Moving Forward

I had several positive responses to my post on Friday. Friday’s Super Short Stories. My “stories” are usually inspired by something light or serious that has happened to me. The light ones may very often be due to a joke that has been played, or verbal wit that is exchanged daily.

This past Friday, there were more serious ones which held  a deeper meaning. They were about letting go of bitterness, forgiving others and stepping out into the sunshine.

As I have shared in some posts, these past 2 years have been 2 years that I never want to  repeat. We were involved in a court case, a betrayal of trust, betrayal of a close family friend,  and the wounds cut deep. We were fighting because we love our children, and we will always stand up for them, no matter the cost!

In April you may remember me mentioning the trial and how we escaped to the beach for the week-end afterwards.  We all needed it after 2 very emotional, tension filled days.

This past Friday the sentence was handed down. We walked out of the courthouse for the last time. Legally our 2 year journey was finished, the chapter brought to a close. The doors shut behind us as we walked out into sunshine. It struck me how it was overcast and sprinkling when we walked into the courtroom that day, but when we walked out, the sun was doing its best to shine from behind the clouds!

I smiled as I thought how the sun symbolized a new beginning.  Letting go of the dark clouds of bitterness and embracing the sunshine of starting a new chapter. Embracing the sunshine of the many joys out there  waiting to be found. We have to let go of the  “If only’s”, the “What If’s”,  and the unending “Why’s.” We have to let go, in order to free our hands to hold the fruits of forgiveness.  Letting go so that we can feel the radiating warmth of love and joy in our hearts.

It’s a process of letting go. It can’t be done in a day! We have been slowly letting go during the past 2 years, and we will continue to. Letting go of heartache, doesn’t mean that we will forget, the scars will remain. The scars remain, but we don’t need to make them the main thing! We don’t need to let them control our thoughts and actions. We can take the things we have learned from this and use them as stepping stones to build a bright future.

When we stumble, as we will,  and when our vision is blurred by the “If Only’s”, “What Ifs”, and “Whys”, that is when we will need our vision brought back into focus again.  We will need ones  who can gently get us back on track! Get us back on track to living a life that holds so many undiscovered adventures! A life that has “nuggets of gold”  waiting to be found!