Everyone is in the pursuit of happiness. They’re searching for a way to enjoy every minute to the fullest. They want to know the secret of life. What everyone may not realize is the way to unlocking the door to enduring happiness is to let go of the past. Embrace the present. Don’t worry about the future. There’s an old saying. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is a promise of things to come. The only thing you have right now is today.” When you learn how to concentrate on the here and now, your entire outlook will change.
Here’s How To Just Let Go And Be Happy
For many of us, one of the hardest things we will ever do is learn how to let go of past worries, troubles, and cares. Visualize anything negative in the past. It doesn’t matter if it’s a job you lost or a hostile ex-partner. Think of it like stones that are hanging on a chain around your neck. They are weighing you down, making your spirits plummet. It’s exhausting. You need to find a way to let go. One of the best places you can start is to count your blessings that you have right now. Consider others that are in a worse place than you and be grateful for what you have right now. Will Rogers once said, “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” Wise words.
One of the best things that you can do in order to let go of past mistakes is to give yourself a break. Stop beating yourself up. Acknowledge that you are not perfect. Nobody is. Remember you can’t change what has already happened. You can only do something about right now.
Make “It is What it Is” Your Motto
Whatever happened to you before can’t be changed. Whatever guilt or sorrow you carry can’t be changed. What is happening right now can’t be changed. It is what it is truly says it all. If you are going to let go of past trials and tribulations, you need to learn acceptance. You have no control over your past actions. You have no control over other people. There is only one thing that you can control and that is you.
- Accept who you are
- Figure out who you want to be
- Pay attention to your thoughts
- Walk the path that you want to be on and stay the course
Figure out what things you can do something about right now and take action. For the rest, accept that it is out of your hands.
Have a Positive Attitude
In the end, life is 10% of what is actually happening to you and around you. 90% of it is your attitude. Put the negative behind you. Let go of your anger. And let go of any hard feelings of situations beyond your control. Put away your shame. None of these thought patterns or emotions will help you. Focus on the positive. Look at others who let their troubles roll of their back. You can do it to.
Worrying is like standing around outside with your umbrella on a sunny day, just waiting for the clouds to open up and rain on you. It isn’t accomplishing anything. It isn’t going to help you. And it isn’t going to change the outcome in life. Worrying is dwelling on what might happen in your future. Here’s the best thing you can do. Shake off your worries. You have right now. If something worrisome is going to happen, you will cross that bridge when you come to it. If you have learned how to be happy, you will roll with the punches.
Let it Be
Paul McCartney knew what he was talking about when he wrote, “Let it Be.” It focuses on those times when you are troubled and tells you to let it be. Don’t pick at it. Do not keep bringing it up. Don’t mull it over or beat that tired horse to death. If you are going to be happy, you say to yourself, “Let it be.” What will come is going to come. You aren’t going to change it, but your positive energy and attitude of acceptance will help you to deal with whatever lies ahead.
Be at Peace with Yourself
The beauty of being human is you are a work in progress. Everyone is flawed, but like the diamond in the rough, you are being polished every day. Your past and your mistakes made you who you are. You are being refined by your challenges on a daily basis. You are stronger and better than you ever were before. You’ll continue to more forward to a brighter tomorrow when you can let go of your pain. Dig deep and find that warm inner glow that is inside of you. We all carry a divine spark inside of us. Let yours shine as a beacon for today. The past is over and tomorrow will get here when it gets here.