I Am Not Cut From A Pattern: Eating Disorders Poetry

I am not my heavy thighs
nor the roundness of my face

I am not the slender length of my fingers
nor the graceful curve of my neck

I am not defined by the sum of my physical parts
for I am not my body

I am not cut from a pattern
nor molded from clay

I am creative expression
and wondrous exploration

I am quick wit
and generous smiles

I am loving
and steadfast determination

I am indelible spirit
glorious and unique

I am what no one else can be
simply and brilliantly...

by: Emmy M

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Recovery Quote Of The Week: September 25th, 2010

For a tree to become tall, it must grow tough roots among the rocks.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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OCD/Eating Disorders Connection: Information And Resources

It is not uncommon for many who have an Eating Disorder to also suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
a psychoneurotic disorder in which the patient is beset with obsessions or compulsions or both and suffers extreme anxiety or depression through failure to think the obsessive thoughts or perform the compelling acts—abbreviation OCD; called also obsessive-compulsive neurosis, obsessive-compulsive reaction.


  • Thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again and feel out of the person's control.
  • The person does not want to have these ideas.
  • He or she finds them disturbing and unwanted, and usually know that they don't make sense.
  • They come with uncomfortable feelings, such as fear, disgust, doubt, or a feeling that things have to be done in a way that is "just right."
  • They take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values.

What Obsessions Are Not: 

  • It is normal to have occasional thoughts about getting sick or about the safety of loved ones.


  • Repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person engages in to neutralize, counteract, or make their obsessions go away.
  • People with OCD realize this is only a temporary solution, but without a better way to cope, they rely on the compulsion as a temporary escape
  • Compulsions can also include avoiding situations that trigger obsessions.
  • Compulsions are time consuming and get in the way of important activities the person values.

What Compulsions Are Not:

  • Not all repetitive behaviors or "rituals" are compulsions.  For example, bedtime routines, religious practices, and learning a new skill involve repeating an activity over and over again, but are a welcome part of daily life.
  • Behaviors depend on the context: Arranging and ordering DVDs for eight hours a day isn't a compulsion if the person works in a video store.

A person with OCD may recognize that their compulsive fears, thoughts, and actions are unreasonable yet these feelings are intense and feel very real. 


OCD can start at any age but estimates show that most common age ranges are:

  • Between ages 10-12
  • Between late teens and early adulthood
  • OCD affects all ethnic groups and males/females equally,

OCD Stats:

  • Adults: 1 in 100; 2-3 million adults in the US.
  • Children: 1 in 200; approximately 500,000 kids and teens in the US.
  • On average the time between OCD beginning and treatment being obtained is 14-17 years.

What a therapist looks for when diagnosing OCD:

  • The person has obsessions.
  • He or she does compulsive behaviors.        
  • The obsessions and compulsions take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values, such as working, going to school, or spending time with friends. (ocfoundation.org)

Treatment for OCD

OCD and EDs
"In relation to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a common ailment and/or sign that is seen in both eating disorders and OCD is the obsession and ritualistic behaviors that tends to be cyclic and incapacitating to the patient. In anorexia nervosa, the afflicted individuals will have unusual methods of eating, dieting and exercising to satisfy their compulsive obsession to keep weight off.  According to Thorton & Russell (1997), anorexic individuals are much more likely to have a predisposition to acquiring anorexia nervosa from pre-existing OCD and in fact, almost 37% of anorexic patients have OCD.  According to Yaryura-Tobias the cerebral functioning and the primitive brain which contains the basal ganglia, is in particular, related to motor compulsive behaviors. Other psychiatric disorders which are related to this very area in the brain include hoarding, self mutilation etc. The true manifestation behind the compulsive ritualistic behaviors, tendencies and excessive thought processes are a result of a combination of higher cortical decision making melding with the primitive brain’s compulsive motor movements."...
"Eating Disorders may also be related to OCD Spectrum Disorders.  For example, Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a spectrum disorder is highly linked to the eating disorders.  In both there is a distorted body image problem, an overemphasis of appearance and constant unremitting obsessions and compulsions centered around the body image.  Hypochondriasis may also be involved when the eating disordered individual begins to develop some physical symptoms.  Their may be an exaggerated preoccupation with the somatic symptoms."
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OCD Self-Assessment Tests:



