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Thursday, July 21, 2011

What Do You Do With Hurt and Bitterness? Let It Go

What Hurts Are You Carrying Around?

  • Who or what has hurt you recently?
  • What do you feel bitter about?
  • Where in your heart of hearts do you feel life has done you wrong?

Sometimes Life Lets You Down

Ah, Life. Sometimes it lets you down. That job you wanted that slipped through your fingers; that love interest who did you wrong; that organization that treated you poorly; that economy that failed you financially; or just that summer that provided you with too little sun.

Sometimes your life can leave you feeling betrayed and bitter. That's okay--acknowledge and name what you're feeling--and sit in your sorrow for a while. But when you're ready to brush yourself off and get back on top of the world, let it go.

You're Made of Strong Stuff

Face it--you're made of strong stuff and you want to enjoy a life fully engaged. You have what it takes to move through whatever challenge life presents you--and you're worthy of enjoying a rich, meaningful life.

Think about it--how is that hurt and bitterness you're harboring inside getting in the way of you engaging in or enjoying your life? What good things could you see in your life if you let these soul-killing feelings go?

  • Have you failed to apply for a job because you're bitter about the last job interview?
  • Did you fail to ask that new person out because the last one hurt you?
  • Have you isolated yourself because you are hurt or bitter about how someone treated you? Have you refused invitations to get together with friends because you're home licking your wounds?
  • Is that bitterness about making less than you deserve getting in the way of you appreciating the good things in the job or zapping your energy to look for a better paying job?

    When you consciously cleanse hard feelings out of your soul you make room for more uplifting and positive experiences and people to come into your life. You can see current opportunities in your life when you stop wasting your energy on maintaining the hurt and bitterness. So don't stuff your feelings; cleanse them.

    Do You Care Enough About Yourself to Let it Go?

    The question is, do you care enough about yourself to let it go? If yes, make today the day you affirm 'my soul is cleansed of hurt and bitterness'--and take a step toward doing something affirming that fills you with feelings of self-worth, fulfillment, and connection to life and others. You are worth it. Do it now.

2 comments:

Grant said...

Hey Sue, a really important post! Letting things go, forgiving yourself and others, and having compassion are all vital skills for living a great life. Bitterness rebounds and creates an ongoing self-fulfilling prophecy. Loving kindness does the same in a powerful and life enhancing way. Thanks for reminding us of this with your great post.

smiles, Grant

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Thanks, Grant. I would like to think I don't need to think about this but we all have little places behind our eyes we need to uncover.

I love how you sign off---smiles!