It has been said that in life, Pain is inevitable. Misery is optional.
Misery can be addictive. It often results from us holding on tightly to how we have been wronged. It often feels like there are no other alternatives but to feel that way. Actually, we can hold on to our resentments, we can feed them, or we can work on letting them go. Letting go does not affirm the wrong or the person who committed them. Unless the offending party is someone very close to you, misery rarely hurts anyone besides you!
Letting go often takes time, along with effort. It usually helps to repeat statements like, “Today, I'll do my best to let go,” or “Today, I'll do my best to take back my power from the offending party.” Some find it helpful to write down the offense or a letter to the offender. Letters are often not sent or may be to a dead person. Some will then tear the paper up, burn it, or even tear it up in the toilet and then flush.
It is rightly said that forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
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