You may question if there is a difference between releasing or relinquishing something. These two terms define appropriate or inappropriate, effective or ineffective, ways of letting go of an object, person or place.
Release and relinquishment go together:
Release is an outward action; relinquishment is an inner attitude.
How do you know if you have released or relinquished something? If you maintain an emotional investment in what you have let go of, then you have not relinquished it. To truly let go of something, someone or someplace, you must both externally and internally let it go.
Perhaps an example is appropriate: Let us say that you give a friend a sentimental or valuable piece of jewelry, perhaps your mother’s necklace or your father’s watch. And by chance, you are informed that they have pawned it. If you have an emotional response to the action—you have not relinquished the item. You many have released it by physically giving it away, but you still possess it emotionally.
The act of release is much easier than the act of relinquishment.
What often happens is that people release and then, perhaps later, relinquish—but the internal act of relinquishment should be the source of the release. If you release without […]