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    Paula Thompson

    Relationships: The Power of Knowing When to Let Go

    When faced with a difficult situation, it can be hard to know what our next move should be. This is especially true for something like a relationship with someone who may have done us wrong. As humans, we often feel like we must find a way to make it work, even if the other person doesn't share the same commitment or even worse, hurt us with their actions. In this situation, it can be easy to fall into the trap of trying to be the bigger person and hold on, sometimes even feeling stupid because we don't know when to let go.

    The power to know when to hold on and when to let go isn't one that many of us are born with. It takes a lot of inner strength and emotional intelligence to recognize when to stick it out, particularly in situations when it would be easier to walk away. It is important to examine how much emotional investment we have the situation; it is especially important to consider whether or not the emotional stakes are worth what the benefits might be if we choose to stay.

    At the same time, it can also be just as beneficial to recognize when to end a difficult situation and move on with your life. Sometimes in order to truly grow, you have to be able to admit when something has gone beyond its peak and move forward without remorse. Holding on to a failing partnership can take a toll on someone mentally and emotionally, and eventually, it could be detrimental to one's well-being to stay involved.

    One of the most difficult parts of accepting the reality that sometimes relationships have to come to an end is the fear of not being able to survive a breakup. This fear often keeps us from making tough yet necessary decisions, and instead, allows us to settle into a doomed relationship, sometimes feeling like we are holding on too long and being stupid. This is understandable, but it is important to remember that there is no such thing as being stupid when it comes to recognizing when it's time to move on from a difficult or harmful situation. Such a complex decision is anything but stupid, and it only remains difficult because of how important the outcome is.

    When someone is contemplating staying in a difficult situation, it is important to reflect on why it seems so desirable to stay, and think about the potential outcome if staying is chosen. Furthermore, it is essential to weigh the costs, both emotional and otherwise, that come with holding onto a situation that is not healthy. Someone must then decide if they really believe the benefits will outweigh the costs, or if bond is worth risking the potential negative repercussions. However, it is still important to remain conscious of when the scale begins to tilt too far in one direction, which is a sign that it may be time to let go and accept reality.

    No matter what course of action someone decides to take, it is crucial that they do not put their worthiness in the hands of another person's choices. Feeling feelings of stupidity or guilt because of a heartfelt decision is completely valid, but it is important to realize that those feelings do not define your self-worth. The power to know when to let go comes through experience and self-awareness, and requires taking a moment to trust your gut and make the best decision for your emotional well-being.

    Regardless of how difficult the emotional labor might be, it is possible to make it through, and there is always the potential for happiness on the other side. At times it may be hard to see it, which makes it okay to explore all possible solutions and make the best decision for yourself and your future. Gaining insight through understanding the different possibilities and consequences can provide the courage needed to permanently let go.

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