holding life with an open hand

I don’t know how
to not hold on for dear life
to all of the things I want
so I suffocate them
and squeeze them
so they’ll stay
but that is the exact way
to lose them.

How do you hold on to something
without holding on to it?
How do you hold on to something
without squeezing it to death?
You trust
You trust that they will stay
You trust that you are worthy
You trust that you are lovable
You trust that they want to stay
That they want you too.

Loosen your grip
and know that you are made of stardust
that all the beautiful things in the universe
are inside of you.
You are complete.
Release the need to fill the void
and magically, there is no void.

Now call them in
and see how all of those things
that you long for
eagerly arrive at your side
hold them
with an open hand
give them the freedom to leave
and notice how they stay.


"There is beauty all around us, and the light finds us when we realize, we are all part of that beauty and worth the cherishing." -Tom Althouse