Monday, February 21, 2011

Release it

Pain from the past has a habit of hanging around or showing up unannounced. It will rain on your sunny days and trample on your happiness.  The only way to move on is to address the pain and let it go.

You can try to avoid it, but it won't leave you alone. You can try to ignore it, but it will continue to show up consistently until you address it.  What caused you this pain?  What were you meant to learn? Why can't you let it go?

Get to the heart of the matter. Sit down with it, rummage through it, sort it out, so you can release it.  When you set pain free, it will cease to have power over you.  

Don't be a servant to the past, not when there is so much to experience in the present.  Let go of the pain, so that you can get on with the business of living a vibrant, healthy, happy life.


Katherine said...

What a beautiful post, I love it and it's so true. Thank you!

Sydney said...

Love it, Stacey! I'm all about not running away from issues and road blocks, but istead embracing them! Your words are very inspirational!

Keasley said...

Hi Stacey,
This is definitely some good advice for dealing with pain and hurt. Holding on to it will do no good at all.
Thanks for sharing this inspiring post.

mi3centsworth said...

Great post Stacey. But what if you need to address it with others and they are not willing? I have a dear friend who wants to let go of the pain from her past, but those who caused the pain aren't willing to discuss it. How do you move on when it involves others?

Stacey Donaldson said...

@Mi3centsworth - Over the years I have learned that people are not always willing to address the things that they may have done to harm others. Maybe it's denial or simply an unwillingness to be accountable, but this is what I know for sure. When you carry around pain, anger, or resentment for something that someone else has done to you, it only hurts you. If you're the one who is carrying it around, it becomes your burden and not the burden of the other person. Tell your friend that she needs to give herself permission to let it go, even if the other person never says a word. If she continues to hold on, she will stay shackled to the past and will never be able to fully appreciate the grace of the present. Life is a long journey, we are bound to encounter difficulty and hardship, but that's the beauty of it all. We learn best when things go wrong, those are indeed the lessons that last a lifetime. You tell your friend to stop surrendering her power to the past and to people who are not worthy of her goodness. The abundance of the present is waiting to welcome her with open arms!

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