"Although you should not erase your responsibility for the past, when you make the past your jailer, you destroy your future. It is such a great moment of liberation when you learn to forgive yourself, let the burden go, and walk out into a new path of promise and possibility."
The fact that we can’t erase the past says something to us. We are called on to forgive ourselves, to honor what is past, maybe not to love it but to respect it. Reflect and say, “That’s what I needed to do, that’s the person I needed to be at that time in my life. I did that, and I’ve learned from it. Now I can move on.
Take the present moments you have now and use them in joy and love—not in anguishing over what you should or shouldn’t have done. You were the person you were supposed to be then so you could become the person you are now. You needed to do the things you did in order to find out how you didn’t want to be. Rather than cursing the past, bless it and forgive yourself entirely. When you know that all of those experiences were a part of the divine design of your life, you can afford to forgive.
Keep pushing through the dirt, keep moving towards that sun so that the next time you stop to reflect- you wont want to look back, instead you'll take a look around you at the beautiful view, shake the dust off and with a big smile on your face you'll be proud to say: "I did it!"
Every Beautiful Flower That Ever Bloomed Had to Go Through a Whole Lotta Dirt to Get There...
Danielle Miyoshi © 2011