“Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.” ~ Gerald Jampolsky
Next week 2013 comes to an end, and so many people are starting the mental inventory–cleaning up, letting go, tossing out, making plans for a better new year. It is a clear starting point, the new year, 1/1 on the calender, so a day to start fresh.
A good start is forgiving the grudges we hold. Now, I’m going to make a non-PC ethnic joke here, but it’s against my own ethnicity: Do you know what Irish Alzheimer’s is? You forget everything but a grudge. I grew up around people who could nurse a grudge like nobody’s business. Honestly, it could be an art form.
And with that grudge came anger. For years in my own life, anger is what kept me going. People said I couldn’t do something? I’d prove them wrong. After years of therapy, I made a conscious decision to let go of the anger, even though I was terrified. How could I function without the unforgiving anger?
Just fine, it seems. I’m happier. I’m accomplishing a lot, and honestly? I’m more powerful than I was before because I don’t have all that negative garbage holding me down and back.
So when I say “forgive and let go,” believe me, I understand the difficulty of the task I’m recommending. And every once in a while, something will swim to the surface and surprise me, but learning how to forgive and let go has helped my life become better.
So as you start the end of year inventories, see what you can let go of. And then let go.
It will change your life.