What Wins?

photo-1520687052856-eb38da98adebPain demands to be felt.

A high school friend posted a photo of her new tattoo. She shared the back story, including several recent struggles – her own and people close to her. She wrote, “Yes, pain demands to be felt, but I don’t have to live in that pain…If I let it consume me, pain wins.”

I began to reflect on the statement and other options:

If I let ___________________ consume me, it wins.

If I let hostility consume me, it wins.

If I let bitterness consume me, it wins.

If I let betrayal consume me, it wins.

If I let deception consume me, it wins.

If I let addiction consume me, it wins.

If I let compassion consume me, it wins.

If I let forgiveness consume me, it wins.

If I let peace consume me, it wins.

If I let faith consume me, it wins.

If I let joy consume me, it wins.

If I let truth consume me, it wins.

What consumes us is what we invite and allow. Of course, we are not responsible for everything that happens in our lives, but we are responsible for how we respond and move forward. We have some say in what consumes us. We can choose the negative or the positive. We can choose to pretend what we don’t want in our lives doesn’t exist,or we can work through it and clear the way for what is more beneficial to focus on..

Life demands to be felt. Feel it, then filter those feelings and experiences. Choose your focus well.

 

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