“She released her grievances like handfuls of birdseed: They are there, and they are gone.” ~ Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl …
I love this idea of holding my grievances in my hands like birdseed. It reinforces the fact that I have the choice to hold on to them or let them go. Additionally, it offers me a vision of what may occur in the “big picture” if I were to let my grievances go–they would be out of my hands, yet still within my view. Finally, after reading this a couple times, I began to imagine my grievances simply disappearing, much like birdseed being consumed by the birds. Of course, I could also look at it as having the ability to simply turn and walk away from them once I let them go.
When we look at dealing with our grievances and overcoming obstacles, the cause and effect relationship associated with us holding on to the past is something that is all too often overlooked. We generally tend to blame current circumstances, other people, or other outside forces, on what may just be our inability to let go of the past. The good news is that when we do recognize that we are holding on to our grievances, we are then empowered with that awareness–we then have the ability to choose to continue carrying them with us, or to release them.
Strengthen your ability to let go of the unnecessary things you hold onto in life. In doing so, you may encounter a sense of relief as you discover the ability to free yourself from such bonds. Additionally, you will gain perspective on what truly is important in your life.
Make the effort to let go of any past grievances today.
Questions to consider:
What would your life be like without any grievances?
What are you holding on to right now?
What affect does this have on the person you are today? What affect does this have on the person you wish to become?
For further thought:
“We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant. We have not managed to surmount the obstacle, as we were absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us around it, led us past it, and then if we turn around to gaze at the remote past, we can barely catch sight of it, so imperceptible has it become.” ~ Marcel Proust