International OCD Foundation

Resource Database (International OCD Foundation Org)

AFOCD (OCDAwareness.com) 

ADAA Org (Anxiety Disorders Association Of America)  

OCD Ontario Org  
ARCVIC (Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria)

OCD Online

OCD Tribe 

NAMI  (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 

MHA (Mental Health America) 

What a Difference a Friend Makes

Mental Health (OCD) 

Ofear.Com (Phobia Forum)

OCD Center Org 

Brain Physics. Com 

Dialy Strength Org (OCD Support Group)

OCD Ireland Org 

Anxiety Care Org 

OCD Action Org 


MD Junction (forum)

Support 4 Hope 

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Inspirational Recovery Quotes: Perseverance

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for it is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
1.steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
Marie Curie

He conquers who endures.

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling.

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

How long should you try? Until.
Jim Rohn

Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.
Samuel Johnson

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams

Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer.
André A. Jackson

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. 
Newt Gingrich

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.
Robert Strauss

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
Albert Einstein

I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.
John D. Rockefeller

Don't be discouraged.  It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.

Try and fail, but don't fail to try.
Stephen Kaggwa

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.

Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
Walter Elliott

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
Benjamin Franklin

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.
Robert Frost

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race
Calvin Coolidge

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Japanese Proverb

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.  The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
Earl Nightingale

I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed: and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I fail and keep trying.
Tom Hopkins

Boys, there ain't no free lunches in this country. And don't go spending your whole life commiserating that you got the raw deals. You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it. It's called perseverance.
Lee Iacocca

Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.
Napoleon Hill

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
Henry Ward Beecher

Stay the course, light a star, change the world where'er you are.
Richard Le Gallienne

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
T.F. Buxton

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
Elbert Hubbard

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
Buddhist Saying

What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement.
Napoleon Hill

Saints are sinners who kept on going.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success.
Leigh Mitchell Hodges

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Thomas A. Edison

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
Dale Carnegie

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
Flavia Weedn

Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.
Robert Brault

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one has given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort which might have saved the world.
Jane Addams

You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.
George Horace Lorimer

Don't ever, ever quit. Recognize that stopping now, regrouping to try a new approach isn't quitting. If you quit you'll regret it forever.
Rudy Ruettiger

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.

Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts.
Coleman Cox

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
Louis Pasteur

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
Oliver Goldsmith

Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about.

If you are truly flexible and go until . . . there is really very little you can't accomplish in your lifetime.
Anthony Robbins

A champion is someone who gets up, even when he can't.
Jack Dempsey

Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.
Abigail Adams

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Frederick Douglass

When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum.

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
William Feather

If you are going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
Amos Bronson Alcott

You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.
Brian Tracy

Thankfully, perseverance is a good substitute for talent.
Steve Martin

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

Victory belongs to the most persevering.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.
Tommy Lasorda

Consider the postage stamp:  its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. 
Josh Billings

When the world says, "Give up," hope whispers, "Try it one more time."

It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up.
Vince Lombardi

By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
C. H. Spurgeon

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities, always see them, for they're always there.
Norman Vincent Peale

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don't believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
G.B. Shaw

Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.

Remember when you see a man at the top of a mountain, he didn't fall there.

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.
H. Jackson Brown

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.
Josephus Daniels

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.
Phyllis Bottome

You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make.
Gorden B. Hinkley

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
Roger Bannister

For I, the Lord thy God, shall hold thy right hand and say unto thee, fear not for I will help you.
The Bible

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
 Julie Andrews

It always seems impossible until its done.
Nelson Mandela

In order to get from what was to what will be, you must go through what is.

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
Albert Einstein

Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence.
Joyce Brothers

Man is not made for defeat.
Ernest Hemingway

When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but have to sigh;
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but do not quit.
Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit-
It's when things go wrong that you must not quit.

