Thursday, June 10, 2010
When You Move Beyond Your Fear, You Feel Free
I never forget the people who make me feel bad about myself. The people who make accusations, insults, or rude remarks. Especially not the people who do it publicly and embarrass me. Not only do I not forget them, they haunt me. I struggle to forgive them, and often do. But the sting and the pain still last. I spend way too much time remembering how they hurt me, wishing I could go back in time and say just the right thing. Say the thing that proves them wrong, or makes them feel equally bad.
How often do I want justice when I have been wronged? Will I ever actually get it? I want so badly to prove them wrong, show them I'm not what they said. I want to show them who I really am, or maybe just who it is I want to be.
And then I read these two lines in "Who Moved My Cheese?"
"The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese."
"When you move beyond your fear, you feel free."
These were not earth shattering concepts. I know that I have always known them. But this time it hit home. It is time to stop feeling the pain, time to stop thinking about how I would tell them they are wrong. It is time to move beyond the fear [that they were right] and live as the person I want to be. And not just to live as the person that I think they don't think I can be.
See the difference?
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