wb051454 Last year I experienced a break up that was not in my control for the first time in my life.

For one who has to be in control, this put me into a spin.  The way I began to gain control was knowing that I could only control myself in any circumstance and deciding what could I do to put me back in the driver’s seat.

I decided that a purge of any remnants left from any past relationships would be in order.  I have been journaling for decades and whenever things got bad, I would write.  I had written journals from when I was married, through my dating years following my husband’s death.

I felt that I needed to learn from my mistakes and possible wrongdoings in past relationships in order to come through this emotional upheaval I was feeling in the present.  I reread all my past journals, learned what I needed to and then…burned every last bit of them.

I felt cleansed of the past.  But now what?  As if my questions were heard, I chanced upon “The Invitation,” by Oriah. This was where I was right now in the present: in my life as a single person, passionate about life and love and wanting that special person in my life. But I knew I had to be alone, with myself, and accept myself: I had to be comfortable with myself first.

In the last line in her prose poem, Oriah states: “I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.”

When I don’t journal, I know life is going pretty well.

Life is good right now!

— Diana D., Los Angeles, Ca.

ph fav 2-10-16

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