If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through. Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters — whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished. Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?
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If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through. Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters — whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished. Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Gone to live abroad?
Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden? You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened. But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister. Everyone is finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill. That is why it is so important however painful it may be! Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts — and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.
Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them. Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood.
Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.
Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back. Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person — nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need.
This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important. Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life.
Email Address. Closing cycles December 22, by Paulo Coelho. Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are. Subscribe to Blog. Gifts, keepsakes and other souvenirs Souvenirs.
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