When a mixed-orientation pair decides to separate, the usual aftermath is a period of confusion and ambivalence. It is hard enough to make the decision to split, but just as hard to adjust to new realities. Once separated, how can the straight husband or wife create enough distance to allow letting go altogether?
If the couple’s separation is abrupt and hostile, this question might not arise. But if there is still love between the two, especially if they have children to consider and protect, distancing becomes a dilemma.
To let go doesn't mean to stop caring. It means I can't do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off. It's the realization that I don't control another.
To let go is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To let go is not to try to change or blame another. I can only change myself.
To let go is not to care for, but to care about.
To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To let go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.
To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but
to allow others to affect their own outcomes.
To let go is not to be protective. It is to permit another to face reality.
To let go is not to deny, but to accept.
To let go is not to nag, scold or argue, but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.
To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes and to cherish the moment.
To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone, but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To let go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to fear less and love more.
How these definitions might apply to a particular situation depends upon the individuals’ interpretation, but the principles are sound. These definitions point to one conclusion: The only factor we can control is our own mind. Change your mind and you change your life.