By Monica Brown

The world throws punches. We all know the sting of betrayal, the ache of disappointment, the cracks that appear in our hearts when things fall apart. In those moments, it’s easy to feel shattered, a mosaic of broken pieces scattered on the floor.

But here’s the truth, beautiful soul: being shattered doesn’t mean you’re broken. It simply means you’ve been through something difficult. Those cracks? They’re testaments to your resilience, proof that you’ve weathered the storm.

We cling to the past sometimes, the sharp edges of hurt digging into our palms. We carry the weight of those broken pieces, convinced they define us. But holding onto them only dims the light that burns brightly within.

We carry burdens on our hearts, invisible weights that steal our breath and dim our light. These burdens are the scars of hurt, the whispers of betrayal, the echoes of words meant to break. They cling to us, like shadows, whispering insidious lies about our worth.

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The truth is, unforgiveness is a prison cell we build ourselves within. We lock the door on the offender, yes, but we also trap ourselves in a dark cage of resentment. The longer we stay there, the more our self-worth withers, choked by the fumes of anger and bitterness.

Forgiveness isn’t easy. It’s not about condoning the actions of another. It’s not about pretending the hurt didn’t matter. It’s a powerful act of self-love, a deliberate choice to release ourselves from the chains of the past.

Imagine yourself carrying a heavy stone, its rough edges digging into your skin. This stone is the weight of your unforgiveness. It may feel like the only way to remember the wrong that was done. But with each step, it burdens you, steals your energy, and diminishes your spirit.

Forgiveness is gently placing that stone down. It’s acknowledging the weight it held, the pain it caused. But it’s also choosing to let go. It’s about understanding that holding onto that anger hurts you more than anyone else.

Forgiving someone doesn’t erase what happened. It doesn’t mean forgetting the pain. It simply means choosing to stop letting it control your present and future. It’s a declaration that you are worthy of peace, of joy, of a life unburdened by the shadows of the past.

This doesn’t mean the process is swift or painless. There will be tears, moments of doubt, and the urge to pick the stone back up. But with each conscious choice to let go, the weight lessens. The light returns to your eyes, and the strength returns to your step.

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. It’s a recognition of your own worth, a testament to your resilience. It’s about saying, “I am bigger than this hurt. I will not let it define me.”

As you release the burden of unforgiveness, your self-worth begins to soar. You reclaim the space within yourself, a space filled with the possibility of healing, of growth, and of love. It’s a journey, not a destination, but with each step towards forgiveness, you move closer to the light, closer to the person you were always meant to be.

Shattered But Not Broken

Remember, you are worthy of love, of joy, and of a life free from burdens. Take a deep breath, and begin the journey of letting go. You deserve to fly.

Letting go isn’t about forgetting. It’s about acknowledging the pain, the anger, the tears. It’s about understanding that those emotions are valid, but they don’t have to control your present or your future.

Forgiveness is the act of gently gathering those broken pieces, not to erase the cracks, but to transform them. Imagine the light filtering through the intricate veins of a shattered vase, each fragment catching the sun and creating a new kind of beauty. That’s the power of letting go.

It’s about choosing to see yourself not as broken, but as a masterpiece in progress. The cracks become a testament to your strength, a reminder of the battles you’ve fought and won. They become a testament to your capacity for love, for even a broken heart can love fiercely.

Letting go is a journey, not a destination. There will be days when the weight of the past feels heavy, and the urge to cling to anger creeps in. But with each conscious choice to release, the burden lessens. The light within you begins to shine brighter, pushing back the shadows of the past.

Remember, you are not your scars. You are the fire that burns within them. You are the resilience that allowed you to pick up the pieces. You are the love that continues to bloom, even in the cracks.

Let go of the past, beautiful soul. Reclaim your shine. The world needs the brilliance that only you can offer.

Here are some prompts to help you on your journey:

  • Write a letter to your past, expressing your hurt but also your strength.
  • Practice gratitude for the lessons learned, even the painful ones.
  • Find a creative outlet – art, music, writing – to express your emotions.
  • Seek support from a therapist or trusted friend.

You are worthy of healing. You are worthy of love. You are worthy of a life that shines brightly. Take a deep breath, and begin the journey of letting go. The world awaits your brilliance.

Monica Brown, Changemaker, Activist And Social Entrepreneur, CRW NEWS Freelance Columnist

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