She let go. #ThrowbackThursday

Have you ever compared an old selfie to a new one? Like actually, compare the person you were when you had those over plucked eyebrows to the person you are now?

I dare you that the next time you come across an old selfie, to give yourself more credit. I saw a quote the other day that read, "You had to become the person you were, to become the person you are."

Are you mentally stronger? ✔️  Have more patience? ✔️  More kind to others and yourself? ✔️

Or it may be opposite - you've been through so much trauma recently that makes you want to change who you are. The person you once were was happier, healthier, and loved his/herself. 

Besides the transition from Snapchat quality to IG story quality, the truthful difference between now and then was my state of being.

Back in 2015, I was an almost lost post grad not sure of what the future had in store. Today, I would have never predicted these years ahead of me moving forward with h a p p i n e s s - that I continue to work on everyday.

Here's a throwback to my original selfie and post for comparison. I hope you enjoy this poem once again and hope it resonates with your life in whatever shape or form.

She let go.
She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word.
She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort.
There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…

- Rev. Safire Rose