A friend (Hi Maria!) shared this quote recently, and I had to smile. It was exactly what I needed to hear in the moment.
For days I had been mentally circling an episode from the past. Someone I considered a dear friend had let me down, and I was deeply hurt by the experience. I thought I had moved on, but there I was again, stewing about the fact that the person never apologized and likely had no idea how much pain they had caused.
The quote put my experience into its proper context. Time had passed, and the culprit had certainly moved on. Why hadn't I? I realized in the moment that any residual suffering was no one's fault but my own, and I couldn't heal unless I truly let go of the incident as well as the desire to make my feelings known.
We all encounter situations in which we feel wronged, but we are ultimately responsible for how we respond. We can linger in self-pity, thereby compounding our pain, or we can let go and heal.
Is there something you need to let go of today? What can you do to leave it behind and move forward?
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