Life hurts. There will be events, situations, and people that hurt you. In a counseling session, someone ask, “How do you let go of the past?”
This question gave me pause. I took a deep breath, my brain spinning in a life-reflection, time-warp of life tragedies moment by moment with time spent healing and all that brought me to here. I responded with this, my truth, “It’s a process and it takes time to heal, but you will heal from speaking your truth.
In the midst of and after life-altering traumatic events, relationships, and situations, you heal inside to the point at which, you can speak your truth about the experience. In the beginning, you may speak in whispers and tears, but when you put your truth into words, the feelings spring forth from your soul. At first, you may only be able to share pieces and parts. With time and through the healing process, the words come easier and as you can speak your full truth – you heal. As you speak your truth, you are able to let go of the past and heal.”
Founder and CEO of Psych Central, John Grohol, provides insight into the process of letting go. He writes that the past does not disappear on its own; it is a conscious choice to let go of past hurt.
At this juncture, we have a choice to live fully or remain a victim. John Grohol interjects the perfect question, “Will you let your past pain become your identity as a victim? Letting go is a release of old life patterns, people, events and feelings. Everyone’s feelings are important, yours, mine and every person you encounter — because we are all special, remarkable, complex human beings.
Even with trauma and tragedy, you can choose to live by letting go of every past hurt. There is so much joy to be lived in this life; No one can take away your joy — unless you allow it by holding on to past hurt.
Finally, remember my friends and readers, embrace Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Love God and All People. Amen.