“Heartbreak is how we mature; yet we use the word heartbreak as if it only occurs when things have gone wrong: an unrequited love, a shattered dream, a child lost before their time.
Heartbreak, we hope, is something we hope we can avoid; something to guard against, a chasm to be carefully looked for and then walked around; the hope is to find a way to place our feet where the elemental forces of life will keep us in the manner to which we want to be accustomed and which will keep us from the losses that all other human beings have experienced without exception since the beginning of conscious time.
But heartbreak may be the very essence of being human, of being on the journey from here to there, and of coming to care deeply for what we find along the way… If heartbreak is inevitable and inescapable, it might be asking us to look for it and make friends with it, to see it as our constant and instructive companion, and even perhaps, in the depth of its impact as well as in its hindsight, to see it as its own reward.
Heartbreak asks us not to look for an alternative path, because there is no alternative path. It is a deeper introduction to what we love and have loved, an inescapable and often beautiful question, something or someone who has been with us all along, asking us to be ready for the last letting go.”
— David Whyte
This quote from David Whyte calls me to be open and available instead of hiding in my apartment until I move to Oklahoma. Leaving will break my heart in many ways as much as moving will give me a new way to be and a family nest. My practice, then, is to lean into the heartbreak, trusting in the gifts it will bring.
I’m sad to say there was nothing outstanding about this week. Sometimes in life you just have to plod along and do the things, and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been taking my medications, including my increased dose of Wellbutrin, and I do feel a little better, but circumstances in my life (joblessness, financial strain) are keeping me somewhat down. I’ve been exercising like a good little Bipolar patient, even when everything inside me screams “NOOOOOOO” which is most of the time. I’ve even been cooking for myself, which is a new one. I’m trying to eat better and lose this extra weight I’m carrying around, and I installed the Lose It! app on my phone. See Dyane Harwood’s post here to read all about Lose It! and how you can join the fight if you’d like The basic premise of Lose It! is to track your daily food intake and exercise activity as you work towards your weight loss goals. For me, it’s good to have a concrete weight loss goal, and it’s also good to do something concrete to work towards losing the weight. <———–Did I just say the same thing twice? Also, there’s all sorts of hidden calories that I need to be aware of, like the *^%$#%^& creamer in my coffee!! It’s loaded!!! It’s almost the whole allotment of breakfast calories!!! So, good to know. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to give up creamer. Maybe after I finish the two bottles in my fridge
I think I applied for ten jobs this week, two in IT Security and eight in Desktop Support (Booooooo!). But, I have to live in reality, and in this reality, I need a job, like, now. So I might have to work in Desktop Support and just suck up my negative feelings. In the meantime I am writing positive affirmations about claiming my fulltime permanent job in IT Security. Like I said, I am trying to do all the things I can to move forward. It’s hard as hell when you put all this stuff out there, and the damn phone doesn’t ring. Hopefully, something is going on behind the scenes that I can’t see. If something doesn’t happen soon, I think I will have a full-out tantrum. Or a heart attack. Oh Lordy. I just hope I have something positively delicious to report next week. Until then, I will keep plodding along . . .
My mood has been good except for sleeping in really late again. I almost forgot to write my blog tonight it was the complete last thing on my minds then poof it popped in.
The puppies good.
The withdrawal so far has been easy.
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