When I read this it stuck with me. I knew, eventually, I wanted to do a post on it. It is something I struggle with (am I the only one?) so hope this starts a conversation. Here is goes:
“you only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things.”
I think this is a work in progress for a lot of us. We get caught up in past hurts and never really let them go. Yes, we say we have forgiven or forgot, but have we really? We let things trigger us into remembering being judged, embarrassed or forgotten. Then when triggered that past resentment, angry or depression can overwhelmed us again. Resentment is sneaky that way hiding just below the surface.
So let’s start a conversation – even within our heads – of what we want to let go. What we don’t want to carry into the next chapter of our lives. I know it is hard and I’ve carried a ton of resentment over the years and I’m a work in progress all the time. I only have so much energy and I want to focus it in so many other places. So let’s work at forgiving past hurts, or maybe just acknowledging them and letting them go. No longer carrying them around with us every day (they are so not worth it). Learning our triggers and silencing them.
If you have any suggestions on letting go, please share with everyone.
Read the above quote in M.L. Stedman book The Light Between Oceans.