Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life.
I’ve gone through a lot in my life and I made a rule to myself to never offer advice to anyone on anything that I have not experienced myself, to never judge anyone because we are all going through something in our lives, sometimes many things. Things that break us down, things that chips away at the spirit and hurts the soul. Through all the heartbreaks, the heartaches, losses and periods of insanity, life goes on. Time doesn’t stand still to allow us to catch our breath, there is no timeout after that TKO. We’re expected to put one foot in front of the next, pick up the pieces of our shattered lives and move on. It doesn’t matter what we’re going through the show must go on, life expects the most from us during our darkest days.
How to up the pieces when life knocks you down:
• Greet each morning with gratitude. It doesn’t matter how tough things are, get up, dress up and get out. This is easier said than done, may even seem difficult. But it’s worth it. Life is for the living!
• Our days come in waves. You just have to ride them as they come. When things are at their peak enjoy the moments so you’ll have wonderful memories to get you through those low days. Just as day turns into night, every storm runs out of rain.
• Accept that you can’t control the world around you or the people in it. What you can control is your inner emotions and how you react to them. Most days I just feel like lashing out, work is sometimes frustrating, home can get complicated but I focus on what I can control and that’s ME!
• It’s ok to be afraid just as long as you don’t allow that fear to cripple you into giving up. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve thrown my hands in the air and said-“I give up!” I hate those days, those are the days that leave me feeling most vulnerable because I feel desperate, scared and alone but I have had to learn to pick up the pieces and not let fear take hold for too long.
All of the issues that have been keeping you down, those issues at work, at home, in your relationship pales in comparison to what’s on the other side of the mountain. Remember, pain is temporary and life is for the living so keep climbing.
This is my contribution to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their reflections on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth. Debbie, thank you and I am so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to your blog.
~ Happy Friday
©Etta D. Richards