OK a little heads up, buckle your seat belts this blog is going to be a bit of a roller-coaster.
If you have been following my blogs this year you will have noticed that each month I have been focusing on one thing to help me find my way back to me. You will have also noticed that last month I didn’t write a blog. That’s because as we all know sometimes even with the best intentions life can throw us a few curveballs and get in the way.
In July I had a lot on my plate and the thing I wanted to focus on was being gracious. Well I can tell you straight in July I wasn’t feeling very gracious hence the missing post as I didn’t know where to start and I didn’t want to write a post that was disingenuous and didn’t come from a place of grace.
But a month on and I come to write my August blog. I turn the page to see the word for this month…. Absolution.
DING, DING, DING…. Here is a sign if ever you needed one. It’s time for me to let go of the strife in July and move forward. Forgive and forget as the saying goes.
OK so a bit of background, this year up until July had been an okay one for me. Don’t get me wrong there had been a few bumps on the road but nothing that could have prepare me for what July had in store for me. It just seemed that each day the mud was getting thicker and thicker until one day you waken up and you’re stuck in the mud. Family life, health and friendships all hung in the balance.
So you can probably understand a little better why my blog about being gracious never got written. When life is difficult it’s harder to show grace because you are consumed by your difficulties. When life is good it’s easy to be grateful, to be kind, to be pleasant. However it’s when your life is in turmoil that being gracious really counts. If you can muster the grace to help others, show love and compassion in your darkest moments that is when we are truly treading the path of redemption. And this is the lesson I take away from July.
July has gone and I now turn my face towards the light of August and absolution. Through forgiveness we learn to release ourselves from guilt, hatred and contempt. We shed our skin and are reborn in love, compassion and grace.
Through forgiveness we not only release ourselves from the burden of the past but we also wash away the burdens of others that have been affected allowing them and you to move forward into a better place. Don’t get me wrong absolution is not an easy road. We have to lay ourselves bear and truly look at ourselves and often we see things we don’t like. It’s easy to look at others and place blame and make excuses but we are not hear for the easy road we are here for the righteous path and you will find that this path can be challenging, but at the end of it you will find redemption.
You have to remember when reading this that everyone has personalised experiences in this life so what may shake one person’s world completely simply may not have the impact it has had on another. But that’s life, we are all just muddling our way through trying to live our lives the best we can and nobody has all the answers. After all we are human and we make mistakes we just have to make sure that we learn from them so we can move forward in our journey.
My hope for you this August is that you find the courage and strength you need to absolve yourself and others of past sins and move forward in your journey.
Peace, Love and Harmony