I was clearing out browser tabs this morning trying to declutter my digital life after making a small effort to clear up my physical one when I stumbled upon this article I had open. I nearly closed it outright but after a quick scroll up & down the page decided it was short enough to read without too much effort. I’m glad I did – I hope you take the same time to read it. If not, an excerpt:
Shortly after starting my new role, I went back to my therapist and told her: “It’s been a year since we broke up. I thought my dream job and exercise would heal me, but I still think about him every day. What more can I do to let go?”
First, she told me a story about a man she loved in her early 20s, nearly 50 years ago, whom she still thinks about to this day. Then she said: “You’re asking the wrong question. It’s not about getting over and letting go.”
I looked down at my hands and considered how this could possibly be about anything else.
“It’s about honoring what happened,” she said. “You met a person who awoke something in you. A fire ignited. The work is to be grateful. Grateful every day that someone crossed your path and left a mark on you.”