Our lives are filled with all kinds of experiences; and, each of these experiences impacts our being. The positive, fun, and loving experiences fill us with warmth and light, but what about the more difficult painful experiences in our lives. I think we have choices to make when it comes to how we incorporate painful experiences into our process. Of course we need to allow ourselves the opportunity to fully experience our pain without judgment. We need time to grieve. We need to find support and acceptance within ourselves and from others.
But finally we come down to a heart choice. Will I react to this painful experience in my life by closing off my heart in an attempt to protect myself from future pain? Or will I allow the wounds in my heart to open up space for love to grow; and, as it grows, for that love to be released and shared with others? My hope for myself is that bitterness will not find a place to take root in my heart, but rather that all of my experiences, both the joyful and the sorrowful, will create space in my wounded heart for love to grow.