Sidewalk Bends

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Posts Tagged ‘moving forward

Forgiveness From the Ashes

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Phoenix rising.Forgiveness is not about forgetting nor is it about denial. Forgiveness is about relinquishing control. It’s about releasing pain that has manifested as anger and resentment. It is about releasing a self inflicted burden.

Like shackles that bind our feet, pain ties us to our current condition. Without forgiveness, whether of another or oneself, we become stuck in a vicious cycle of pain and resentment. With forgiveness or some would say godliness, we have a way out, a way forward.

It grants us the power, not over another, but over our own destiny. We don’t have to live in pain. We don’t have to live in misery. We need only realize that in all matters of the spirit we can choose a destructive path, or one that raises us from the ashes.

From the ashes I rise. From the ashes I forgive myself.

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July 12, 2013 at 2:28 am

Beyond Reason

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Finding out the reason why someone behaves the way they do does not change the behavior. Finding out why a decision was made does not change the decision. Finding out why an event occurred does not change the consequences. In struggle and strife we often seek out answers, but the answers we find can sometimes do little to quench our desire for a given outcome.

We are not victims of chance or circumstance, but we can neither change the outcomes than we can the hearts of men and women. Satisfaction in understanding comes when we have let reason fall to the wayside and acceptance rise to the forefront. Holding grudges and animosity does more to weigh us down than it does to lift any burdens. Like lumps in our throat, it can be hard to swallow why a person does what they do. And perhaps it is not for us to entirely understand, for we each face our own trials.

In facing our own demons, perhaps we can allow others to face theirs. And though we may not see eye to eye, perhaps when we are ready to look up, we’ll have a better understanding of each other.

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August 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Learning to Live Again

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Sometimes there is no returning to the way things were because the way things were, were never quite right. Though life may have seemed a better time, and memories seem like pleasant melodies, we can no sooner live in the past than we can live in the future. In trying to relive the past, we miss appreciation for life now. Though life may sometimes feel overwhelming, or downright unbearable, sometimes breaking the mold is the only way to move forward. Re-learn to live. Re-learn to breathe. Re-learn to love. There is only the infinite now.

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May 15, 2011 at 7:29 am