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Today Is Move On Day

The first step to moving forward is to give yourself permission to unburden the past and forgive.

Joe is the national director of service operations for MobilityWorks, a national chain of wheelchair- accessible van providers serving the disabled community.

The past is not always gracious, and, in fact, history reveals many levels of sorrow, doubt and unfathomable circumstances for some. Our memories of the past can be linked to the perceptions we carry throughout life. The emotional chains of the past, however, should not be a burden of the future.

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The first step to moving forward is to give yourself permission to unburden the past and forgive. The untimely, unwelcome circumstances of the past can weigh down the capacity to energize the future. Holding onto the negative energy is tapping your passion reserves and draining the resources needed to be the best version of yourself. There is simply not enough energy in the universe or, in your support system to shoulder that responsibility. When the mountain seems insurmountable it is in part, due to the pain and hardship the past is carrying.

Creating a solution focused energy circle requires forgiveness. If you are focused on what went wrong and why it went wrong than the balance required in your life is off-center. We have these complicated memories that keep us tied to our past. Until the weights of the past are removed you cannot truly achieve the greatness within you. Particularly, those experiences that occurred in the past that you continue to rehash verbally. The burden is heavier on the person that carries the resentment than it is to the person you are resenting.

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“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could … done what you could … tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forgiveness does not mean you tolerate it, excuse it, enable it or let it happen again. The authenticity of letting go of the heartache that will free up your spirit and that negative energy. Find a path that allows you to forgive and release the space tied up in anger, sorrow and distrust. When we introduce a new element into our life, it requires practice. Think of it in terms of awareness before reaction. Observe your thoughts, emotions and tendencies that move you into a stalled state instead of an in-motion state. Ultimately, we are responsible for our reactions and responses. And we are responsible for the people who we become.

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Forgiveness is the gratitude for the person you are today and the person you are growing into. Today, is move on day. The day we consciously chose to move on from the burdens of the past that tie down our capacity to heal. Today, is move on day. The time to move onto the freedom that forgiveness provides. Today, is move on day. Unleash the restraints that the past has on you and free the greatness within you. Become the best version of yourself.

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