Sometimes, when you least expect it, you can find inspiration in the oddest places. We may have seen various random acts of kindness of people, even strangers; with each act of kindness unique and touching in its own way. Well, for today, this is my favorite, because of the powerful message it taught me.
Reddit user IMAMenlo found a mysterious note while sitting at the San Francisco Airport. It said, “Read me.” and so he did. What he found inside was a message worth sharing—I’m thankful that he shared what’s inside the mysterious note. Here’s what’s outside the note:
When he unfolded the piece of paper, what he found inside was a pendant and handwritten letter/note full of wisdom, feelings and life lessons that were written straight from the heart and soul of the anonymous writer. He was so touched that’s why he took a picture of the letter and posted it online, and soon enough, the letter went viral.
Here’s what’s inside the letter:
If in any case you can’t read the handwritten note, this is what it said:
I recently left an emotionally abusive relationship. After months of insults I wont repeat, false accusations, lies, delusions, broken mirrors, nightly battles…. I left. I know that I was being poisoned by each day that I stayed. So with a heavy heart, I left my lover of three years, knowing that I had already put it off too long. At first he begged, then he cursed, but eventually he packed his bags and faded out of my life like a bad dream.
For the first few weeks, my body seemed to reject this. For three years I had seen the world through him-colored glasses. I didn’t know who I was without him. Despite the kindness of friends and even strangers, I could not help feeling utterly alone.
But it was this sense of aloneness that set me free. Somewhere along the way, I let go. I released all of the painful memories, the names he had called me, the shards of him buried deep in my brain. I stopped believing the things he had made me think about myself. I began to see how extraordinary, breathtakingly beautiful life is. I meditated, drank too much coffee, talked to strangers, laughed at nothing. I wrote poetry and stopped to smell and photograph every flower. Once I discovered that my happiness depends only on myself, nothing could hurt me anymore.
I have found and continue to find peace. Each day I am closer to it than I was yesterday. I am a work in progress but I am full to the brim with gratitude and joy.
And so, since I have opened a new chapter in my life, I want to peacefully part with the contents of the last chapter. The end of my relationship was the catalyst for a wealth of positive changes in my life. It was a symbol, most importantly, it was an act of self-love. It was a realization that I deserved to be happy and I could choose to be. And so, in an effort to leave behind the things that do not help me grow, I am letting go of a relic from the painful past. I wore this necklace-a gift from him-every day for over two years.
To me, letting it go is a joyous declaration that I am moving forward with strength and grace and deep, lasting peace.
Please accept this gift as a reminder that we all deserve happiness. Whoever you are, and whatever pain you have faced, I hope you find peace.
Truly inspiring. I hope the message of the letter touched and inspired you like what it did to us. Have a nice day everyone!