It takes a little courage, and a little self-control. And some grim determination, If you want to reach the goal. It takes a great deal of striving, and a firm and stern-set chin. No matter what the battle, if you really want to win.
Navy Seal Masterchief

All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth - rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point.
Maltbie Davenport Babcock

It's always too soon to quit!
Norman Vincent Peale

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Eating Disorders: Seen Around The Web

Letters To My Body


Today’s letter is very special to me because it was written by one of my very best Blends (Blog Friends), Jen (“a prior fat girl”). I had the opportunity to meet Jen in May at a blogger’s conference, and we became fast friends. I respect the journey that she has taken on, and she has now lost about 100 pounds through a proper diet and exercise. She chose her health above everything else, even when she was faced last year with the most tragic moment of her life. Her journey has been long, and she still fights battles along with the rest of us. To me, her letter is a great example of how to move forward and forgive yourself after years of abuse...
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Laura's Soap Box

Being liked is overrated, too   


I hear a lot of complaining about eating disorder clinicians. I do a fair bit of complaining myself. But at least some of the time I remind myself that being disliked for doing your job isn't always a sign of doing it wrong: it is often a sign of good practice.

A doctor I admire wrote something on an ED message board this week: "You do not need to be the patient's friend, or confidant, and you shouldn't be someone she wants to bring home for dinner right now, as anyone that is doing their job with her will be working against the ED behaviors, and that is bound to make her angry"
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The F Word Org

Celebs Come Out Of The ED Closet

In an OK! Magazine article, on September 17th, celebrities admit to their struggles with ED.  While the list leaves few surprises, as most have mentioned their past experiences with eating disorders in other magazines, it was refreshing to see a couple who have continuously denied ED rumors come clean.  One celeb I didn’t know about was Felicity Huffman.  Below are her thoughts about her eating disorder: “I was bulimic and anorexic for a while, just hating my body,” she’s said. “As an actress,...
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Happy Bodies

When I Knew Weight Didn't Matter

Even people who watched me go through it don’t really understand that I used to be anorexic.
Scene: I am a white, upper-middle-class American with a PhD mother and a successful father. Good-girl control freak, stubborn as hell—but I have never been thin.
Oh, I was not a “fat kid”. But puberty did as puberty does. Ample bust and wide hips at 5’3” meant that my doctor, with a conventional—in other words, BMI-based—concept of what a fifteen-year-old girl ought to weigh, gave me a carefully laid out speech about it, because as we all know, Fat Is Dangerous.
My mother, herself a recovered victim of a teenage eating disorder, had raised me with few food judgments, let me eat what and when and how I wanted for the most part. But she couldn’t shield...
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Recovery Quote Of The Week: September 18th, 2010

It will never rain roses. When we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.
George Eliot

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Tips To Help You Stop Counting Calories

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In Remembrance Of 911

For all who were touched by the tragic events of 911

America The Beautiful 
Katherine Lee Bates

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thorough fare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

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Recovery Quote Of The Week: September 9, 2010

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more in life there is to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

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Eating Disorders: Monster In My Head

As if one day I could wake up and live normal again. Live without this monster that infiltrates my mind 24/7. Every action I make is around this monster. Every plan, meal, thought has this monster in it. From the time I wake up in the morning to the time my head hits my pillow at night, this monster poisons my thoughts. Somehow he has made this cozy home in my mind, no one can explain it, and I cannot control it. But my mind has convinced me it is the only thing I can control in my mind, so when I start to freak out or lose control of everything, I always run back to this monster. He is called an eating disorder. It’s the nasty little monster that sticks like glue. 

Most eating disorders come as a pair or morph into one another. As for me, I met my first monster in 2008. Anorexia nervosa. He is the reason I lost 65 pounds in two months, the reason I developed horrible eating habits and became depressed and one of the reasons why my friends worried constantly about me. It didn’t just put a strain on my life but theirs also. I spent hours at my boyfriend’s sleeping because I was too tired and anemic to be awake and he spend his time trying to force feed me because he didn’t understand. My friends started talking about me behind my back and I wanted nothing to do with them. I felt alone, just me and my monster. It became my best friend. 

