You cannot move toward the future if you are chained to the past. Clinging to the frayed threads of hope in a pain-filled life cannot sustain you, and telling yourself to “hold on” or “hang in there” does nothing to move you forward. The first step to emotional freedom and healing is to let go of the past.
Understand that not every injustice in the world will be punished, at least not in this lifetime. Carrying the hurt and resentment of negative experiences does not affect the offenders, it only affects you.
Forgiveness is liberating. When a person is forgiven, the greatest benefit goes to the one who does the forgiving. You may never forget, but when you forgive those who have wronged you, you sever the toxic bonds that fuel the hate and anger preventing you from building a better life.
Difficult life circumstances may have been beyond your control as a child but, as you get older, the choices you make are your own. You can choose to remain the victim of your circumstances or you can choose to take on the new role of survivor. We are each solely responsible for what becomes of our life.
Changing yourself is often far less painful than remaining in an unbearable life that was shaped by misfortune.
Letting go of past pain does not happen in an instant. The progress is often as slow as a snail’s pace, but every inch forward is still progress. Fill the void once engulfed by the pain with thoughts and deeds that lead you closer to the life you had always imagined but didn’t feel you deserved.
If you feel trapped, it is at your own hand, and by your own hand you can be set free.
If you believe you are beaten, then you are.
If you think that resorting to violence, spitefulness or retaliation is a solution, then you haven’t explored all of your options.
You cannot gain respect from others if you do not respect yourself.
Believe that a new life awaits you. Plan for and take the steps necessary to make it a reality, no matter how small each step seems to be.
You can’t have everything your own way. Life is not just about you, it’s about everyone and how we all relate to one another.
The tricks to mastering your life is to know when to stand your ground and when to take whatever comes your way and adjust to it. This simplified formula for a better life is infused with an abundance of transformational power. If one really understands this magical process, then good things will happen in your life.
Accept love. Give love. This give and take of caring for one another can truly change the world.