So, today I taught a classroom counseling lesson about letting go.
First, students took a piece of paper and wrote down everything that irritated, bothered, frustrated, angered, or saddened them. Then they wadded up the paper into a ball. I asked them to straighten the paper out again to look like it originally did.
They knew the paper could not go back to its normal shape. Kind of like when we say or do hurtful things to others or they are done to us. We can't take the words or actions back.
But what we can do is let them go. Apologize when we've done wrong. Forgive others when we've been wronged. So, the kids took the misshapen pieces of paper, ripped them into tiny pieces, and threw them away.
Most of the time when I go into classrooms to teach classroom counseling lessons, I think about how much of what we do not only applies to kids but also to adults.
Think about it. How often do we hold on to hurt, anger, frustration, and sadness? What good does it do for us? We often feel more miserable the longer those feelings stay. We are not only affected emotionally and spiritually, but sometimes if prolonged, our physically.
It just isn't worth it.
So, take something away from the elementary world. Write down your frustrations, wad them up, tear them into tiny pieces, and let...them...go.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.