A creative lady I know posted this on Facebook late last year and it has been on my mind ever since. I'm not normally one for these sayings and to post them, but this is something in particular I've been working on about myself - letting things go. For as long as I can remember I've been one to hold ridiculous grudges over things that simply just do not matter. I've lived in houses with people and not spoken to them for months on end because forgiving them and letting it go just wasn't something that I could previously consider at the time. I also let it bother me for kilometres afterwards when cars cut me off at roundabouts. Even though I've accidentally cut cars off in the exact same circumstance.
Learning to let go of those completely unnecessary bouts of anger and annoyance has freed up so much of my energy that can be invested in the things that do matter. I still get hung up on silly things like customers at my work, but it is a matter of being able to remove your self from the situation and learn to not be so sensitive about everything. A lady I work with told me I was a little too sensitive about other peoples reactions and just having that said to me was as though a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Such a simple observation really made me think about why things bothered me & if they were truly worth worrying about.
The area I live in has a roundabout almost everywhere you turn, so being cut off is a regular occurrence. While Luke & I were out and about last week I was cut off quite close and rather than let it bother me and trigger a bout of road rage I was able to center myself and focus on just how easy it is to make such a mistake and it wasn't as if the other driver wanted to cause an accident. And by the time the thought unfurled I was off the roundabout and Luke & I had already started talking about something else. Being able to stop myself and question the situation has helped me to not take anything unnecessary on board. And evaluate the things I need to let go of.
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