Thursday, February 9, 2012

One Simple Change

This has not been a good week.

Sorry to be semi-depressing, but it really hasn't.

I was feeling the stress come on in full force Monday night as I made my way back to my apartment after a long, exhausting day. I had just been through a less-than-stellar Chemistry recitation. The culmination of lab reports, crazy homework coding assignments (made only slightly better by the references to Harry Potter, but still), tests, and quizzes combined to make me feel as though I might be sick. To be clear, this never ever happens to me. While I am absolutely the type of person who totally zones in during times of stress, only coming up for food and water, I rarely feel the physical ramifications of too much stress and anxiety.

But Monday was different. Do you ever have your feelings hurt or your ego bruised and then that's all you can think about for the rest of the day? That's me. It stays with me like a permanent lump in my throat. I'm a people pleaser, through and through. And my feelings were hurt. And then I got frustrated. And then I got angry.

And then I read this.

One simple change: let it go. Easier said than done, I must admit, but at the time, it really struck me. Just let it go, Sara. 

And wouldn't you know, once I committed to letting it go, I no longer felt so angry or frustrated or stressed. I suddenly felt determined, like I could overcome this week.

It was a simple change, but it made a big difference.


  1. oh my, can i EVER related! at my age i'm just beginning to understand this whole concept. you're lucky to be learning it now. go outside and let the sunshine kiss you on the cheek.

  2. :( Sorry you've had such a crummy week but I'm glad you've turned it around. It's almost the weekend and then you can start fresh again!

  3. I am still learning to let it go. think it's something about being a girl that makes it just.plain.hard. ..and now the weekend is only one day away! take heart, take charge...and plan (and do!) something fun to celebrate!!