“LET:” A Disempowering Word

Is it nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows … or to take arms against the sea of troubles, and by opposing end them …” William Shakespeare

As children we did not “let” things happen or be said and done to us. In point of fact, we lacked “agency” over our lives.

Sometimes clients will say something like, “I don’t know why he or she speaks to me so inappropriately or why he or she doesn’t respect my boundaries, tears me down, makes me the butt end of joke, controls and/or manipulates me.”

The gentle and empathic answer I give when they seem ready to hear is “You let them,” and then they might say, “Why do I let them?”

This three-letter word, L-E-T because in those moments, minutes, months and sad to say even years, we’re not sure if we have “agency” and we regress. “Letting” emerges out of untreated, unhealed, and unrepaired traumas. So, boundaries do not get established and defended or we don’t have any idea what our limits and tolerances are for unwanted or abusive, inappropriate behaviors.

I ask you gently to reflect on what are you or your clients or grown children still “Letting” happen that you or they want to come to an end?

And to end on a positive note regarding the word LET, “You better LET someone love you, before its too late.” The Eagles

5 thoughts on ““LET:” A Disempowering Word

  1. Hey Bud? I have been thinking about you quite a lot old friend. I hope you are well, I see you are still in Texas, I am still in the Hudson Valley. Let me know how you are doing.
    Bill Bright

    1. Bill, This is Kathy, John’s assistant. Thank you for your comment. I’m not sure if John got back to you so I’m letting you know he’s doing good and yes, still in Austin. You can contact him at john@johnleebooks.com. Let me know if you need anything else.

  2. Thanks John! Very timely words. I continue to enjoy your work and find it helpful.

    1. Thank you, Bob. I really appreciate your kind words and support. Take care!

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