A personal Declaration of Independence? That’s an intriguing concept. My colleague, Ingrid Peshke, writes a brief but inspiring article in the June 26, 2014 issue of The Third Metric. She tells of a simple step in her thinking that declares her mental freedom from the chains of resentment and lack of forgiveness. I bet my readers here in Indiana might have their own declarations of freedom to post this week. I’d love to hear from you about that. You’ll enjoy this excerpt from the middle of Ingrid’s article. Please click on the link at the end of the excerpt to read the whole piece. Happy Independence Day! Claim your freedom. Here’s Ingrid:
What if, for one day, you decided to simply say “So what?” to the things that tie you down. Say “So what?” to the stream of emails from the office or the to-do list that soaks up all your time. Or, on a more serious note, declare your independence from past and present hurts, resentments, relationship problems, financial difficulties, even health restraints. Decide that for one day you can live as though those things can’t affect your happiness or your ability to enjoy life.
To me, there’s both practical and spiritual wisdom in letting go of mental weights that can impede our progress and even our health. The Bible says, “let us lay aside every weight” in order to “run the race that is set before us” (Hebrews). If something makes your heart feel heavy and burdened, why not just let it go?
I had the opportunity to practice this wisdom in the middle of a Staples store when I was doing some mundane shopping. While I paced the aisles I was stewing about a family member’s recent admission that they’d borrowed and then lost something valuable to me — and it wasn’t coming back. They were remorseful but had waited a bit too long to share this news, and now I was having a hard time forgiving.
Then, suddenly, brighter than the glaring fluorescent lights overhead, a flash of inspiration came through. I would characterize it as “So what?” thoughts on angel wings…