I straddle this line, it has always been a hard one for me to separate and at times I still struggle.
Nostalgia v. Dwelling.
Is there a difference or has changing my perception allowed me to create a difference in my head?
As a rule, I don’t like to dwell on things – as in I don’t like to make that my home or launch pad.
However I am notoriously nostalgic.
It’s hard for me to let go of things and memories,
and I replay them in my head like old home movies from time to time.
I pick them up and polish them when I’m on my saddest, loneliest days
and use them to remember that a time of love and laughter once existed and will again.
So when does the shift occur –
the shift between allowing memories to creep up at will and pull your lips into a knowing smile
and letting restless memories grab at you constantly, keeping you with one eye on the horizon behind you?
I used to think that if these memories no longer affected my emotional state then I was past them.
Now, I have a slightly different view;
if I can smile at it and put it back in the drawer without examining every detail and changing things in my head to get the outcome I wished for – I’m good.
For those moments the nostalgia – dwelling lines blur and I just can’t seem to get past the past
I take a deep breath and turn my attention to “what is” NOW.
Completely immersing yourself in the present moment
is one of the strongest prescriptions I can offer to what ails ya’.
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