These few words describe a former love, a relationship that inspired and motivated, expanded my vision and presence, heightened my reason for being, offered both comfort and reward, a love surpassing all others.
Yet, such a love is not flawless, not without its disappointments and dangers. Loyalties fade. There are compromises, costs and sacrifices to consider. It is a painful truth when separation is inevitable, and utterly deflating if circumstances make living permanently without that love necessary for survival.
I flirt with the thought of reconnection, imagine giving in to temptation now and then. Seduction threatens often but I resist.
Such has been my history with one adored by many, the charming chocolate confection called M & M’s, peanut, of course.
All things in moderation doesn’t work in this relationship. With me and Peanut M & M’s, it’s an all or nothing affair.
So, I seek other M’s to fill the dopamine void. They are out there, and moderation is key to conquering the devastating effects of addiction.
*Movement offers multiple benefits, motivation to move on beyond the unhealthy love paramount among them.
*Music energizes, fueling optimism. Combine it with movement for a healthy exhilarating rush.
*Mindfulness or meditation enhances appreciation for what is, diminishing the loss of a sweet love.
*Mother Nature is a loyal companion, even if she requires strolls with umbrellas these days.
*Meals can supply tasty ingredients to help in the manufacture of dopamine without debilitating side effects.
*Manifesting to completion a project of art or crafts, notes or words creates more of the coveted neurotransmitter, too.
*Making lists and checking off the entries as they are performed provides a natural boost, even if the lists are short and the tasks are simple.
*Moments of pleasant surprise and jolts out daily ruts also offer a natural high with no negative side effects.
M & M’s, who needs you?