“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” – Malachy McCourt, writer and politician
Some wise person once enlightened me with the deflatingly realistic truth that people can and will let us all down. Weaved amidst the plethora of people, places and things you see, go and do, are situations that arise to tangle your plans, stomp your expectations, and defeat your hopes. In virtually every place you and someone else cross paths, that somebody has the ability to let you down. Be it with benign backfiring or malicious intent, their actions will cause nuisance and nuclear blast alike, leaving your spirit with wounds of hurt, anger, loss, and regret. Left to fester, they poison your heart and mind, while the wrong-doer simply moves on. But regardless the impact, it’s ultimately your choice -if and when- to forgive. Electing absolution allows for your healing and rebuilding with a mere memory of the mistake left to fade. Learn to let go, and you’ll learn to hold on to what matters –living a fearless life still chock full of positive plans, expectations, and hopes.
“Passion is all about allowing yourself to get lost in something.” – Gail Sheehy, writer and lecturer
Picture an artist covered in paint, a cook in sauces and spices, a mechanic in grease. Picture a writer surrounded by stacks of books, an athlete by gear and sneakers, a musician by sheet music and instruments, a pilot by model airplanes. At times, each has become so involved in their craft, hobby or dream that they’ve forgotten time of day, list of tasks, even title on their business card. Whether it’s their chosen vocation or weekly vacation from the daily grind, these folks aren’t merely “distracted” or dabbling …they’re captivated, in love and lost in something indescribable. So what about you? What makes your heart sing? Brings divine peace and joy? Commitment to something OTHER THAN your j-o-b, family or obligations is not only allowed…the passion it ignites fires up all other areas of your life. And if society tells you to ease up, clean up or clear out your fabulously consuming “messes”…tell ‘em to go get lost!