“The more a man knows, the more he forgives.”
~ Empress Catherine the Great
We all have a story in our heads about our lives. Past hurts, triumphs and emotions mesh into our psyche, nestling in like the hibernating squirrels in the trees in Winter. The challenge is to push forward out of our own minds to see what’s out there beyond our vision and to see relationships as they truly are and not how we perceive them. It is momentous to look beyond our own limits and to actually see the world around us, to acknowledge faults and goodness, to take stock of our lives and the path which we are treading. At any moment we can choose to change course, turn around, veer to the left or right or simply walk into the woods. That is the beauty of free will that we have been given in this life. There is nothing in stone that says we need to stay cemented on the path we have chosen. It is only our reluctance to see beyond the walls we have erected, the stories we have embellished and the situation that we encounter. To expand our vision, we must reach out of the box which we have allowed to imprison our minds and to look around at all which spherically encompasses us. To be sure, this is not a linear life we’ve been given.
It is not an easy choice for some and I understand. To see beyond ourselves is an emotional and sometimes tumultuous task for it causes us to look honestly at our faults and goodness ~ to accept and to forgive ourselves and others. But once we open our eyes to truth, we can move on and see the world in a different light. That is the beauty of knowledge and forgiveness.
Eyes, heart, mind and soul opened allows healing when we are hurting. To stay blind to our lives is only to perpetuate the grief, the hurts and the sadness. To embrace all that we have endured, to take ownership of our lives is to start on the path of healing. But it takes a willingness to listen with an open heart and not a stony one. It takes softening, caring and wanting to change the path we are on and not be simply a traveler without voice.
This is your life. This is my life. Together we can immerse ourselves in a loving embrace or we can take separate paths to happiness. It is a choice made together or apart. But each has their own choice, their own reality and their own willingness to not quit. I choose to see life in a spherical way ~ listening, learning, thinking, feeling and forgiving. It is a choice I make daily, sometimes I find I need to make that choice many times a day. But I do it because it is worth it to me to be present every moment of every day that I am here.
Life is about changing, growing and releasing what doesn’t serve us. Go forward on your path with love in your heart, forgiveness in your mind and blessings on your soul.