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A Lesson about Hanging on Too Long.
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Anne M
January 2011
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Written by
Anne M
January 2011

The other day I ate lasagna, which had been lovingly prepared for me. The problem is that the lasagna was prepared two weeks ago. Needless to say, I developed food poisoning. I poisoned myself with lasagna. I spent most of yesterday feeling awful. During that time, I kept thinking, why did I eat the lasagna? I ate it because it was delicious, and it reminded me of being at my mother's house. While my stomach was killing me, I thought, what else am I holding on to that might be poisoning me in the long run.

 

What I learned is that I need to let go of old things, i.e. the past, because it could hurt me in the present. I'm not talking about dispensing with the entirety of history, or killing old people, but in the short run, I need to spend less time trolling on facebook comparing my life to that of my friends. Because even something that was lovingly prepared just for me, can hurt me if I hang on to it for too long.

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  • Anne M

    Thanks Jodi! I'm glad that someone understands. I've been struggling with comparing myself to other people and letting "what if" run wild through my mind. I love the list of things to remind oneself of when envy has you down. And yes, I have cleaned out my fridge :)

  • Jodi Savage

    Anne, this is so profound! When I start comparing myself to others and envying other people's lives, I have to remind myself of three things: 1) I don't know what that person sacrificed or went through to have what they have or achieve what they've achieved 2) All that glitters ain't gold and 3) I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

     

    As for letting go of the past, you are so right. The past will poison you like two-week old lasagna! I hope you are feeling much better and cleaned your fridge out:)