But that initial impression aside, there’s something hopeful about this statement. I believe we all have the capacity to heal. We are resilient and strong and we can mend the wounds that have been inflicted upon us. With a bit of hard work and the help from the people we surround ourselves with, we can let go of those experiences of pain and loss, and we can become the best version of ourselves.
But we often focus on the negative experiences, don’t we? It can become an endless cycle of frustration and anger, loss and despair. What if we became more mindful and attentive to the positive things in our lives? What if it were those experiences that we kept inside us? Take a moment and think about it.
- What relationships bring us joy and peace?
- Do you have a mentor that offers encouragement?
- Have you taken a walk outside recently and noticed the spring flowers blooming or the buds on the trees?
- Have you danced along to your favorite song?
- Have you had a good belly laugh lately that brought tears to your eyes?
- Have you played on the floor with your child or pet?
Another quote comes to mind - “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” (Ferris Bueller)
If we don’t pause to take in and fully experience the times of joy and happiness, we can easily miss these opportunities. What if we held onto these moments instead? Despite my initial reluctance, this quote actually gives me hope. It’s a message of healing and resilience, of letting go and taking in.
What are you holding onto?