Is there a difference between holding something and embracing it? Think about that...…. Just what does it mean to hold onto something? To grasp... To keep.... To detain something. When I contemplate those descriptions I cannot but reason that they each imply a sense of ownership.... Possessiveness…. A "this is mine!" To embrace something, on the other hand suggests an act of support... affection. An affirmation of someone else's worth.... It's the opposite of possession. If I go through my day holding onto this and that, regardless if its a inanimate object, a thought, feeling and/or attitude, my hands are filled with that with which I am holding; and in so doing, am in no position to embrace the life that surrounds me. Growing up, maturing... development... They are all about learning to let go.