True Love Means Letting Go

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom, and make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. Some people stay in our lives awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same”.

And must I add, the people who left the footprints may not always be the ones we end up with, or even the ones who remain in our lives in some way. The time together does not always matter, it’s the intensity of the connection and the profound lessons that we learn from the relationship that stay with us forever. And yes, we are never, ever the same.

Each person brings a certain spark, a distinct flavor and a flow of energy that was specifically needed for that time being. And when the energy changes (for both parties), so does the connection, it either enters a new period, or it dies down. It’s as natural as an Earth cycle, and interfering with it won’t bring any change, you’ll just postpone the inevitable.

True love comes from letting go. First and foremost, for yourself.  When you recognize that hindering the separation would also hinder your personal development and your chosen path, you make a hard decision and release the grip. And only truly loving the other person you let them choose what’s right for them and continue on their personal journey.

Separation is not an abandonment, it’s honoring your own spirit and the spirit of the other person with an utmost regard for an individual quest of happiness and fulfilment. There are few things more difficult than letting go a person you really love, but there’s nothing more courageous than putting your true love into action and saying “goodbye”.

Release is a loss, but it is also a fresh breath and a chance to start something new. When another path opens up, new opportunities flood in. And even if you don’t explore them all, you’re allowing the energy to flow and develop into something (or somebody) more attuned to where you’re in life.

So, love intensely but release lightly! You owe it to yourself!

What’s Cooking This Week

 Letting go is sure never easy. With a post inspired by a Facebook friend (and my personal experiences), it’s nice to review some things that we love and still get to keep. 🙂 Like bacon. I love bacon (who doesn’t, right?). I think every other recipe I’ve used contains bacon. And even though I don’t eat it on a regular basis, I do like to use it to “spice” things up. And should I mention it’s the kid’s favorite food?! Yes, adding it to dishes makes all kind of foods go down much easier and dinner conversations flow rather smoothly. So, behold the power of bacon that continues our Italian series with this hearty recipe! 🙂

Recipe # 5

Insalata Fredda di Spinaci e Pancetta

(Warm Spinach and Bacon Salad)

2 cups of baby spinach leaves

4 medium red potatoes

2 Portobello mushroom caps

1/2 cup of cooked crumbled bacon

1 tspoon of each dried chives and parsley

salt, pepper

olive oil and balsamic vinegar to drizzle over

Cut the potatoes (skin intact) into small cubes, heat up some olive oil and fry them up till about half done. While they are cooking, cut the mushrooms into small pieces and add them to potatoes, cook them all until just about done. Then add bacon, salt, pepper, chives and parsley and finish cooking.

Wash and pat dry the spinach leaves, place some on a plate and top with the potato mixture. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Signore e Signori lunch is served!