One of life’s most bitter pills to swallow is the realization that perhaps you haven’t quite conquered the pain of your past demons. Sometimes these pesky guys find a way into your everyday life no matter how hard you have worked to overcome them. At that moment, your heart splits wide open as your mind beats you up for momentarily losing the battle. And then a sobering sense of reality falls upon you and allows you to acknowledge that you are only human and recognizing the pain from the past makes you stronger as long as you leave it there.
Waste not fresh tears over old griefs. ~Euripides, Alexander
Leaving the past behind and learning to get rid of the clutter the past can sometimes deposit into our brains, is a healthy step to keeping a life full of love, peace and satisfaction. It is not that any of us, including myself, wish to have these moments clutter our lives and make our hearts more vulnerable and insecure. Most of us just want to move on and feel the freeing sense of peace that enveloped us when we made the decision to move our lives forward in the first place.
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness. ~James Thurber
It seems the first step to keeping ourselves from having to swallow that bitter pill more than once in a lifetime, is to acknowledge the past for what it was but never allow it to control us, our lives, our hearts or our minds. Leave it in the past and know that who we are today is a stronger, better version of who we were then. The second step is to surround ourselves with those who will love us unconditionally; however, will not allow us to fall into the trap of dwelling on the past. Sometimes “tough love” is the best kind of love for those of us who have worked diligently to leave the hurt behind but find ourselves in a moment of emotional self-destruction. These individuals, who love us for who we are, provide us with the compassion and honesty that are key to our success. Sophocles said it beautifully…
“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is LOVE.”
If you are struggling with hurt, insecurity or another demon from the past, embrace the NOW and those you love who are in the NOW with you. Leave behind those things that weigh you down and keep you from living the productive and happy life you were meant to live. Embrace the beauty of the present and look forward to the joys of the future.