Grateful Gratitude Series Peace

209 Putting my Foot Down

“Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.”

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
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Maybe I’m becoming more stubborn as I get older,

or perhaps just looking out for myself, sanity, and peace.

I have lived my life for others as long as I can remember.

Took care of my children, parents when needed, Larry, and did so with no regrets or complaints.

As a parent, the needs of my growing children always came before my own,


Bent over backwards to give as much as I could long after they were grown.

No regrets there either.

Now, I am living for myself.

Not seeking the approval of others.

Asking permission from nobody.

Judgement is not tolerated, for I have only One judge.

I am over the age of 60 –

certainly on the downside of this life.

I dare anyone to tell me that I am selfish

because for the first time

my happiness is foremost.

If you are that person who thinks

that things I am doing don’t make sense,

moving too fast,

feel the need to judge,

wants to offer unsolicited advice,

that I am making a mistake,

or you should rain on my happy parade,

keep it to yourself.

I have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in the last seven years and believe me when I say that

life looks different after falling into the abyss,

walking through fire,

burning to ashes,


despite the pain of mourning,

rising again to gratefully meet life on a daily basis.

Until you’ve traveled my road, stick to your own.

At this point in my life,

each day is a gift to be cherished.

Life is sweet.

Love is sweeter.

Every day is a new adventure to be lived with gratitude and joy.

I deserve each new chapter this book of life has to reveal.

I do not deserve, nor will I accept anything less than a peaceful existence.

XO Lisa ❤️

8 comments on “209 Putting my Foot Down

  1. Yes absolutely true. You did it well. Its your time for self-care and self-love. Live life to the fullest❤️

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  2. well deserved and timely Lisa!💖

    Liked by 1 person

  3. It’s about time sister! Love you!❤

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Blessings to you, my friend! XO


  5. Bennett’s quote rests in my heart every precious day. Positivity needs to rise as each day’s benchmark. Blessings to you Lisa.

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