This week we moved on to part 4 of “10 Things I’ve Let Go and How This Has Set Me Free” By Sara Fabia. Number 7 talked about letting go of competing with others. After reading this and contemplating it, I found that I have been competing with an older version of myself. The younger one, the thinner one, the one without arthritis. This was very profound for me. Why am I chasing my old self? I love my life and where I am at right now. This is something I will need to explore more. Number 8 talked about letting go of chasing happiness. Live every day fully and experience every moment. Don’t wait for the weekend to live. Be grateful for all the good in your life. This is another great reminder that if we continue to rush through our lives, we will miss some of the greatest and happiest moments.
The first step to letting go is awareness. The next is acceptance. Remember you are a different person every day. Start each day with a fresh perspective and let go of yesterday. Live life day by day, moment to moment, breath by breath.
- I’ve let go of competing with others.
I now know that my need to fight is nothing but my ego’s scream for self-validation. I don’t need anyone to lose any game so that I can feel good about myself. I love harmony, collaboration, and win-wins.
I’ve stopped comparing myself to others. I choose to connect with people from a place of love instead of fear, and I believe in abundance. I choose to believe that we live in a supportive Universe, where there is enough of everything and for everyone, including myself.
“Love is cooperation rather than competition.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer
- I’ve let go of chasing happiness.
I no longer project my happiness into an imaginary future, hoping that someday, when I have that job, that house, that car, that success, I will be happy. I have learned to find happiness in the small pleasures of life, and I embrace the only reality that is, the present moment, with gratitude and much joy.
I stopped waiting for the weekends to feel like living because each day is a gift and every single moment is precious and equally important.
The day I shifted my focus from stressed to blessed, everything changed. I am thankful for everything I am and for everything I have: a healthy body and mind; a loving family; a few genuine, last longing friendships I’ve made over time; and a job I love and believe in.
“I have noticed that the Universe loves gratitude. The more grateful you are, the more goodies you get.” ~Louise Hay