There are times when I find myself rehashing events from my past. The memories aren’t always good. Occasionally, they are thoughts of persons who’ve wronged me or my son or my family or painful situations created my me or others. Whenever I catch myself dwelling on such times, I remind myself of the scripture in Philippians 3:13 where Paul says, . . . “But I do one thing. I forget everything that is behind me and look forward to that which is ahead of me.” NLV
I’m sure I’m not the only person out here who’s guilty of such reminiscence. Now, the dangerous thing about dwelling on the past, especially instances where others have harmed us or created situations that caused us pain, is it breeds unforgivingness. I believe it’s okay not to forget as remembering can save us further heartache in that it protects us from repeating the same mistakes. But I’m huge on forgiveness. I feel an unforgiving heart is like cancer; it only harms us. It eats us up from the inside out. By holding on to painful memories and not releasing the person or persons who harmed us, we give that person power over us.
I pride myself at being a pretty happy person. I choose to be happy. Recreating painful memories takes away from my joy, even if just for a few minutes. And, it doesn’t solve a thing because the situation is in the past. It’s history. I do hope if you find yourself traveling down the memory lane of painful events, you’ll choose to let go. We all take that miserable journey from time to time but remember, there is a solution. Just close your eyes, take a deep breath and let it go. Release the thought and individual(s). I promise, you’ll be the happier for it and it’s been scientifically proven, you’ll add years to your life.
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