Is there any better way to start a new year than with your heart open and ready to receive all the opportunities in store for you? To begin 2021, full of optimism and expectation that life will turn out how you dreamed or even better than you imagined? Perhaps to go to another level, professionally, spiritually, mentally and physically, to achieve every benefit possibly available to you?
In my opinion, nothing seems better.
However, most people will aspire for these goals but fail to fulfill them. Why, may you ask? Because most people haven’t taken the time to deal with their internal and external baggage, which is often weighing them down (no pun intended) and keeping them stagnant in life.
You see, it’s impossible to pour new wine in old wineskins. That statement carries a lot of spiritual significance, according to the Bible. Since I’m not here to preach a message, I will modernize things by saying, “you can’t get new results with old behaviours.”
From this point of view, you can’t expect 2021 to be your year unless you’re ready to tackle those nagging issues and hang-ups fully head-on. You’ve got to begin the hard work now to heal places in your soul that no one knows about but you. I’m talking about the deep, dark and hurt parts of you that are invisible to the human eye even though you appear to be doing well from the outside looks of things.
Oh, how easy it is to dress up each day and walk into the world with a mask on, pretending that everything is okay when it’s not. Unfortunately, most humans wouldn’t even notice whether something is amiss with you because their lives consume them in a sea of troubles. Hurting people is a major epidemic.
Let’s not be a statistic. Let’s choose today to make that change. Let’s focus on facing those areas of our lives that hold us back from being whole. Let’s heal emotional wounds caused by negative experiences. That includes bullying, violence, trauma, disasters, childhood trauma, domestic abuse, physical abuse, and so much more.
As an active therapy user, I encourage you to find a qualified therapist to help you work through the healing process. When you begin this journey, things can get complicated as you confront and uproot pains that you would prefer to be locked away. If a therapist is not an option, for whatever reason, lean on a trusted friend. Just be wise in your selection.
In closing this post, I share some of my favourite quotes that can empower you to pursue healing actively. I hope you love these as much as I do:
“He (Christ) heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3.
“All healing is first a healing of the heart.” – Carl Townsend.
“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” – Hippocrates.
“Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care.” – Jerry Cantrell.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller.
“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” –Tori Amos.
“Healing the soul first; then healing of the mind and body will follow.” – Zhi Gang Sha.
“What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.” – Haruki Murakami.
“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it.” – Nicholas Sparks.
“Do not look for healing at the feet of those who broke you.” – Rupi Kaur.
“Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated, the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams, healing can begin.” – Danielle Bernock.