I read something on Facebook yesterday that said “Sometimes you don’t realize the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release.” That got me thinking about all the junk I carry around, whether it be past hurts, current struggles, or even the presence of toxic people in my life. All of that weight compiles and pushes me further away from who I need to be. So I released a large chunk of my past, just gave it to God and walked away. Then I cleaned up my Facebook list. :)
I don’t know about you, but there are people on my list who never interact with me or show any interest in me or my family whatsoever. It always leaves me scratching my head a bit. When I add someone, it’s because I truly have an interest in learning about their life through photos and status updates. Yet many times, it’s one-sided. That, for me, is toxic. Anything or anyone that causes grief to your health needs to be released. So that’s exactly what I did. I said good-bye to about a dozen people who have always made me feel badly, and I unfollowed a few more who post nothing but negativity, judgments toward others, or those annoying vine videos about themselves that last a whole 6 seconds. I don’t wish these folks any ill will, and I sincerely hope their lives are peaceful and happy, but it sure feels awesome to release them from my life.
So what are you holding onto that you need to release? Think about it and let it go, whatever it is: people, pain, addiction, mistakes, anger…anything at all that causes you heartache. Your life has value and meaning, and you deserve to move forward in joy without carrying the negative weight of the past.
“Those things we stuff, try so hard to ignore, they are the very things begging for release—the things that hold the promise of hope, the flame of freedom.” —Jo Ann Fore