When struggling with a difficult, seemingly impossible situation, sometimes I find it best to take some time away from the problem.
It was difficult to do so during my divorce because the pain was in my heart, the obsession was in my mind, and how would I be able to distance myself from that?
But I did so by finding moments of respite from my day-to-day life:
A walk in the park.
A weekend trip to the mountains.
A week long trip up the coast to visit my best friend.
Each time I allowed myself this time to briefly get away… it gave me a bit of physical and mental breathing room that I could not find while stifled in my own home with all the memories of my marriage: The memories that threatened to hold me hostage at anytime.
I learned that sometimes, a break, was all I needed. A break to make it through and garner the strength I would need to continue on through the pain of my divorce and move forward with my new life.
“Dear God, help me to create mental and physical space when I am feeling overwhelmed by my surroundings. Help me to find relief in the beauty of the natural world, respite in nature.”