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SoCS: Let Go of the Shame, Remember the Lesson


Here’s today’s prompt: “let go.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think “let go.” Enjoy!

Let go, already! It was practically 20 years ago! I was vulnerable and grieving. The rebound from hell lasted only one year – not long in the grand scheme of things. But still, I think, I should have known better, being a counselor and all. I suppose it can happen to anybody.

Maybe shame is like grief in that it still comes in waves as it dissipates. The waves do come further apart and are smaller. And I can say, STOP IT! sooner. Moving on….

Let go my ego! or is it, Let go OF my ego? (Ha! It’s supposed to be spelled Eggo, but I’m going to leave it as ego.) There have been a lot of pancake commercials on TV lately. Must be for IHOP or something. But they make me think about the pancake mix and sugar free syrup that have been in my frig for at least a year. Tomorrow will be cold, so maybe… No, I have plenty of other things to eat. But maybe…. STOP It! Maybe one day, I’ll throw the pancake mix away. Let it go.

Who’s going to share the song, “Let it Go,” from frozen? I don’t know, but it’s almost like a cliche now. I still like it anyway. Hey! I found a great meme with the smarter sister from Frozen. Let me find it…..

The lesson I learned from The Rebound from Hell was, don’t even date someone you just met. Find out about them, do a background check, and see if he meets your list of requirements. Then wait a while. That’s why David and I asked each other a lot of questions on the phone before we had our second first date, then a lot more questions before we got serious. My awesome supervisor at the time did an unofficial background check on David and only found good stuff. Thank God, I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

The key with any mistake is to let go of the shame and remember the lesson.


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

21 thoughts on “SoCS: Let Go of the Shame, Remember the Lesson

  1. Thanks for inviting us into your thoughts. There’s much wisdom here.

  2. Thank you for sharing your wisdom – here and over at my blog. I especially appreciated the final Buddha’s Teaching graphic.

  3. This reminds me of a wise quote: Things are done for us, not to us.” – Author unknown

  4. “The key with any mistake is to let go of the shame and remember the lesson.”
    ~ Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom. So great can be our shame of the errors of our past that we would rather deny that they even happened.

    • I’m glad you like the message, Rosaliene. It is tempting to deny some mistakes. The closest I’ve ever been able to come is to imagine what if….. But I’m thankful for the lessons, even if I had to learn them the hard way.

  5. Good advice to let go of our regrets and have compassion for ourselves.

  6. JoAnna, the week I turned eighteen, I married a man I had only known for a month. Although it didn’t turn out to be a disaster, I wouldn’t advise it. You gave good advice here. ❤

  7. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and words of wisdom!!.. I do agree “Holding on to bitterness is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die” (Author Unknown) and there comes a time when one needs to let go… “It is not easy to find happiness within ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” (Agnes Repplier )… 🙂

    Hope all is well in your part of the universe and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

    • Thanks for expanding these ideas, Larry. I’ve seen the poison quote attributed to Carrie Fisher, but she might have gotten it somewhere else. I agree about the necessity of finding happiness within ourselves, after all, we spend a lot of time with ourselves. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

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