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Hold On (Or Just Be Held)


Ayla holding clams in her hands (2)


Sometimes I feel scared about the direction the world seems to be going in. Some days, I see the goodness clearly. I work to support people working for positive change. I try to be the change, to let go of what I can’t change and change the things I can. I tell myself, I’m doing my part.Β  Other days, I want to pull the covers over my head in the morning andΒ  watch Star Trek bloopers on YouTube in the afternoon.

When it’s hard to let go because worrying is so familiar, when we don’t know what else to do, we can look to the truth that has always been there for us. We can hold on to what is good and let the worries trickle away through our fingers. What is good remains.


A Pueblo Indian Prayer

Hold on to what is good,

even if it’s a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe,

even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do,

even if it’s a long way from here.

Hold on to your life,

even if it’s easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand,

even if someday I’ll be gone

away from you.



“Hold on,” gave me strength in the darkest times of my past. But when I didn’t feel like I could hold on anymore, a power greater than myself carried me, or dragged me, or just held me, until I was ready to continue on the journey that has turned out to be worth all the heartache. Experience leads me to believe we will be okay. Maybe even better than okay.


What do you hold on to when you feel scared?

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

30 thoughts on “Hold On (Or Just Be Held)

  1. First thing is first: my breath. Tell myself to breath. Usually getting a drink of water and meditating…. many things follow after that.

    • So basic and so important! I have the word, Breathe, on my screensaver. It helps when I actually do it, so thanks for the reminder. Maybe I’ll make myself a sign that says, Breathe and Drink water, or something like that.

  2. I hold on to the mantra “Everything is temporary” the joyful and the hardships…

  3. Hold on pain ends but never quit !

  4. JoAnna, I love your post and the song , Just be held , …it is playing now.
    The Pueblo Indian prayer is so peaceful and thoughtful.
    I use e.g breathing, meditative thinking and similar methods.
    At times it all falls apart for a bit even so. 😊 .


  5. I pray. And lately, I’ve been praying like I never have before. For me, the darkness dissipates when I hand everything over to God. The prayer in your post is a beautiful one, full of wisdom.

    • Prayer works! It helps me to remember how often I’ve handed things over to God that turned out okay, or better than I would have imagined -in God’s time. Thank you for adding your experience. I’m adding my prayers to yours for whatever you’re praying for.

    • Oh, I’m so glad. I worried about how to organize the letting go with the holding on as they seem to be opposites. But that was me Just thinking too much again. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  6. Wow!!! This is fabulous missy!!! πŸ™‚ ❀

  7. This is such a moving post! Both of the videos are great. Thank you for sharing it.

  8. ❀ I find some quiet and breathe. Thank you for this lovely post and thank you to Natalie for leading me here. ❀

    • You are most welcome! It’s interesting how often I forget to breathe, so I appreciate the reminder. I’m glad you liked the post. ❀

  9. Yes, my breath, the people I love, the blessings I’ve been given. In hard times, I learned, somewhere along the road, to hold onto gratitude and be mindful of it. Though some times are harder than others, for sure.

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