Don’t Hate Your Past, Embrace It

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How can you let go of the past? By embracing it.

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Things have happened to you that cause you pain. You may also have done other things that cause you pain. How can you embrace what pains you, the anchors that seem to bring you down?

In a previous article, I wrote

Your past got you to where you are today. It has given you both vulnerabilities and strengths. It has given you gifts, and one of the greatest gifts is that you still have life left in you. The past is with you to remind you that yesterday’s heights can be today’s starting point.

Every anchor has a purpose

Ships need their anchors when they want stability so they can load and unload. They know when is the right time to lower the anchor. If you drag an anchor around with you all of the time, you will never feel free.

Your past can be a part of your potential and our pain can be part of your new meaning. Your past can become an important part of your life, a good part of your life when you embrace it.

Your past can be a part of your potential and our pain can be part of your new meaning. Your past can become an important part of your life, a good part of your life when you embrace it. Often this begins by listening to our pain. Listening to pain is a little like listening to the wind. You know it is there, you can feel it, but it is silent.

First, we listen and then we allow ourselves to feel. Know that it may be difficult to feel. Feeling is about allowing, no honoring yourself to listen and perhaps even give voice to what you feel.

How do you embrace your past and allow yourself to feel? 

The greatest way you can let go of old memories is by creating new ones.

Not hating the past means more than accepting. It means loving the past. The past has made you who you are. Hard things may have happened, but these are mere moments. Your lifetime is a million miles of new moments where you can live the life you want rather than the life that was thrust upon you.

If you enjoyed this article, see the first article in the series on healing: 5 Ways That Will Help You to Let Go of the Past.

I write articles about wellness, leadership, parenting and personal growth. My hope is to deliver the best content I can to inspire, to inform and to entertain.

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