It's Six Word Saturday, my favorite time of the week! My thought for today is...
Lighten your load - unpack those bags!
I've been known to share some pretty dark stuff on my blog, like my last post for example, though I try to balance it with lighter fare. I've had a lot of folks ask me how I manage to keep a positive attitude about life after going thru all that.
The truth is that one doesn't just "forgive and forget" though that might be the higher ideal to strive for. Nearly all of us have gone thru some tough times in life... it cuts deep, and it leaves scars. But you know what? Scars are strong, and sometimes they are the very thing that has helped keep me together during the next difficult experience!
I've also learned that when you take those dark memories out of your mental attic and expose them to the light of day in later years, you gain a new perspective. You realize things you didn't at the time, and you are able to look at what happened with a bit more detachment. That's where I'm at now in my life. I can open the boxes, I can expose the dark memories, and not feel the emotions or hurt as strongly as I once did. I guess that means I'm finally healing!
Blogging has been a wonderful blessing to me in that sense. It's the best free therapy in the world! Too often we carry stuff inside of us that we just can't tell anyone, there is no one in close proximity in our lives that we trust enough. For some weird reason, it's always felt a bit safer sharing here with people we've never met and probably never will.
I have shared many pieces of my life here, good and bad, joyful and painful, and have always experienced acceptance and encouragement. Here, I can be myself, warts and all. I can work thru my past and plan my future. I can try out ideas and opinions, and sometimes change them from the input I receive.
Carrying around a lot of old baggage is burdensome, just like poor animals in the photo above, and we all know what kind of animals they are! :-) Don't be one of those... unload your burdens, open up those suitcases to the light of day. Look thru the contents and discard what is no longer useful in your life.
Forget... no... never forget... our past is what made us who we are today - embrace it! Forgive... yes... as much as we can. It will make you a better person and you will feel so much lighter! Forgiveness is something I'm still working on in my life... bit by bit I'm getting there. Love the person, hate the deed? Maybe not love, but at least forgive.
Someday I am going to be able to tell you that I've forgiven everyone in my life that has hurt me, and I hope that everyone I've hurt has forgiven me too. That day is coming... I can feel it. The more I unpack my suitcases, the less hurt and anger I feel... that's a step in the right direction!