Dear Past, I Hope You’re Happy Behind Me…

Today was one of those days when the intricacies of life were not without their unique shades of irony, causing things to feel slightly off kilter, yet on track at the same time. If that is even possible. Well, it must be possible, because that was my day in a nutshell.

Without going into a lot of detail, let’s just say that for a few moments that major nasal/sinus congestion that I have been battling for years, eased up a little bit, seemingly out of the blue. My work day was practically a breeze, and it actually looks as though I will be making it to bed at a decent time tonight. Yes! Thank You, Lord!

Now, I can imagine that so far that sense of irony that I was alluding to has yet to become evident to you. That’s understandable, but stick with me for just a little bit longer. I promise that it’s going to show up. Right. Now.

You see, the irony made its appearance in the form of a person from my past whose presence mysteriously surfaced today after a lengthy period of no contact. This person, who once occupied a very special place in my life, is very much now a part of my past.

But what happens when your past attempts to do a swan dive smack dab in the middle of your present? Now depending on where we are at with that wonderful friend of ours named “closure,” our answer to that question is likely to vary.

And, no, I am not here to provide an answer – such an answer requires individualized considerations, which can and should be very personal. I am here, however, to lend a pinch of encouragement. And in that vein, I encourage us all to remember that just because the past comes knocking on our present door, that does not mean that we have to open it. We can. But we don’t have to…the choice is ours.

If we decide that our past has matured enough to make it a right fit for our present, then so be it, let’s extend that hand. But if we decide that our past continues to be less than right for us, then may we confidently remind our past that it is just that…the past, and keep it moving. Even this time of year when joy, busyness, and chaos somehow mingle together and abound. After all, it is never the wrong time to look out for and protect one’s own well-being. Joy to the world, my dears! #lovebythedrop

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