With the upcoming Easter holiday in the Christian faith and Passover in Judaism, I think about how the meaning of these two religious observances can be interpreted into day to day living.
It’s a time of renewal and new life; liberation, freedom, and being set free.
Concurrent with these concepts is the season of spring, the time of year associated with growth and regeneration. The robin, often considered a sign of the new season, symbolizes a fresh new perspective in many areas of life. It reminds us to let go of the past, embrace the present, and look toward the future.
As I ponder these beliefs, I contemplate the emotional ghetto, a place where you may find yourself as a result of a crushing experience or unexpected change, and I appreciate the feeling of uncertainty and fear. The emotional ghetto can also be a result of experiencing obstacles, believing you are stuck and not seeing the possibility of change.
As things pile up or accumulate over time, our minds become cluttered and we tend to get dragged down and overwhelmed.
What are you putting up with? What is making you feel trapped or jammed? What is cluttering your mind? Perhaps it’s unresolved issues, unmet needs, overdue bills, procrastination, other people’s or your own behaviour, a messy closet, and so on.
It isn’t easy to forget about what has happened or impacted your life; however, you can stop worrying about it. How might you leave the emotional ghetto and simply, let go?
Start by creating a list of what you are enduring or hanging on to. While you can’t go back and change what’s happened, you can take action.
Pick one and make a decision to take immediate action to let it go. Once you get rid of one thing you can move on to the next.
Realize that letting go may take time, so allow yourself that time. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Forgive. Think about what you may have learned from your situation and perhaps what opportunity it has presented.
In the spirit of the season, let go and let it flow. By doing this, you will leave the emotional ghetto and give yourself the chance for renewal, liberation and setting yourself free.