Letting Go…

In less than a month I’m going to have to let go of something huge- my parents. They are off on their new adventures in White Rock. New world. New life and no longer in the same city . I’ve spent 37 years of my life with them just down the road or a local call away. And soon it will be long distance and a boat ride away. I have to admit, I’m a little nervous and excited all at the same time. Nervous because I’ve never known life without them here. Then excited for their new adventures and my existence as a grown daughter with parents who live out of town. Who knows what that will bring. When something like this (moving, retirement and starting over) happens in your life, you spend time thinking how life will change and what you need to let go of. For myself I’ve realized I need to let go of the comfort of having my parents so close and the security of their presence. I will miss them greatly and look forward to their visits. After all absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? I’ll let you know.
There are also other ways in life that we need to learn to let go and this is especially true in weight loss. For me one of the biggest things I need to let go of are the ideas. The idea that I will always be able to eat what I want and lose weight -WRONG!. I’m going to always have to be aware of what I put in my mouth for the rest of my life. The idea that I will always be fat and never be skinny, that there is failure waiting to happen. I need to reframe that positively and say “I’ve been fat and here’s what I have learned in order to not stay this way!” The idea that this journey would be handed to me so simply, either by surgery or quick weight-loss. Not so. Someone up there is saying take it slow, learn lessons, learn about who you are and work towards it. And then weight-loss will come. It’s not a gift or a right because who would learn anything from that. And lastly the biggest of all is this dumb idea that I’ll always be what I am and never change or grow. How very wrong. I am again setting myself up for failure. Words can be so defeating when used negatively. If that’s the case maybe the opposite is true too. Positive words and thoughts will breed positive actions and reactions. If I set myself up for success with my words and actions, then it is bound to happen. So what I have come to realize is the importance of the chance that an idea or thought will lead you to either the place you want to be or the place you fear. So choose your thoughts wisely…

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