What I’ve Let Go in 2010

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December 5: Let go

What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)

I had a lot of experiences where people declared up and down they care for me and love me. Sometimes their declarations would be grand. Tears would be shed, long letters written, or family members recruited as middlemen. Yet when I actually needed them they turned their backs on me. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I also sometimes craved verbal reassurance to pacify my insecurities. I wanted to hear words that conveyed love and loyalty. I don’t know what finally clicked but I realized in both cases, I was putting too much emphasis on what was being said and not enough on what was being done. By letting go my preoccupation with words, I was able to shed superficial relationships (and it felt so good) and feel very loved by those who showed up. To quote Shakespeare, “Action is eloquence.”

Question: What or whom do you want to let go in 2011?