Letting go of the past is not something that is easy for many. At one time or another it will cross your mind and usually at the strangest time. You will be laughing with a friend, shopping driving, in class, whatever, and suddenly pain and hurt creeps into your subconscious and tries to wrap itself around you momentarily. You push it down and move on hoping that it stays away at least until you are alone.
The pain from ones past can really take a physical and mental toll on you. It manifests in anger, sadness, joint pain, stomach issues, fear and more. Whether dealing with an absentee dad, a meddling mom, drug or alcohol issues, sexual abuse, divorce, bullying; the way we handle these things depends on many things. It depends on our upbringing, mental state, personal strength, and more. What is hard for me, may be easy for you. No two people are alike and that is the beauty of people.
Every day someone you encounter will be dealing with something you can't even fathom. Maybe they just found out someone they love is sick or they are wondering how they are going to pay the bills this week. Maybe they are waiting on a medical test for themselves or their husband or wife has left them. Perhaps, their car broke down and there is no way to get where they need to go or they have no food or diapers and have kids at home. What I am trying to say is everyone is dealing with something. So try to be gentler, Nonjudgmental, kinder, more gracious, or even just say hello. It may be the only kindness they feel all day. The person smiling at you right now may be in a living hell. Smile back! It's OK! Kindness costs you nothing.
How can you be kinder today?