(TruthSeekerDaily) Life is full of good and bad, it’s what we do and how we act in the worst of times that define us and make the good times even better. Each of us are responsible for our own happiness, much of which comes through the conscious decisions we make, the hardest of those being the most meaningful.
One man was about to realize these life lessons through someone he had never met and it would come to him in the most unlikely of places…the San Francisco airport. As he was walking through the vast terminals, he stumbled upon a folded note with the words “Read Me” on it.
He picked up the humble looking letter and followed the two word directions ascribed on the outside. Upon opening it, what he found inside was a gift that he never could have imagined.
The full text reads:
I recently left an emotionally abusive relationship. After months of insults I wont repeat, false accusations, lies, delusions, broken mirrors, nightly battles…. I left. I know that I was being poisoned by each day that I stayed. So with a heavy heart, I left my lover of three years, knowing that I had already put it off too long. At first he begged, then he cursed, but eventually he paced his bags and faded out of my life like a bad dream.
For the first few weeks, my body seemed to reject this. For three years I had seen the world through him-colored glasses. I didn’t know who I was without him. Despite the kindness of friends and even strangers. I could not help feeling utterly alone. But it was this sense of aloneness that set me free. Somewhere along the way, I let go. I released all of the painful memories, the names he had called me, the shards of him buried deep in my brain. I stopped believing the things he had made me think about myself.
I began to see how extraordinary, breathtakingly beautiful life is. I meditated, drank too much coffee, talked to strangers, laughed at nothing. I wrote poetry and stopped to smell and photograph every flower. Once I discovered that my happiness depends only on myself, nothing could hurt me anymore. I have found and continue to find peace. Each day I am closer to it than I was yesterday.
I am a work in progress but I am full to the brim with gratitude and joy. And so, since I have opened a new chapter in my life, I want to peacefully part with the contents of the last chapter. The end of my relationship was the catalyst for a wealth of positive changes in my life.
It was a symbol, most importantly, it was an act of self-love. It was a realization that I deserved to be happy and I could choose to be. And so, in an effort to leave behind the things that do not help me grow, I am letting go of a relic from the painful past.
I wore this necklace-a gift from him-every day for over tow years. To me, letting it go is a joyous declaration that I am moving forward with strength and grace and deep, lasting peace. Please accept this gift as a reminder that we all deserve happiness. Whoever you are, and whatever pain you have faced, I hope you find peace.
h/t: [ WDYTT ]
Sometimes it’s so difficult to leave a troubled relationship, even when in retrospect we should have done it so much earlier. Share this beautiful and courageous note with others.