Thursday, February 18, 2016

Suffer no more—let go of old hurts

Are you holding onto any resentments, anger, hurts or past grievances? Do you have someone you need to forgive? It might even be yourself.

Now is the time. Give yourself a wonderful gift—the freedom and liberation that comes when you forgive someone and let go of the anger and hurt surrounding the situation. The act of forgiveness may do nothing for the other person. But it most surely will set you free.

The same is true of forgiving yourself. It does you no good to hang onto the guilt or shame. Let it go. Learn any lessons you need to from that past situation. And then move on. 

To hold onto those old grievances and anger is to remain captive to them. For what author Anne Lamott says is true, "Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die." That makes no sense, right? Neither does hanging onto the pain and anger. You're the one who suffers.

Let today be the day you let go. Liberate yourself. See how great that feels. 

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