By Chris Rackliffe 

and Chris Rackliffe

Five simple words took the breath from my chest and brought tears to my eyes. “We are letting you go,” my boss at the time said quickly, trying to rip the Band-Aid off as he delivered the news. “Someone from HR is waiting downstairs to walk you through the specifics.”

Just like that, my world was flipped upside down. I was forced to walk away from a job I loved but knew deep down I had grown out of. Honestly, Corporate America can be brutal.

But that’s how life goes.

Truth is, the Universe has a way of naturally pruning our lives for us through diagnoses, disasters, deaths and other disruptions.

These changes to the status quo challenge us to rise to the occasion—and serve as opportunities for us to embrace more of who we really are and what really matters to us.

But it’s not the only way.

Be honest: When’s the last time you took a long, hard look at your life? I’m talkin’ about a serious inventory of your schedule, commitments, friendships or relationships—anything that requires your literal investment of time and energy. Probably rarely or never, am I right?

Thought so.

Whether on your own accord or by forced hand, letting go is one of the hardest yet healthiest things you can do for yourself. It’s healthy to let go of heartbreak, and embrace healing. It’s healthy to let go of pain, and find perspective. It’s healthy to let go of fake friends and followers, and embrace loyalty.

No matter how you slice it, letting go clears the way for you to grow. And any setback is just another moment for you to make your comeback.

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