Subtle Art of letting go

Our human brain is programmed to go through at least 6,000 thoughts in a single day or more than that. Most of our thoughts are reoccurring. What happens here is, when we keep getting these reoccurring thoughts, we get accustomed to dragging these thoughts together for longer durations. We don’t realize if they are good or bad, we just keep carrying the baggage all along.
In a recent episode of Rick and Morty (A cartoon series on Netflix- season 4- episode 4), the writer introduced a character of a cat who could talk. Anyone who encountered the cat kept asking it how it was able to talk and all it said was, “It doesn’t matter how. Maybe it’s time you stopped asking questions and started having fun”.
The viewers and fans of the show couldn’t understand till the end of the episode, why the cat could talk and what was its importance in the show. Many viewers even started coming up with theories about what the cat’s origin maybe or how it was able to talk. The show creators later revealed that, the cat was just introduced in to the episode ‘for fun’. There was no hidden motive behind it. The creators even stated that, ‘not everything needs analyzation and overthinking’. That was basically what the cat was trying to convey, ‘to just stop asking questions and start having fun’.
“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering” – Piglet, Pooh’s little instruction book, inspired by A.A. Milne.
It’s in the little moments, the silent ones and in the ones where you can just ‘be’.
We are living in a tech dominant century where competition is everything. We keep running around our daily lives like little hamsters on a running wheel while we always have the option to just stop and enjoy. To just live in the moment.
We always have the choice, to step out of the wheel, to pause and breathe.
Just listen to that music you always love listening to, take a walk or just lay down. Whatever that makes you happy. Do it. Your heart always knows what really makes it happy and it will guide you if you are willing to listen to it. Learn that subtle art of letting toxic thoughts and people go.
(Write the below quote in your journal / paper if you want to and put it up on your board / refrigerator. Little things like these are helping me a lot in motivating towards giving less energy to toxic thoughts; hopefully it will help you too.)
“Today I am making the decision to let go of the things that don’t make me happy. I am letting go, happily.”- Winne the Pooh
Yes, it indeed is ‘easy’ to just be happy.


पेंच उलझते जा रहे थे
मुश्किलें बढती जा रही थी
बर्दाश्तगी छटपटाने लगी थी
सांस घुंटने लगी थी
लगता था जैसे हर मोड पर
साज़िश शतरंज बिछाये है,

मैं दांव चल नहीं रहा था
और वो जीत कि ग़लतफहमी में थे
मैं गिरती इंसानियत देख रहा था
वो गुलाम कि अकड पर हैरान थे,

हाँ, आखिर, थे तो हम गुलाम ही ,

मैं मुट्ठी भर भर हिम्मत जुटा रहा था
सपने तिनका तिनका फिसल रहे थे
मैं परबत परबत हौसला जुटाने लगा
सपनों के महल डगमगाने लगे
मायूसी रोज़मर्रा हो गयी
बार बार जो वो मेरे वजूद कों ठुकराने लगे

लेकिन, यही वक्त था कि,
मैंने सीने में हौसला भर लिया
और ‘बगावत’ कर ली
उनकी मालिकियत ठुकरा के
अपनी जिंदगी, अपने नाम कर ली