I discovered my sunglasses were missing when I reached for them as we stepped out of a shopping mall into the bright sunshine. I had taken them off to go into a parking garage and apparently forgotten to put them back in my purse before I got out of the car.

I groaned at the idea of walking the full block back to the car when we were about to start walking to the art fair, where we would be walking a lot for the next hour or so. I pictured the console where I often put them down when I temporarily remove them and decided not to go back.

To make a long story short several hours later when we went back to the car the sunglasses weren’t there. My self-talk became brutal. “I was lazy for not going back to the car. I should have been more careful. I was dumb for thinking they were in the car.”

I thought I had given up that type of self-criticism years ago. I didn’t expect to be triggered by making a decision that turned out badly, but I certainly was.

Within 5 minutes I was using the three sentences I teach in “Letting It Go,” to take my energy back from “this situation around losing the best sunglasses I have ever owned.” That worked. The self-talk stopped. Two days later I bought myself beautiful new sunglasses.

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This post is a comment I wrote about a passage on Page 89 revised edition, P 99 original of  Letting It Go: Relieve Anxiety and Toxic Stress in Just a Few Minutes Using Only Words (Rapid Relief with Logosynthesis®). You can see the passage in the book. You can also see the excerpt here. This link will take you to Bublish.com, where I regularly publish comments on parts of this book. This is a site where authors share of their work. You can subscribe to my musings, there, as well as to the musings of many other authors. It’s a great place to learn about new books and I recommend that you visit.