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Let Go

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wouldn't you think that SparkPeople would have made me an expert on letting go of things by now? Especially things that are not good for my body, for my soul or for my mind?

I've let go of quite a lot of unhealthy foods.

I've let go of toxic friends that couldn't handle my new joy and mental balance.

I've let go of trying to control my body and have learned to work WITH my body toward health.

I've let go of laziness, overeating, television (for the most part), sleeping in, convenience meals, fast food.

I've let go of anger, low self-esteem, self-hatred.

But no matter how many things I learn to live without or get rid of, there are always more. That's what's both wonderful and horrible about this thing we call life. Things are always changing and, usually, when we are least prepared for them to change.

That list up there is pretty impressive and motivational, eh? But, if you were me...if you had lived through each of those...you'd know how heart-wrenching it was to actually give those things up. It's nice to see it all together and draw inspiration from it. And, don't get me wrong, I am all the happier for it...but it wasn't easy.

Letting go is the hardest thing...sometimes you just have to cry, rage, pout, sulk. However...it is true that time is a great healer.

And so I wait for time to pass...and for pain to let up and healing to come.

Your wonderful support and love has really helped me throughout this whole process of letting go...I really couldn't do this without you guys. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU. For being friends. And for loving a stranger. God bless you.

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SNOWYOGA 8/24/2012 8:52PM

    You are a very sweet person and the same goes back to you! emoticon
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JIVANA108 8/24/2012 7:37AM

    Incredible blog.. sounds so simple and yet its not when you're going through it!
You are a warrior diva goddess inspiring us all:) emoticon

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DALEROG 8/22/2012 1:34PM

  I agree with Olivianight.... you don't feel like a stranger at all!
Keep it up! You're also helping all of us keep it up!

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ELLENBERRY 8/22/2012 12:40PM

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NEWMOM20121 8/22/2012 9:12AM

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Agree, the people here are pretty great.

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NHEMBERGER 8/22/2012 8:03AM

    Time truely is a great healer!
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OLIVIANIGHT 8/22/2012 8:02AM

    It's funny, you don't feel like a stranger at all. emoticon

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LORELLELAURA 8/22/2012 7:37AM

    Always love your blogs xx

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HEALTHY4HIM 8/22/2012 7:10AM

    Beautiful.
You bless me every day!

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TRISTAROSE 8/22/2012 6:25AM

    Great blog .... I've got to learn to let go of some things! Keep up the good work and you will reach your goal!

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123ELAINE456 8/22/2012 4:57AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Thank You for the insightful blog. Love reading it. God Bless
You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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FRESKA 8/22/2012 4:42AM

    sounds like a LOT of life changes in the last year.

Keep your eye on the prize and keep moving forward like you have been..



KEEP ON KEEP'N ON!!!

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GOSPARK45 8/21/2012 11:45PM

    Thank you for another insightful blog. You speak so well. Strange how hard it is to give things up even when we know how bad they are for us. You're doing great. You put into words so much of what we are thinking!

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GOING-STRONG 8/21/2012 11:31PM

    As always, I love reading your blogs. Hugs, Rhonda

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COCK-ROBIN 8/21/2012 10:12PM

    And thank YOU for a wonderful blog!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/21/2012 10:12PM

    And thank YOU for a wonderful blog!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/21/2012 9:59PM

    I have learned also that you not only let go of toxic things, but you put wholesome things in their place. I hope that as you fill your life with healthier things that you become the strong, self-assured woman you are meant to be!

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KALANTHA 8/21/2012 9:20PM

    You are absolutely right about letting go; it can be one of the most painful eperiences in this life. I'm glad you're pulling through. It will make you both stronger and wiser.

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LOVEANGEL79 8/21/2012 9:09PM

    recently i had to learn the lesson of forgive and forget. i had some things that brought up bad memories of last year and things i had forgiven people for but i had not forgotten what happened and how it went wrong.

it's amazing how by not forgetting the past it brings us down and turns our mood sour.

