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There are maybe five feral kittens in my garage. 

     I say “maybe” because there is no way to know where they are. The garage is full of stuff.  Under a shelf unit?  Tucked behind my boyfriend’s tools?  Hidden under a space below the sub floor?

     The mother took them there on day three of their lives. This was somewhat unusual, but understandable.

She had them right on our back deck and now that the weather is nicer, we’re in and out all the time. That probably worried her.

     Since these feline fur balls are nowhere to be found, we have no idea if they are alive or not.  In my opinion, the mother has been a little inattentive. But hey, who wouldn’t want a break after having five babies?  Still, we’re worried. We wonder “Are they dead or alive?”

     I told my boyfriend that we would just have to trust the mamma cat and Mother Nature to know what to do.  That this cycle of life was theirs to negotiate. After all, even baby birds fall out of the nest and die.

     So we know of these laws in the animal world. Yet, what is it with us humans that we sometimes doubt that life, and death, are unfolding as they should?  Why can’t we let go with gratitude and joy?

     I encourage you to spend some time quietly reflecting on what you have in your life now that needs to be let go.  Could it be an old belief or a relationship that no longer serves you?  Might it be that dress that fit perfectly six years ago but has gotten a little snug?  Let it go.

     Practice letting go now and then join me later on May 22 for International Letting Go day, a virtual event.  For now, just take a deep breath and know that, like the kittens and the birds, life is unfolding as it should… and that all is well.

Ann Leach is the owner of Life Preservers Grief Support. She lives in Joplin, Mo. and works with clients from around the country who are coping with their own life-altering events. http://lifepreserversgriefsupport.com/

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