We have all been hurt by someone. We have all felt the heart crushing pain of the dissipation of trust. I know it is easy to hold on to that hurt and let it consume. Not to let go of it because it reminds us what happens when we open our hearts and let someone in.
I am here to tell you that you do not have to carry that pain with you. You do not have to continue to build your walls thicker and thicker until no more feelings can penetrate you. You can let go. Forgive. When you have held onto resentment and anger for so long it is terrifying to let it go, but it is worth it. Anger is a heavy burden to carry. But you can choose to let it go. It will take time to forgive and be ride of those emotions and walls, but once you find yourself on the other side, you will feel brand new!
Over the past few days I have been researching my grandfather and what he did during his time over in Europe during WWII. He was a Sargent in the 95th Infantry Division. As I have been researching I found out that he liberated a work camp in France and also liberated a town called Metz in France. It is incredible to learn about the things he had done and experienced while he was over in Europe.
Our culture has romanticized the WWII time period and we have seen so many films and read so many books about the time period, however, there are times when we forget that those men and women actually experienced those events. I always knew that my grandfather had fought in the war, but I had never thought about how he felt while fighting. How he saw his fellow soldiers die, villages burn, and lives forever altered. I now have a new appreciation for what he did and how he survived.
I just wanted to share my new developments with you guys and how proud I am of my grandfather!
Since Monday is often a rough day for people, I challenge you to say something kind to as many people as you can! Just a quick smile, or “I love that shirt”, ” or “have a great day”. The smallest smile or compliment can go further than we could ever imagine to someone who feels their life is void of hope. I have been in that situation and the tinest act of kindness would carry me through the day.
So! Take this challenge and see what happens! Help give hope to someone who otherwise would be without!
FINALLY! After a long , long LONG month, I have been able to catch up on some sleep. Today is the first day in a very long time that I have not felt bone tired. I slept 10 hours last night and 10 before. It feels incredible!
This last week was very tough on my anxiety. It ran high all week and I think the lack of sleep was part of the problem. Today I didn’t have any signs of anxiety! YAY!
I feel confident that this week I will be set on a positive path and will be a joy to those around me! Not to mention I won’t be grumpy because I am not exhausted!
I cannot put this book down! It is Sarah’s Key, and it is the most eye-opening, beautiful, heart wrenching story I have read in a long time. It is about a young Jewish girl in occupied France during WWII, who locks her brother in their secret cupboard when the Frech Police come to round them up. What we learn throughout the story is the fate of the men, women and children who experience the Frech round ups. Around 13,000 Jewish people were taken during this time and sent off to labor camps and eventually death camps. I had never heard of these round ups before I read the book so I have learned so much about history and the depths of the human heart.
If you are at all interested in this time period, you should check out this book!
We may not be aware of it, but we influence people around us everyday. A smile could change someone’s day, and a critical comment could tear someone apart. We need to be aware of the ways we are influencing others. Each day we need to ask ourselves how we influence those around us. Are our actions pointing in positive directions, or in negative ones? I would like to say that I point to positivity, however, I know I have negative days, but on those days I need to have a heightened awareness of my actions so I do not lead others towards negativity.
I challenge you to be aware of the ways you influence those around you. If there is anyway you are leading in a direction you do not want to, change it. Make the changes now in preparation for a positive future.