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TMOORE073 8/21/2012 8:55PM

    I am proud of you Leah! Life is hard sometimes isn't it? It's how you are able to deal with it & having good friends & family to help pull you thru it. I am so glad I have met you thru Spark People! We keep each other positive thru our injuries, give each other support thru our everyday life journeys! I always love your stories. Keep up the good work & keep me posted on your foot. Happy swimming & hopefully running soon!



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JENNCABA 8/21/2012 8:45PM

    Thanks to you !! I always look forward to reading your blogs emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 8/21/2012 7:49PM

    We're here for you

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LINDAK25 8/21/2012 7:37PM

    We may not be you, but most of us have lived through at least some, if not all of those things. Do we find comfort holding onto things that make us miserable? Or is it that we fear change so much that we're willing to continue to be unhappy and in pain? I am the Queen of not coping with change well. Letting go may be difficult, but the pain just can't be worse than it was before. Maybe having someone to stand beside you makes it easier to let go. That's why we're all here. It's nice to have someone who has such a beautiful voice, put into words what many of us want to say. Thanks for saying it so well.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/21/2012 7:17PM

    Spark Friends are one of the reasons this whole thing works. We support, inspire, share, and commiserate! I don't think I would keep coming back without them! Hope you have a happy day!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/21/2012 6:48PM

    Thank you!

I guess working on letting go is a lifetime occupation......

You are doing great!


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ANDASI 8/21/2012 6:45PM

    I think as long as you are aware that the emotions and feeling can waver come and go you may feel really positive for a while then waver towards some negative and then come back to more of a middle ground. I think as we start to take care of our health we start learning to rider out all this stuff but it does not have to have an effect in our actions we dont have to react to life with food. At least this is what im learning.

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REGILIEH 8/21/2012 6:12PM

    I thank you! My life is better reading your wonderful blogs!

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JUNEAU2010 8/21/2012 6:09PM

    The picture at the end is a great exclamation point!

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ROSES4ME1 8/21/2012 5:37PM

    It's doggone hard to let go! There are claw marks on everything I let go of before I finally pry my fingers loose. Good to know others struggle with letting go too! Guess it's true: We can all do together what seems impossible alone.
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LANEYTHEGIRL 8/21/2012 5:36PM

    It's the letting go that makes this so hard. It's scary, especially when you are walking away from relationships that have been a support system for you in some way. Shifting directions in life can be lonely at times. But I've learned along the way, you meet new people on the same path as you. Bravo to you for doing this.

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TAMMYINPA 8/21/2012 5:33PM

    Another heartfelt blog today. I hope that the things that are causing you problems are resolved soon. Time heals all pain. It's just not always fun during that time. Just remember, you are a very strong woman. Take everything one day at a time and if need be, one minute at a time.

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GOULDSGRANITE 8/21/2012 5:25PM

    You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We all have so many things to let go. What a miracle we have SP friends for the most positive support on the planet.

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BTS323 8/21/2012 5:23PM

    I am still working on letting go of the toxic friendship/relationship I had. It's been about a month now since the fallout. I still think about them from time to time but I remember all the positive friendships I have and will make.
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OPTIMIST1948 8/21/2012 5:21PM

    Sometimes time doesnt heal all wounds, but lets them scab over so they dont hurt as much. (Just dont pick!)

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KEIPONY 8/21/2012 5:19PM

    Just what I needed to hear thanks! congrats on all of your accomplishments and the strengthn you have shown through your setbacks and frustrations

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/21/2012 5:14PM

    It's one of the hardest lessons we learn--and have to keep learning over and over. Let go and trust that it really will be okay.

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TORTISE110 8/21/2012 5:14PM

    Such a good blog. From time to time I ask myself...what do I need to let go of today... It always gets me thinking and MOVING.

Thanks for the post.

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KAREN42BOYS 8/21/2012 5:13PM

    Hang in there. You are working your way through the ooky stuff and learning to lean on God in different ways. That's uncomfortable but well worth it.

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KKINNEA 8/21/2012 5:09PM

    I needed this today - thanks.

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TAYGRL 8/21/2012 5:05PM

    In some instances, time is the ONLY healer.

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