Lessons From The River

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momsmagriverI really don’t have much room to complain about my life as there are others who are dealing with far worse things. So I know that I am blessed.

But I do have my share of past and present hurts. Words are said. Actions either happen or don’t happen resulting in hurt feelings, anger, resentment or loneliness.

I believe in learning from our past and present, but there is also a point that you just have to let go of those old hurts. Because, if you keep picking at a wound, it just won’t heal. You need to clean it, disinfect it, and sometimes put ointment and a bandage over it. But I’ve learned from experience, that if you keep opening up old wounds, they just won’t heal. And they can even get infected. A deep wound may scar, but a scar is better than an open oozing wound.

So as I sat in the boat this past week, watching the river rush by, I realized that once something is floating by it doesn’t come back unless I go downstream and retrieve it. What I learned from the river was that sometimes letting go (of heartache) is sometimes simply just letting go.

And I don’t know about you, but I don’t really want to keep re-living and retrieving old hurts that I’m trying to move forward from.

The words, the actions from others, or even the guilt that I feel from actions or words that weren’t necessarily my finest moments, I can hold on to those hurts, I can swim downstream and retrieve them, or I can simply heal and let them go.

Amy Glass is a Stay-At-Home Mom, Wife, Runner, and Blogger. You can find her at @MrsGlass, Facebook, InstagramPinterest, and her blog Will Run For Ice Cream

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