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"Let go now" | Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
Excerpted from a newsletter I receive regularly – and quoting Karen Casey, here is something we can all attempt to practice when life gives us lemons and we begin to muse with that vodka in hand (what else can you do with that lemon? okay – i guess teetotallers can try lemon juice): “Making the decision to thoroughly enjoy this or any other day is pretty simple,” writes Karen Casey. “It relies on our willingness to not let the actions of others over take our minds. We are in charge of what we think, what we say, what we do. Grabbing hold of this principle will change everything.” This means – we must embrace detachment from the lives of others. And it is through this detachment that we are able to have peaceful hearts. Detachment frees us from overreaction. Overreacting to the myriad situations in my life, whether bona fide major ones or extremely minor incidents, can be standard practice. Maybe you can relate. It made little difference what my spouse or a friend or a co-worker did; I was capable of taking their actions or words quite personally and then acting in ways that were seldom fitting for the …