|Our beloved kids and grandkids all together with us in September. These are Jeff and my treasures!|
For years and years I have dreaded certain birthdays, special occasions and holidays. What should have been times of celebrations turned into weeks leading up the the actual occasion of stress for me. That lead to depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Not anymore! 😁
This Thanksgiving was the first time that I have been able to really enjoy myself and not be filled with worry, anxiety, guilt, anger, dread and emotional pain. It feels great! What led to this? Letting go.
My husband and I finally not only made the decision, but followed through on letting go of the toxic relationships we had with certain members of my husband's family. We have ignored the game playing, sending of junk mail (what is up with that?) to us and manipulation tactics. We did not send birthday cards, nor will we send Christmas cards to them. There will be no phone calls, no flowers or Christmas gifts sent to them this year. They made a decision to cut us out of their lives but then certain parties try to suck us back in. We will no longer be pawns in their games. Apparently that has not sit well with some of them and you know what...we don't care.
It certainly took us long enough to get to this point and to realize that we not only can but need to be free from all the toxicity that they brought into our lives. Looking back we can now see the patterns and the games that have been played for years. It feels good to finally be free from all of that.
So here is to happier times! Here is to focusing on friends and family that mean the most to us! Here is to soaking in all the love, laughter and goodness in our lives. Here's to freedom from toxic situations! Here's to life!