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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Feeling Betrayed, Bitter or Disappointed? Put the Past Behind You--Give Life a Second Chance

No Matter Your Past --Find a Way to Move Your Life Forward

Whatever it is you're dealing with bringing you down, let it go and move on as soon as you're able. Why? Because you deserve a good life. 

When you hold on to feelings of betrayal, bitterness and disappointment it only affects you and your life. If  you fail to forgive your past or only chastise yourself for mistakes, failures or wrong-doing, you keep yourself in a non-productive, disengaged state of mind. 

Choose to get back to your best self--a person fully contributing to life and doing good for those around you. Give your life a second chance. Acknowledge what happened to bring you down, and find a way to move on so your life becomes about the good experiences while the hurtful, unsavory experiences become mere blips in your life.

No matter where your past led you, find a way to take positive action to move your life forward. Be forward looking and acting to become the person you desire to be, living the life you wish to enjoy.

Plunge Back into Life to Renew Your Self-Respect

Choose to move out of bitterness. Find your sweet-spot for living a fully engaged 
life filled with meaning, friendship and love.  It is never too late--no matter what has occurred in your past. Cultivate self respect and personal power by jumping back into life.
'Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Tender and Gentle Welcome Back to Living

If you've been hurting from your past  and are ready to let go of  the hurt and bitterness, or shame and disappointment--imagine you are surrounded by a cushion of acceptance and safety as you step back into life.   Let Mary Oliver's poem  "Sleeping in the Forest' provide you a positive image for your  'tender and gentle' welcome back to living fully-engaged. 

Sleeping in the Forest 

I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

from Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver 
© Mary Oliver

Thank you  Yvonne Rauch for sending me a Mary Oliver Poem introducing me to her work. 

To view more Mary Oliver Poems:

 'Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.'

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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