My former father-in-law used to have a saying. “Love and hate are two sides of the same coin.” 

The ending is missing on the Five 2 One Site. Here it is:

I’ve wasted a lot of time in my life trying to make sense of things that are insane and nonsensical. My challenge in the next several months will be to let go of my expectations of others and focus on my own.

If any lesson can be gleaned from the string of bad relationships in my life, it’s that I never gave myself enough priority, always making sure everyone else was happy and cared for first.

I’m practicing another lesson in letting go of the expectations I’ve placed on myself and learning how to love and respect myself without any outside approval.

It’s always been an inside job, anyway. Letting go is the only way to move forward without the chains of regret and self-loathing.

And so, what is not mine to carry I cast off, untethering myself from anyone’s dreams and reality but my own.

Kim D. Bailey is back with #breakingthelegacyofsilence. This week: “The Art of Letting Go.”

http://five2onemagazine.com/breaking-legacy-silence-25-art-letting-go-kim-d-bailey/

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