I remember in my 20’s a very long time ago I wrote a poem that went something like this:

I feel so full of life yet empty of you

And the emptiness drowns the very me

In its attempt to overtake me.

Roy and Teresa Parker

That’s all I remember.  It was when the love of my life and I broke up.  It seemed very final. I felt he was the one and yet at the time he didn’t feel the same way.  So I let him go.  It was all I could do.

Even though I felt full of living, of being myself, of moving forward, graduating college, moving across country to a new job, there was an emptiness because he wasn’t with me.

In letting him go, though, I totally moved on with my life. In my new job, I met close, fast friends.  I didn’t tell them about him because he was in the past.  This was the present and he was not in my present. There was an emptiness that no one else could fill but I wouldn’t let myself go there.

Until he came back into my life on a Christmas vacation home.  He asked and I said yes.  I went back to my new town with a ring.

That was 34 years ago. Today, I have different lines.

I am full to overflowing with life and an abundance of you

And the fullness completes me

In a way I never thought possible.

Today, I am rejoicing because I am of women most blessed. I am indeed full.

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Choices in the 58th year
From Depression and Addiction to an Extraordinary Future
Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has two more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help" and "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" in addition to "Sweet Grace" and "Sweet Freedom Study Guides". Her fourth book "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God" will be available in summer 2017. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss or writing tabs at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.

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