Letting Go By Rachel Hott, Ph.D.
One of our current NLP trainees asked me for assistance regarding a story about letting go. She was going to be running a group and part of her project was to inspire them to begin new ideas, to let go of the old rigid thoughts and behaviors.
In our NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner training we use stories during the training as well as at the end of the training to communicate an idea to both the conscious and unconscious minds. Sometimes we use personal stories, classics and even made up stories.
When she asked me about stories about letting go I remembered a poem I had heard in 1994 when I had attended a Self Esteem training with Jack Canfield. This was before his Chicken Soup for The Soul, Success Principals and The Secret fame. I told her the gist of the poem and suggested that she research it on the web. Of course the expectation is that anything can be found when googling key words and concepts.
A week later I asked her if she found the poem and she had not. I wondered how could I find this poem. Jack and I use to be in touch, but it has been several years since we have exchanged communication. Since his celebrity status I also thought of him as unreachable. Yet I did decide that I could e-mail his organization and let them know what I was searching for.
I sent an e-mail to the contact address and explained that I had attended his Self Esteem training in 1994 and 1995. I explained that I was looking for a particular poem that he had shared. I took a risk to write an e-mail to the contact address hoping that my personal story may get past the guards and go directly to Jack.
Two days later his assistant, let me know that she forwarded my e-mail to him. I had gotten past the contact guard! Next was wondering if I would hear back from him and I am happy to say I did.
Come to the edge. We can’t. We’re afraid. Come to the edge. We can’t. We will fall! Come to the edge. And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew.
Guillaume Apollinaire, 1880-1918 French Poet, Philosopher
Love to you both. Hope this helps! — Jack
Jack Canfield, CEO Jack Canfield Companies P.O. Box 30880 Santa Barbara, CA 93130