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.