let go, or be dragged

April 28, 2013Karen Courcy

396f41be477622b0e3c611121512cb7fFor the first time in over a year I have finally allowed myself room to let go of something that has weighed me down emotionally, physically and spiritually.

I have had moments in between that I “thought” I let go, or moments that I had some empowerment to move out and forward – but not like right now – this is different – so very different.

As I have shared and written many times on this blog, I was triggered severely in the past year by the actions of another person that sent me into a tailspin of emotions that brought the past screaming to the forefront.

The past being so present and right here, it sent me into isolation from the people and things that I love. Fear and confusion pushed me so far off my path to healing, that I was unsure I would move through it without giving up.

My therapist and I have worked diligently for months and months on trying to re-gain empowerment over what this past year has brought me; even when the situation continued and it kept pushing me further back into triggers that kept resurfacing the past over and over again.

Although the past couple of months have been a little easier and the support has been endless, there was still something big that was keeping me from moving forward, and that in itself has been frustrating and confusing.

What was holding me back from letting this go? What part of my past needed healing in order to see this as “someone else’s stuff” and not mine. What was holding me back to the point that i couldn’t move out of the stuck place I have been in? Why can’t I re-engage back into life after what this past year has done to me?

And then it hit me . . . . .

I saw this quote and something inside just clicked, and that quote was

“Let go, or be dragged”

a small but very powerful quote!

I can either let it go and find empowerment, or I can let the actions of another drag me down and take away all the hard work I have done in the past 6 years.

When I saw the quote it reminded me of a moment when I was 8 years old.

My oldest brother David wanted to try something “funny” while I was outside roller skating on these very flimsy Strawberry Shortcake roller skates I got for my birthday.

He tied a rope to the back of his bike, and told me to hold onto the rope while he pulled me along with his bike. I thought it would be fun, and much did I know it would be the metaphor for the things happened and for the things to come in my life.

He took me around the neighborhood while I held on tight! He then took me down a steep hill and I lost control of my skates and I fell hard while still holding onto the rope. He dragged me for a good portion of the road before coming to a stop (while laughing at me).

I was bruised, and cut up – bleeding everywhere. A neighbor who saw the whole thing ran to my rescue and took care of all the cuts that were up my leg. I had road rash covering me from head to toe.

I was dragged along the ground while my brother laughed as he found humor in my pain – welcome to my life as a child.

The quote reminds me of just that – being dragged through a situation that is not mine to hold. Being dragged and letting someone else hold the wheel.

Thinking back now, I would have been less banged up and hurt had I let go of the rope the moment I fell – but for some reason I held on, and that was the metaphor for my whole childhood – being dragged through a childhood of abuse, pain, and neglect.

I didn’t know how to let go, I only knew how to hold on because I thought I had to. Holding on was surviving, today I know different.

Today I have the choice to let go – and I am letting go.

I have the choice to either heal my past that is surfaced, or let this drag me over and over and over till I am covered in scars and wounds.

I am done letting this situation dictate my forwardness. I am done letting this past year have any more control over my thoughts.

There is no denying the pain that this past year has brought me. So much has surfaced from my past that is so painful and tender that it makes me want to run for the covers and just cry – but the choice I have is to let go of the rope and heal what is here.

One of the things that my therapist reminds me of all the time is “we can talk about anything, absolutely anything”, and I have the choice to let go of the rope and use my words and my voice as my healing.

Let go of the rope and look at what is going on inside. Let go and face what this year surfaced and heal that – not heal the reasons of what dragged me.

I have this vision in my head right in this moment of a tug of war. When both sides are pulling and pulling and pulling for their own side, what happens when the other person lets go while the other continues to pull? they fall don’t they? Well that is what I am doing. I am letting go and letting this whole past year fall on its face.

I will use this shift to face what is here, and heal what is not. I have that choice to let go, and not be dragged.

What  I have also learned is this: Letting go doesn’t take away the hurt I feel, or the pain I feel from the past that has surfaced in this past year. Letting go certainly doesn’t right the wrong. Letting go doesn’t sweep it under the rug –  but what letting go does is – it gives me the room to heal the way I need to heal without being dragged along in the same abuse I have been in my whole life.

I can’t heal and be dragged at the same time, and thats what has happened this whole year. Something has to give, and I choose to let it go, not find meaning to it, not find the answers, but to accept and find a way to heal ME rather than hold onto something that is not worth holding onto.

enough is enough being stuck in this … and for the first time I really feel like I can finally let go of the rope and move towards healing me – I can tend to the wounds of which this past year created, and maybe allow others to help me up.

I don’t know why this past year happened, I don’t know why I had to endure it, I don’t understand the actions of others. I don’t understand a lot of things, but what I do know is what is in front of me, and that is a past that needs healing, care, love and understanding.

It feels good to let go finally once and for all.. I am free to heal!


  • Hanna D

    April 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Karen – “Let go or be dragged” what a great quote! What a great metaphor to move through.

    I have to say, I got teary eyed when I read about you being dragged by that bike and how much that has been a part of your life that you do not deserve. You deserve to stand up and be loved. You deserve to have people help tend to your wounds. I am so sorry you grew up feeling as if you were dragged, and better yet, I am so sorry this past year has once again repeated those old horrific feelings.

    Karen, this blog gives me hope for you. Something about this writing feels different. I am getting the sense that you understand what is needed and you are asking for that help.

