It’s officially autumn. A new season has arrived and with it comes the gleeful anticipation of the many holiday get-togethers, warm memories that will last a lifetime, and the every-day joys of routine elements that seem new and familiar at the same time. It’s such a joyous time of the year; a closing of a chapter that is welcoming reconciliation with it’s arms wide open.
To those who are in good spirits with their friends and family, the anticipation of this new season brings about excitement, love, and overall happiness. But to those who may not be in well terms with their families, friends, and even self, this season will undoubtedly arise feelings of regret, sorrow, and anger. If you find yourself in the latter, this is a perfect opportunity to forgive and heal.
Forgiveness isn’t just about forgiving others; we must forgive ourselves. Forgiveness is an opportunity to allow yourself the grace of making mistakes, live through them, and then heal and grow from those experiences to welcome new experiences. Too often we get stuck in what this person did to us, how hurt we are, etc., and miss out on moments we may not ever be able to get back; when really all we wanted was to be connected with that person, despite the hurt. Sometimes it may be something we did, or we may be reliving moments from our past that we cannot seem to get over; this too must be acknowledged and forgiven.
Take this changing season to reflect, let go, and find the truth behind what you’re holding inside. Forgive yourself for holding it, and welcome a new chapter.