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Your Life Begins Again Only When You Learn To Truly Let Go

Your Life Begins Again Only When You Learn To Truly Let Go

Every single one of us has been through that one moment in our life. That defining moment that changes who we are, when you think life couldn’t possibly go on. For many people, life seems to stop after losing a loved one. Maybe it’s a bad breakup or a difficult divorce. But for you, the clock stopped and you don’t think you’ll ever get over this tragedy.

And it’s true, your life did stop and you did suffer a tragedy. But no matter how helpless and alone you feel right now, life will begin again and it will get better – as soon as you learn to let go.

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“Everyone’s allowed to be in love with the wrong person at some point. In fact, it’s a mistake not to be.” – Harriet Evans

You thought you met the love of your life. The two of you spent your free time snuggled up in bed, dreaming about the future, about getting married, and making a home. Then one day, all of the small problems, once simple annoyances, become too much to bare. The two of you agree on a breakup and you’re left with all the pain of putting the broken pieces back together.

But, breaking up is about so much more than moving on and healing. It’s the opportunity to learn about yourself and to understand the root of your relationship’s problems, so you learn to practice self-love. It’s just like physical injury. The injury, the pain – it always has a root cause. Figure out the root cause so you can prevent it from happening in the future. [1] Love yourself, recognize your needs.

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“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

Let’s be very clear about something – divorce does not mean that you give up on your marriage or on your family. Nobody enters marriage thinking of the end. People get married as the ultimate confirmation of love, it’s the promise to build a life together and to grow together.

But sometimes, life doesn’t work out the way we planned. As Crystal Jackson so eloquently put it, “At a certain point, we realize that the sink is shipping… So, yes, we get off the damn ship and start looking for a lifeboat – a whole new life.” [2] That’s not failure, that’s accepting the truth and choosing a better life. You can’t make a relationship work by yourself. Recognizing that and choosing yourself, that’s self-love and survival.

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“Happiness cannot thrive within the prison of obligation.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take a minute to assess your current relationship. Why are you in it? Be honest with yourself. Is it out of happiness, love, and want? Or is it out of need or obligation? Because if you have any sense of obligation, that’s likely to turn into resentment in the future. Why? When you feel obligated to stay, you are effectively limiting your power of choice. [3] Do yourself a favor, practice self-love. It’s time to move on and start your life anew.

“Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

Don’t accept the idea that what you have now is good enough, that it can never be better. Especially not if the relationship is full of lies and distrust. You stay because you’ve grown comfortable with good enough, with the ordinary. You’re settling for less and you deserve more.

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Settling for good enough might mean that you think you don’t deserve happiness. [4] It’s time to take on some difficult decision making, build up some motivation, and work toward self-love through self-improvement. You are worth a happy life and that will only begin when you let go of the past.

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe

Making big mistakes, losing your optimism, and hitting rock bottom – these are the things that will lead you to happiness. Tragic moments allow us to reflect on our wants and needs, paving the way to change. The mistakes we make in love lead us to the right person in the future – the true love of our life. [5]

Let go of the negativity, focus on self-love and positivity.

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Last Updated on September 17, 2019

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

1. Spend Time with Positive People

If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

3. Contribute to the Community

One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

8. Offer Compliments to Others

Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

10. Practice Self-Care

Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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