“You will love again the stranger who was your self.”
Going through a breakup – of a marriage or a long term relationship you need to focus on you, to become happy with the person you are. It’s a way of healing. And this is what I did. It was important for me to learn to love me; to be happy with who I am before I could contemplate a relationship with someone new.
I’d love to share a poem with you, with the words below. This poem by Derek Walcott is read by Tom Hiddleston and the background music and images enhance the words. Through this poem we are reassured that all will be well in the end.
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.