Letting go vs. giving up. What’s the difference?

I had this conversation with a girlfriend earlier this week, specifically referring to desires that haven’t happened yet, and it opened up an interesting dialogue.

I’ve been in a season of releasing lately. Surrender. Letting go.

Call it what you will – it’s been a tightrope walk that has, at times, felt more like “giving up” than any of the above. But there’s a stick factor in me that just won’t quite let it go that far – even as down as it can feel at times. The dreams will happen – it’s not up for question.

📌Does “releasing” something mean the desire for it is no longer there?
📌Does it mean the desire is there, but the ache of it still being “yet to pass” is gone?
📌Does it mean the desire remains, but my hope is stronger?
📌Does it mean you’re totally neutral?
📌Does it mean you don’t think about said thing anymore?
Is it even related to any of that?

For me, it’s looked like:
💎Not trying to control it
💎Giving it back to God anytime I recognize that I’m holding onto it again
💎Allowing it look different each day

For someone who likes finding patterns and solving things, that last one can be a bit challenging.

At the same time, as someone who feels stifled by monotony, I wouldn’t want everything to be the same all the time.

A bit of a pickle, yeah? Welcome to my life and my brain 🤪

What does “letting go” look like for you?

P.S. Don’t give up 😉