“Forgive yourself and others. Let go of the old story. Release any guilt and blame. Everyone is doing the best they can. This includes you. Kick-start the healing process by surrendering all the judgement and hurt. Your health and happiness will thank you.” —Kris Carr
Your health and happiness will thank you really resonates with us . . . the magical gift of forgiveness isn’t that it lets the other person off the hook, it’s that it frees you from the pain and power the situation has on you. A friend recently attended the Landmark Forum and really struggled with an assignment to call her father after years and years of “heart burn” in that relationship. Before she walked out for a break, she informed one of the forum coaches that she absolutely, without a doubt, would not be calling her dad, at least not for anything short of an all-out screaming match with the power of years and years of anger and disappointment blasting her righteous words into his hunkered down ears. Can you guess how this scenario played out? When it hit her that she was the one most burdened and held back by these feelings surrounding her father, and that the call to say she loved him and wanted to thank him for the good he instilled in her was to set HER free . . . she was able to pick up the phone and make the call. The coach said, “The past is the past, even if it was five minutes ago. Can you imagine the relationship as you would want it to be? And then call from that space?” She did.
It has been pretty amazing to see her free from that pain. He has yet to call her back, and the story has yet to end in birdsong and rainbows—aside from the miracle of her alleviation from the burden, which is a pretty grand feat and life changing moving forward.
We all carry an old story around with us, and those old stories get in the way and taint anything new, whether we acknowledge them or not. What are some of your “old stories” and can you see yourself facing them in a new space where they can be any way you want them to be as you keep your view facing forward? Give it a go! Your health and happiness will thank you.
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