We all have a story. It is the story of our background. The things which have happened in our lives that have made us who we are and influence how we think and act. Often this story has a lot of drama in it. Often it is unkind to parents, friends, acquaintances, and partners. This story keeps us stuck in the past. I cannot tell my story without returning to the past to do so. I can let go of the feelings associated with the story. I can tell it very neutrally. It will always take me back to the past. A place that does not exist any more except in my mind and within my body. We all have a story and we all, probably, know someone who’s story is worse than our own. Stories are kind of like health issues, someone always has it worse. Some people wear their stories like a badge of honor. Some people live in shame of their stories. Rarely do people realize their story is simply a history of how that person got to be the wonderful human being they are today. We all survived our stories!
Now is the time to walk forth and begin to live in the present. Let go of the story. Thank it for its contribution to who you are now and let it go. The letting it go begins with forgiveness. Not forgiveness for what happened but forgiveness for wishing it were different, for wanting others to be different, for not being able to make things different. We are not able to influence anyone but ourselves. I forgive myself for wanting a different life, I thank the Universe for the life I’ve lived, and I embrace the knowledge gained from those life experiences. Thanks to all my experiences, I’m able to be more empathetic to people going through similar situations. I am able to help others see their value and, hopefully, step into their power.
I admit it is almost impossible to control one’s life before the age of 18. Other people control us. It’s simple and it is the way it is. Sometimes we can change our circumstances before 18 but, usually, it must wait. Once we are 18, though, our life is our own. Our successes and failures are up to us. Whether we succeed or fail doesn’t even matter on a day to day basis. I’ve failed so many times I cannot even count that high. I never really thought of those times as failures because I see them more as attempts at finding what works for me. A statement I use to tell my students is, “If we never fail, we never learn.”
My wish for people is to embrace who they are. Without a doubt I know every person is filled with Light and Love. Some people may be so beaten down by life they do not see their Light but it is still there. The Ego hides the Light because the Light will destroy the Ego. For those who do not think they are Light and Love, I ask you to look at a newborn. Can you see the innocence in that child? Do you see darkness and evil? Only Light and Love exist in a newborn. That is how I know everyone is Light and Love at their core. Find the newborn within. Look at everything with fresh eyes. Allow the Miracle that is your Life to open and embrace you. Appreciate the Gift you are to the Universe. Only you have the Gift you brought here. Please share your Gift with the rest of us. We are waiting.