Let it Go!

Martin Perras

If you have kids, you can probably empathize. The Frozen sound track has become the sound track of my life. Particularly, the theme song “Let It Go!”

Because I’m funny like that… listening to Elsa sing prompted me to ponder letting go of something that I’ve really been holding on to. This might sound stupid to you, but for me this is very real. I am referring to my beard. Many of you know that this winter I grew my first official beard and wow let me tell you the impact it has made on my life. For the past 3 months, my facial hair strangely become a constant topic of conversation in my daily life. It was like I grew a third arm. Everywhere I went people talked about it. Some loved the beard, some pretended to love the beard and some honestly and very bluntly disliked it. But most importantly – I loved it! I loved playing with it, I love brushing it, I love how suddenly I didn’t have to shave everyday.

But as much as I loved it, I have realized that it’s time for me to… let it go. Don’t worry. I’m not here to talk about my beard… I want to share with you how it can be KEY to your health, healing and happiness to let go of what you are most attached to. Often times we end up investing our time and energy in things that aren’t serving us well. In truth, I was addicted to my beard. Addicted to how it made me feel and that attachment crowded out other possibilities in my life!

It’s a hard thing to come to terms with. Addiction is an uncomfortable word.

So many of us end up scrolling Facebook or zoning out watching Netflix at the end of the day. But the hard truth is, where we spend our time and energy determines what our life is like. So my first question to you is, what do you spend your time and energy doing?

Then, I encourage you to ask yourself, what is most important to you? If you could have an extraordinary life, what you do every day? What would you learn? Do you see any contradictions in your answers?

Letting go of my beard was tough but it has also made me feel free. It has made more room in my conversations with my friends and family for new and amazing things. It has made room in my mental world for new knowledge… like continuing my learning about needles in eyeballs! The joy of acquiring new ways to help my patients with eye conditions like macular degneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, and more will FAR outweigh the enjoyment I experience from having my beard. But it was still tough to let it go.

So take a moment and really think. What are you addicted to? What do you need to let go of? What are you holding on so tightly. I can’t say that I’m a pro at letting go but starting with small things can help. If you can’t even let go the small things how are you going to let go the big things.

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