    Wow. I may just share this blog with a certain client of mine. There is hope in this and you are right “the healing is found in what is here, and what makes sense”

    blessings Karen, I am holding a prayer that you continue to find this empowerment over something that should have never happened.


    1. KarenBeth

      April 28, 2013 at 7:54 PM


      The funny thing, I have ONE scar from that very moment of being dragged by the bike on my knee that was the deepest cut. Whenever I see that scar is reminds me of what happened that day – among the other scars I have. But that incident left me with that one big scar on the knee …

      It sure plays a huge role in what my life has been, and this past year I feel I was dragged through someone else’s misfortunes. I feel like I was dragged by someone else’s insecurities. I feel I was dragged because my window view was better than this other persons.

      I am done being dragged .. I am done holding onto the rope that serves that .. I have to find a way to heal from this moment forward.

      Thank you Hanna and thank you so much for your email this morning

  • Sharon O

    April 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Good job, empowerment comes when we realize we have the ability to not allow anything to hurt us again. (yes we will be hurt by the death of a loved one or a serious illness etc) what I mean when I say ‘no more’ is they do not have the right to ruin our ‘peace’…anymore. They do not have the right to bring us down or burst our quiet or take away our joy.
    We can choose. This day. The empowerment comes from within.

    1. KarenBeth

      April 28, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Sharon – I agree … thank you for your positive comment 🙂 always nice to see you here and supporting and connecting.

      ((( hugs )))

  • ziggy40

    April 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    That’s a topic, I’ve been looking at today! I even wrote about it this morning. Thank you for sharing your insight about this really [key] topic. I’m so happy for you, when I’ve been able to ‘let go’ it’s been so freeing. Thank you for the rope story, it’s a wonderful example. I feel as you have shared, I can ‘think’ I’ve let go and when it’s in my face, I’m again triggered..hence I had NOT really ‘let go’…Congrats, I hope you feel empowered by this courage..Sending peace, freedom,and kind thoughts….

    1. KarenBeth

      April 28, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Ziggy! thank you for your comment! thank you for your peace and kind thoughts 🙂 I will go over to your blog and see what you wrote .. always a great connection 🙂

  • Anna

    April 28, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    I just printed off a copy of this blog and plan to share it in therapy with my therapist. I hope you dont mind that I printed it, if it’s not okay, let me know. She will know how much this is a part of my journey as well.

    I get what being dragged means, and I am sorry you had to feel that literally in your life. YOu give me so much hope Karen, more than you know.


    1. KarenBeth

      April 28, 2013 at 7:59 PM


      You are more than welcome to print it off and bring it with you to your own session. Thank you for asking and having that respect.

      I hope that it helps you come to fruition about your own healing path… I look forward to hearing about it.

  • Gel

    April 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I cringed when reading about you being dragged…almost like I could see and feel it a little too. How sick that someone would do that to you and even enjoy it.

    The metaphor seems like going from being a victim to being empowered to take care of yourself. I think about how, as children, we don’t have a choice about being attached or dependent on those around us. We literally can’t just leave our family. But as adults we have a lot more choice about things like this. but it can be hard to see it when we’ve learned a pattern in childhood.

    I see this is part of your LIBERATION.

    This line has a lot of meaning for me: “I choose to let it go, not find meaning to it, not find the answers, but to accept and find a way to heal ME”. I am facing some memories of abuse in my childhood, I have some unquestionable memories. But lately I have gotten more family information that leads me to believe that there was likely more abuse that I don’t remember or that happened to me before I could form memories. I have noticed that I want to know…what else they did….and why…..and how they could have….etc…but I can see that I will probably never know. And like you say it’s probably senseless anyway. Or maybe it could be just seen as very sick behavior….And if I put all my attention on them and trying to understand them…then I’m still chained to them and I’ve taken the focus off of healing me NOW….So I’m trying to focus on what can I do for my healing now.

    Thanks for helping me realize to keep the focus on what I can do for my healing.

    And like someone else commented…..”Something about this writing feels different. I am getting the sense that you understand what is needed and you are asking for that help”. I agree. And it’s inspiring to see you grow.

    Thanks dear!

    1. KarenBeth

      April 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Gel … I was so happy to see your comment today.

      Like Andy always tells me “you can’t make sense of something senseless” .. there is no reason that could possibly justify any abuse done to another. It’s a hard understanding, but once you understand that and hold onto it, it’s like freedom. Freedom from the chains to their sickness.

      Today in session was one of the best sessions I have had in a long time… because I chose to let go of what this past year did and choose to focus on what DOES make sense – me and my healing …

      thank you for your comment 🙂 you make me smile

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  • touched2mysoul

    July 24, 2017 at 9:42 PM

    Let go or be dragged! Love this phrase! It’s perfect and sooooo true! Thank you for sharing this ????

  • tellingheavysecrets

    September 2, 2017 at 4:41 AM

    This is a very powerful post and so well written. Thanks for sharing such a painful truth from your past. You sound strong and yes! I have spoken too about the necessity to let go of the rope I cling to so tightly for survival in my therapy sessions especially when what we are holding onto doesn’t serve us any longer. Much of what you write about rings true with me 🙁
    It makes me feel less alone and more understood to read your blog. Thank you 🙂

    1. Karen Courcy

      Karen Courcy

      September 2, 2017 at 1:01 PM

      Thank you so much for this comment and I am so glad that it was helpful and im so sorry that you can relate to this … but yes you are understood and your never alone!!! I love the name of your blog – – its all about using your voice to heal from wounds … thank you for reading my blog and connecting with me 🙂

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