I reached my lowest weight of 108 pounds which is small for a tall girl like me. That’s when I admitted to myself that I needed to get help. I just wasn’t happy that I had no control of my life anymore. Telling my family wasn’t easy, but what made it worse was they didn’t believe me. I wasn’t home much and when I was, they thought I was losing the weight by eating healthy and working out. WRONG. After I talked to a couple people and made some changes, things got better you could say. It still seemed like every little pound I gained, my mind lost control. I developed Body Dimorphic Disorder. Something to this day I am never convinced will go away. It’s the monster that tells me I am fat, ugly, out of shape, unattractive, etc. I hate it the most; it is what triggers the rest.

Shortly after I started to binge eat. I “didn’t care” anymore and ate everything in sight. I still do and it is so hard to control. Eating this way can pack pounds quick, which triggered one more monster in my head. Over time my friend who is a student in psych noticed the amount and routine of my workout schedule. I had for sure developed exercise bulimia. This is the part of my brain that justifies binge eating because I can work off anything right? WRONG. 

Now since I have had no help I fall back into all of this in 2010. It’s not easy, and my life is so far from perfect. But I love God and I know he put this challenge in my life for a reason.  So one day, I will get over it. It may be hard now, and I may want to just cry myself to sleep because no one but me understands what goes through my head every day. But this will not defeat me. God doesn’t give people challenges they cannot handle. So let this be a learning experience by reading my life story. Don’t give up. Mark 5:36; Don’t be afraid, just believe.

By: Carolyn King

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Inspirational Recovery Quotes: Letting Go

Don't let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.
Astrid Alauda

Stand up and walk out of your history.
Phil McGraw

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?
Mary M.Morrissey

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
Havelock Ellis

There's an important difference between giving up and letting go.
Jessica Hatchigan

Every breath is an opportunity to receive and let go. I receive love and I let go of pain.
Brenda MacIntyre

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

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.
Bruce Lee

 I am responsible for what I see. I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt. I could see peace instead of THIS. The past is over - it can touch me not. This instant is the only time there is. Today I will judge nothing that occurs. I am not the victim of the world I see. I can escape from the world  I see by giving up attack thoughts. I am determined to see things differently. I am never upset for the reason I think. Forgiveness is the key to happiness. All that I give I give to myself.
Hugh Prather

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties
Gail Sheehy

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

Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.
Zen Proverb

You don't need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.
Guy Finley

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.

You cannot let go of anything if you cannot notice that you are holding it. Admit your weaknesses and watch them morph into your greatest strengths.
Neale Donald Walsch

Change is never easy, you fight to hold on, and you fight to let go.
The Wonder Years

The key to change... is to let go of fear.
Rosanne Cash

Some think it's holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it's letting go.
Sylvia Robinson

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...It's about learning how to dance in the rain.
Vivian Green

Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?
Leo Buscaglia

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
Chinese Proverb

Letting go doesn’t mean giving up, but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be.

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 the beginning of a new life.

As I started to picture the trees in the storm, the answer began to dawn on me. The trees in the storm don't try to stand up straight and tall and erect. They allow themselves to bend and be blown with the wind. They understand the power of letting go. Those trees and those branches that try too hard to stand up strong and straight are the ones that break.
Julia Butterfly Hill

Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go.
Oprah Winfrey

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
Raymond Lindquist

Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
Stefan Sagmeister

 Sometimes you have to let go to see if there was anything worth holding on to.

In deep self-acceptance grows a compassionate understanding. As one Zen master said when I asked if he ever gets angry, 'Of course I get angry, but then a few minutes later I say to myself, 'What's the use of this,' and I let it go.'
Jack Kornfield

Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.
Ann Landers

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

The harder you fight to hold on to specific assumptions, the more likely there's gold in letting go of them.
John Seely Brown

It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
Bruce Lee

In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you love? How deeply did you learn to let go?
The Buddha

What's done is done.
William Shakespeare

It is so conceited and timid to be ashamed of one's mistakes. Of course they are mistakes. Go on to the next.
Brenda Ueland

The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.
William Booth

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

Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.
Gerald Jampolsky

We need in love to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily--we do not need to learn it.
Rainer Maria Rilke

When you become good at the art of letting sufferings go, then you'll come to realize what you were dragging around with you. And for that, no one else other than you was responsible.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can't change. Life's too short to be anything .... but happy

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