Today I will put closure to the pain of my past by being aware of how blessed I am today.

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 People who never make peace with their past never find the grace to move successfully into their future.  If you want to change your life for the better, you must settle this fact in your mind, once and for all: it’s all about the now!  Begin to see yourself as a person who has the ability to let things go and to move on.  See yourself as someone who has the maturity to forgive, the perception to rightly discern what has happened to you in the past, and the vision to embrace the future.  See yourself as one who can look back over the course of events of his/her life – both the good and the bad ones – and not want to change anything.  See yourself thankful for your life.


Remember, it’s not what has happened to you, but what has happened in you, that has shaped you into the person that you now are.  You may have been victimized, but you don’t have to be a victim – or at least you don’t have to live like one.  You may have been betrayed, but you don’t have to be bitter.  Betrayal is what someone did to you.  Bitterness is what you do to yourself.  You may be alone, but you don’t have to be lonely.  Your vision determines the effect of your circumstances on your life.  One thing is for sure, you really can put closure on any pain from your past by seeing how blessed you are now.  Whatever may have happened didn’t kill you – you’re still here, so you might as well live!


Counting your blessings is truly an exercise in empowerment.  You should make a mental list every day of the things for which you are grateful and review that list when you are tempted to start seeing things in a negative light.  Self-pity is a useless emotion.  It doesn’t make you feel better about yourself, it doesn’t make someone else see the error of their ways, it doesn’t change anything, and it doesn’t glorify God.  Feeling sorry for yourself, even if you have good reason to do so, is utterly pointless.  Nothing good or important or constructive ever comes from it.  Giving in to it just causes you to spin your wheels on the road of life.

If you are nursing old wounds from the past that should have healed years ago, it’s time to move on.  Some things may leave a scar, but they don’t have to stay infected.  They don’t have to hurt anymore if you don’t want them to.  You can stop talking about the pain and can begin to see the good and positive.  You can embrace the strength and wisdom that you have acquired and can even help someone else through their healing process.  The more thankful you become, the more you will have for which to be thankful and the less you will want to concentrate on past hurts.  You can change your focus.  You can change your life by changing the way you see things.

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7 Responses to “Today I will put closure to the pain of my past by being aware of how blessed I am today.”

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The timing of this post is “no co-incidence”, but so obviously God sent. Someone just asked me today to explain how I can just let go of the past and not want to rehas it over again. Previous attempts to explain not working, ths article is my “gift” to this person in the morning.

Thank You, Thank God, Thankfully ME !

Northern Light

Self pity is destructive when entertained as a lifestyle. There are some occassions where it just comes out of our human emotions almost involuntarily such as in the case of grieving over the loss of a dearly loved companion. Be it another human or even a longtime pet that loss can be a real source of joy when we recognize that our emotions are a form of self pity over not having the benefit of them in our life any longer and begin to reflect on how much better our life is for having them in it. The grief can then become a celebration of life; the one they had in the past, the one you still have in the now and the one that existed before you became conscious of it and will continue after you have rested from its presence.

So true So true
When I count my blessings I find out how blessed I really am. The past may have hurt but if I look at past hurts and meditate on them more pain seems to come my way. Counting blessings seems to empower me to overcome the past. Counting blessings is like going on a treasure hunt. Lingering on past hurt is like digging up land minds. KABOOOM!!!
I had a book that was also a song called
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.


Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.


When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.


So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.


Words: John­son Oat­man, Jr., in Songs for Young Peo­ple, by Ed­win Ex­cell (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: 1897).

Music: Edwin O. Excell (MI­DI, score).

Very healing for me! I posted in another room about my migraine today and it is going away quickly because in reading this I am trading worry and resentment for simple gratitude for what is. “TODAY IS ENOUGH”! “God makes EVERYTHING” beautiful in its time”!

Yes. It is now that the abundance is upon us and we must move into the now to live in the abundance that we already exist in. Amen.

How timely a message. I was just encouraging a sister-friend this morning that there would come a day when she would look back on her trials and tribulations and recall them fondly as the fire that made her a diamond. Today–Now, I thank God for every mountain.

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