Leaving a Love

These few words describe a former love, a relationship that inspired and motivated, expanded my vision and presence, heightened my reason for being, offered both comfort and reward, a love surpassing all others.

Yet, such a love is not flawless, not without its disappointments and dangers. Loyalties fade. There are compromises, costs and sacrifices to consider. It is a painful truth when separation is inevitable, and utterly deflating if circumstances make living permanently without that love necessary for survival.

I flirt with the thought of reconnection, imagine giving in to temptation now and then. Seduction threatens often but I resist.

Such has been my history with one adored by many, the charming chocolate confection called M & M’s, peanut, of course.

All things in moderation doesn’t work in this relationship. With me and Peanut M & M’s, it’s an all or nothing affair.

So, I seek other M’s to fill the dopamine void. They are out there, and moderation is key to conquering the devastating effects of addiction.

*Movement offers multiple benefits, motivation to move on beyond the unhealthy love paramount among them.

*Music energizes, fueling optimism. Combine it with movement for a healthy exhilarating rush.

*Mindfulness or meditation enhances appreciation for what is, diminishing the loss of a sweet love.

*Mother Nature is a loyal companion, even if she requires strolls with umbrellas these days.

*Meals can supply tasty ingredients to help in the manufacture of dopamine without debilitating side effects.

*Manifesting to completion a project of art or crafts, notes or words creates more of the coveted neurotransmitter, too.

*Making lists and checking off the entries as they are performed provides a natural boost, even if the lists are short and the tasks are simple.

*Moments of pleasant surprise and jolts out daily ruts also offer a natural high with no negative side effects.

M & M’s, who needs you?

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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