aliciaw shared a letter in the Mental Health group 1 month ago
A Lesson in Holism
I could say I’ve known you forever, but that wouldn’t seem quite right. I guess I’ve known you for as long as I can remember. But even then, I’ve only known you partially. You’ve revealed yourself in different ways over the years and given me new reasons to love you. You’ve made days worth it. You find meaning in the little things and you know how to dress up a dollar. You go out of your way to make things inclusive and memorable. Most of all, you keep trying when you feel like you have no clue what you’re doing or where you are going.
We lose contact every once in a while. Sometimes I think I’ll never be with you again. It’s not like I lost your phone number, or you moved far away. It’s just sometimes I forget you’re there. I forget how to access you. In the past, I’d retreat further and further away before I remembered you exist and how to make contact. But now, I know to reach out a little sooner. You always know what to do and how to make things better.
There’s really no difference between me and you. The separation happens when I compare parts. I look at you as the “healthy version of me” but I should just be seeing me when I’m healthy. Rather than thinking of you as the “me” that I love, I’ll just love me. I’ve learned it’s a lot easier and more genuine to love when you aren’t doing it in parts. So, one day soon, I’ll just love me. After all, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
I really love the way you wrote this. Writing about something about ourselves is often very hard to do. Finding the beauty in ourselves is a trip I’ve struggled to take but have been finally embarking upon.
The line that you ended this letter with is perfect. So many people misinterpret Aristole but your letter perfectly captures what he was writing about, Emergence. When our consciousness emerges from within ourselves it leads a chain reaction of discovery about who we are. That’s pretty damn hard in a world where we often feel pressured to be some idea we see in media or expectations of others. I really identify with this only because I’m in the process of rediscovering who I really am. That special someone I wrote about in my letter last night isn’t just a roadmap to find my way back, they are the echo to the person I was so long ago before I lost myself in the pressure to be someone I wasn’t.
Thank you for writing this letter and sharing with all of us.
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