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“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
Lao Tzu

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”

Oprah Winfrey

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

Joseph Campbell

“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s thebeginning of a new life.”

“Stand up and walk out of your history.”

Phil McGraw

A dear friend was telling me about her friend’s recent breakup.

“It was difficult, but necessary,” she explained, and she was being a Super-friend by getting all of her friend’s stuff out of storage for her (the stuff was in storage in Boston even though her friend lives elsewhere).
“What does she have in storage?” I asked.

“Silly stuff,” she explained, “stuff she’ll never use.”

Storage rooms/units/buildings have always baffled this Super-mom.
If it’s in the storage unit, do you really need it or want it?

It’s like the clothes that hang in your closet—unworn– year after year, “just in case” you want to wear them one day.

It’s cool how everything in life is a metaphor.
If you’re holding on to feelings or anger or fear, it’s going to be mirrored in your life as stuff in your closet that you never wear, stuff in your fridge or freezer that’s been there forever but never gets eaten, and the classic:  the storage unit.

Holding on is holding on, Super-people.

Whether it’s clothes or furniture or knick-knacks or food or feelings, it’s all the same.
So look around in your life and at your life.

Where are you holding on?
Where can you let go a little more?

“But how can I do this?” you ask.

Just get on your yoga mat, set an intention, and breathe.

And feel the relief as you release that which has been holding you back.
Holding you back from your pure potential.

Holding you back from remembering who you are—pure light, love, and joy.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”
From the character Atticus Finch
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”
Dalai Lama
“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.”
Dave Barry

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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.