous are our fears at times, that we cling to an eviscerating emotional pain, rather than overcoming said fears? And despite the fact that we've often experienced these pains many times in our life, and know that letting go of what is not meant for us brings us peace and tranquility...we still often embrace that arms extended water-bottle position for far too long. To close, think about this - I read a psychological article a while back about discipline(s). We can only apply so much discipline, to so many areas in our life. No different, we have a limited amount of emotional energy to invest each and every day. If you're hurting, invest in letting go. Walking away from what is not meat for you, what doesn't value you, what doesn't respect you, means you're making a commitment to walk towards what you feel that you deserve.